The Affectionately Yours: American Miniature Portraits and the Stories They Tell exhibit focuses on the Raymond and Linda White collection of American miniature portraits, featuring more than 110 individual pieces and their stories, handed down through generations. Most of the paintings were commissioned as gifts from one person to another, commemorating personal ties, recognizing family relationships and marking personal milestones. The pieces in the exhibition range in date from the 18th to the early 20th Centuries, commemorating men, women and children. While most of these types of portraits were painted primarily by men, many women artists made names for themselves as portraitists, finding success in a male-dominated field. Open thru August 25, 2013.
A Nashville resident whose work has been exhibited and collected internationally, Jack Spencer alters the surfaces of his photographs with techniques suggestive of painting-rich tones and colors, softly-focused or veiled forms, slight imperfections and painterly textures. Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface is composed of approximately 70 photographs that exemplify the relationship between these compelling surfaces and Spencer's interest in myth, mystery and the ephemeral nature of existence. This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala. A catalogue published by Vanderbilt University Press will accompany the exhibition. July 12-Oct. 13, 2013 Upper-Level Galleries
Saturday Evening Big Band dancing and listening to live music beginning at 7:00 PM. Free ballroom dance lessons are also taught. Bring your lawn chair. Centennial Café will sell snacks and beverages.
Gather the family and pack a picnic for a series of truly fantastic nights at Cheekwood. Join them on Thursday evenings in June and July for programs and performances for the whole family! With everything from puppet shows to musical performances... mark your calendars for these magical nights at Cheekwood.
The National Archives holds millions of records, both Union and Confederate. Discovering the Civil War draws on these through letters, diaries, photos, petitions, and patents to give visitors a chance to walk in the shoes of scolars in unlocking secrets, solving mysteries, and uncovering unexpected events from this pivotal point in our nation's history. The exhibit is divided into 12 thematic areas that combine great original treasures, engaging touch screen interactive, and social media tools. Discovering the Civil War runs from February,12 to September 1st, 2013
Vik Muniz is celebrated for his photographs of everyday materials, which have been arranged to reveal provocative and delightfully unexpected images when viewed from a distance. These transformative still lifes often relate to social concerns, as seen in the selections from the series Pictures of Junk and Pictures of Garbage on view in this exhibition. Merging high and low cultures, Muniz used castoff materials to recreate such masterpieces as Botticelli's The Birth of Venus and Jacques Louis David's The Death of Marat. By exploring the relationship between the supposedly timeless beauty of Western art and the grim realities of poverty and waste, Muniz reminds us that great cultural attainments throughout history have often been achieved in environments-and often as a consequence-of repression and economic disparity. This does not alter the greater truth of Muniz's vision: beauty, humanistic values, and spiritual aspiration can be found in the most abject of worlds. This exhibition is organized by the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C. Vik Muniz: Garbage Matters June 14-Sept. 15, 2013 Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
Step aboard the General Jackson Showboat, for their Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey, celebrates the deeply rich traditions of the music born in the Volunteer State.
Lee Greenwood: American Patriot traces the artist’s personal and professional life from his musical childhood in California to his award-winning music career. The exhibit also places a special focus on Greenwood’s most beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and his work with military and veterans organizations. This exhibition will run through April 25, 2014.
Internationally renowned British artist Bruce Munro will exhibit Light, an exhibition of 10 breathtaking, large-scale outdoor and indoor lighting installations coupled with indoor sculptures, at Nashville's Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art from May 24 through November 10, 2013.
While hosting Light, Cheekwood will offer extended hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings until 10:00 p.m. to share the luminous beauty of the exhibition in its most stunning state: under the night sky. On First Tennessee Fridays, Cheekwood will open its Pineapple Room Restaurant for dinner, host several bars with drinks and snacks throughout the property, and feature live music to enhance visitors’ Light experience.