If you are one of those people that don’t go to art galleries because it doesn’t give you the chance to dance on the weekends, well then you have absolutely no excuse to miss out on attending two major art pARTies in Nashville this week. No excuse whatsoever I say!
Let me jump right into this jam and remind you that this Thursday, June 23rd, marks one heck of a fiesta at The Mercy Lounge starting at 8pm. For a mere $10 to get in the door (and 21 years of age for those who need to get babysitters for the fun evening to be had), you will have the opportunity to discover and re-discover some of the most eclectic artists, fashion designers, photographers, musicians, models, and other creative people that Nashville has to offer. Put together by the organization RAW, there will be a special guest host, a house DJ, and a multi-faceted artistic circus of creativity. I won’t name names here for the sake of letting you be surprised and surprise yourself with the talent on hand, but know that each RAW event features some sort of combination of a short film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and more featured hairstylists and makeup artists to shake a tail feather with that you can handle for the short time, one-night, they are all together in one spot. You can either buy tickets at the door or purchase them online HERE while even choosing ahead of time which main artist you’d like to support before being blown away by the rest of the lot.
Then, once you’ve sat down on the couch for a bit and rested those footsies, you might as well keep those dancing shoes tied for a complete Frist Friday out of this world from start to finish. To start, you can venture over to the Frist Center and calmly take in the opening of Vesna Pavlović: Projected Histories in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery. Pavlović, a world-renowned photographer hailing from Serbia, has a knack for capturing images of architectural interiors, tourist sites and cultural events that examine ways photography shapes personal and cultural identities. The photos included in Projected Histories (which as I mentioned opens Friday, June 24thand then runs through September 11, 2011) were taken by Pavlović while traveling through the United States and his native Serbia over the last 13 years.
After you take a seat in the lobby or café for a few seconds to rest your legs and yet simultaneously prepare yourself for the main evening event to attend later at 6-9pm, you can drop by the Frist’s Auditorium at noon for a FREE, first come, first seated “Curator’s Conversation: Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work.” There you can join a lively conversation between the co-curators of Wahol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work as they offer insights into the most visually exciting exhibition that I know at least my household has been waiting to see for over a year now. The exhibition, Warhol Live also opens this Friday, June 24ththrough September 11, 2011, and is the first exhibition to deeply delve into the roles music and dance played in the artist’s life and work. Honestly, do you need any other information to get your butt down to the Frist to see this particular exhibition for such an artist that created art that still resonates within our world today?!
Welp … if you do need more information and/or events other than simply saying Warhol is here at the Frist, then let me blow your mind by letting you in on the party the Frist Center has arranged to kick this thing off right. This Frist Friday, June 24th, from 6-9pm, without further ado, will be your chance to dance to The Long Players performing The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers.” As homage to Andy Warhol’s love of, and often times obsession, for Mick Jagger, The Long Players will perform The Stones’ classic album to its entirety per usual. The Long Players are a group of Nashville-based musicians who have taken classic albums and performed them live in their original sequence since 2004. The list of participants inside The Long Players is also so tremendous that I’ll yet again let you be surprised by the big name musicians stepping in on this concert (*side note- one of the mentioned big name musicians that will be on stage actually recorded with The Rolling Stones on their hits “Brown Sugar” and “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’”). The Long Players decided upon playing “Sticky Fingers,” aside from the amazing songs that make it, because Warhol designed the original album package. That very package will be on display with the rest of the pieces in the Warhol Live exhibition inside the overall party to be had by all at the Frist.
And then Sunday you can rest.
Enjoy your week(end)!