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Special Exhibitions

WAR WOUNDS paintings by dane carder

The exhibit will be available from January 24 to May 31, 2015.

The Parthenon is pleased to announce a new exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of America’s Civil War (1861-1865). Featuring the paintings of Nashville artist, Dane Carder, thirteen are interpretations of Civil War surgeon Reed Bontecou’s documentary photographs of his patients taken 1863-1866. A smaller series focuses on popular 1863 wallpapers. Together these paintings represent the extreme loss endured by soldiers and their families.

The museum will host a free public opening, Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm. Artist Dane Carder will be in attendance.

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A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection

In an era when travel was limited, world’s fairs and similar expositions brought the world to people where they lived. The state of Tennessee chose to celebrate its one-hundredth birthday in 1897 with an exposition whose mission was both economic and cultural and which was designed to help heal the deep wounds left by the Civil War.

Local attorney and collector David Ewing, a ninth generation Nashvillian, has loaned his extensive collection of objects related to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition to the Parthenon Museum in order to share his fascination with the fair and inspire a similar interest in others. The Parthenon invites you to A Day at the Fair, created with objects from Mr. Ewing’s collection. This exhibit is intended to give modern-day travelers a feel for what it must have been like to visit the Tennessee Centennial Exposition over a hundred years ago. Follow the historical narratives of two families as they explore the fair; delight with them in learning about new inventions; experience exhilarating rides; meet famous, much-admired people; eat unfamiliar food; and at the end of the day, exhausted, catch the train home and get some rest for the next visit to the fair.

A Day at the Fair with the David Ewing Collection opens on Friday, July 11, and will remain in the Parthenon’s West Gallery through October 26.