The lines between art galleries and everyday life are blurring with the Nashville Association of Art Dealers latest Art After Hours event. They're bringing 12 of Nashville's commercial galleries to a residential location, so that the art can be seen in a domestic context instead of a gallery's white box. NAAD member and event chairman Janice Zeitlin tells the Scene that the exhibit hopes to illustrate how art can affect the life of a city, while also joining galleries together to help foster the spirit of unity that makes art communities grow. We love the inclusiveness of the After Hours event — and the innovative way that NAAD is structuring a show. It's noteworthy for the art that it's showing, but also for the forward-thinking way they're presenting it.
NAAD is showing in four penthouses in Terrazzo, the high-rise condo development in the Gulch. Participating galleries include Bennett Galleries, Cumberland Gallery, Gallery One Fine Art, Gallery Simin, LeQuire Gallery, Local Color Gallery, Midtown Gallery, Richland Fine Art Inc., Richter Gallery of Photography, The Arts Company, Two Moon Gallery and Zeitgeist. Each gallery has its own designated space in the penthouses, and will feature about 10 artists each, including Myles Bennett, Lain York, Nick Dantona and Wayne White. Sept. 16-17 at Terrazzo —Laura hutson
María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Two Exhibits
Cuban artist María Magdelena Campos-Pons brings her art to two Nashville venues this fall — each showing an entirely different side of the artist. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: Journeys runs Oct. 7–Jan. 8 at The Frist, and features photographs, video and multimedia installations that tell the story of the survival of African cultures by evoking rites, myths, and narratives that have evolved through generations. Her work symbolically follows the history of the slave trade from her family's origin in Nigeria to Cuba, where they worked in the sugar industry, to present-day Boston, where Campos-Pons now works and teaches.
Meanwhile, Vanderbilt will be showing the first exhibition of Campos-Pons' drawings, including five large-scale, mixed-media drawings, works that the artist created as a means to explore themes central to her practice, such as issues of identity, exile and displacement as a Afro-Cuban artist living in America. María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Mama/Reciprocal Energy runs Oct. 13–Dec. 8 at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.
Handmade and Bound Festival
The first Handmade and Bound festival is coming to Watkins. Celebrating the intersection of books, arts and crafts, Handmade will feature two days of exhibits, readings, workshops, film screenings and lectures that focus on zine publishing, printing, bookbinding, the art of comic books and more. A family-friendly event for kids of all ages. Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; more information at handmadeboundnashville.com
Open Lot Session 6
The sixth session of Open Lot's Collaborative Performances Series — a series that features collaborations between musicians and local visual artists — will focus on what makes Nashville decidedly unique. Featured in this edition will be Dave Cloud, Lazer Slut, Fist City, The Most Amazing Century of Science, and Trophy Wife to name just a few. Sept. 24 at The End
To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures From the Brooklyn Museum
Ancient Egypt is far enough removed from our lives in present-day America that it may as well be another planet. King Tut's tomb, Cleopatra and Ramses the Great's preserved remains are mainstays of the pop cultural lexicon, and endure because of a continued reverence for their culture that most historic events can't claim. This exhibit includes 109 important works from the Brooklyn Museum's collection, including coffins, jewels and statuary. Oct. 7–Jan. 8 at The Frist
Those Darlins and Ovvio Arte
Ovvio Arte's Veta Cicolello and Theo Antoniadis have a reputation for really digging their teeth into projects, and since they shot Those Darlins' video for "Be Your Bro" at Ovvio last spring, their continued collaboration with the Nashville-based garage band has straddled fine art and dirty rock. At the end of September they'll be premiering the second Those Darlins video shot in the gallery, and later this fall, they'll mount an exhibit of their own photography, a large portion of which features members of Those Darlins as subject matter.
Coop begins its second fall season in the Arcade with no hint that it's giving up steam. The collective of artists and curators continues to show the most progressive art in Nashville's downtown district, starting with October's exhibit of work by Peter Froslie, a Boston-based multimedia artist whose latest series involves an avatar of the handsome but villainous John Wilkes Booth inserted into contemporary locales. Oct. 1-30 at Coop
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