The museum also features a range of regional art exhibits and traveling exhibitions that rotate on a regular basis.
The reproduction Athena Parthenos statue Nashville's nickname, the "Athens of the South",  influenced the choice of the building as the centerpiece of the Centennial Exposition.
A number of buildings at the exposition were based on ancient originals. However, the Parthenon was the only one that was an exact reproduction. It was also the only one that was preserved by the city, although the Knights of Pythias Pavilion building was purchased and moved to nearby Franklin, Tennessee.
Major Eugene Castner Lewis was the director of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and it was at his suggestion that a reproduction of the Parthenon be built in Nashville to serve as the centerpiece of Tennessee's Centennial Celebration. Lewis also served as the chief civil engineer for the Nashville, Chattanooga and St.
Originally built of plaster, wood, and brick, the Parthenon was not intended to be permanent, but the cost of demolishing the structure combined with its popularity with residents and visitors alike resulted in it being left standing after the Exposition.
In George Julian Zolnay was "employed to make models for the ornamentation" for the building. These extravaganzas were theatrical productions on a massive scale. With casts of up tothe pageants brought in audiences from surrounding states and rail prices were lowered to encourage attendance.
The entire city of Nashville reveled in the opportunity to celebrate the "Athens of the South". The performance was entitled The Fire Regained, a play written by Sidney Mttron Hirschand featured a mythological story line enhanced by theatrical spectacle popular in that era.
A copy of the script is on file at the Nashville Public Library. The most impressive thing about these pageants was the use of visual spectacle. Both shows featured impressive displays ranging from chariot races to huge dance numbers to thousands of live birds to set pieces that shot flames, all set against the backdrop of the majestic Nashville Parthenon.
Current use[ edit ] As an art museum, the Parthenon's permanent collection on the lower level is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists, donated by James M. Additional gallery spaces provide a venue for a variety of temporary shows and exhibits.
The main level contains a replica, completed inof the Athena Parthenos statue that was in the original Parthenon in Athens. In the summertime, local theater productions use the building as a backdrop for classic Greek plays such as Euripides ' Medea and Sophocles ' Antigoneperforming usually for free on the steps of the Parthenon.
Other performances, such as Mary Zimmerman 's Metamorphoseshave been done inside, at the foot of Athena's statue. The Parthenon got a full makeover in with a much needed cleaning and restoration of the exterior.
The exterior lighting was upgraded to allow the columns of the building to be illuminated with different colors than the facade, allowing a uniquely versatile display of effects for events. In popular culture[ edit ] The Parthenon served as the location for the political rally in the climactic scene of Robert Altman's film Nashville.
It features in the title and lyrics of the song Nashville Parthenon from the album Etiquetteby Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. It was used in the PBS series Greeks: Writing Poems with Randall Jarrell features the Parthenon.News Center.
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