Fall 2022 Guide: Art Galleries | Cover stories

Leslie Holt: an intimate grammar


Southern Arts

October 1-29 at Zeitgeist, 516 Hagan St.

The biggest show on Nashville’s fall gallery calendar is the resurrection of Southern Arts at Zeitgeist, a series of exhibitions with deep roots and a turbulent history. Artists Robert McGowan, Don Estes and Cory Dugan founded the art journal Number in Memphis in 1987. The journal grew with the help of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, becoming a quarterly edition covering the entire region – from Arkansas to Florida, from Maryland to Texas. Number was a ubiquitous presence in Nashville galleries in the 1990s and early 2000s, but she struggled to outgrow her print model in the digital age, and her academic voice became less and less to the fashion.

Now, Number moved to Nashville and flipped the script, remaking itself a digital platform that prints occasional collector’s editions under acting editor Jon Sewell. Southern Arts is an annual regional exhibition and benefit for Number which ran from 2014 to 2019 before being derailed by the pandemic. Southern Arts has presented a top-notch juror list over the years, including 21c Museum director and chief curator Alice Stites, artist Wayne White, Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala, and director of arts Tri- Star Brian Jobe.

This year, 82 artists were chosen by curator Frist Katie Delmez. Middle Tennessee artists on display include Cesar Pita, Dooby Tompkins, Omari Booker, Amelia Briggs, Sai Clayton, Paul Collins, Lindsy Davis, Elise Drake, DaShawn Lewis – and yours truly. The show runs from October 1-29. Follow

@numberinc on Instagram for announcements of special events during the exhibit’s welcome term at Zeitgeist.

Cybelle Elena: Beaches of Purgatory

Opening on October 1 at the Coop Gallery, 507 Hagan St.

Coop Gallery wasted no time in making use of the new space it took over from The Packing Plant this year. The gallery has held large group exhibitions, spacious video screenings and even dance performances in its new digs, and its October program includes an immersive installation by local designer and creative director Cybelle Elena. Elena’s Purgatory Beaches is a cruise down the Styx River through an immersive exhibition that transforms visions of a spiritual afterlife into the nightmare of an eternity spent in a gallery gift shop. Expect wild sets, props, costumed characters, and plenty of weird merchandise. The portal to this limbo of late capitalism opens on October 1st. For more information, call 615-486-HELL.

Leslie Holt: an intimate grammar

Opening on October 4 at the David Lusk Gallery,

516 Hagan Street

Leslie Holt brings An intimate grammar at the David Lusk Gallery on October 4. These conceptual multimedia paintings deploy acrylics, screen prints, cutouts and embroidery on raw canvas to illuminate and expand upon the colorful brain scan images that inspire them. This is a show about mental health and medical imagery, but I’m all for Holt’s beautiful stained materials and double-sided tapestries with embroidered images – the messages seem lucid and clearly stated in a side, but abstract and fractured on the other. other.


Paul Collins: Be Still and Give Your Shadow a Break

East of Nashville

Paul Collins: Be Still and Give Your Shadow a Break

Opening in October at the Red Arrow Gallery, 919 Gallatin Ave.

The Red Arrow Gallery welcomes Paul Collins’ Be still and give your shadow a break for October. This display of monumental book forms, along with a selection of sculptures and paintings, offers the kind of diaristic documentation we’ve come to expect from Collins’ slice-of-life sketches of the everyday. I’m always intrigued by exhibitions that cross the boundaries of sculpture and painting, and Collins’ book exhibitions recontextualize how the works on display engage with each other, providing viewers with an interactive experience that transforms visits. of traditional galleries in one Choose your own adventure story.

North Nashville

Good Vibes Festival

October 15 on Buchanan Street; silent auction held at Elephant Gallery, 1411 Buchanan St.

Elephant Gallery and its neighbors will celebrate all that’s happening in North Nashville at comedian Josh Black’s Good Vibez festival on Buchanan Street on October 15. Black promises more than 100 vendors selling art, clothing and jewelry at the event, and Elephant will host a silent auction to benefit the Nashville Black Assembly political organization. Bring the whole family and get in on the action with a pumpkin painting contest and the creation of a community street mural. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Younique: Unique studies

Opening in November at the Nka Gallery, 915 Buchanan St.

Nka kicked off the fall season with its September show of the sexy and stylish portrayal of Joseph Patrick II, the aptly titled body of work. Another Nka highlight will be a show by Nashville-based artist Younique in November. Unique studies will include a variety of works, including sculpture and film. I’m a big fan of the recent Younique trading card project designed in honor of Nashville hip-hop MC Ron Obasi, and I’m always up for multimedia exhibits that demonstrate discipline unbound by material constraints.


Tyler Shields: Indulgent

Until December at the Bobby Hotel, 230 Fourth Ave. NOT.

Tinney’s latest installment in his series The Collection at Bobby by Tinney Contemporary will trail throughout the fall until the end of 2022. Tyler Shields’ Indulgent presents a selection of the photographer’s sleek and sly images, which combine the aesthetics of film and fashion photography with irreverent narratives to comment on our mediated hyperreality.

Wendy Walker Silverman: The Hive Mind Dreams of Sleep

Oct. 15-Nov. 26 at Tinney Contemporary, 237 Rep. John Lewis Way N.

Wendy Walker Silverman’s last exhibition, The hive mind dreams of sleep, debuts at Tinney Contemporary on October 15 and will run until November 26. brand making. This variety of work reads as if Silverman has been experimenting with new ideas since her last solo show at Tinney in 2020, and I’m still up for a risky show from an established artist who’d rather take her chance to grow up in the spotlight than just coasting.

South Nashville

Yanira Vissepo: Between floating worlds

Opening in October at Electric Shed, 254 Morton Ave.

I was lucky enough to have an impromptu studio visit with Yanira Vissepo this spring. It was the first time I had seen the artist’s signature tapestries, which land somewhere in the gentle overlap of painting, printing and textile art. Since then, the artist’s work has been on display in an elevator at 21c Museum and Hotel and in the main club area of ​​Soho House. In October, Vissepo will open its first show at Electric Shed. The artist’s unique multimedia practice matches the venue’s eclectic programming, and I can’t wait to see how Vissepo will bring his prints to another non-traditional exhibition space.

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