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6 Museum Exhibitions You Don’t Wanna Miss in Tennessee

Take a break from summer’s relentless heat with a day wandering air-conditioned galleries and museums. Here are a few traveling exhibitions that you’ll want to stop in and see before they leave Tennessee:


Courtesy of Hands On! Regional Museum

Courtesy of Hands On! Regional Museum

Go under the skin while traveling through the world-renowned “Our Body: The Universe Within our Actual Bodies” on display through Aug. 2 at the Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City. See bones, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, hearts, livers and the rest of the human organs. The exhibit has separate entrances and admission fees. Guests may choose to visit one or both.


Take a trip to experience Japanese culture and art during “Japonisme and America,” the newest permanent collection, at the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga. The impact of Japanese art in the 1850s and 1860s on American artists is explored through eclectic pieces like woodblock prints, anime, fans, screens, and textiles.


Fashion Show in Sala Bianca Pitti Palace florence, 1955

Where can you go to see historic garments and accessories by Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace all in one place? Answer: The Frist Center for the Visual Art’s Ingram Gallery as “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945” is on display through Sept. 7. It chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to the present day. From ball gowns to shoes to personal letters, maps, photography and archival foots, “Italian Style” is your ticket to glamor.


Courtesy of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Nine large-scale outdoor sculptures by internationally-acclaimed Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, are now gracing the grounds at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art. It is the artist’s largest exhibition to date in the United States. Sculptures include a 23-foot high cast iron portrait, two sculptures placed in seeming conversation, and a double sculpture on the color garden lawn. Indoor installations and artistic works on paper are also on view in the museum.


Vision of Soul

The influences of Otis Redding, Isaac Hays, Mable John, and The Staple Singers are not only musically influential; they are influential in the visual arts industry. Visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music for the newest exhibit, “Stax: Visions of Soul” which is on display July 17 through Dec. 31. This is the museum’s first contemporary art exhibit featuring 16 painters, new-media artists, and sculptors.


See some wickedly awesome plants during “Wicked Plants: The Exhibit” through Sept. 7 at Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis. More than 100 poisonous, carnivorous, and toxic plants are on display in an eerie, educational exhibition. Travel through the dilapidated home to find poisonous potions, ordinary foods that can be deadly, poison arrows, and more.

Which exhibitions have you seen or are planning to see? Let me know in the comment box below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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