Radio Romance: Mainstream Country in the 1980s highlights a collection of artists that heavily incorporated pop influences into their country music. The exhibit features revolutionary pop-country artists Barbara Mandrell, Janie Fricke, Eddie Rabbitt, Steve Wariner and more. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor inside the “Sing Me Back Home” exhibit and will run through April 2015.
Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art A survey of works from the 1920s to 1960s drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Real/Surreal examines American artists' representations of reality as a subjective and malleable state of mind rather than a fixed truth. Influenced by European Surrealists of the 1920s like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, some American artists used the tools of illusionistic representation to subvert reality entirely, while others subtly tweaked the conventions of realism to turn the familiar into something unsettling and uncanny. The exhibition includes works by Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Man Ray and Thomas Hart Benton, among others. Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. June 27-Oct.12, 2014 Upper-Level Galleries
Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy. The first exhibition dedicated to Italian Renaissance art in Nashville since 1934, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy explores the role of the two major new religious orders in the revival of the arts in Italy during the period 1200 to 1550. The exhibition presents drawings, illuminated manuscripts, liturgical objects, paintings, prints, printed books and sculptures drawn from the collections of major American and European libraries and museums, including works of art from the Vatican Library and Vatican Museums that have never before been exhibited in the United States. Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Oct. 31, 2014-January 25, 2015 Upper-Level Galleries
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Back by Popular Demand! The rare instance of a musical thriller, this chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous "barber-ism" and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled Benjamin Barker (aka Sweeney Todd). He returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The enterprising (and unforgettable) pie-maker Mrs. Lovett helps Sweeney Todd exact his revenge in the most "delicious" of ways. Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor. October 4 - 25, 2014 (previews: Oct 2 -3) Johnson Theater, TPAC
The Outsiders Sept. 18 - Oct. 5, 2014 Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by S.E. Hinton. The story and action of this play may be too intense for younger children. The best selling young adult novel of all time comes to NCT's stage in a powerful, hard-‐ edged production that has been three years in the making! In this intense coming-‐of-‐ age story set in 1965 Tulsa, Oklahoma, you're either a Greaser or a Soc. When these two gangs from opposite sides of the track clash, young Ponyboy will have to depend on his brothers and friends to survive. Written by a teenager, about teenagers and for teenagers, S.E Hinton's explosive first novel has captured generations of adolescent readers and is just as relevant today as it was when it first burst on the scene almost 50 years ago.
Set in 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this drama deals with real people, seen through the eyes of a young Ponyboy, a Greaser on the wrong side of life. Caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids, the Socs, and his tough underprivileged Greaser family and friends, Ponyboy tells us a story about life, death, love, and growing up. Directed by Heather Alexander. September 19 - October 5
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will debut a spotlight exhibit devoted to iconic crossover star Crystal Gayle. Crystal Gayle: When I Dream will feature fashion, awards, letters, family photos and more from her groundbreaking career. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2014.
William Edmondson was not only the first African-American artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1937 he also has left a very tangible legacy in Nashville and beyond. Some of the city’s parks, streets, civic buildings, and historic markers bear his name. In 2014 the Edmondson Park will be reopened after extensive renovation and addition of two commissioned sculptures by the artists Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley. The Edmondson Park Public Art Project will have several community outreach components, including the Oasis Center, Lipscomb University/Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation and Cheekwood. Cheekwood’s exhibition will highlight the Edmondson sculptures from its permanent collection supplemented by selected loans from other collections. This will be the first survey exhibition of Edmondson’s work since Cheekwood organized the William Edmondson traveling exhibition in 2000-2001. Edmondson is a luminary in the story of 20th century American art and has served as a source of inspiration for many other artists, even during his lifetime. This exhibition presents Edmondson in the company of select works by sculptors and painters who have followed in his footsteps. . September 27 - January 3, 2015
Various Park Venues
Celebrate Tennessee's State Parks! Discover miles of scenic waterways and acres of pristine land. Activities range from hikes, outdoor events, and family-friendly fun to weekend getaways and more.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, U.S., and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. See what's Happening at the Frist this month.