Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nashville Trip Day 4 - Frist Center for the Performing Arts - The Grand Ole Opry

We decided to substitute art for music during the first half of our fourth and last day in Nashville.  When we visited the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in 2004 there was an excellent exhibit on the pop artist Red Grooms.  This year the main attraction was an exhibit on Animation.  There were videos tracing the history of animation from the early days in the 19th century until today.  Obviously the quality of animation has improved with the modern computer technology.  We saw Steamboat Willy, Felix the Cat, and Toy Story 3 among other videos.

There was a corridor with photographs by Marty Stuart who is best known as a country musician.  He even played with Johnny Cash.  Lastly there was an exhibit called Real/Surreal selections from the Whitney Museum of  American Art.  We attended a tour of this exhibit by a docent who was extremely enthusiastic about the artwork.  This particular exhibit covered works painted from 1929 through the 1950s.

Finally we attended the Grand Ole Opry which featured the following performers:

  • Bill Anderson
  • Dustin Lynch
  • Craig Morgan
  • Restless Heart
  • Gwen Sebastian
  • Jeannie Sealy

I especially enjoyed Country Hall of Famer Bill Anderson.  I remember his crossover hit Still from the early 1960s.  He didn’t sing it at this performance.

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