Lynn Goldsmith: The Looking Glass

Lynn Goldsmith: The Looking Glass

Sunday, August 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 3:30pm
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 9:00am to Sunday, November 21, 2021 - 3:30pm
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 9:00am to Monday, November 22, 2021 - 3:30pm
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - 9:00am to Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 3:30pm
Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 3:30pm
Friday, August 6, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 25, 2021 - 3:30pm
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, November 26, 2021 - 3:30pm

The Parthenon and Centennial Park Conservancy are honored to present Lynn Goldsmith: The Looking Glass, a groundbreaking photography exhibit in which photographer Lynn Goldsmith highlights the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine through a series of self-portraits. The exhibit will be on view in the Parthenon’s East Gallery from Thursday, June 24 through Wednesday, October 13. There will be an opening reception held at the Parthenon on Thursday, June 24 from 7 PM to 9 PM. Food and beverages will be provided. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. A virtual highlight tour will be held on the Centennial Park Conservancy’s Facebook page on Tuesday, June 29.

Recently relocated to Nashville, Lynn Goldsmith’s editorial imagery has appeared in and on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and National Geographic. With subjects ranging from entertainers to athletes to world leaders, she’s photographed the extraordinary individuals of America’s last five decades. Her fine art photography is also included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, Moma and The Kodak Collection. With a career track-record as a network television director, a recording artist on Island Records, a photographer, and a painter, it is clear Goldsmith’s talents are limitless. The purpose of The Looking Glass series is to experience that anything is possible; that the only limits we have are the limits we put on ourselves.

According to Goldsmith, the making of The Looking Glass was an investigation into identity, which started with focusing on “who am I?” “I want making art to be a process for enlightenment that empowers me as well as others. This work shows how changing what we wear and how we look to ourselves and to others can open up to new worlds of possibilities. The opportunity to make my passion of a quest into the nature of identity and the human spirit one I can share with others in a building like Nashville’s Parthenon suits the context of the work perfectly.”

The Looking Glass portraits are dreamlike, colorful, mysterious, and occasionally irreverent - a reflection of Goldsmith’s creativity, introspection, and humor. Specific to her work are references to myths, fairy tales, film, and literature, which point out how these traditional forms have shaped our collective psyches and contributed to the social and political perceptions of women. She invites you to question how and what we see, to consider how our perception is both culturally conditioned and yet always in flux, somehow both predictable and subject to chance.

To learn more about purchasing The Looking Glass limited edition book, visit

The Parthenon thanks The Memorial Foundation, the Sandra Schatten Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, Centennial Park Conservancy, and Metro Parks for generously underwriting this exhibit.

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