UNION CITY, TN – Oct. 4, 2019 – Discovery Park of America will feature the work of internationally-acclaimed pop artist Red Grooms in its “Artist Showcase” gallery Oct. 18, 2019 through April 30, 2020.
A free, opening reception will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 17 with a discussion about Grooms by Bill Hickerson, executive director of the West Tennessee Regional Art Center and Letha Botts, an artist who is originally from Union City and who worked with Grooms in the late 1970s.
Organized by the museum’s exhibits director, Jennifer Wildes, the exhibition showcases Grooms’ color lithographic print sculptures, lithographic prints, paintings and mixed media pieces.
Born in Nashville in 1937, Red Grooms stands among Tennessee’s cultural icons. A performance artist, filmmaker, printmaker and cartoonist, he is best known for colorful pop art that captures both the grotesqueness and humor of everyday life.
Grooms’ work has been widely influential for generations of artists and his work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States, Europe and Japan. His art is featured in the collections of more than 35 museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Knoxville Museum of Art.
Grooms continues working primarily out of his studio in the TriBeCa neighborhood in New York with an additional home and studio in Tennessee.
For more information, visit www.DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit www.DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com.
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Mary Nita Bondurant