Exhibitions - Upcoming
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art
March 22 - May 25
Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art is an exhibition exploring the innovative shape bamboo art has taken since the mid-twentieth century. With rare wall-hung installations and pieces never before seen in the United States, this exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. More ...
Artist-in-Residence: Patrick Dougherty
March 22 - June 29
Cheekwood is excited to welcome North Carolina native Patrick Dougherty to Nashville as our 3rd Annual Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence. Dougherty is known for his giant, tangled works, described by The New York Times as “startling (and delightful) … woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons.” We can’t wait to see what he has in store for our grounds! More ...
Peony Snow (1931)
Japanese Woodblock Prints: Selections from The Judith and Joseph Barker Collection
March 22 - May 25
Although Japanese bamboo sculpture and woodblock printing are distinct art forms, they share a long and revered tradition of craftsmanship. One is the skillful transformation of bamboo grass into a three-dimensional object, the other produces a stunning print by carving an image into a woodblock plate.
Chronologically, the art of woodblock printing in Japan extends for a period of approximately three hundred years. Starting in the late seventeenth century with images of the so-called floating world – the entertainment district in Edo (now Tokyo) that included courtesans and actors – the medium evolved into a popular art form focusing on women and landscapes. These traditional prints are commonly referred to as ukiyo-e (or floating world pictures). During the late 1800s and into the middle of the twentieth century, artists reinvented this print tradition into a new type of print called shin hanga. The selections from the Judith and Joseph Barker collection on view here are all from the era of the shin hanga, focusing on the image of fashionable women, occasionally depicting them within a landscape.
The shin hanga prints in this collection continue the tradition of representing beautiful women also known as bijinga. During the Meiji era (1868-1912), the Japanese government actively pursued a program of modernization, opening the country to Western influences. While shin hanga artists portrayed women in traditional ways, focusing on pre-modern manners and customs, they often incorporated elements of Western art into their work. Prints by modern artists often demonstrated a superior understanding of Western perspective, rendering the human anatomy with a greater sense of illusion in space. As the shin hanga genre of beautiful women progressed in the early twentieth century, it became the vehicle for representing the “modern girl” or modan garn.
The popularity of ukiyo-e and shin hanga extends far beyond the islands of Japan. Major museums in Great Britain, France, and the United States now have extensive holdings of Japanese woodblock prints. Cheekwood is honored to show case these selected prints from a private collection.
David Rogers’ Big Bugs
May 23 - August 31
Summer 2014 will be Cheekwood’s wonderful summer of bugs! We expect giant ants, massive praying mantis, and enormous dragonflies along with many more predators, pollinators, and critters thanks to David Rogers’ Big Bugs installation. Explore 11 enormous insect sculptures created from fallen or found wood, cut saplings, twigs, raw branches, twine, bark, and other natural materials. More information coming soon!
Andy Warhol’s Flowers
June 14 - September 7
Andy Warhol began working on silkscreen paintings of flowers fifty years ago, and they became the only subject that he revisited throughout his entire career and in almost every medium. Take this rare opportunity to experience Warhol’s artificial flower images in the floral abundance of our very real summer garden. More ...