The Urbaanite Meets Irving Penn at The Frist

     

Thoughts by Jasmine Hockett  | Irving Penn Exhibit Images Provided by The Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Photography by Life on Forty West

 

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It is purely exhilarating to explore the world through the art of imagery.¬† After all, isn’t that why most of us enjoy spending hours upon hours sifting through our social media streams.¬† Being able to experience a multitude of livelihoods through these social mediums gives us more gratitude than we know!¬† It’s that same feeling that we felt growing up when we just couldn’t wait to head to the Children’s museum or the zoo!¬† In retrospect, it’s the imitation of real life that appeases our yearnings of curiosity and elicits excitement! ¬†World renowned Vogue photographer, Irving Penn’s Beyond Beauty exhibition is one that will have you wondering through the halls as an aspiring paparazzi!¬† Unfortunately, his work is so sacred, you can’t take pictures! You just have to go! You have to see it.

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Irving Penn. Sitting Enga Woman, New Guinea, 1970, printed 1986. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. © The Irving Penn Foundation

With over 60+ years of work photographic masterpieces under his belt, Irving Penn presented photography from a plethora of lifestyles.  He shot well-known portraits of Robin Williams, Leontyne Price and Truman Capote. Penn seemed to have a yearning for digging deep into the pureness of each one of his subjects. Black and white photography is a noticeable comfort for him  intertwined with magnificent works of vibrant color and an array of fashion photographs that continue to live on for the ages.  Taking a walk through this timeless exhibit should be on your weekday or weekend to-do list.  It is that invigorating and inspiring.

Irving Penn. Leontyne Price, New York, 1961. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © Condé Nast | Irving Penn. Truman Capote, New York, 1979, printed 1983. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation | Irving Penn. Bee, New York, 1995, printed 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation | Irving Penn. Issey Miyake Fashion: White and Black, New York, 1990, printed 1992. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation

As a select group of Nashville women carving out their own creative space¬†graced the ethereal halls of the Frist Center, each couldn’t help but gasp in familiarization of the photography.¬† It was as if we had met Irving Penn, himself.¬† The museum marketing director greeted us with a bit of information upon the start of the exhibit.¬† Two facts were known: he was legendary and he was a Vogue Photographer.¬† However, as we wandered through the first hall, we actually met Irving Penn through his work.¬† Just as mentioned before, naturally, we, humans are drawn to imagery.¬† We flip pages of magazines instead of actually reading articles because we feel like we can learn all we need to know from the photos.¬† That is exactly what it felt like to walk through the first hall of wonders of Irving Penn.¬† For many of us, we had seen the magical works before somewhere, somehow throughout our life’s years.¬† It was simply as if we were putting a name with a face!¬† That’s how intimate Irving Penn’s work is.¬† That is how talented he was.

pictured from left to right, India Marie | Tiffany at Tiff & Coco | Kay Elle | Sarah at Creative Souls Tribe | Melissa at Fabglance | Sheena at Love At Any Stage | Malaka at Scales of Style | Jasmine Hockett

 

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It inspired a group of creatives already sharing their stories in various ways rather it be fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, date night blogging, and more.¬† Every day, more and more people move to Nashville for various reasons rather it be for a music career, the art scene, the blogging scene, college, a new start or a corporate career.¬† The Frist Museum brings exhibits that explore different genres and backgrounds of life.¬† In many cases, we would never have the opportunity to view such work as Irving Penn.¬† Besides, Irving Penn would’ve been 100-years-old this year.¬† In celebration of this, a remarkable exhibit will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York (The Met), New York beginning this week. ¬†The fact Nashville was able to bring in the Irving Penn exhibit is gratifying in so many ways.¬† One being, it came to Nashville, TN before it made its appearance in New York City.¬† It shows natives that we know how to grow with the world.¬† It shows transplants that we are versatile and ever changing!

 

Irving Penn. Young Boy, Pause Pause, American South, 1941, printed 2001. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © The Irving Penn Foundation | Irving Penn. Woman in Moroccan Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrakech, 1951, printed 1969. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. © Condé Nast | Irving Penn. Kerchief Glove (Dior), Paris, 1950, printed 1984. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Promised gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. © Condé Nast

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