High’s China show could be biggest yet

People are loving the Terracotta warriors.

Michael Shapiro, director of the High Museum of Art, speaking at Tuesday’s meeting of Atlanta Kiwanis Club, told the audience that “The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army,” might end up being the High’s biggest show ever.

So far, the show has sold more than 250,000 tickets, and there are still two months left to the exhibit.

Shapiro, who has been with the High Museum since 1995, said the museum started keeping good visitation records during the Olympics. The Impressionists exhibit after the Olympics attracted 250,000 attendees.

The first year of the Louvre-Atlanta partnership (a show that lasted nearly a year rather than several months of a more traditional exhibit), about 300,000 people visited the High.

But Shapiro said it’s possible that China’s Terracotta Army, a show that began in November and will end April 19, could top the 300,000 mark, making it the High’s biggest show in its history.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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