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Cheekwood To Open Temporary Downtown Gallery During Artober Nashville

Claire Corby

Claire Corby
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Cheekwood will join Nashville’s burgeoning arts district in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood with a Pop-Up Gallery during Artober Nashville, a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the city.

The special off-site gallery will feature a selection of contemporary art from Cheekwood’s ground breaking fall exhibition entitled More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing since the 1990s,organized by independent curator Claire Schneider for the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Pop-Up Gallery will feature seven artists included in More Love exploring human connection and individuality in the age of Facebook friends and Skype calls.

The Pop-Up Gallery, presented by Pinnacle Bank, will open on October 5 from 5:30 – 9:30 pm during the city’s monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. The exhibition will be presented at 516 Hagan Street, #102, a temporary space adjacent to Zeitgeist Gallery.

“We’re proud to be participating in Artober with a Pop-Up Gallery for a second year, following an overwhelmingly positive experience in 2012,” said Jochen Wierich, Curator of Art, at Cheekwood. “Not only is this a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the More Love exhibition outside of the Cheekwood estate, it’s a chance for us to demonstrate our support for community arts during Artober. We’re thrilled to play an active role in Nashville’s thriving art scene.”

The Pop-Up Gallery will include works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, considered the Andy Warhol of his generation. This temporary exhibition will also feature work from preeminent video artists Hadassa Goldvicty & Anat Vovnoboy; video and installation artist Mona Hatoum; interactive artist Chris Barr and sculpture and installation artist Julianne Swartz.

There will be a special project by socially engaged multidisciplinary artist Gregory Sale. Sale will visit Nashville in September to begin work with community groups on Love for Love, a new iteration of his Love Buttons series. This artwork engages the voices of those less often heard– that is, voices of individuals who are more often on the receiving end of a community’s generosity and social programs, at the food bank, at the homeless shelter, in prison, or in an English-as-a-second-language class. Sale and his local collaborators will organize a community wall drawing for the Pop Up Gallery that invites gallery viewers to contribute short love poems and evocative bits of language about love.

Following its opening, the More Love Pop-Up Gallery will remain on view through November 2with opening hours every Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 pm and other hours by appointment. To make an appointment outside of opening hours please email The gallery will also open for the November Art Crawl on November 2.

About More Love at Cheekwood

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 45works 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 at Cheekwood from September 20, 2013 – January 5, 2014.

About Artober Nashville

Artober Nashville is a month-long celebration of arts and culture in Nashville, designed to inform and inspire the community’s awareness of and participation in the array of activities during the month of October. It is held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month,designated by Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The celebration includes all arts and cultural activities, including visual and performing arts, music, craft, film and commercial businesses that may present arts activities. The Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and NowPlayingNashville partner with hundreds of arts and cultural organizations throughout Nashville to highlight the depth and breadth of arts activities with official Artober Nashville events.

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, 8miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Open Tuesday through Saturday 9:30a.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 Bruce Munro LIGHT Nights will be$15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, and $5 for Cheekwood members. For further information call615-356-8000 or visit