Bunnen Gallery sharpens focus on High Museum’s photography collection

When the High Museum of Art announced in April that it had received nearly $4 million to support its photography initiatives, it said it planned to add a dedicated full-time gallery space to showcase prints from its 5,500-work photo collection.

And, in short order, that wedge-shaped space, newly named the Lucinda Weil Bunnen Gallery for Photography, has opened on the Skyway level of the Wieland Pavilion.

The debut installation, “The Invented Image: Photographs From the Collection,” is a grouping of 23 images drawn from the High’s holdings of experimental photography. The thread linking the photographers — including Vik Muniz, Dawoud Bey, David Hockney, Christopher Bucklow and Barbara Kasten — is their innovative approach to constructing images and blurring the boundaries of conventional photography practice.

“Invented Image” will remain on view through Jan. 4, 2015.

The space named for Bunnen, the Atlanta photographer and arts patron, should give High visitors the opportunity to better make connections between photography and contemporary art, which commands the adjacent galleries.

The gallery also is open in time for Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the annual October festival that brings photo exhibits, lectures and more to some 150 venues across the metro area (www.acpinfo.org). Meanwhile, the High’s major photography retrospective “Wynn Bullock: Revelations” continues through Jan. 18.

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