Ready for some inspiration? Ken Miller is our host for the special gala opening at the Danny Lyon photo exhibit in the Knoxville Museum of Art on Thursday 8/14 after 6pm -- until 7:30pm. There will be a cash bar and food items similar to the Ansel Adams opening some of us attended.
The Danny Lyon exhibition of more than 50 photographs traces this influential street photographer’s career from 1962 to the present. Lyon rode with a notorious Chicago biker gang, marched against segregation during the Civil Rights Movement, and spent hours inside the death-row “Walls Unit” of Texas’ Huntsville Prison. His goal, he said, was “to destroy Life magazine”—to present powerful, real alternatives to the hollow pictures and stories permeating mass media in America. A special group of Lyon’s photographs taken during his visit to Knoxville in 1967 will be featured in the KMA’s presentation. This exhibit will run to 11/9/14 in case you can't make the meetup date.
Also available to view is the massive, permanent installation of glass and steel, "Cycle of Life" - after five years of work, and several months of being curtained off for its big May unveiling. It's 105 feet long, 12 feet high (22 feet high from the base of Tree of Life to its highest branch). The Sky portion is 90 feet by 9 feet. It contains thousands of individually blown and cast glass elements, and thousands of individually welded metal supports.