It takes a lot to get excited about art in the summertime. Popular conception is that, since it's generally pretty hot, galleries can't expect to draw a big crowd, so they sometimes hold their blockbuster shows and openings for the more temperate months. But this year's summer in Nashville is going to be something else all together. Show after show of mind-bendingly great work is on the schedule, and I've compiled a quick run-down of the top hits below.
Cue the movie montage scene and imagine us all as a bunch of Rockys in gray sweats planning to beat the heat with nothing but a jam box blasting Bananarama and the promise of free booze to help us get started.
• Tim Kerr: Your Name Here at Third Man Records
For Third Man's first art exhibit, they've enlisted the help of pioneering punk Tim Kerr of Big Boys and Poison 13 fame. His paintings of under-appreciated civil rights activists, beat poets and blues musicians will hang alongside custom skate decks. More information about this show will be in Thursday's Scene. July 3-7.
• 100x100=900 Project at Seed Space
Nashville is part of the international celebration for video art's 50th anniversary, thanks to Seed Space. One hundred video artists, from all continents, were invited to participate in this project, and each of them produced a video inspired by a particular year in the past century. The videos will be screened at 100 galleries all across the world. Check the full schedule here, and plan on several return visits. July 8-August 28
Mike Calway-Fagen was raised in Nashville, but he's left the city to focus on his art at the University of California in San Diego, and at various artist residencies around the country. Before leaving again to begin a visiting professorship at Indiana University in Bloomington this fall, Calway-Fagen will be exhibiting a collection of his collages, sculptures and photographs at Threesquared. Look for smart, hyper-referential works that combine disparate sources and treat art-making like an anthropological investigation of the self. It's also really pretty. Opening party July 13.
Patrick DeGuira curates a show focusing on studio practice and the relationship between artists and the material they work with. It's a combination of some of Nashville's brightest talents and out-of-towners who may be new to local eyes. A list of artists featured in the exhibition is below. Opening reception July 13, 5-8 p.m. Through August 31.
Emily Clayton/ nashville
Kevin Cooley/ los angeles
Adam Henry/ nyc
Ron Lambert/ nashville
Phillip Andrew Lewis/ chattanooga
Reuben Lorch Miller/ nyc
Chris Roberson/ nashville
Chris Scarborough/ nashville
Brent Stewart/ nashville
Lars Strandh/ oslo
Frances Trombly/ Miami