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The James Cowan Collection

Members: Free
Non-Members: Parthenon Admission
Permanent Exhibit at The Parthenon
In 1927, 21 crates arrived in Nashville from an anonymous donor. Three years later, upon his death, James M. Cowan was revealed as the patron who had donated his paintings to our city. The Cowan Collection is an assemblage of 63 paintings to be housed in the Parthenon. His selection of works emphasizes the landscape and seascape. The technical styles vary from the smooth almost non-brushstroke of the Neo-Classic, to the impasto and laded brush work of Impressionism. Read More
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An Archeologist’s Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

Included with Parthenon Admission
January 13 - May 6, 2018
This exhibition features drawings by Dr. Katherine Schwab and explores the metopes of the ancient Parthenon. Metope is the architectural term for the square spaces in a Doric frieze, usually decorated with high-relief sculpture. On the Athenian Parthenon, the metopes told the story of four significant battles and are considered an important aspect of the overall sculpture program of the temple. The 35-work exhibition opens with 16 pastel and graphite drawings depicting the fight between the gods and the giants for supremacy on Mount Olympus. It continues with 12 graphite drawings of the Sacking of Troy, and concludes with 7 graphite drawings of figures from the frieze and pediments she developed to help visualize the metope compositions.
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Architecture Tour

Free
January 21 - 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Any interest in the architectural history of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece? Take one of these architecture tours led by our knowledgeable docents. Tours are free for members of The Conservancy and free with the price of admission for non-Conservancy members
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Symposia at the Parthenon

FREE
January 25 at 6 PM
REPRESENTING AND CHALLENGING THE “HEROIC RAPE” TRADITION IN THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ART

In conjunction with the exhibit An Archaeologist’s Eye which examines the sculptural ornamentation of the Parthenon, Dr. Vivien Fryd of Vanderbilt University, will speak on the tradition in western art that contemporary feminist artists have dubbed the “heroic rape.” Since antiquity artists have created paintings and sculpture that aestheticized and glorified, as many of the Parthenon sculptures did, a violent sexual act with a patina of heroic mythology and history. Scholars have praised such works for their grandeur of design and overpowering sensation of drama without considering their violent sexual subject matter. Beginning in the 1980s, some art historians problematized the sexually violent content of such revered works, arguing that representations of rape, even within the context of mythological and Biblical subject matter, seemed to glorify the event without asking what it means that this subject is so prevalent, accepted, and praised. Dr. Fryd’s talk will explain this “heroic rape” tradition and how and why feminist artists in the United States, working from the 1970s to the second decade of the twenty-first century, represented and challenged the dominant narrative about sexual violence against women.

The lecture will take place at the Parthenon at 6:00 p.m., with a reception following. Admission is free. However, reservations are requested. Please call 615-862- 8431 to make a reservation.
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Kidsville at the Parthenon

Free
January 27 - 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Free storytelling, crafts and enriching activities. Free Parthenon admission for families with children 12 and under. Event details at kidsvilleonline.org
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Kidsville at the Parthenon

Free
February 3 - 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Free storytelling, crafts and enriching activities. Free Parthenon admission for families with children 12 and under. Event details at kidsvilleonline.org
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Capital Campaign Fundraiser

$20-$40
February 6 - 8:00 PM
Join us on February 6 for the first in a series of fundraising concerts at City Winery supporting the Centennial Park Revitalization. This special evening of songs will feature Matthew Perryman Jones, Andrew Ripp and Carolina Story, who have generously donated their time and talent to help us raise funds to support the Centennial Park Revitalization. All proceeds underwrite Phase Two improvements in Centennial Park. BUY TICKETS
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Kidsville at the Parthenon

Free
February 10 - 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Free storytelling, crafts and enriching activities. Free Parthenon admission for families with children 12 and under. Event details at kidsvilleonline.org
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kidsville at the Parthenon

Free
February 17 - 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Free storytelling, crafts and enriching activities. Free Parthenon admission for families with children 12 and under. Event details at kidsvilleonline.org
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Kidsville at the Parthenon

Free
February 24 - 11:00 - 11:45 AM
Free storytelling, crafts and enriching activities. Free Parthenon admission for families with children 12 and under. Event details at kidsvilleonline.org