Atlanta’s High Museum Salutes John Portman

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By Stephanie Murg Comment

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Architect and Atlanta native John Portman, who designed a hefty chunk of his hometown’s downtown, gets the star treatment in a peachy new exhibition at the High Museum of Art. On view through April 18, 2010, “John Portman: Art & Architecture,” features architectural projects by Portman, now 85 (Frank Lloyd Wright guest lectured in one of his college courses at Georgia Tech), as well as his furniture, paintings, and sculpture. Among the 15 completed and current projects featured in the show is the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Portman’s pioneering atrium hotel of 1967 that he followed up with soaring airy spaces in Detroit’s Renaissance Center and the Marriott Marquis in New York City. These days, his firm is doing a bustling business in Asia, with projects underway throughout China and in India (a Hyatt for Hyderabad), and of course, South Korea’s Incheon Tower, a twin-towered complex that will stand 151 feet tall. Can’t make it to Atlanta? You need not be tardy for the party—check out the below video for more about Portman.