The photographic exhibition “EYE CONTACT”, presenting unpublished images of musical artists, takes place until July 27 at the Virgin Hotels Commons Club (1 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203).
Organized by the Give A Note Foundation as part of a Summer Happy Hour series, the event is free and open to the public, with a portion of all proceeds from “EYE CONTACT” sales – and the signature Sedona Sunrise cocktail – ranging to Advantage Give A Note in public schools for music education from kindergarten to 12th grade. VaultWorks and Duggal Visual Solutions will host the event, which will feature live swing music and a DJ.
“EYE CONTACT” features twenty unseen and rare photographs of music icons ranging from Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z to Amy Winehouse and A $ AP Rocky captured by three renowned British photographers. Many photographs – never-before-seen shots and shots – date back to the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, often capturing artists in their formative years before their fame and cultural impact were fully realized. A vivid example is Amy Winehouse in her first photoshoot (2003) before her debut album and without her signature eyeliner.
Valutworks Managing Director Dipesh Sinha told Launch Engine: “EYE CONTACT is an exhibition of rare and unseen photographs of the world’s greatest music icons and the stories behind the images. It’s also a show about reconnecting and re-engaging. Reconnection with friends, collaborators; anyone with whom we haven’t had the chance to share experiences in person and have something stimulating to watch and discuss. It is also about reconnecting with art, music, culture and everything that we have been deprived of over the past 16 months.
The exhibition opened in New York, with additional stops in Los Angeles and London. Dipesh says, “Nashville was also important to us because it has a rich history as one of the greatest music cities in the world. It makes perfect sense to bring this collection to a place where the images and stories behind the music will be truly appreciated by such rabid fans. Dipesh expressed that the organization of the event in Nashville “was a great opportunity to partner with Give A Note, whose mission of music education in schools is close to our hearts.”