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Cheekwood invites members of the Nashville community to play an unexpected role in More Love, a groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition scheduled to open at the botanical garden and museum of art on September 20.

Artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s piece, entitled First Love, will be created for this exhibition from the individual memories and personal histories of its audience. Participants are invited to set up appointments during the exhibition’s first four weekends to meet with one of two professional forensic artists. During this one-on-one meeting, the visitor will be asked to describe the physical characteristics of his or her first love from memory; the resulting collection of sketches will then be displayed in the Museum of Art as a part of the More Love exhibition.

The interview process takes up to two hours and includes the aid of an FBI identification book and questions that may be surprisingly difficult to answer – e.g. How far apart were her eyes? How wide was his chin? As each participant must reflect on their own personal history, they may find themselves feeling doubt, guilt, joy, and/or sorrow as memory stirs emotions old and new. In First Love, the artist challenges our memory in other ways, too – who was your “first love,” and are you rewriting your own history? For Neuenschwander, love is a tool for investigating knowledge and time.

To schedule an appointment with a sketch artist, participants should send an email to with their name, contact information, and preferred time slot. Each appointment takes approximately two hours; schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 20, 9:30 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Alice Bendig, Forensic Sketch Artist, Bartlett, Illinois

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 – 11:30am, 12:30-4:30pm
Alice Bendig

Saturday, September 28, 9:30 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Phil Cicero, Composite Sketch Artist, Nashville

Saturday, October 5, 9:30 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Phil Cicero

Saturday, October 12, 9:30 – 11:30am, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Artist TBD

About More Love:
More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s explores the deep human need for connection in a world heavily influenced by technology, globalism, and gender and sexual politics. This is the first major
exhibition to investigate the many ways contemporary artists have addressed the subject of love: as a political force, as a philosophical model for equitable knowledge exchange, and as social interaction within a rapidly changing landscape of technology and social media.

More Love brings together 45 works by a diverse group of nearly 30 artists working in the last two decades in a range of media—video, photography, sculpture, sound, participatory art projects and choreographed events—to investigate the ways we express love today. The exhibition will run from September 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014.

About Cheekwood
Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. Our mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, seniors $10 and children 3-17 are $5. Parking is $3 per car. Admission during LIGHT Bruce Munro Nights will be $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit

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