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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum that keeps bringing us back BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
High Museum of Art (Featured)
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART kept us Midtown-bound opening after opening over the last year. The November exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, marked the Dutch designer’s first North American show and the High’s fashion debut. The vast display included 45 outfits from 15 collections and revealedmore...
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART kept us Midtown-bound opening after opening over the last year. The November exhibition, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, marked the Dutch designer’s first North American show and the High’s fashion debut. The vast display included 45 outfits from 15 collections and revealed van Herpen’s flair for marrying technology, unconventional materials such as umbrella ribs repurposed as wearable art, and couture. Two outdoor exhibitions, Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena’s Los Trompos and Jaime Hayon’s Tiovivo (up through Nov. 27), provided younger (and not so young) visitors the opportunity to interact with beautiful structures. Los Trompos translates to “spinning tops” and took the meaning literally with its playground-size playthings. Tiovivo planted large-scale sculptures in the piazza. With their hollow insides and attached stairs and slides, the cartoonish structures invited investigation. The museum attracted almost 1,700 people to the opening of The Rise of Sneaker Culture, a thorough collection that included about 160 pairs of shoes. Besides showcasing familiar footwear such as Run-DMC’s shell-toe Adidas, The Rise “highlighted the marriage between high fashion and street wear,” CL senior writer Rodney Carmichael wrote. In addition to pushing boundaries with fashion-forward and touch-friendly installations, the High slayed with the retrospective Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, which presented pages from the late American artist’s journals and sketchbooks. What’s the High got planned next? Chances are, we’ll be there opening night. less...

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best repurposing of an Atlanta venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Atlanta Cyclorama at Atlanta History Center
A visit to Atlanta's Cyclorama can feel like a trip back in time, and not always in a good way. The memorial to the final battle of the Civil War in the form of a 360-degree 1887 painting can feel conceptually dusty, even alienating. It was an unlikely choice, then, for queer art collective John Q tomore...
A visit to Atlanta's Cyclorama can feel like a trip back in time, and not always in a good way. The memorial to the final battle of the Civil War in the form of a 360-degree 1887 painting can feel conceptually dusty, even alienating. It was an unlikely choice, then, for queer art collective John Q to choose the museum as the setting for its May 2013 piece "Campaign for Atlanta," which considered through spoken word and film the history of queer migration from rural to urban areas. Drawing on and showing the photos and films taken by the late Crawford Barton, the artists gave a vision of Barton's and others' paths from places like rural Georgia to the queer mecca of San Francisco. John Q proved that a difficult, modern reflection on these scenes could be done, even at the Cyclorama. www.johnq.org. less...

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (Featured)
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting workmore...
Tucked away down a dead-end street filled mostly with antique and design shops, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia feels like a secret. Instead of clamoring for attention with blockbuster exhibitions, this locally minded museum has quietly established itself as a home for risky, exciting work and consistent curatorial focus. MOCA GA's vital archiving program is building an expansive library of groundbreaking Georgia-based artists. But the Working Artist Project, which commissions work from artists such as monumental painter Xie Caomin and stylish filmmaker Micah Stansell, is the institution's crown jewel. 75 Bennett St. 404-367-8700. mocaga.org. less...

Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Runner-up: Fernbank Museum of Natural History


767 Clifton Road, 404-929-6300, www.fernbankmuseum.org

Best museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)
Runner-up Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 535 Means St., 404-688-2500, www.nexuspress.org

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best museum BOA Award Winner

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
If only this category were called "Best Museum That Doesn't Have Dinosaurs," then maybe the High or the Michael C. Carlos Museum would stand a chance. The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit at the FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY helps it stand alone as Atlanta's best. Inside the main atrium, a fictionalmore...
If only this category were called "Best Museum That Doesn't Have Dinosaurs," then maybe the High or the Michael C. Carlos Museum would stand a chance. The Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit at the FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY helps it stand alone as Atlanta's best. Inside the main atrium, a fictional battle rages on the plains of prehistoric Argentina between the plant-eating Argentinosaurus and the meat-eating Giganotosaurus - two of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. There's also the weekly Martinis & IMAX, a great date night if your significant other is into vodka and late Cretaceous fauna. More dinos are on the way in 2009 when the exhibit Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries opens on Valentine's Day. I've already marked my calendar! Museum: Free-$15. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Martinis & IMAX: $7-$15. Fri., 5:30-10 p.m., January-November. 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org. less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Private Art Collection BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Elton John

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) (Featured)
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitionsmore...
Though it works with a quirky, out-of-the-way exhibition space in the shade of the Marriott Marquis hotel, the small but deeply relevant MUSEUM OF DESIGN ATLANTA — the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to design — has managed to balance an interesting mix of national exhibitions and local shows. Many of them feature an advocacy edge recognizing the value of great (and green) architecture and affordable design to the future of the city. less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art

Best Museum Makeover BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
High Museum of Art (Featured)
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART is hoping to pull some serious attendance with the Nov. 12 unveiling of its $130 million expansion designed by revered Italian architect Renzo Piano. Three new buildings linked to the original Richard Meier-designed museum will more than double the museum’s size. Expectmore...
The HIGH MUSEUM OF ART is hoping to pull some serious attendance with the Nov. 12 unveiling of its $130 million expansion designed by revered Italian architect Renzo Piano. Three new buildings linked to the original Richard Meier-designed museum will more than double the museum’s size. Expect blockbuster crowds for the inaugural exhibition, a retrospective of the 88-year-old legend Andrew Wyeth. Let’s hope that what’s good for the High is good for the rest of Atlanta’s arts scene. less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Off-Peachtree Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art

Best Museum Off Peachtree BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Spelman College Museum Of Fine Art
Under the tutelage of director Andrea Barnwell, SPELMAN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF FINE ART has overcome a location far from the city center, by making the museum a destination and turning out memorable shows, including a pair of solo shows centered on two generations of African-American female artists, "ionamore...
Under the tutelage of director Andrea Barnwell, SPELMAN COLLEGE MUSEUM OF FINE ART has overcome a location far from the city center, by making the museum a destination and turning out memorable shows, including a pair of solo shows centered on two generations of African-American female artists, "iona rozeal brown ... a3 black on both sides" and "Carrie Mae Weems: The Louisiana Project & Dreaming in Cuba". "350 Spelman Lane, 404-270-5607. www.museum.spelman.edu" less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
The Museum Of Contemporary Art Of Georgia
It wouldn't be hard to give the High a run for its money, since that institution seems to have all of the bling-bling but none of the mojo. THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF GEORGIA is managing to find a balance between honoring the achievements of established artists and focusing on new talent. Highlightsmore...
It wouldn't be hard to give the High a run for its money, since that institution seems to have all of the bling-bling but none of the mojo. THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OF GEORGIA is managing to find a balance between honoring the achievements of established artists and focusing on new talent. Highlights this year included the top-notch "Color, Complexity, Color" show and Kojo Griffin's installation project. "1447 Peachtree St., 404-881-1109. www.mocaga.org" less...

Best Naked Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Pink Pony (Featured)
Big, fun and loaded with beautiful women, the PINK PONY THEATRE AND MUSEUM is the best choice for satisfying your sleazy side and still telling people you went to "the museum." If there is a museum in there, no one would know; they're all watching the show, "err" theater. If you want attention, you'llmore...
Big, fun and loaded with beautiful women, the PINK PONY THEATRE AND MUSEUM is the best choice for satisfying your sleazy side and still telling people you went to "the museum." If there is a museum in there, no one would know; they're all watching the show, "err" theater. If you want attention, you'll have to drop a wad (so to speak), but skinflints won't get the evil eye. Women are welcome, too, and quite a few come. To the Pink Pony, that is. "1837 Corporate Blvd., 404-634-6396. www.showbars.com" less...

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
High Museum of Art (Featured)

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
High Museum of Art

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art

Best Museum BOA Award Winner

High Museum of Art and High Museum Folk Art and Photography Galleries
1280 Peachtree St. 133 Peachtree St. 404-733-4550 www.highmuseum.org. It's tempting to award this category to the new Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia just in the hope that the venue (to open January 2002) will fill a huge gap and bring us challenging contemporary art shows in a museum setting.more...
1280 Peachtree St. 133 Peachtree St. 404-733-4550 www.highmuseum.org. It's tempting to award this category to the new Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia just in the hope that the venue (to open January 2002) will fill a huge gap and bring us challenging contemporary art shows in a museum setting. But for now, the High gets the nod for staging some good shows this year. Most notable: "The Art of William Edmondson" and "Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project" at the downtown galleries and, in Midtown, "The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of 20th Century Art " and "Contemporary Drawings by Italian Architects". less...

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