Eye on the Scene: Closing Reception

Closing Reception

The Art Gallery of Knoxville will move out of its space at 317 N. Gay St.—the one near the Interstate 40 overpass with the word "COPYSHOP" stenciled in large red letters on the front—at the end of November. That will be the end of the gallery as a physical space, but it won't be the end of the gallery itself, which proprietor Chris Molinski says will stay active as an arts enterprise.

"November's the last month we'll be in the space, but we'll continue as an arts organization," says Molinski, who started working as associate curator of education for adult programs at the Knoxville Museum of Art this summer. "We won't have the overhead and trouble of having a storefront space."

The Art Gallery of Knoxville has collaborated with the Danish art collective Superflex for the last year on the COPYSHOP project, which turned the gallery into a sort of conceptual retail outlet for products like Stars & Bucks coffee and No Sweat sneakers that challenge traditional notions of copyright and intellectual property. The gallery's most recent project was the first volume of a new art journal, projected to publish quarterly.

The gallery has also been a cornerstone of the monthly First Friday gallery tour. Molinski says he has persuaded the owner of the building to keep the space open for art exhibits and performances on the first Friday of every month. Molinksi also says two upcoming Art Gallery of Knoxville projects are still in the works, with the venues yet to be determined.

Reality Bites

The Real World, MTV's long-running reality trainwreck show, will hold an open call audition in Knoxville next week for spots on the 22nd installment of the series. Casting directors will be at the Electric Cowboy in West Knoxville on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The location of the new series has not been disclosed. Producers are seeking seven men and women between the ages of 18 and 24. Applicants should bring a recent photo and photo ID to the Electric Cowboy.

Jam Traffic

The Knoxville Brewers' Jam, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1-7 p.m. at World's Fair Park, has limited ticket sales in an effort to reduce crowding and long lines at the annual event. Tickets are still available, at press time, at knoxvillebrewersjam.com. Tickets are $30 through Oct. 9 and $35 after that.

The music lineup for this year's Jam includes the LoneTones, the Tim Lee 3, Phil Pollard and His Band of Humans, and the Lonesome Coyotes.