Wednesday, a big night for performances at “Elevate: Art Above Underground,” will include the unveiling of “Reunion,” a lighthearted but technologically complex multimedia effort by Neil Fried, Priscilla Smith and Sam Wenzer. Fried filmed Smith and others at the Five Points MARTA station using what he calls “encaustic video,” a form of image processing that siphons off portions of the video stream into a reservoir of memory that fades or fixes according to luminosity. The video will be projected onto a wall on the upper level of Underground, on which Wenzer and Smith have painted a mural depicting moments from the video. The mural seems to come alive in time and space as the filmed figures move from the platform to the escalator, their motion sometimes syncing with the painted image.
Meanwhile, the High Museum of Art is inviting artists and gallerists to a free showing of “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters” on Saturday, October 15. The exhibition includes many iconic works from New York’s Museum of Modern Art — fab Constantin Brancusi sculptures and a great Jackson Pollock painting, for instance — as well as some welcome ringers, including Fernand Leger’s film “Ballet mécanique.” Those who don’t know art history are doomed to repeat it. The event, from 7 to 10 p.m., will have limited capacity, and the museum requests that reservations be made by Tuesday, October 11. Call 404-733-4401. Festive attire is suggested.
Elsewhere, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is again offering half-price memberships for artists and students, courtesy of the Possible Futures foundation. A mere $12.50 gets you free admission to shows, openings and programs, as well as discounts at art supply stores and other businesses. ACAC has developed a relevant and provocative roster of events — its speaker series is particularly impressive — and joining will make it easier to take advantage of these and other programs.