Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents and Living, an exhibition by senior Watkins Photography students Rebecca Lindley, Upreyl Mitchell, Joe Nunez, Alanna Styer and Laura Whitfield, at its downtown gallery WAG during the March 7 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl.
The work in and Living – including photography, installation, sound and book art – emerges from the socio-cultural and economic realities of 21st century America and is about being born, living, dying, struggling, embracing, remnants and deterioration. All five students are candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree. Watkins Assistant Professor of Photography Christine Rogers is curator of the show.
WAG–an acronym for Watkins Arcade Gallery–is located in suite 77 upstairs in the historic Arcade and is open the first Saturday evening of the month during each Art Crawl (from 6-9 p.m.), and by appointment.
WAG joins approximately 20 participating Art Crawl galleries along Fifth Avenue of the Arts and upstairs in the Historic Arcade. Admission is free, and the Nashville Downtown Partnership provides two free shuttles traveling among the venues. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.
The artist and writer Martha Rosler–one of the leading figures in contemporary art during a four-decade career–will speak at Watkins on Thursday, March 12 as part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series.
The presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, is free and the public is invited. The Watkins Visiting Artists Series (VAS) is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Through work that includes video, installation, performance and text, Martha Rosler has been an incisive critical voice in almost every debate in the art world for the past 40 years. She has been the subject of several high-profile solo exhibitions at established art institutions, but early in her career was considered an underground artist for combining different media like photography, video, installation and performance in innovative ways.