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.

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