Although known primarily as a country music star, Marty Stuart has been taking photographs of the people and places surrounding him since he first went on tour with bluegrass performer Lester Flatt at age 13. His work ranges from intimate and often candid behind-the-scenes depictions of legendary musicians, to images that capture the eccentricities of characters from the back roads of America, to dignified portraits of members of the impoverished Lakota tribe in South Dakota. Whatever the subject, Stuart is able to sensitively tease out something unexpected or hidden beneath the surface through a skillful awareness of timing and composition. This exhibition—the first of its kind in a Nashville art museum in fifteen years—demonstrates that Marty Stuart is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts is proud to present American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart. The exhibition will be on display from May 9-November 2, 2014, in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, which is free to the public. Organized by Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez, American Ballads demonstrates that Stuart is a master storyteller not only through his songs, but also through his revealing photographs. read more