CHEEKWOOD ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FOR MONUMENTAL JAUME PLENSA EXHIBITION, OPENING MAY 22 2015
NASHVILLE, TN. – Cheekwood has released its programming schedule to complement Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, the latest grand-scale exhibition to be featured at the estate’s historic grounds and Museum of Art. Opening May 22 and on display through November 1, 2015, the exhibition will feature outdoor and indoor installations by internationally acclaimed Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, including sculptures imagined specifically for Cheekwood’s grounds. The exhibition is organized by Cheekwood in partnership with The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, where four of the artist’s sculptures will also be on view.
Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape will be the artist's largest exhibition to date in the United States. HIs best-known U.S. works include Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park, and Echo, formerly on view in Madison Square Park in New York, now permanently sited at Olympic Sculpture Park at the Seattle Museum of Art. Plensa is the recipient of many international accolades and awards, including the 2012 prestigious National Visual Arts Award of Spain, the 2013 Velasquez Prize awarded by the Spanish Cultural Ministry, and Spain’s 2013 National Graphic Arts Prize.
Plensa’s body of work is inspired by the complexities of the human condition, the exploration between interior and exterior life, and the transmission of language and culture. Using cast iron, steel, bronze, alabaster and other materials, his distinctive sculptural portraits blur the line of language, culture, belief system and physicality to achieve luminous beauty and grace, a sense of harmony, and supreme calm.
This comprehensive exhibition at Cheekwood will span the historic estate’s grounds, gardens and museum galleries with nine large-scale outdoor sculptures, indoor installations and a selection of works on paper. Plensa will create two new works as a part of the exhibition, including a double sculpture entitled Soul of Words, sited on the prominent color garden lawn. Other highlights include Laura with Bun, a 23 foot high cast iron portrait gracing the entrance to Cheekwood's grounds placed in conversation with Plensa’s monumental sculpture Isabella (2014), installed near the entrance to the Frist Center.
"Special events and programming around our exhibitions is part of what makes Cheekwood such a valuable part of the community, said Shannon Hautman, Director of Education and Public Programs. From lively cultural experiences to more academic lectures, we've created so many wonderful opportunities for people to really connect with this important exhibition.
The following events are planned during Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
Lunch and Lecture: Caress the Art: Jaume Plensa’s Dialogue through Sculpture
Thursday, May 21
$18 members / $30 non-members (includes lunch, Pre-registration required)
Drawing on examples of Plensa’s work as well as the work of other contemporary artists, this talk will explore current trends in public sculpture, the use of the body, and the dialogue with the environment.
May 22 and First Fridays, July-October
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Explore Jaume Plensa's art both in the gardens and the museum while experiencing the sounds and culture of the artist's native Spain through music, live performances, and so much more!
Schedule of Programs:
May 22, July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 2:
Duo Sudeste: classical Spanish guitar
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Literary Garden
Live Poetry inspired by and written exclusively for the exhibition, presented by Southern Word
6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, & 7:30 pm in the Herb Garden
Trilingual Poetry Reading, presented by Vanderbilt University's Graduate Department of Spanish
7:00 pm in the Museum's Learning Gallery
Flamenco & Spanish Opera
8:00 pm in the Herb Garden (schedule varies each evening)
Spanish Wine & Tapas
May 22, First Friday July - October
6:00 pm & 7:45 pm
$60 per ticket. Limited seating; registration required.
A certified wine specialist will lead guests through five Spanish wines, paired with fantastic tapas prepared by the Pineapple Room’s Chef Jonathan Call. Embrace the spirit of decadent Spanish dining and stay to explore lively Spanish culture and breathtaking art during Spanish Nights.
Curators’ Perspectives—Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
Frist Center Auditorium
Gallery admission required; first come, first seated.
Chief curators Mark Scala (Frist Center for the Visual Arts) and Jochen Wierich (Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art) will have a wide-ranging conversation on the works, processes, and visionary ideas of the internationally acclaimed Spanish artist.
Plensa Learning Gallery
The Learning Gallery will provide an interactive and educational space designed to promote further engagement with the work of Jaume Plensa. Through selected works of literature and poetry, along with interactive displays, guests are encouraged to dig deeper into the text that inspires and informs Plensa’s work and explore their own response to the art. The Learning Gallery is on the upper level of the museum adjacent to the exhibition of Silent Rain.
Guided Collection & Exhibition Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday
Tours meet in the Museum of Art lobby
Free; no reservations required.
Learn about the Museum’s collections and current exhibition Human Landscape by artist Jaume Plensa with the help of knowledgeable guides.
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 presents world-class art exhibitions, showcases breathtaking gardens, and offers education programs and seasonal festivals to school children and families as well as to the citizens of Nashville and its visitors. Its attendance and membership have dramatically increased in recent years, and the institution has become an increasingly accessible and relevant place in the Nashville community. Cheekwood annually welcomes over 250,000 visitors, making us one of the city’s top cultural attractions, with approximately 12,000 member households.
Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Nashville, 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; First Friday nights July – October, open until 9 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, seniors $12 and children 3-17 are $7. Parking is $3 per car. For further information call 615-356-8000 or visit www.cheekwood.org.