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Fields of Light at Cheekwood

Experience light captured in thread for a unique art outing.

Take your kids to the Cheekwood mansion too experience the wonder of light in a whole new way. Fields of Light is a new exhibit by Cheekwood's 2018 Martin Shallenberger Artist-in-Residence Gabriel Dawe. Dawe, originally from Mexico City, has a unique talent for capturing light in thread. His Fields of Light exhibit — which you can see through Dec. 30 — is a site-specific installation. That is, his exhibit changes and is customized based on the museum space that he's working within.

Dawe uses vivid gradients of suspended thread to explore the connection between fashion and architecture, shapes and forms, light and the colors of the rainbow. You and your kids are sure to marvel at the artist's three-dimensional, tangible prisms of light and color. Using heaps of tulle and thread, Dawe's large-scale installation takes up two upstairs rooms in the Museum of Art. The fabric is meticulously arranged to look like light prisms. Dawe hopes families have a wondrous experience when they visit.

“When they see the installation, I hope it brings them from wherever they’ve been in their mind into the present moment, to reconnect with a sense of wonder and joy that often gets buried beneath masks and emotional barriers.  I think my ultimate goal is to help people stay in that place for as long as possible," says Dawe.

Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Hours are Tue – Sun 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $20 adult, $13 ages 3 – 17. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

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