Atlanta’s Millennium Gate & Museum | Winston Churchill: The Art of Power | New Historic Mims Park | Atlanta’s Public Sculpture

Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum:

Must See Current Exhibit:  Winston Churchill: The Art of Power

 

Related Stories:  Coming soon Historic Mims Park?

and Atlanta’s Public Sculpture

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Atlanta’s Millennium Gate was constructed in 2005-2008 and may be the largest classical monument constructed since the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. Inside is the Millennium Gate Museum.
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Icon Winston Churchill was also, surprisingly, a painter.

Winston Churchill: The Art of Power – The Economist

“On display, “Lake Geneva, Switzerland,” has been loaned by Chequers, the country retreat of British prime ministers; another arrived from the home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.”

 

Victory Over Despair – the Power of Art to Heal the Powerful – Saporta Report

“An extraordinary exhibition of his art.”

 

Winston Churchill Paintings to Make Public Debut in Georgia

Wall Street Journal 

“This is a bit of a Coup– to put it mildly, for Atlanta.”  

haha 🙂

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A lake view of the monument and museum.

One of Atlanta’s newer monuments, the MILLENNIUM GATE

is a triumphal arch and Georgia history museum at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, the architects of record, and Rodney Mims Cook, National Monuments Foundation, based the design on the Arch of Titus, an ancient triumphal arch in the Roman forum. The monument

“celebrates peaceful accomplishment, with special attention paid to Georgia’s history and people. The arch inscription reads, in Latin: “This American monument was built to commemorate all peaceful accomplishment since the birth of Jesus… in the year… (2000)”

I must admit, I have been one of the Arch’s (semi) critics, thinking that the proportions seemed slightly elongated in the vertical direction. However, I am thrilled that someone had the balls to actually build an triumphal arch in today’s Atlanta– which has always strived for being the cutting edge of contemporary design and culture. This is a blast from the past for me, because many truly great cities have a triumphal arch of their own.  I love it, but still, the proportions seem ever so slightly off. Regrets to my UF College of Architecture friend and accomplished architect, Sandy Cooper, and to Mr. Rodney Cook, an esteemed client from my way-past. Still, congratulations to you both for adding a magnificent monument to my (our) city, incomparable Atlanta.

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The Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy.
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Detail of the coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling.
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Detail view of the Arch of Titus’ coffered barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Arch of Titus

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The garden view of Millennium Gate

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About the MILLENNIUM GATE MUSEUM

(from its website)

The museum highlights Georgia’s aesthetic and historical relevance to the United States and to the world as well as to interpret and preserve Georgia culture, art, history and philanthropic heritage.

The structure was the winner of the prestigious 2006 Palladio Award for design of a public space. It showcases world-class architecture, art and history in an intimate gallery setting. It’s beautiful gardens and structures are used for elegant events.

Designed in the tradition of classical Roman triumphal arches that have been built around the world over the past 2,500 years, The Gate houses a 12,000 square foot museum which uses sophisticated interactive technology, as well as film, period rooms, and exhibitions.

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18th Century Georgia Pioneer Gallery

The Gallery begins with pre-Columbian Native American history and early Spanish settlement of the Georgia coast, but it’s focus is on General Oglethorpe’s creation of the Georgia colony and it’s enlightenment ideals.

19th and 20th Century Galleries

The story of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s early history and the bold leadership that has helped them to grow into one of the premiere destinations in the world. Featuring artifacts and early photos from Atlanta’s pioneer families, including Adair, Candler, Glenn, Herndon, Rich, Woodruff, and others who have helped to shape the city and its environs.

 

From 21st Century Interactive Galleries to Period Rooms

Georgia Tech’s Interactive Media Technology Center helped the museum create an Interactive Philanthropy Gallery showing how philanthropy has changed the various neighborhoods that comprise this thriving metropolis. In immersive theater seating, visitors explore Atlanta’s history. Also, visitors can view historic and contemporary images of our city’s  landmarks over a 150 year period.

There are also three period rooms for immersion environments: the 18th century study in Midway, Georgia of Lyman Hall, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Secondly, the 19th century office of  Thomas K. Glenn, Coca-Cola magnate, president of Atlantic Steel and Trust Company of Georgia bank, and lastly the 20th century drawing room of the Rhodes-Robinson home–Pink House, designed by architect extraordinaire Philip Shutze with Edward Vason Jones.

via Millennium Gate Museum | Visit.

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The Current Exhibit: The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting

“You have a medium at your disposal which offers real power, if you only can find out how to use it.”

–Winston Churchill, Painting as a Pastime (1921)

October 3, 2014 – February 1, 2015

“In honor of the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death (January 24, 2015), The Millennium Gate Museum and the Churchill family have jointly organized an exhibition of the iconic statesman, war-time hero, and Nobel-prize winning historian’s lesser known but equally vibrant triumphs: his paintings, better and more humbly known among his friends and in his writings as his “daubs.”

Curated in part from the never-before exhibited, personal family holdings of several descendants, The Art of Diplomacy explores the relationship between Churchill’s strategic decision-making and his evolving practice as an artist. How did his strengths as an historic leader, innovator, and policymaker affect his painting, and how in turn did his development as an artist influence his decisions and overall perspective? Churchill, who picked up painting in the wake of his resignation as First Lord of the Admiralty following 1915’s disastrous Battle of Gallipoli, embraced art as a source of great enjoyment. But beyond his love of what he called a “joy-ride in a paint-box,” he saw painting as testing grounds for leadership strengths like audacity, humility, foresight, and strength of memory. Painting a picture, he wrote, “is like fighting a battle; and trying to paint a picture is, I suppose, like trying to fight a battle.”

The Art of Diplomacy thus brings together over thirty of Churchill’s paintings, photographs, letters, films, and personal belongings as it guides the viewer from Churchill’s early artistic career in the late 1910’s to his prodigious, inter-war period and, finally, to his late works leading up to his passing in 1965. Divided into eight sequences, the exhibition will span the Millennium Gate’s three major galleries, two period rooms, and its technology center, including sections on: Origins, Mentors, and Political Rebirth, 1915-1921; Technique and Tactics, 1922-1930; Hobbies, Political Wastelands, and the Rise of the Nazi Party, 1930-1939; World War II and a Sunset in Marrakech, 1939-1945; Art as Diplomacy in the Post-War Era, 1945-1965; Legacy, 1965-Now; Chartwell and Chequers; and Churchill and Georgia. The Millennium Gate additionally hopes to borrow two paintings that Churchill gave to his closest World War II allies – President Franklin Roosevelt and President Dwight Eisenhower – representing the first time that these works would ever be showcased together.

In comparison to previous exhibitions of Churchill’s work, The Art of Diplomacy presents a novel interpretation that places the act of painting at the center of Churchill’s evolving leadership – and, by extension, at the heart of twentieth century history. As Churchill wrote, “If it weren’t for painting I could not live. I couldn’t bear the strain of things.” If he was right – in the words of esteemed art historian Ernst Gombrich – “his painting may have helped to save Western civilization.”

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Related Article-  Coming soon (hopefully): HISTORIC MIMS PARK

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We haven’t heard much recently about one of my favorite proposals — transforming 16 acres of mostly vacant city land on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard into Historic Mims Park, a magnificent $55 million park honoring Atlanta’s role in civil rights. But the Atlanta City Council voted to approve its beginning, back in July 2012.

Today, only a few blocks away, the new stunning Atlanta Falcons Stadium is currently under construction. One of the goals of the facility is to promote health and prosperity of the adjacent neighborhoods, English Avenue and Vine City. The proposed park would be one step in the right direction. That is, along with improved schools, overall rejuvenation, and affordable housing.

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National Monuments Foundation’s Rodney Mims Cook proposed the new park. Atlanta’s original Mims Park was razed in the 1950s to build a school. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, renowned landscape architect who designed Manhattan’s Central Park and many others, Mims Park was home to the city’s first integrated playground. “Cook says his father, a former member of the Atlanta Board of Aldermen (the precursor to the Atlanta City Council), compelled him to rebuild the greenspace,” according to Creative Loafing.

“The proposal is filled with nods to Atlanta’s complex history stretching back to the state’s founding. Much of the park would be located on land where German immigrant Edward Wackendorff opened a nursery and seed store in the 1870s which gave Vine City its name. Statues of notable Atlantan “peacemakers,” including the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, Julian Bond, W.E.B. DuBois, former Mayor Maynard Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (who lived on nearby Sunset Avenue), former Mayor Livingston Mims, and Booker T. Washington, would dot the greenspace. An 80-foot-tall “Peace Column” topped with a statue of Chief Tomochichi of the Yamacraw Tribe , a Savannah co-founder of Georgia, would serve as a centerpiece and offer views of the surrounding area and skyline. Downtown’s erstwhile Carnegie Library would be replicated on the property and, Cook hopes, become the new home of Prince Charles of Wales’ Foundation for the Built Environment, you-know-who’s private foundation that champions sustainability.”

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Click below for a video. Forward to 0:45 to see the Historic Mims Park proposal.

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Related Story: Public Statuary of Atlanta

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The Stoddart Justice bronze sculpture near Millennium Gate
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A favorite Olympic gymnastics sculpture at the Georgia World Congress Center next to Centennial Olympic Park.
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The Henry Grady Monument on Marietta Street, Downtown Atlanta.

Since 1891, this statue of Henry W. Grady has stood on Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta. Grady was born in Athens, Ga. in 1850 and died in 1889 at Atlanta.

Grady was the iconic editor of the Atlanta Constitution newspaper in the 1880s and promoter of Atlanta’s economic growth in the years after the Civil War. Grady coined the term the New South to describe his belief in the region’s need for industrial development in the years after the Civil War.

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At Woodruff Arts Center, Midtown Atlanta

 

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One of many hand carved granite sculptures at amazing Oakland Cemetery Atlanta

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