As Atlanta celebrates gay pride this weekend, the High Museum of Art is seizing the opportunity to build its relationship with the gay community. On Thursday night the museum will host a “Dalí Pre-Pride Party” as a prelude to the 40th Atlanta Pride Festival.
“We’re trying to be a good community partner with all walks of life,” said museum spokesperson Nicole Taylor.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Dalí: The Late Work, the party will have a celebrity theme in recognition of Salvador Dalí’s fascination with fame. The invitation will likely encourage the flamboyant costumes and impersonations associated with gay pride festivities. In addition to after-hours viewing of the museum’s galleries, there will be dancing with music by DJ McCracken, a celebrity look-alike contest, a surreal photo booth, and a bar stirring up “Dalí-tinis.”
Philippe Halsman’s portrait of Dalí, used to promote the exhibition, has been emblazoned with the rainbow hues of the gay flag and distributed in store fronts.
“We love it when any of the local businesses and museums embrace pride,” said JP Sheffield, executive director of Atlanta Pride. “But what’s significant about the High engaging is that the museum is such an icon of the city.”
Last year the museum’s first pre-pride party was an 80s-themed event in conjunction with the exhibits Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genius and John Portman: Art and Architecture (click here for a review).
The Dalí Pre-Pride Party will take place from 8:30-11PM on Thursday, October 7, at the High Museum of Art. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for members.