ExHibitions - Current
Affectionately Yours: American Miniature Portraits and the Stories They Tell
February 14 - August 25
The Raymond and Linda White Collection of American miniature portraits at Cheekwood is brimming with stories. Of the 114 miniatures, many were painted as gifts from one person to another, paying tribute to family ties and close personal relationships. From examples dating back to the 18th century to the early 20th century pieces, these small tributes were given and received by wealthy families as well as families of lesser means, commemorating loved ones both living and dead. In this way, each piece functions as a part of a love story of some kind. This exhibition not only showcases the miniature artwork, but pieces together the stories that have stayed with these portraits as they were passed from generation to generation.
September 22 2012 - ongoing
Let’s Hear it for Trains! Train lovers, young conductors and engineers of all ages, we have great news! Due to popular demand, our smaller-scale Trains! garden railroad exhibition will stay on our grounds for another year. The exhibit features three amazing outdoor trains on three separate tracks, with so many wonderful details to explore, you’re sure to find something new every time you visit.
Permanent Residents: Artists from Cheekwood’s Collection
March 31 2012 - August 25
Within its historic walls, Cheekwood houses a Museum of Art especially known for its extensive collection of American art, including paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and decorative arts. Permanent Residents presents selected treasures by American artists who have become part of this collection.
The exhibition includes fine examples of nineteenth-century American painting from landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson River School to portraits, genre scenes, and still lifes. In addition, Cheekwood will display its portrait miniature collection that is one of the finest in the country. Moving into the twentieth century, there will be representative examples of works by The Eight, including Robert Henri, John Sloan, and George Luks. Highlights from the later twentieth-century include paintings by Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, and Jamie Wyeth. The paintings will be complemented by a cross-section of American prints, drawings, and photographs.
Permanent Residents will dedicate special galleries to Red Grooms, William Edmondson, and art of the American West. Nashville-born artist Red Grooms is represented in the collection with paintings, prints, watercolors, and one of the first of his large-scale picto-sculptoramas, Mr. and Mrs. Rembrandt. Cheekwood is home to the largest public collection of works by the African-American sculptor William Edmondson. A self-taught artist from Nashville, Edmondson is now considered a master in 20thAmerican art. A special collecting focus at Cheekwood is art of the American West. Given to Cheekwood by the John H. Hill family, it is a fine survey of art inspired by the Western experience.
Cheekwood has a great tradition of collecting American art, both historic and contemporary. Permanent Residents celebrates the artists whose works have come to stay with us to be enjoyed by our visitors.