‘Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale’ was one of four new exhibitions that debuted at the High Museum’s Summer Kickoff event. Photo by Emma Dakin.

The High Museum of Art hosted a Summer Kick-Off Party June 23, offering an artist talk with studio potter Magdalene Odundo and debuting four new exhibitions. The new exhibitions include “Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo,””Merry Go Zoo,””Technicolor” and “Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale.” “Merry Go Zoo” is the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for the museum’s courtyard. The new installation features four large-scale, colorful, kinetic structures, similar to the former installation. Hayon is also featured in a second exhibition, “Technicolor,” which includes both large textiles and ceramics that were created expressly for the High.

Guests at the High Museum enjoy drinks and dancing as part of the museum’s Summer Kickoff Party. Photo by Emma Dakin.

Another new exhibition showcases British photographer Paul Graham. In “Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale,” more than 35 works are on display including both individual, large-format photographs and grouped sequences of images. Graham’s documentary-style photography “examines the state of race and social class in America while using the very nature of sight and the medium of photography as metaphors for inequality, invisibility and the ways photographs inflect our perceptions of the world,” according to the High Museum official website. As part of the summer celebration, the High also offered refreshments and music in the plaza, featuring DJ Kemit and T. Lang Dance. “Universal and Sublime: The Vessels of Magdalene Odundo” is on view through Sunday, Oct. 15. “Technicolor” is on view through Sunday, Oct. 15. “Paul Graham: The Whiteness of the Whale.” is on view through Sunday, Oct. 22. “Merry Go Zoo” is on view through Sunday, Nov. 26. For more information on events and exhibitions at the High Museum, visit their website here.