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The Parthenon : Lynn Goldsmith : The Looking Glass Exhibit


Archives – June 28, 2021

The Parthenon, in partnership with Centennial Park Conservancy present Lynn Goldsmith: The Looking Glass, a 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.

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 American’s last 5 decades. In addition, her fine art photography is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, Moma, The Kodak Collection etc. Her talents are unlimited having been a network television director, a recording artist on Island Record, and a painter. 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, 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.” – Lynn Goldsmith

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.  – Mark Medley


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


Lynn Goldsmith : The Looking Glass Exhibit
June 24 – October 13, 2021
The Parthenon
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203


The Parthenon is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 AM to 7 PM, Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Museum visitors must wear a face covering, per the Mayor’s Executive Order No. 7.

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