Tyler Jacobson (b. 1982), Red Dragon, 2014, digital print on paper. Collection of the artist.
Wonder at art.
One of Chattanooga’s most iconic structures, the Hunter Museum of American Art houses American art from the Colonial period to present day. Paintings, sculptures, photography, and glass are just a few of the mediums on display, and the collection is spread throughout the Hunter’s three unique spaces: the early 20th-century Neoclassical mansion, the 1970s-era building, and a contemporary structure of steel and glass. huntermuseum.org
This summer, in the mansion stairwell, the museum will be debuting a new exhibition by Birmingham-based artist Amy Pleasant. Overtaking the walls of the stairwell, the large-scale works – deceptively simple figurative silhouettes – will welcome visitors to the museum’s early American galleries and inspire new perspectives on the human form and the beauty of repetition.
Petar Meseldžija (b. 1965), Gandalf, 1999, oil on canvas. On loan from the Bantly Collection.
Coming this summer is special exhibition Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Opening the evening of May 19, this exhibition promises visitors a fantastical, magical journey through centuries of folklore, myths, and legends as depicted by American artists. The exhibition features over 100 works of art embracing stories of fairies, dragons, gods, heroes, villains, and mystical worlds. On August 14, the Hunter will host an enchanted Family Fun Day. Indoor and outdoor activities will include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, food tastings, costume-making, and performances, all inspired by the new exhibit.