The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, in partnership with the Frist Art Museum, presents a special program that will explore, through music, some of the themes in the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, currently on view at the Frist Art Museum. Dorothea Lange was one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century. She was a prominent advocate of photography’s power to effect change, and she used her camera as a political tool to expose what she saw as injustice and inequality.
During the program, the Del McCoury Band will perform songs inspired by Lange’s Depression-era photographs, including selections from Del and Woody, an album of songs with original lyrics by Woody Guthrie and music by McCoury. Del McCoury has won thirty-one International Bluegrass Music Association awards and was elected to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Amythyst Kiah will perform music inspired by Lange’s photos of the Deep South in the 1930s. Informed by her knowledge of African American roots music, Kiah’s sound blends old-time music and blues. She has released two albums—Dig and Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest of Glass—and contributed musically to Songs of Our Native Daughters, an album assembled by Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens and released earlier this year on Smithsonian Folkways.
The program will take place Sunday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m.in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater, is included with museum admission, and free to members of both the Frist Art Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Seating is limited, and a program ticket is required. Watch free and listen in as the program will also be streamed live at: countrymusichalloffame.org/streaming.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum collects, preserves, and interprets country music and its history for the education and entertainment of diverse audiences. In exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum explores the cultural importance and enduring beauty of the art form. More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at www.countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways.
The Frist Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery® features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members; $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and college students with ID; and $8 for military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (except Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit FristArtMuseum.org.