Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Upstairs Bar, Nashville, Tennessee

Object Details

Title:

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Upstairs Bar, Nashville, Tennessee

Artist/Maker(s):

Jim Dow (American, born 1942)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Nashville, Tennessee, United States (Place created)

Date:

negative 1977; print July 1995

Medium:

Chromogenic print

Dimensions:

40.6 x 51.3 cm (16 x 20 3/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Jim Dow

Credit Line:

Gift of Nancy and Bruce Berman

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The upstairs room at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee, is a cluttered and collective expression of memories and dreams scratched into surfaces or fading in frames. Papered with headshots, bumper stickers, record albums, and posters, almost every surface--including the ceiling, a clock, a t-shirt, and some beer cans--is inscribed with messages. A "connoisseur of the vernacular," photographer Jim Dow seeks out rare places that manage to retain their regional flavor and originality while resisting mass cultural homogenization.

Provenance
- 1998

Nancy and Bruce Berman Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

Exhibitions
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition (October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 26, 1999 to January 30, 2000
Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection (October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007) (133)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 24, 2006 to February 25, 2007