I took the 110 bus to the museum yesterday. It’s the easiest way to get there. As we were pulling into the station I noticed on the backside of the museum (which faces the Arts Center MARTA station) a curious set of steps that end in block wall. There is even a railing to help you along the way.
Is it a hidden portal to another dimension?
Did Renzo forget to finish the CAD drawing for this corner?
Or are the steps there for the throngs of pedestrians to pause and reflect on the mausoleum-like panels?
Fortunately the plaza, I mean “piazza” at the museum entrance is much more inviting.
Well, maybe not that much more inviting. But it looks nice, and that’s what matters, right? That guy is walking to the entrance of the museum.
This is NOT the entrance to the museum (old photo):
Yes, it certainly looks like an entrance, and it’s right on Peachtree…
Well, it used to be the entrance, before Renzo Piano created the piazza and moved the entrance way back, closer to the parking deck and the MARTA Station. The bus doesn’t even go past here anymore. It now goes past the steps to nowhere (see above).
Nowadays the museum is in three pieces, connected here & there by bridges. There’s the original Richard Meier section, now with the vestigial entrance. And then there’s the new main entrance/museum, the “Wieland Pavilion” where the star exhibits are housed. And finally, the Anne Cox Chambers Wing - that one is hardest to get to, but has the most interesting art.
Along with your ticket, you get a map, which is curiously not online, so I have scanned mine for you.
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The Big Deal right now at the museum is a car exhibit. I guess since these seem to all be prototypes, they qualify as Art. It draws the crowds, whatever it is.
This is my favorite car:
I didn’t photograph the others, as I like to keep my blog PG rated, and the rest of the cars were basically sex on wheels, and there were a lot of inflamed people around.
It was easy to find this exhibit, as everyone, after getting their tickets and (optional) maps, were herded into the elevator and sent to the 2nd floor of the Wieland Pavilion.
But we came to see the Wynn Bullock exhibit. It’s on the 2nd floor too, but alas, in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing. Now, on the floor maps mounted near the elevators, under Plexiglas, there is a “bridge” connecting these two buildings on the 2nd floor. But alert readers will note that this is not shown on the map handouts, and with good reason, as it would connect the lustful car people with the lustful photography people (the Wynn Bullock exhibit has nudes). Now 2-dimensional b&w photos of naked people cannot compare to 3-D sensually curved car sculptures housing huge, powerful engines. But one can’t be too careful.
So one can go back downstairs and exit the Wieland Pavilion, cross the piazza, enter the diminutive Anne Cox Chambers Wing, marvel at the void that is the lobby, and then take the stairs/elevator up to this 2nd floor (there is also a 2nd floor in the Stent Family Wing).
You can also go up the third floor and cross over, but you miss the piazza that way, and the piazza really needs people.
Well let me tell you, it is worth the trouble. The Wynn Bullock exhibit is stunning. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a nice review:
Then I had lunch down the street and went home after playing a game of Frogger on Arts Center Way. That jokester Renzo put the entrance/exit of the parking deck right next to the crosswalk from the museum to the MARTA station. And these aren’t your typical oblivious Atlanta drivers, but typical oblivious Atlanta drivers who just had to pay $12.00 to park for the hour they spent lusting at the car exhibit.
But that little bit of schadenfreude goes a long way with me.