KMA Gala Opening - Danny Lyon Photo Exhibit

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.

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  • Paul S.

    Had a great time at the meet up. It is always a treat to enjoy another artist's work. A teacher of mine once said, to make yourself better, study the works of others with like interests. Had a blast going to the Sun Sphere after and participating in some great conversation and company. Thanks to Ken Miller for hosting this meet up. Danny Lyon is a great photographer, and it was inspiring to meet him. I would recommend to anyone interested in photography to make time to see this exhibit.

    3 · August 16

  • Ann B.

    We very much enjoyed the glass installation - if you go, be sure to check out the gallery downstairs, showing the work installing... and the sunsphere observation deck has great photography displayed on inner walls - and ICON lounge is fun.

    2 · August 15

  • Patty P.

    I had a lot of fun. Do go see the exhibit. It is well worth the effort.

    2 · August 15

  • Mary T.

    For those that could not make it this evening, try and go see this exhibit before it leaves! I was enthralled! What a great evening! Thanks all!

    2 · August 14

  • Ken M.

    Sorry to hear Joe and Pat. However you choose to get well remember this group has been known to posses the exilir for all maladies of humankind.

    2 · August 14

    • Ann B.

      Haha Ken I agree.... setting out in the shade till its time.

      August 14

  • Joe R.

    Sorry, I have to skip this one. Been fighting strep/antibiotics for 2+ weeks, ran a bunch of errands today and wound up with a dead car battery. After that, my body says rest. Have a great time!

    August 14

    • Ann B.

      Feel better Joe! You can always come see the exhibit another day

      1 · August 14

    • Joe R.

      Thanks Ann!

      August 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not feeling well this afternoon and think it is best for me to stay home. I am sure I will miss a great event.

    August 14

    • Ann B.

      Rest up & get better...you can always see the,exhibit another day

      August 14

  • Ken M.

    Perhaps reiterating the obvious, but no photography allowed in the Lyon exhibit galleries. The rest of the art galleries is OK without flash. As Mr. Lyon will be present, some memento shots will be very nice and for posting on our site.
    There is a lounge area on the 3rd floor by the gift shop and can serve as a gathering place for hooking up with other members of the group.
    Ann's suggestion for after showing sounds viable.
    Looking forward to see in y'all this evening.

    3 · August 14

  • Ann B.

    Afterwards we could go around the corner to Holiday Inn for sonething to eat/drink...or across the street at Sunsphere. I called both places last month & they'd be glad to see us. Not sure about street photography, Joe, but the World's Fair Park is pretty with lights for night photography.:-)

    August 13

  • Teresa G.

    Very excited about learning what all I am not doing with my camera that I'm missing, :)

    1 · August 13

  • Henry T.

    Looks pretty cool

    1 · August 9

  • Ken M.

    Addendum: The artist/photographer Danny Lyons will be attending the exhibit opening Thurs. 8/14. I am sure he and KMA curator will be making some comments I suspect in the 6ish time frame. Great opportunity to ask questions and get insights.
    For additional background on Mr. Lyons his blog is www.bleakbeauty.com. Always interesting to learn where an artist's perception/focus is coming from.
    Don't forget, hor d'oeuvres, cash bar, excellent company and 70 outstanding photos on display.
    Activity to follow exhibit. Not sure what, but as a group we will surely hit on something. It' impossible to believe Ann or Joe won't have something cooking.
    You don't want to miss this great opportunity.

    3 · August 2

  • Ken M.

    Great idea Joe! Right now everything is on the table. As we get closer to the date and have some numbers it will be easier to make a decision.thanx ken

    2 · July 13

  • Joe R.

    How bout some street photography after?

    2 · July 13

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