21c Art: Nashville

Here’s some of the art hanging while we stayed at the 21C in Nashville — they’re always changing exhibits, so check what will be on during your stay. Also: a reservation isn’t necessary to see them, so anyone can visit, gratis.

Maynard Monrow, Self-Portrait, 21c Nashville. Pretty Ugly. Maynard Monrow, Self-Portrait, 21c Nashville. Pretty Ugly.
Maynard Monrow, Self-Portrait. Pretty Ugly.

Norbert Brunner, You Are Enchanting, 21c Nashville Norbert Brunner, You Are Enchanting, 21c Nashville
Norbert Brunner, You Are Enchanting

George Legrady, At The Bar, 21c Nashville George Legrady, At The Bar, 21c Nashville

George Legrady, At The Bar, 21c NashvilleGeorge Legrady, At The Bar. lenticular.

Marilyn Murphy, The Trade, 21c Nashville
Marilyn Murphy, The Trade.

Hank Willis Thomas, Intentionally Left Blanc, 21C Nashville Hank Willis Thomas, Intentionally Left Blanc, 21C Nashville
Hank Willis Thomas, Intentionally Left Blanc

Paul Rucker, Soundless, 21C Nashville
Paul Rucker, Soundless

Gallery, 21c Nashville

Gallery Wall, 21C Nashville

Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite:
Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville

Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville

Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville

Sanctuary 21 Artist Suite, 21c Nashville

Nashville’s 21C

Even if we’re not going out now, thinking about where to go again — today, a look at the suite we enjoyed at the 21C Museum Hotel in Nashville — it’s in the 1900 Gray & Dudley building downtown. On Thursday, I’ll post some of their art collection.

Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN

Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TNLuxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN

Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN

Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN

Luxury Suite, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville TN

So far of the 21Cs, I still enjoy the one in Bentonville (I think we’ve been to five of them?) most as the usual guest rooms had a more quirky vibe — buuuut the Nashville hotel *does* have some specially-themed rooms that are pretty special. More about those on Thursday. See you, friends! Happy thoughts about what we’re all going to do fun when this is over. xoxo!

This Week’s Various

Like Soft Teacakes print by Lisa Kesler
Lisa Kesler print of a line in TKAM, here in my office

Mary Badham does an interview with the Sydney, Australia Sunday Life Magazine and talks very briefly about her relationship with Nelle Harper Lee. Not a lot of revelation here. Seems NHL was on-brand regarding this, though:

Funnily enough, despite Mockingbird being an exceptional part of our lives, we never spoke about it. It upset her. Once, a family member came with a copy of the book to be signed. She was sitting out front and screamed for me to take her back to her room.


Super random:
1/ Okay, remember the armadillo red velvet cake in Steel Magnolias? Well for some reason, here is a it-really-looks-like-it Whataburger honey butter chicken biscuit that is…a red velvet cake.
2/ In an obit of someone who was obviously wonderful, and wonderfully loved, the mention that “She loved her coffee but nothing compared to her DUKE’S mayonnaise.”
3/ and PS Duke’s is entering the sauce game incl a take on white chicken sauce: “Duke’s Southern Sauces were created to emulate the true regional tastes of the south. Tasting is believing! From Northern Alabama’s zingy white sauce to Georgia’s Sweet Heat and spicy molasses sauce to South Carolina’s Gold signature mustard-based sauce, Tennessee Smoke & Whiskey and Hickory Moonshine.”
4/ Commander’s Palace has a new sign and of course the old one had much more charm.
5/ There’s a waitlist for the ~$3000 Aaron Franklin barbecue pits
6/ So anyway, Armadillo-eating coyotes are swimming between SC barrier islands
7/ Maybe maybe maybe the ivory billed woodpecker isn’t extinct after all, and Louisiana Wilds is offering a $12k reward for information leading to the discovery, of an active Ivory-billed Woodpecker roost or nest cavity
8/ and L O V E that a few of you sent me this tweet to share. xoxo!:


American Songwriter on Paul Burch’s new Light Sensitive

…a record rooted in history and place. It was inspired by a trip Burch took to his former hometown of Oxford, Mississippi, and includes a commissioned piece that tells the tale of “Mobile’s Renaissance Man” Eugene Walter.


Usedta be somethin under all that kudzu, Cornersville TN
kudzu doing its thing in Cornersville, Tennessee

There’s a tiny mention in the NYT of invasive species like kudzu being utilized for good by students at Tennessee’s architecture school but all the really great pics and ideas are here on the project’s page, Material Misbehavior, at After Architecture.


The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery AL National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery

The NYT with Following the Civil Rights Trail visits National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis; Mississippi Civil Rights Museum: Jackson; Birmingham National Civil Rights Monument; National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery. Also as part of the NYT’s museum series, this piece on New Orleans’ Le Musee de f.p.c.


This New Orleans Artist Challenges the Way People See Things at the NYT on BMike (and check out his hoodie’s message: “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams.”). “I want the kids coming through here to see that they’re worthy of being painted 12 feet tall with a halo, or just with beautiful colors,” said BMike, 34. “I want to challenge the way people see things.”


Rice Field Outside Crowley, LA
rice field outside Crowley, Louisiana

Meet the Louisiana priest behind a 100-gallon crop duster blessing — you may want to consider skipping to 19:30, where the interview begins.


‘Your Imagination Can’t Play that Game’ — Lonnie Holley in Conversation

‘All I’m trying to do is say what I have learned,’ says Lonnie. ‘Not what I think. I mean, think about me being an artist since 1979. For years I checked out more materials and the identification of materials and the materials’ value than pretty much any other artist than I know on Earth. But I don’t wanna boast about that because I’m not trying to act like I’m better than everybody else. I want everybody else to get better than me and learn from what I’ve been an example of. I am a geographic artist.’


Sacred Harp Singing School, Tannehill State Park, Cane Creek School, Alabama Folklife Association learning shape note singing from Buell Cobb in 2011

Evelyn Lamb begins her review in Scientific American of Francis Su’s Mathematics for Human Flourishing with several beautiful paragraphs on Sacred Harp singing, and it works.


White-Bread Evangelist: The starchy Acadiana staple is anything but plain by Rien Fertel in 64 Parishes

This is where workers hand-twist two pieces of dough into a single, oven-ready plait, a bit of old-fashioned artisanry that gives Evangeline Maid—as well as Bunny Bread—its distinctive density and roof-of-mouth-sticking tensility. He offers an analogy: think single strand versus braided rope. Weaving provides strength. And though South Louisianans prefer air-pocked, feather-weight French bread for their po-boys, they depend on steroidal slices to hold scoops of peanut butter or breaded and fried pork chops. That twist defines our “regional profile,” Painter told me, “our taste repertoire.” 


Pal's, Kingsport TN
Pal’s in Kingsport, Tennessee

Pal’s Sudden Service on this episode of Tennessee Farm Table


Speaking of Commander’s earlier…hope we’re all back to eating at beautiful places very, very soon. Have a fun, healthy week. xoxo!
Me, Commander's Palace, New Orleans

Mr Cohen’s, and Love for Indie

Some shop pics from our last visit with sweet Mr Cohen before he closed up his shop in Lexington, Mississippi, in 2017:

Cohen's, Lexington MS (well actually, this pic above is from a visit in 2004 — the rest are 2017)

Mannequin at Cohen's, Lexington MS

Cohen's, Lexington MS Cohen's, Lexington MS

Cohen's, Lexington MS

Cohen's, Lexington MS

So much sweet nostalgia for department stores and general stores. Always seek these out when we go to little towns, especially. The people who own and work at these are people just like us, carrying on tradition and winging it when they try new things, rather than getting directions from a corporate operation manual. All the love to the clothes shops, the feed stores, indie bookstores, country gas stations, family drug stores, the bakeries, the restaurants. The people who know they’re not going to have a lot of business because it’s going to rain, and those who stress out at the post office because the big checks aren’t coming in net 30.

Hammer's, Oneonta AL Hammer’s, Oneonta AL

Hammer's, Scottsboro AL
Hammer’s, Scottsboro AL

Interior, Neilson's, Oxford MS
Neilson’s, Oxford MS

U.G. White, Athens AL
U.G. White, Athens

Pick Up & Go Food Store, New Orleans
Pick Up & Go Food Store, New Orleans

S Goodman's, Greenville MS
Goodman’s, Greenville MS

Duchess Bakery Doughnuts, Cullman AL
Duchess Doughnuts, Cullman AL

Benton's Country Hams, Madisonville TN
Benton’s Country Hams, Madisonville TN

Kraut & Weiners, Pell City Steakhouse, Pell City AL
Pell City Steakhouse, Pell City AL

Gibbes Country Store, Learned MS
Gibbes Country Store, Learned MS

Taylor Grocery, Taylor Mississippi
Taylor Grocery, Taylor MS

Fosters Feed and Garden Supply, Fosters AL
Fosters Feed and Garden Supply, Fosters AL

Mustang Oil, Greensboro AL
Mustang Oil, Greensboro AL

Shankerman's, Clarksdale MS Shankerman’s, Clarksdale MS

Pond Store, Pond MS
Pond Store, Pond MS

Avon in Stock at Parts Store in Monticello, AR Avon in stock at a parts store in Monticello, Arkansas

D&T Supermarket, Clarksdale MS
D&T Supermarket, Clarksdale MS

Simmons-Wright Company General Store, Toomsuba MS Simons-Wright store, Toomsuba MS

Jefferson Country Store, Jefferson AL
Jefferson Country Store, Jefferson AL

Cheese Straws, Variety Bake Shop, Scottsboro AL Variety Bakery Shop, Scottsboro AL

Coldwater Seed and Supply, Tuscumbia AL
Coldwater Seed and Supply, Tuscumbia AL

Yes We Open, B&B Soul Kitchen, Yazoo City MS
B&B Soul Kitchen, Yazoo City MS

Mississippi Encyclopedia at Square Books, Oxford MS
Square Books, Oxford MS

 

Dairy Freeze, Crystal Springs MS Dairy Freeze, Crystal Springs MS

Williams Brothers Store, Philadelphia MS
Williams Brothers Store, Philadelphia MS

Mount Auburn, Cambridge

Some pics from my visit with Suzanne in Massachusetts:

Before driving through the cemetery, I was able to visit the Story Chapel at Mount Auburn in Cambridge. From Mount Auburn’s site:

A non-denominational chapel, Story follows the English Perpendicular style and features carved wooden beams, brickwork embellished with sandstone and carved limestone tracery, and carved wooden pulpits and pews, referencing the late 19th-century affinity for the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. It was built of Potsdam sandstone, chosen for its richness and variegation of color, with yellow bricks used in the interior.

Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Story Chapel, Mount Auburn, Cambridge MA


Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge MA