Grand Ole Opry
June 11 – August 12, 2015
June Carter and Little Jimmy Dickens nudge a 5 year old Hank Williams Jr., toward the microphone in this January 16, 1954 image by Gordon Gillingham.
Grand Ole Opry photographic exhibit
June 16 – Aug. 11, 2015
Grand Ole Opry vintage black and white photographs from Exhibits USA, Mid-America Arts Alliance.
In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry began broadcasting on WSM radio station. This exhibit features 30 Grand Ole Opry gelatin silver prints, 16×20-inch size, by Gordon Gillingham, a commercial photographer hired to photograph the Opry between 1952 and 1960. His images document the radio show and the country music business during the zenith of country music’s postwar boom, and wonderfully capture the spirit, energy, camaraderie, and sheer joy of performing that permeated both musicians and fans of The Opry in its heyday. Even today, the Opry remains an icon of America.
Gillingham’s photographs show us everything from Johnny Cash signing autographs backstage to Tex Ritter’s guest appearance on the Opry’s Prince Albert Show and fans lined up outside the Ryman Auditorium waiting to gain entrance to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday evening.
Today, The Opry is an American icon that continues to honor and showcase country’s longstanding legends like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, and contemporary crooners like Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton. The Opry stage presents multiple concerts each week and draws thousands of music-lovers each year to Nashville.
This exhibit also features 11 authentic instruments on loan to the Heritage Center from Allen Wooten and Cowboy Opry in Comanche.
This exhibit was held in conjunction with the National Day of the Cowboy, Saturday, July 25, 2015.
Allen Wooten and the Cowboys at Heart from the Cowboy Opry in Comanche, OK, entertained more than 900 visitors on National Day of the Cowboy. They performed great classics like “Walkin’ on Midnite” to many modern day familiar tunes.
ExhibitsUSA is a Mid-America Arts Alliance program.