NAAD Presents: Art After Hours

Alright, y’all ready to get krrrazy?! Not even kidding, Art After Hours is basically the equivalent of a rave for fine arts. All the hottest galleries around town are staying open extra, extra late (5 – 8pm) for all of you party-holics, and they’re sure to celebrate with some special events, food and/or drink and even some new openings. This is Nashville’s finer culture at it’s best, and just a great opportunity to engage with a remarkably impressive community while the sun sets.

Art After Hours, presented by the Nashville Association of Art Dealers, takes place all around town with several prominent galleries, including, but not limited to: Cumberland Gallery (Green Hills), Gallery One (Belle Meade Galleria), LeQuire Gallery (Charlotte Avenue/Green Hills), Local Color (on Broadway), Midtown Gallery (on Broadway), Zeitgeist (Hillsboro Village), Bennett Galleries (Green Hills), Richland Fine Art (Green Hills), and Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery. Emily suggests checking out the Arcade downtown or Hillsboro Village for some art crawl fare, but I also want to highlight a very special event going on at Belmont University’s Lou Center for the Visual Arts.

A special exhibition, “Quick Read, Message Received: The Poster as a Vehicle for Social Commentary” from Nashvillian Kristina Graham has been on display for several weeks now, and her closing reception will be a part of this months Art After Hours event. In addition to a series of works by Graham, the exhibition also features celebrated artists Milton Glaser, Luba Lukova, Kelsey Freeman, Favianna Rodriguez and Jorge Arrietta. From Kristina’s artist statement:

Another notable difference between commercial advertising and political or social commentary imagery is that commercial advertising cultivates the capacity to be tempted, the willingness to indulge private desires and liberties such as buying a product or embracing a certain persona or lifestyle. In contrast, the political or social commentary poster cultivates a sense of obligation or responsibility, a stimulus to renounce private desires and pursue something larger then the self or, at the very least to generate awareness of the specific issue. From interviews and research I’ve learned about the social commentary poster culture. Through personal exploration I’ve generated a series of posters that comment on society and the human condition as we progress “from womb to tomb.”

Our resident photographer, @katecauthen took some preview shots for y’all, and if that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will. The closing reception (including food and drink, you moochers) will be from 5 to 7pm this Thursday, April 7th at Belmont’s Lou Center for the Visual Arts. Art After Hours, of course, takes place all around town and runs from 5 to 8pm. Check it out!