There’s no better time than high summer to enjoy visiting art museums and galleries. Escaping humidity and heat, you can step into a cool, quiet place and enjoy the experience of a local exhibition, or a rare collection from across the world. This summer, some of the most interesting exhibits can be found here in Tennessee and in neighboring states, making a short trip a refreshing way to spend your vacation days.
Locally, The Frist Center of Visual Arts has WARHOL LIVE – MUSIC AND DANCE IN ANDY WARHOL’S WORK from June 24–September 11, 2011. The exhibit presents a comprehensive exploration of the artist’s work as experienced through the lens of music and dance and boasts nearly 300 works, including objects and documents from the artist’s personal archives.
Nashville’s Cheekwood Museum and Gardens features a new sculpture project by earth artist David Wood. DAVID WOOD: DOUBLE HELIOTROPE: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN EARTH AND WATER runs from May 30 – October 31, 2011.
This installation is part of an ongoing Heliotrope series: horizontal radial wooden sculptures that engage materially, visually, and symbolically with the significance and power of the sun. The artist will be installing two pieces, Awakening and Reflection, one on land and the other on water.
Impressionism is coming to Memphis during the summer of 2011 in the form of two once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions at the Brooks Museum Of Art and Dixon Gallery And Gardens. These two top-rank art museums are partnering to present “A VERY IMPRESSIONISTIC SUMMER,” which offers audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in the artistic world of Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, John Singer Sargent, and Jean-Louis Forain, among others.
The Huntsville Museum Of Art in Alabama offers A SENSE OF PLACE: PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF THE SOUTHEAST, featuring work by members of the Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, an organization of professional artists bound by a common passion to promote the traditional methods of painting outdoors. From August 7 – September 23, 2011.