PERMANENT RESIDENTS: ARTISTS FROM CHEEKWOOD’S COLLECTION
March 31 2012 – August 25 2013
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.