A Trip to Nashville Part 1 - 21c Hotel and Museum

Keri and I went on a day trip to Nashville on 7/23/2018 to just enjoy the day with a bonus of being able to actually be able to see an exhibition of Beth Cavener's sculptures at the Nashville 21c Hotel location. We weren't really sure what to expect and were really pleased with the experience. We walked in the lobby and began seeing art right away. The galleries start in the lobby and extend down and up one floor from there. It's easy to get to all the art via a nice central stairway. I'm not going to go into much detail about the hotel, the website covers that nicely and if you visit the staff is great about talking about the place if you want to interact. 

I do have a few photos of the art and want to go into that a bit. It is contemporary and stretches across an excellent breadth of that subject. There were a few interesitng photographic works hanging as well as scultpures, painting and mixed media. A large number of the pieces are pretty strong emotionally and or socially. This is a place you need to check out and wander through. The Beth Cavener works are hanging currently in the Gray and Dudley Restaurant and Bar which is on the ground floor of the hotel. 

 Emotions - The Choleric, The Sanguine, and The Melancholic (Beth Cavener Stichter)

Emotions - The Choleric, The Sanguine, and The Melancholic (Beth Cavener Stichter)

 Hank Willis Thomas (photographed without flash)

Hank Willis Thomas (photographed without flash)

 Hank Willis Thomas (photographed with flash)

Hank Willis Thomas (photographed with flash)

The art by Hank Willis Thomas is really something to see. He uses archival new photographs which are printed on refelctive vinal and metal surfaces. Under standard light you can barely make out an image on in the frame. The placards tell the viewer to specifically use flash to photograph the pieces. Once flashed the images resolve as I've illustrated above. Very striking to see it happen. 

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