On December 21 Doug and Judy toured Ryman Auditorium – featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary about Country Music – and a beautiful building worthy of an extensive renovation.
After our tour of the Ryman we walked up Broadway in Nashville to the Frist Art Museum where we (Judy especially) were delighted to find the exhibition “Hearts of Our People – Native Women Artists” that originated at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This is an extraordinary exhibit of a wide variety of objects with many interviews and explanations. Later this year it will be at Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., and at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you can see you, you will be glad you did. I will try to see it again.
There are also haunting paintings and beautiful baskets – one of a pregnant woman’s torso, beading, and many more items.
To top off the day in Nashville, we attended the live Saturday night broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from the Ryman Auditorium. It was fun, even if a little too Christmasy for Doug’s taste! The music was wonderful!