Shands Collection : April 1st, 2015

Petah Coyne's Untitled (Al's Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Petah Coyne’s Untitled (Al’s Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello listeners.

As you know, earlier in the year I talked about the importance of art collecting on the art community with Larry Shapin & Ladonna Nicolas. And thanks to that interview I was invited to the estate of Al and Mary Shands, Great Meadows. The Shands’ home is nestled in a more woodsy area of Crestwood, in the midst of quiet expansive fields. To say the least, it is an amazing spot for a home built specifically for living with, and reflecting on, a large art collection.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is an Anish Kapoor piece.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (Yellow Wall Disk).

Great Meadows is home to hundreds of pieces of art, much of which are large scale sculptures. The house was designed to accommodate such pieces, while also being a home and social gathering place. As an Episcopal preacher, Al Shands is very into the idea of bringing people together, whether it’s socializing or quiet reflection. Shands is someone who delights in exchanging ideas, so with all this in mind, his home is no surprise.

Sol LeWitt's Untitled drawing on the wall of the Shands' living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

Sol LeWitt’s Untitled Wall Drawing in the Shands’ living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

I spoke with Al Shands and Julien Robson about the collection and the estate. Al Shands will leave the entire collection to The Speed Art Museum upon his passing. Al and Julien worked together within The Speed, and have come together again to produce the book Great Meadows: The Making Of Here, to give people a feel of the home as it is now. Al hopes to help grow The Speed with his gift, and to inspire others to collect with his story.

The beautiful book chronicling the progress of Great Meadows is available here.

Below you can listen to our chat (I apologize for the ‘levels’).

 

 

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Busy as a bee..

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Hey there Blind Date enthusiasts!

Between all the ruckus of moving & working on my new home, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the arts.

The Speed Art Museum just hired their new Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash. This ‘star curator’ (what she was dubbed by folks back when she was with NOMA) Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on Aug. 18. Previous curator, Suzanne Weaver, departed in January and is now an independent curator with the Zephyr Gallery. I’m super excited to see what she brings to the table when the Speed re-opens its doors. It is slated to reopen in spring 2016.

Also, on recommendation, I finally looked into the music of MA Turner. I’m a little ashamed to admit it has taken me this long; I’ve known of his work with his bands Cross and Salad Influence for quite a time. And most of the music sites I frequent mention him often enough. He just released a reconfiguration of the “ZOZ COLLECTION” box set on Vinyl titled ZOZ. Consisting of twelve cassettes cased inside a handmade box, the collection features eighty-three compositions and makes for roughly six hours of sound. Debuting on display at Lexington, Kentucky’s Institute 193 gallery in March of 2014, the boxes as well as tape covers, accompanying booklets and flags have all been hand drawn, screen printed, collaged, painted, and assembled by Turner himself. This is out today on Sophomore Lounge. Sophomore Lounge is a Louisville based record label with releases from many hometown heroes, as well as some of our neighbors. Other artists on SL include Tropical Trash, Phantom Family Halo, and Fielded.

Speaking of music, for those of us music appreciators on a budget, there are lots of options for you this weekend. One such would be Forecastle’s lesser known sister fest, Poorcastle. A bushel of local music for only $ 5. From what I gather, it’s a more down to earth, inexpensive response to Forecastle. This happens both this Saturday and Sunday at Apocalypse Brew Works. For more info, you can see the lineup here. Many Blind Date alumni on the bill.

If you’re free Friday night, you should also check out Chervon’s Oso osO night at OPEN Gallery (located on 2801 S. Floyd St). Doors at 7:30p. $5 cover. Music by tHingsHape, Jonathan Wood, and Camera Lucida to name a few.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Shakespeare in the Park has been great this year. These are free performances in Central Park, each weekend in the summer. This weekend is the performance of Hamlet. I hope to catch it.

There’s much more I would love to mention but I’d be spending all night trying to type it all up.

Enjoy the weekend! Go see some art.