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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.11.2012

In Nashville

[Images one and two via Cheekwood]  

From time to time I mention Cheekwood, the English-inspired limestone estate designed by architect Bryant Fleming in the late 1920s and built by Nashville's Cheek family. The house and gardens are part of the city's history -- they bewitched a young Albert Hadley when he was a junior assistant working for Nashville decorator A. Herbert Rodgers -- and today welcome visitors as a public arts and botanical center.


So I couldn't resist pointing out that Cheekwood's art galleries may appear in a November episode of Callie Khouri's Nashville. According to the museum, a few scenes were recently filmed there.

[My own screengrab from Nashville]

If you visit yourself this month, Perspectrum is on view through October 31 in Cheekwood's courtyard gallery. Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Peter Phillips are among the included 20th-century artists. While black-and-white works on paper take center stage on Cheekwood's grounds, a companion pop-up exhibition filled with dynamic color is currently on 5th Avenue in Nashville's downtown arts district. And, as always, Cheekwood has its large collection of antique decorative arts, 19th-century landscapes, other diverse pieces of American art and 55 acres of lawns and gardens.

[Photography ©Bruce Weber, Vogue, July 1990. Feature can be seen here.]

Now for the flashback: Vogue's visit to Music City in the 90s. The entry pictured above (in Belle Meade?),  looks an awful lot like one featured in last night's premiere of Khouri's show.

4 comments:

The Devoted Classicist said...

Courtney, if invited to lunch at Belle Meade Country Club, do go, by all means. And order a Frozen Tomato and Sweet (fruit) Tea. Although not exactly a Time Capsule, the delicious, traditional club food is still very Mid-Century in Southern Values.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

My mom and grandmother are from Nashville, and I met my husband at Vanderbilt so I have a soft spot for the city. Cheekwood is absolutely beautiful, it seems just right that Albert Hadley would have started there.

Style Court said...

John -- I will! Thank you for the tip.

Style Court said...

Laura, random sidenote: Although they're doing lots on location, I read that they've built an exact replica of the Bluebird cafe for the show :) Curious to see if certain boutiques pop up as well. Just based on the pilot, the city is captured beautifully.