Nashville is often called “The Athens of the South”. It seems fitting then for us to have a replica of the Parthenon. However, I feel that in bringing the Parthenon to Nashville, it loses some of its meaning. It is a wonderful place to visit and it truly looks just like the original Parthenon in Athens. I think it’s a great thing to have but I wish there were a way to communicate what the Parthenon meant to the Athenians. The Parthenon is a temple to the goddess Athena. People would make sacrifices on the steps and worship there. When seeing the Parthenon in Nashville, you don’t get that sense. You really just see it as a replica and don’t always get the back story on it.
I wrote a poem from this mind set.
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One of our trips was to a place literally two blocks from my home. It’s a little place called Hillsboro Village. I have been there many times to get some Sweet Cece’s or to interview bands at Fido’s. What I didn’t know was that every month they have an art crawl. In a large majority of the shops and restaurants, there is art hanging that is made by local artists. Not many cities embrace their local artists like this and I think that is a shame. It shows the pride this city has in its constituents. Having art so easily available to the public creates a much different experience for the viewer than if it was in a private building like the Frist.
I think that having these paintings in shops and businesses helps the viewer to imagine it in their own home. These paintings were chosen because the shop owner thought they would fit the look of their building. They don’t look out of place or awkward on the wall. The paintings look like they were made to hang in those specific buildings.
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Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art was a very wonderful place. Cheekwood does have some galleries but they also have some pieces outside. It think that having art in nature really enhances my experience. Art seems to blend/fit much better in nature, like it belongs there. It makes me pay more attention to the space I’m in. I like seeing art in nature because when it’s in a building I feel like I’m supposed to look at and enjoy it but when it’s in nature it’s my choice. The property at Cheekwood was beautiful and I really wish that I was able to explore it more. I plan to go back and spend more time outside exploring. I sketched a picture of one of the cool places I found while there (warning: I’m not a good drawer haha).
The cup on that pedestal was really cool because what looked like handles were actually the horns of goats that were part of the cup as well. I did not notice that for a while but I thought it was really interesting!
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I have learned this year that I learn a lot more about paintings when I write poems about them. It makes me look deeper into the painting and discover things I wouldn’t other wise. I also come to a new understanding about the painting. I wrote two poems about a painting I saw at the Frist in the Fairy Tales exhibit. It’s called Green Goddess I (by Inka Essenhigh). I wrote two different poems about it. The first poem I used only short lines because when you use enjambment it can have a big impact on how a poem reads and what words are emphasized. The second poem was written with longer lines to create more fluidity and better visualization. I will post the first poem, followed by a picture of the piece it was inspired by and then finally the second poem.
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As I said in my previous post, there were some other exhibits at the Frist that I was able to see as well.
The Answers to Questions exhibit was very very cool. There were a ton of videos of these two guys doing the most random things but it was great. I was transfixed by these videos and I didn’t want to stop watching all of them! Some were quite odd like my favorite one which was the two guys tied together by their legs (like in a 3 legged race) and there was a machine shooting tennis balls at them. They didn’t know where or when a ball would be released so they were just hopping around trying to not get hit. It was great!
The other exhibit was the Phillips Collection. I have decided to take a different approach to talk about the Phillips Collection. In the previous post I have provided a link to the Frist’s page about it and here I will analyze one of the paintings I really liked for you. It is called Storm Voices and is by Paul Dougherty.
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My friends were talking to me about this new exhibit at the Frist called Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination and how much they loved it. I was absolutely thrilled when my professors took us there on a field trip and I got to see it for myself. Let me tell you something, it’s WONDERFUL! There are two other exhibitions we saw as well that I will discuss later on in my next post (they are called The Phillips Collection and Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison).
Fairy Tales was a really cool exhibit to see. I loved that a lot of the art was a mixture of all types of mediums. There were some photographs, lights, paintings, sculptures, etc. I was able to experience these fairy tales I grew up hearing in a totally different light. Some were quite freaky but they were incredible.
I think that this show is valuable because it shows another side of the story. It goes deeper in and makes me realize that I can’t take everything for what one person says it is. Fairy tales have always had a darker side that I never knew about until I was older. I never knew that stories like Cinderella were originally much different. It brings a new light to all the stories we have been told throughout our lives and how people interpret things differently.
I highly encourage you to go look at this exhibit if you can. It was amazing!
Radiator Building - Night, New York, 1927
Tete de Femme (Head of a Girl)
Poem I wrote about this painting. It is untitled. I wrote this trying to use adjectives sparingly but instead tried to use concrete nouns and verbs.
Lost and cold she stares ahead
Calm waves of the sea lay on her head
Blood, as if gone from her face, she does not look at me
Her mouth parted uttering a small cry of help
She’s lost in her own world
Swimming in a sea of blue
Her shawl wrapped around her shoulders,
The only thing keeping her alive
All color has left her lips; she sees nothing ahead
Almost gone, she feels no pain
Her will has left,
She holds a blank stare at a future she cannot see.
I think my favorite gallery in Nashville that I found is at Fisk University. Not many people know about it but they are home to paintings done by Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, and Diego Maria Rivera. I was shocked that their paintings were being housed in the a small university in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s AMAZING! I was in awe of this place. Artists whose names I’ve known since a small child have paintings hanging right in front of me. I never thought that I would be standing inches from any of their work in my life. This Gallery was actually given to Fisk by Ms. Georgia O’Keeffe herself in honor of her husband. There are also other galleries/collections in their library which is open to visitors to look at as well. The paintings in the library are very cool. In my art class I had just learned a lot about different types of lines and color. It was very cool to see how they worked in a piece of art and to discover these things for myself.
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