Nashville Visual Arts Events late May-June 2009
I’m sending this out a little early so I could get word around about the Fugitive 60 Second video festival and the TCASK fundraiser.
I learned this week that Libby and Ken Rowe are leaving town this summer—Libby’s starting a new gig at University of Texas San Antonio. It sounds like a good situation—big program, good facilities—but it’s sad to see them leave. Ken’s public art project for the
And then there’s Erika Johnson, who is leaving for
It is the time of year for these transitions.
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Matt Christy and Nick Stolle, Bad Apple Studio. A one-night show by two recent Watkins standouts in a studio in the 427 Chestnut building.
Fugitive 60 Second Video Festival, Harmony Landing, Pegram Short videos contributed by over 70 artists from the United States, France, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Cyprus, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Egypt, Vietnam, Korea, and the UK. The participants include Scanner, Melody Owen, and Edward Davee. Harmony Landing is in Pegram—if you take Highway 70 past Bellevue, keep going west until you cross into Cheatham County—turn left at the Town Hall, then take the first left after you cross the railroad tracks that run parallel to 70. Doors open at 4, the program will probably start at 8.
Tomato Tomato, Group Show
Rodney Crowell Fundraiser for TCASK, Belcourt. Crowell, his daughter, Ranger Doug, and Ranger Doug’s son are doing a concert to raise money for the Tennessee Coalition Against State Skilling, the primary organization advocating against the death penalty in this state. Go to the Belcourt website for tickets: www.belcourt.org.
Art After Hours. The Nashville Association of Art Dealers is starting a program in which members stay open from 5-7 on the first Thursday of the month. Several of the galleries will have special programs—Zeitgeist is hosting a discussion on art with food writer Kay West and restaurateur Arnold Myint, part of their Oblique Strategies series.
Arts Immersion event at Icon in the Gulch. The Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville and the Bar Association are sponsoring this multi-media event with bands Rachel Pearl and Milktooth; dance from the Blue Moves Modern Dance Group; film reels from FilmNashville and Nashville Film Festival; and visual art from Sheila B., Cindy Wunsch and more. I don’t think this is officially part of the Art After Dark event, but it adds one more thing to Thursday evening. It’s not a free event--$25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Blend Studio, Home. Blend is a new venue in the
Twist, Laina Seay and Erika Johnson. This is a farewell show for Erika, moving to
Tinney Contemporary, Donny Smutz. Smutz is a surrealist painter who works hot button images, whether it’s suggestive pictures of Catholic nuns or President Obama as the crucified Christ. The paintings look pretty engaging, packed with detail, but courting controversy may take precedence. Tinney’s press release wants you to know that there will be a private security guard protecting the exhibit.
Terrazzo, new artists presented by Zeitgeist. This is Zeitgeist’s last in their monthly showings at the Terrazzo building in the Gulch. This time they are showing work by art students and recent graduates locally and from around the country, including Janice Zeitlin’s kids Anna and Nate who are at Columbia College Chicago and Bard respectively. It also includes Kelly Bonadies from Watkins, Christine Peterson and Lani
Rymer, SCAD-N. This group show brings together several artists with ties to the Savannah College of Art and Design. The show will includes paintings by Michael Brown, Adin Murray, and Whitney Wood, paintings and video by SCAD dean Brett Osborn, and a room-sized installation by Charles Clary.
Estel, Be a Doll. A group show by women artists addressing women in today’s society. Typically for Estel, it’s got a great list of participants, and seems to include a bunch of folks who haven’t shown here before, or haven’t shown much, as well as important voices like Adrienne Outlaw and Lori Field.
Studio 83. This is a relatively new gallery in the
The Arts Company, Brother Mel. The latest from this multi-threat artist, Marianist brother, and perennial Arts Company favorite.
Plowhaus at TALS,
Downtown Presbyterian Church, Art Luck and Concert. This month the Art Luck features the resident artists who have studios in the Church and the works the Church has purchased from the annual group show. Also, in the chapel the group Welcome to 1979 is going to put on a conert featuring The Fireman’s Daughter, Seth Wood, and Carl Pike. Welcome to 1979 is a bunch of audio fetishists with an all-analog studio who are going to record the show to take advantage of the Chapel’s pretty acoustics.
Frist Center, Artist's Forum with Joseph Whitt. Joseph, who has recently moved to Brooklyn to organize programming for Jules de Balincourt's Starr Space, comes back to town to do one of the Frist's artist's forums. I think of Joseph first off as a curator, who when given the right forum makes the role of putting together exhibits and performances a form of personal expression, collaboration, and performance by all involved. But even in more traditional exhibit organizing at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts gallery, he quickly developed a track record of putting together clever and revelatory shows.
Firefly Fine Arts Festival,