At the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, I went to see a lecture courtesy of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art’s director, Michael Shapiro. The lecture consisted of two sections. The first revolved around him building relationships with other museums such as the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. He makes developing partnerships with these museums and borrowing their artwork look so easy. In his powerpoint, he had group photos of everyone smiling, eating cupcakes, and wearing museum brand t-shirts. Not to mention the whimsical political cartoons depicting Shapiro and his activities in a light-hearted way.
The second section promoted the High’s current exhibition of all the heavy hitters found in the Modern and Contemporary Art eras. Matisse, de Chirico, Pollock, Miro, Bourgeois, Duchamp, Picasso, Leger, Johns, and Warhol. I must admit, this part brought me back to sitting in art history survey courses, and taking in a lot of artists, but not going truly in-depth. However, Shapiro did show some interesting factoids behind the artwork featured.
Probably the easiest lecture to sit through. No incredibly dense knowledge, but a simple lecture on how much fun running a museum and collaborating with other museums.