ZieherSmith Pops Up in Tennessee

Liz Markus, American Scream, 2008, acrylic on unprimed canvas, 60 X 48 inches. Courtesy ZieherSmith.


Chelsea gallery ZieherSmith is making the best of the typically sleepy month of August. While many galleries close for a month-long vacation, Scott Zieher and Andrea Smith Zieher are heading south to open a pop-up gallery in the seemingly peculiar locale of Nashville, Tenn. “BNA: Brooklyn to Nashville” will be open from Aug. 6-27 in a storefront space in the Gulch neighborhood’s trendy ICON condo building.

“BNA”–also the acronym for the Nashville airport–features 20 (mostly) Brooklyn-based artists, among them Kate Gilmore, Rachel Owens, Matthew Porter, Sara VanDerBeek and Caroline Allison, who now lives in Nashville.

Over the years, the gallery co-directors (a married couple) have spent many holidays and vacations in Nashville, where Smith Zieher’s family lives, and have always been interested in bringing some of the New York contemporary art world to the city. Knowing they would be Nashville in August, “we wanted to see if we could wing it,” Scott Zieher told A.i.A. The couple’s idea went from seed to fruition in just one month, and they were lucky enough to find a space that was “free–well, practically free, by New York rent standards.”

With the crates packed and Zieher off to his final studio visit, their Chelsea location will be open by appointment only until Sept. 15, when the gallery reopens with a solo exhibition by–you guessed it–Brooklyn-based Mike Womack.