Even if you don't know Alan LeQuire's name, you've probably seen the Nashville sculptor's work. His "Athena" at the Parthenon and his "Musica" in the Music Row roundabout are among the city's most public artworks. LeQuire's Cultural Heroes celebrates Black History Month and the intersection of the civil rights movement and American music history. The series of monumental clay heads depicts iconic artists including Bessie Smith, Lead Belly, Billie Holiday and Woody Guthrie. The latest in this series portrays seminal folk singer and guitarist Josh White, who rose from the Jim Crow South to become the U.S.'s first black musician to cut a million-selling record. The hugely influential White was also an activist, a friend to FDR and a victim of McCarthy-era blacklisting.
Sat., Feb. 27, 11 a.m., 2010