Arts & Culture

UK Architecture, Art Museum Rocking Moontower

photo of "Kiss Kids" courtesy of Jon Hamilton
photo of architecture students working on tower for Moontower Music Festival

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2017) From a towering installation to a rocking exhibition, University of Kentucky’s School of Architecture and Art Museum are ready for their debut at the Moontower Music Festival. Lexington’s one-day music festival will run from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Masterson Station Park.

A celebration of music, food and art, this year’s festival includes performances by Benjamin Booker, The Record Company, Elise Davis, Warren Byrom and The Fabled Canelands, Debraun Thomas, Cherub, The Travelin’ McCourys, Todd Snider and The Eastside Bulldogs, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Tyler Childers, and Vita and The Woolf. The festival, now in its fourth year, is both family and dog friendly with areas dedicated to entertaining both children and your furry friend. Admission is free for kids under 12 accompanied by an adult with a general admission pass.

To add to the festivities, UK Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition “Band Width” at Moontower. The one-day exhibition explores everything music — instruments, lyrics, concerts, being on the road, fans and memorabilia. Work by artists Andrew Brinkhorst, Craig Drennen, Catherine Irwin, Nina Katchadourian, John Lennon, Aaron Skolnick and others will be featured in the show. “Band Width” was made possible at Moontowner with support from LexArts.

Since staff of the UK Art Museum will be on site at Masterson Station for the festival, the museum will be closed on campus on Saturday, Aug. 26. The museum will re-open for regular viewing hours from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27.

UK School of Architecture also had designs on how to create a better experience for festival-goers at Moontower. Students in Jordan Hines’ summer studio in architecture fabrication have designed and fabricated a temporary tower installation for the event.

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