The first Art Crawl of 2013 this Saturday night will feature the third annual exhibition of The Disposables, a show of disposable camera photography by the vendors of Nashville's street newspaper The Contributor.
Just as The Contributor gives its homeless and formerly homeless vendors a greater voice within our community, The Disposables gives Nashville a chance to see its streets through the eyes of the men and women who live on them. This show is always a welcome addition to the Art Crawl because it's one of the best examples of how Nashville's homeless community has created a place for itself in the city's art scene.
The artist Joseph Beuys suggested that art wasn't a specialized profession for special people with special talents so much as it was a heightened capacity to bring dignity to the everyday lives of everyday people. He also coined the phrase “social sculpture” to describe an interactive art event that required audience participation for its completion. The Disposables isn't exactly interactive, but the context of a show of work by people with nowhere to live frames this exhibition in a much larger dialog about poverty and privilege in Nashville, and it's just the sort of thing Beuys might have gotten excited about.
In addition to the work by photographers, the reception will feature music by Al and Whit Hill, Adam Chaffins, Millicent Martin, Lynn Taylor and Graham Gray. Food will be provided by Christie Cookie and Porter Road Butcher. There is a five dollar suggested donation for the event and all sales of prints will benefit the artists and the newspaper.