Friday, February 04, 2011

Final Reopening Events

As the Georgia Museum of Art’s Grand Reopening comes to a close, remember that we have two more great events tonight and tomorrow.

Tonight, the Young at Art committee of the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art hosts Modern Skirts live in concert! Modern Skirts have been a staple in the Athens music scene since they formed in early 2004. Initially, the band gained popularity and notoriety due to their high-energy live shows, mostly at the 40 Watt Club. In August 2005, they released their debut album, “Catalogue of Generous Men.” After the release, the album quickly became a standard in Athens and won the band their first of several Athens Music Awards. Their sound is typified by a prominent use of piano derived from the significant influences of groups such as the Beach Boys and their flexible use of song structure that is centered around catchy melodies and memorable hooks similar to those used in Brit-Pop.

The band has spent the last two years touring intensively up and down the East Coast and across the South. During the summer of 2008, they spent two weeks on a European tour, the highlight of which was opening for R.E.M. in Amsterdam and then again in Belgium. Modern Skirts most recently released album, “Gramahawk" (January 2011), reintroduces them as a band honest to their musical tastes and to their desire to create and perform both intellectually crafted and inherently catchy songs. In a review of their new album, Paste Magazine’s Rachel Bailey says that the album, “is a lo-fi, synthy romp through DUIs (‘DUI’), a love song for an ’80s one-hit wonder (‘Jane Child’) and some kind of psychedelic Renaissance fair soundtrack (‘To Be a Branch Davidian’) that, even when it nudges into overwrought territory, is just absurdly fun.”

Friends members $15, non-members $20, or join at the Young at Art membership level in advance or at the door and enter the concert FREE. Young at Art membership is $20 in addition to the regular individual or family membership price.

On Saturday, February 5, GMOA hosts its final Reopening Celebration: Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Join the Georgia Museum of Art for this super-sized Family Day extravaganza! During the event, you can visit the galleries for docent-led tours and activities, and visit the first floor to create art based on works from the museum’s collection.

At 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Picasso People, an interactive program for children that includes music, mime and puppetry, will be featured in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium. Learn more about their program at their website:

Family Day programs are sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota, YellowBook USA, and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. They are free and open to all families. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.

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