INSTRUMENTHEAD: The Photography of Michael Weintrob Exhibit at the Parthenon

Award-Winning Photographer to Showcase Over 20 Nashville Based Artists’ Portraits

NASHVILLE – May 30, 2019 - Metro Parks and Centennial Park Conservancy will be hosting INSTRUMENTHEAD, a three-month photo exhibition by award-winning Nashville photographer, Michael Weintrob, from June 12, 2019 to September 8, 2019 at the Parthenon Museum. This exhibition will feature over 20 striking and intimate portraits of Nashville based artists with their instruments. Artists featured at the exhibit will include four-time Grammy Award winner, Keb’ Mo’, Grammy Award winner, Jeff Coffin, multi-instrumentalist, Darrell Scott, Musicians Corner alumni, Wu Fei, and more.

“The first thing I tell the artist is that I’d like to tell their story through the photo, and include what makes them special as a musician,” says Weintrob. “I also ask, ‘How are your fans going to know that it’s you without seeing your face?’ So people show up with all the stuff that distinguishes them, and together we figure out how to incorporate it all into the portrait.”

The concept began in April 2000 at a photo shoot in which he suggested the musicians put their instruments in front of their faces, “just to spice things up and get creative.” The response was overwhelmingly positive, and “sparked an unprecedented art project, bringing together more than 500 musicians from across the globe over the course of nearly two decades.” In 2017 the INSTRUMENTHEAD book was published by Magnet Bound Press and won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Most Outstanding Design.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 12 in the East Gallery of the Parthenon from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring an introduction by Michael Weintrob, as well as musical performances by Jeff Coffin and Futureman (a.k.a. Roy Wooten), Richie Owens with Bob Ocker, and Jason Eskridge with Daru Jones.

In addition to the INSTRUMENTHEAD exhibit, the Parthenon will also feature Moment to Moment: the Art of Martin Weinstein which is set to open on June 1, 2019, and will be on view in the West Gallery through September 22, 2019. Weinstein, born in New York and raised in an artistic family, was first inspired by the work of 19th century English painter, J.M.W. Turner. Beginning in watercolor, Weinstein experimented with abstract art, always with layered elements. Eventually, he became frustrated at his inability to manipulate the layers beneath the surface and turned to landscape painting.

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The Parthenon is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Admission to the Parthenon is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 62 and over, and $4 for children ages 4-17. Children under 4 are admitted free. Admission includes access to all exhibitions and the Parthenon’s upper level, graced by a colossal statue of the goddess Athena.

Members of Centennial Park Conservancy, which supports the exhibitions and programming of the Parthenon, enjoy unlimited free access to the Parthenon. They also receive invitations to lectures, receptions, and other special events. Additional benefits include discounts at the museum store and free guest passes.

The Parthenon, owned and operated by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s Parks and Recreation Department, is the longest-lived art museum in the city of Nashville. Opened as a museum in 1931, its galleries are the home of the distinguished Cowan Collection of American art and feature several temporary exhibitions per year. The galleries are housed on the lower level of the Parthenon, the world’s only full-scale replica of the fifth-century BCE temple in Athens, Greece. Beloved symbol of civic pride to Nashvillians since its original manifestation as the art building for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of Nashvillians and visitors to the city per year. 

Metro Parks offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, the department oversees nearly 16,000 acres of open space, including 186 parks and 86 miles of greenways. The department’s mission is to sustainably and equitably provide everyone in Nashville with an inviting network of parks and greenways that offer health, wellness and quality of life through recreation, conservation and community.

Kelsey Kingdon
Centennial Park Conservancy
Marketing Coordinator