AT THE FRIST: October-December media calendar of events

AT THE FRIST: October-December media calendar of events

Calendar of Events                         

October 1–December 31, 2017

  • High-resolution images available. Please disregard previous versions of this calendar. This information is current as of September 27, 2017. Dates and programs are subject to change.

OF SPECIAL NOTE IN OCTOBER

Friday, October 6                                 Exhibition Opens: World War I and American Art                                                              

Friday, October 6                                 Lecture: “Mr. Sargent Goes to War” presented by   
                                                                  Richard Ormond, CBE
                                                                 

Tuesday, October 10                             “Food for Thought: Changing the World”

Wednesday, October 11                        Two-day painting workshop:
The Greats and Their                               and Wednesday, October 18                 Abstract Response, with Lakesha Moore
                                                                       

Friday, October 13                               Exhibition Opens: Extrasensory


Friday, October 13                                ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer for ages 15–18

                                                                       

Friday, October 13                                In-Gallery Discussion: U.S. Military Veterans                                                                            of Writer Corps Share their Stories

Saturday, October 14                            Day of Adornment: Bollard Decoration Project

Friday, October 20                                Concert: The Music of World War I narrated by music
                                                                  historian Michael Lasser, with performances by
                                                                  vocalists Cindy Miller and Alan Jones


Saturday, October 21                            Get Fit at the Frist

Thursday, October 26                           America Responds: A Frist and Fisk

and Friday, October 27                         Collaborative Gallery Tour      

 

OCTOBER 2017

 

Thursday, October 5                                    Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Kirby Jane Easler and Keegan McClellan
Grand Lobby
Free

Enjoy the music of two of Nashville’s preeminent fingerstyle guitar players, Keegan McClellan and Kirby Jane Easler.

Keegan McClellan is an instrumental acoustic guitar solo artist. His modern fingerstyle playing features techniques such as percussive strikes, right hand tapping, and extensive use of alternate tunings. McClellan’s compositions reflect deep interest in the quality of the smallest details, cultivated by copious hours of practice, as well as the big picture: listenability.  

Kirby Easler is a Nashville-based guitarist from Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in solo acoustic performance and fingerstyle arranging. Kirby is a protégé of Grammy Award–winning guitarist John Knowles and has worked and performed alongside some of the industry’s top guitarists, including Thom Bresh and Tommy Emmanuel. In 2015 Kirby placed second in the Contemporary division of the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame guitar competition, and in April 2014 Kirby and her Yorkshire terrier, Grabel, were featured on The Late Show with David Letterman for an episode of “Stupid Pet Tricks.”

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

Thursday, October 5                                    Mini-ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer
3:00–4:00 p.m.                                               for ages 11–18

Nashville Public Library, Main Branch
(registration not required; just walk up!)

Free

 

At this Frist Center Community Partner location, join artist Beth Reitmeyer to dabble in basic geometric forms as inspiration for potential sculptures. Materials provided. No experience required.

 

 

Thursday, October 5                                    Mini-ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer

4:30–5:30 p.m.                                               for ages 11–18

Conexión Américas

(registration required; visit fristcenter.org/artlab to sign up)

Free

 

At this Frist Center Community Partner location, join artist Beth Reitmeyer to dabble in basic geometric forms as inspiration for potential sculptures. Materials provided. No experience required.

 

 

Friday, October 6                  Exhibition Opens

  • World War I and American Art

 

 

 

Friday, October 6                                          Mini-ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer
10:30–11:30 a.m.                                           for ages 11–18

Nashville Public Library, Bordeaux Branch
(registration not required; just walk up!)

Free

 

At this Frist Center Community Partner location, join artist Beth Reitmeyer to dabble in basic geometric forms as inspiration for potential sculptures. Materials provided. No experience required.

 

Friday, October 6                                          ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer

2:00–6:00 p.m.                                               for ages 11–14

Frist Center Studio A

$25 members; $30 not-yet members (materials included). Limited to 10 participants per session. No experience required.

Visit fristcenter/artlab to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

Join Extrasensory teaching artist Beth Reitmeyer for hands-on explorations of light and metaphor. Plan, engineer, and construct geometric sculptures that will glow and sparkle both day and night! You will use plastics, paper, paint, LEDs and various recycled materials to build your personal geode.


Friday, October 6                                          Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Tim Gartland (contemporary blues)
Frist Center Café
Free

Tim Gartland is a singer-songwriter and harmonica player committed to honoring the rich tradition of blues while moving the genre forward. His release If You Want A Good Woman features 12 original songs and reached #1 on the blues radio charts on AirPlay Direct. It was also named a Top Pick of the year by Bill Wilson of the Nashville Blues Society and reached #13 on the national blues charts according to Roots Time Radio.

His original music is a blend of Chicago blues, soul, and Americana.
He has released two critically acclaimed original albums: Looking Into The Sun (2011) and Million Stars (2014). In 2015, he released The Willie Project, a heartfelt homage to the songwriting of the legendary blues hall of famer Willie Dixon.


Friday, October 6                                          Lecture: “Mr. Sargent Goes to War”
6:30 p.m.                                                        presented by Richard Ormond, CBE
Frist Center Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

John Singer Sargent’s engagement as an official war artist during the First World War is an involved and protracted story. It led to the creation of his masterpiece Gassed, a highlight of the Frist Center’s exhibition World War I and American Art, and to a sequence of remarkable watercolors painted near the front line. It was followed by General Officers of World War I, a group portrait of British and Commonwealth commanders. In this lecture, Richard Ormond places these works in the context of Sargent’s career by analyzing the artist’s response to the horrors of war, tracing the sources of his inspiration, and charting the stages of his artistic process.

Richard Ormond, Commander of the British Empire, is a former deputy director of London’s National Portrait Gallery and former director of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. A great-nephew of John Singer Sargent, Ormond is currently director of the Sargent catalogue raisonné project, as well as co-author of the nine-volume Sargent survey published by Yale University Press. Ormond has curated many Sargent exhibitions, including the Met’s Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (2015). His books on nineteenth-century British art include studies of Edwin Landseer, Frederic Leighton, George Frederic Watts, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter, among others.

This lecture is supported in part by the Department of History of Art at Vanderbilt University.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

Saturday, October 7                         Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour
1:30 p.m.
                                                        with ASL Interpretation
Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk
Gallery admission required; members free

On the first Saturday of each month, we offer an informal docent-guided tour with certified American Sign Language interpretation. The tour focuses on a current exhibition and originates at the information desk inside the entrance to the galleries. Our docents also conduct tours on most weekdays and weekends at 1:30 p.m.; reservations are not required. To check availability, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

ASL interpretation is generously supported by the Memorial Foundation and by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

 

Saturday, October 7                         Architecture Tour with ASL Interpretation

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a visit to the Frist Center. Stop at our café between 2 and 5 p.m. for Dessert Happy Hour (free coffee with the purchase of any dessert), and enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

 

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

 

Sunday, October 8               Exhibition Closes

  • Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee 

 

 

Monday, October 9                                      The Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg
6:00 p.m.                                                        Lecture in Art History: “Behind the Mask:
Vanderbilt University,                                             WWI, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Room 203 (1220 Cohen Memorial Hall                   Revolution” presented by David M.  
21st Avenue South)                                             Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art
Free                                                                  Wake Forest University

During the Great War, trenches exposed combatants’ faces to sniper fire and flying shrapnel, which caused wounds that would have proven fatal in previous wars. With improved medical and transport services, the wounded could be saved—but not always their faces. Crudely patched together and sent back to the front or to their families, men with “broken faces” were routinely ostracized. In this lecture, David M. Lubin examines the humanitarian efforts of plastic surgeons to restore obliterated faces, and the prosthetic masks fashioned by sculptors, while also considering the modern beauty culture that arose simultaneously with and perhaps in reaction to wartime unsightliness.

David M. Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, has written extensively on American art and popular culture. His most recent book, Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2016), was praised by Alexander Nemerov as “the most thoughtful and imaginative book ever written about the art of the First World War.” In 2016–17, Lubin was the inaugural Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at Oxford University. With Robert Cozzolino and Anne Knutson, he was an organizing curator of World War I and American Art.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

Tuesdays, October 10,                                          “Food for Thought: Changing the World”
November 14, and December 12
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with presentation at noon
Frist Center Auditorium
Free with advance registration (lunch and gallery admission included)
Call Vanderbilt University at 615.322.8585 to reserve your place:

  • Registration for the October 10 program opens September 19.
  • Registration for the November 14 program opens October 24.
  • Registration for the December 12 program opens November 21.

 

In partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, the Frist Center presents “Food for Thought,” a three-part series of lunchtime conversations with Vanderbilt professors, Frist Center curators, and other members of the Nashville community. During the first two sessions, panelists will focus on the exhibition World War I and American Art and explore how the conflict shaped art as well as global affairs. The last session, inspired by the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat., will delve into how contemporary performance art can offer powerful and transformative opportunities for communities.


Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Wednesday, October 11                                          Two-day painting workshop: The       and Wednesday, October 18                              Greats and Their Abstract Response,
October 11: 1:00–3:00 p.m. at Fisk University                    with Lakesha Moore
(1000 17th Avenue North)
October 18: 1:00–3:00 p.m. at the Frist Center
$50 members; $65 not-yet members (series discount available)
All skill levels welcome; ages 18 and older only
Registration required by October 4. Visit fristcenter/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

Join Lakesha Moore, local artist and Tennessee State University professor of art education, as she examines the historical, human, and creative elements of abstract painting in the early twentieth century. On Day 1 of the workshop (October 11), enjoy a private tour of Fisk University’s Alfred Stieglitz Collection; sketching supplies will be provided. On Day 2 (October 18), at the Frist Center, continue learning about how artists described and responded to the events of 1914–1918 and beyond, through a guided tour of the exhibition World War I and American Art, and develop an abstract piece using creative elements, methods, and visual components learned in this workshop. Acrylic paint, canvas, and brushes will be provided.

 

Lakesha Moore earned her MFA with a focus on painting from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a BFA. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her artistic practice is a melding of painting, music, writing, and community work, and fueled by a strong interest in the role that collective and personal memory have on one’s identity and psyche.

 

The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art was given to Fisk University in 1949, when the acclaimed painter Georgia O’Keeffe donated an extraordinary group of works in honor of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, the pioneering photographer and art impresario. World War I and American Art, the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War, will be on view at the Frist Center from October 6, 2017, through January 21, 2018.


Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

Thursday, October 12                                  Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Mandolinist Mike Compton
Frist Center Café
Free

Mike Compton is a Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association Award–winning recording artist; a solo, duo and band performer; and a passionate mandolin teacher. The New York Times calls Compton “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

 

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Compton took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Bill Monroe’s playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. In Nashville, Compton recorded albums with the John Hartford String Band and toured extensively with the band until Hartford’s death in 2001. At the same time, he collaborated with other masters, including guitarist David Grier, renowned mandolinists David Grisman and Mike Marshall, and producer T-Bone Burnett, for whom he performed not only as a Soggy Bottom Boy on 2001’s Grammy Album of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but on the following Grammy-winning Down from the Mountain soundtrack and tours, and on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and tours.

 

Honored in 2002 with a special resolution by the Mississippi State Senate for his accomplishments, Mike Compton is in demand today at every level, from solo tours, treasured performances with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and appearances with Grier and other duet partners, to instructional settings like the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s wildly successful Monroe Mandolin Camp, to studio recordings with bluegrass legends such as Ralph Stanley and country stars like Faith Hill. As Mandolin Magazine put it, Mike Compton is simply “a certified mandolin icon.”
 

Friday, October 13               Exhibition Opens

  • Extrasensory

 

 

Friday, October 13                                        ARTlab with Beth Reitmeyer

4:00–8:00 p.m.                                               for ages 15–18

Frist Center Studio A

$25 members; $30 not-yet members (materials included). Limited to 10 participants per session. No experience required.

Visit fristcenter.org/artlab to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.
Join Extrasensory teaching artist Beth Reitmeyer for hands-on explorations of light and metaphor. Plan, engineer, and construct geometric sculptures that will glow and sparkle both day and night! You will use plastics, paper, paint, LEDs and various recycled materials to build your personal geode.


Friday, October 13                                        Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Singer-songwriter Rae Hering
Frist Center Café
Free

Belmont University graduate Rae Hering’s sophisticated alternative pop music ranges from playful to melancholy to funky. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose 2014 release The Shy Gemini Sessions features two versions of seven songs; the “A” side was recorded with a band, and the “B” side was recorded as a solo performer. 
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).


Friday, October 13                                        In-Gallery Discussion: U.S. Military Veterans
6:00 p.m.                                                        of Writer Corps Share their Stories
Ingram Gallery                                                   
Free with gallery admission

Join the Writer Corps, a group of U.S. Military Veterans, for this special one-night gallery reading event inspired by the exhibition World War I and American Art. For this program, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will reflect on the “Support the Troops” iconography from that time period and their feelings a decade and a half later on being seduced by the energy of the moment.

Using the creative writing workshop method, the Writer Corps encourages participating veterans to articulate thoughts, feelings, or experiences in writing; craft their stories through collaboration and revision; and to ultimately share their pieces with the larger community through publication in their annual literary journal, DMZ. Through public readings held throughout the academic year, Writer Corps spreads awareness to student and civilian populations so they might be more cognizant of the experiences of military and post-military individuals.

The primary goal of Writers Corps is to assist veterans with their scholarly, personal, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In addition to providing a place where veterans can feel comfortable on campus among their peers, members of Writers Corps have conveyed how the use of expressive writing alleviates some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Saturday, October 14                                   Day of Adornment: Bollard Decoration Project
9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.             
                       
Frist Center Broadway and
Demonbreun Street entryways
Free

Selected Middle Tennessee artists will be decorating the ten ornamental bollards around the Frist Center in support of “Dreams and Aspirations,” a theme of the Frist Center’s upcoming exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. (opening on November 10). Come by to watch the transformation of the large dark gray spheres into original site-specific works that will showcase the creativity and vision of local artists. In the case of inclement weather, the adornment of the bollards will take place on Saturday, October 21.

Saturday, October 14                                   Workshop: Figure Drawing
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Participants will be notified of location.
$15 members; $20 not-yet-members
(gallery admission and parking validation included)

Want to study the human form? Enhance and expand your artistic practice every month in noninstructional figure drawing sessions at the Frist. Each session will offer exhibition-themed poses from a live, clothed model, along with access to masterworks in our galleries. Please bring your own nontoxic drawing mediums and sketchpads to this workshop; only pencils are allowed in our galleries (provided as needed).

Limited to 15 participants. Ages 18 and older only. Registration required by the first Saturday of each month. Visit fristcenter.org/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

Saturday, October 14                                   Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents. 

 

Sunday, October 15             Exhibition Closes

  • Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection 



Monday, October 16                        Senior Monday

10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 

The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6.00 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors. Senior parking is $5.00 in the Frist Center lots as long as spaces are available. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

Thursday, October 19                                  One-Day Educator Workshop: World War I  
or Saturday, October 21                              and American Art
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$25 Frist Center members; $30 not-yet-members (all materials, gallery admission, parking validation, continental breakfast, and lunch included) | Open to educators of all subjects, pre-K–12

Registration required by October 13. Select either October 19 or October 21, and visit fristcenter.org/educator to reserve your place. Space is limited to 20 participants each day. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.
“Art is science made clear.” —Wilson Mizner

World War I and American Art is the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War. Images made during the war reveal American artists in transition: they used more experimental forms to capture the apocalyptic tenor of the conflict, but also drew on straightforward realism to make the human experience accessible to their audience. George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent are among the more than seventy artists whose response to the Great War is explored.

During this workshop, educators will examine original works of art, participate in gallery discussions and studio activities, and develop teaching materials. To support STEAM lesson planning, there will be special attention paid to the printing process: STEAM connections will be applied to a hands-on printing activity that challenges creators to think both spatially and sequentially. (This program is a part of the Tennessee STEAM Festival; see tennesseesteamfestival.org.)

 

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

 

Thursday, October 19                                  Workshop: Drop-in Drawing

5:00–8:00 p.m.

Admission required; members free (materials included)

All skill levels welcome.

 

On the third Thursday of each month, practice different techniques and skills in our galleries and on our campus. Be inspired by the artworks and the architecture of the building. We provide pencils, paper, and other supplies; ask at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk for the checkout station.

Thursday, October 19                                  Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Tantsova Grupa (Eastern European Folk Dance)

Frist Center Café

Free                                                                 

 

Tantsova Grupa, Bulgarian for “dance group,” is a Nashville-based musical ensemble created in 2009 to accompany the Nashville International Folk Dancers. The band’s repertoire includes village dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Armenia, Russia, Hungary, France and Israel. Tantsova Grupa has performed for Nashville International Folk Dancers’ Autumn Leaves workshops; Celebration of Cultures, Celebrate Nashville and Folk Fest in Centennial Park; international dance workshops in Knoxville; The Ravenwood Annual International Food & Music Festival; and public libraries in Middle Tennessee.
The musicians are: Nermin Begovic, accordion; Mary Lou Durham, fiddle; Janet Epstein, recorders; Michael Lewandowski, mandolin; Billy Ramirez, drums; and Carole VanderWal, clarinet. For more information, visit www.nifddance.com. Folk dancers welcome!

 

Thursdays, October 19                             Educator SPARK Evening
November 16, and December 21
5:30–8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios | Free for K–12, homeschool, and college/university educators (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Join us for Educator SPARK each month from September through May. Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Center exhibitions, enjoying light refreshments, and conversing with other educators between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Be energized by the 6:00–6:30 p.m. idea exchange session (led by a different host each month).

Thursday, October 20                                  Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Center Café
Free

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to songs by Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship is always a delight.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

Friday, October 20                                        Concert: The Music of World War I
6:30 p.m.                                                        narrated by music historian Michael Lasser,

Frist Center Auditorium                                        with performances by vocalists Cindy Miller

Free; first come, first seated                                and Alan Jones

 

Public radio host and Peabody Award winner Michael Lasser, who has been talking about popular music as social history for more than thirty-five years, returns to the Frist Center and turns his expertise to World War I, when songs like the military-themed anthem “Over There” reflected the imagination of a country newly at war. Accompanied by live renditions of other notable songs from the period, Lasser’s program is richly musical, anecdotal, insightful, amusing, and emotional.
Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Saturday, October 21                                   Get Fit at the Frist

9:00 a.m.

Turner Courtyard

Free
Space guaranteed for the first 400 guests. We will allow more participants into Turner Courtyard if we can do so safely.

 

Grab your water bottle and workout buddy for free outdoor fitness classes with Katherine Tisha Wilson of 

b.fab.fitness® this fall! A trademarked style of dance cardio and strength training, b.fab.fitness® is as much about fellowship as it is about working out. The workout’s choreography, b.fab.funk®, includes simple dance moves set to hip-hop, pop, Latin, and even some Bollywood beats. No experience is required—just a desire to move and have fun!

 

Get Fit at the Frist will take place in the Turner Courtyard and will be canceled in the event of rain. Guests are invited to enjoy FREE admission to the Frist Center galleries following their workout.

 

 

Saturday, October 21                                      Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

  

 

Thursday, October 26                                  America Responds: A Frist and Fisk

and Friday, October 27                                Collaborative Gallery Tour 

Noon

Part 1: at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Presented by Ginny Soenksen, curator of interpretation

Meet at the exhibition entrance

 

Part 2: Friday, October 27, noon, at Fisk University Galleries (Carl Van Vechten Gallery and Aaron Douglas Gallery, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville)

Presented by Nikoo Paydar, assistant curator of Fisk University Galleries

Meet at the Carl Van Vechten Gallery

Free | Reservations required; visit fristcenter.org/talk to register. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

The Frist Center is proud to partner with Fisk University Galleries and Special Collections on “America Responds: A Collaborative Tour,” which will offer participants additional perspective on the artists who worked against the backdrop of war and global changes to society. The engaging guided tours include visits to both the Frist Center and Fisk University Galleries to explore three exhibitions of works by artists influenced and affected by the war. Visitors first will join Frist Center curator of interpretation Ginny Soenksen for a tour of World War I and American Art, and then visit Fisk University Galleries for Origins of Influence Part II: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art and World War I and the Great Migration.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Thursday, October 26                                  Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Center Café

Free                                                                                                                                  

 

Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss gathers a number of his songwriting friends for evenings of original music.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago, Criss is a talented tunesmith with Southern roots and a Midwestern sensibility. Join him and some of Nashville’s newcomers as well as established writers in the Frist Café.

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

Friday, October 27                                        Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Jazz vocalist Arte’Mis

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Arte’Mis (Tramaine Robinson) grew up singing in a church choir in Knoxville. Now residing in Nashville, she has

carried that soulful foundation to everything from jazz and R&B to classical and musical theater, influenced by the

likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jill Scott.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, October 28                                       Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free
“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, October 30                                       Artful Tales: Story Time in the Galleries

10:30 a.m.

Last Monday of each month (January–November)

Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk

For ages 3 and up

Free to 18 and younger, and to members; gallery admission required for not-yet-members

 

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to our current exhibitions. Then, head upstairs to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for more exhibition-inspired activities.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2017

 

Thursday, November 2                                Curator’s Tour: World War I and
Noon                                                              American Art presented by Trinita Kennedy,

Meet at the exhibition entrance                                  Frist Center curator
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

 

Join curator Trinita Kennedy as she explores how a wide range of American artists responded to the First World War. Special consideration will be given to how artists represented airplanes, barbed wire, poisonous gas, submarines, tanks, and other characteristic weapons of the conflict. Social issues, such as the wartime roles taken on by women and the participation of African Americans on the battlefield, will also be highlighted.
Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel
 

Thursday, November 2                                Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Classical guitarist Michael Roberts

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Michael Roberts is a Nashville-based classical guitarist and composer who is active around the country. A student and teacher of many different musical styles, he has studied with world-class master Michael Lorimer (of the Segovia school) and internationally renowned professor Rob Nathanson. His recent concerts include a rare 15-guitar performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint and atmospheric shows for Chihuly and Andy Warhol art exhibits. He regularly composes classical and pop music for the guitar, as well as cinematic soundtracks, and tours nationally with rock band Dead Man’s Mail.

His latest compilation of original work includes a string quartet, a piano sonata, his first symphony, and various tone poems. A full-length classical guitar album is on the way. It will feature his New Etudes, as well as works by Enrique Granados and others.

 

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

Friday, November 3                                      Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Choro Nashville (Brazilian music)

Frist Center Café                                                                       

Free

 

Choro Nashville is a six-member acoustic music group dedicated to the century-old Brazilian music known as Choro or Chorinho, which today still influences much of Brazil’s best-known music. Choro is often compared to American ragtime music, with a mixture of improvisation and composition played to an energetic and syncopated rhythm.
Choro Nashville features Randy Leago on woodwinds and cavaquinho, Chris Moran on guitar and bandolim, Larry Seeman on seven-string guitar and cavaquinho, Carlos Ruiz on percussion, and Jonah Kraut on guitar.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, November 4                                 Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL

1:30 p.m.                                                        Interpretation

Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery
Information Desk

Gallery admission required; members free
On the first Saturday of each month, we offer an informal docent-guided tour with certified American Sign Language interpretation. The tour focuses on a current exhibition and originates at the information desk inside the entrance to the galleries. Our docents also conduct tours on most weekdays and weekends at 1:30 p.m.; reservations are not required. To check availability, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

ASL interpretation is generously supported by the Memorial Foundation and by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

 

 

Saturday, November 4                                 Architecture Tour with ASL Interpretation

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a visit to the Frist Center. Stop at our café between 2 and 5 p.m. for Dessert Happy Hour (free coffee with the purchase of any dessert), and enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

 

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

Mondays, November 6–December 18                    Second Harvest Donation Days                                                      

Beginning on November 6, the Frist Center will offer free admission on Mondays to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, through December 18. Since 2012, Frist Center visitors have donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. This year, Pinnacle Financial Partners will be partnering with the Frist to encourage participation in the holiday drive. Look for the collection barrels next to Visitor Services. The items most needed by Second Harvest are canned chicken, fruit, tuna, and vegetables; cereal; pasta; and peanut butter. We look forward to seeing you — thank you for your generosity.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 9                                Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Meet the Seavers  

Grand Lobby

Free  

 

Husband and wife duo Jace K. Seavers and Dorothy Gilmore-Seavers make up the elegant jazz duo Meet the

Seavers. With music and lyrics composed by Jace, the compositions are rooted in swing but rarely follow the traditional chord changes and rhythms familiar to swing purists. Critics have called his thoughtful lyrics, complex time signatures and bubble-off-center chordings “ambitious,” “insightful” and “brilliant.”
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

 

Friday, November 10            Exhibition Opens

  • Nick Cave: Feat.

 

 

 

Friday, November 10                                    Two-day historic photography workshop:
and Saturday, November 11                       Vandyke Brown Printing, with Erin Kice

November 10: 3:00–6:00 p.m. at the Frist Center

November 11: 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Frist Center

 

$50 members; $65 not-yet members (series discount available)

All skill levels welcome; ages 18 and older only

Registration required by November 3. Visit fristcenter/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

In this workshop, Erin Kice, local artist and co-founder of Nashville Community Darkroom, will teach the basics of chemistry, light exposure, and multiple historic photo processes. On Day 1, study key iconic photographs and learn about early twentieth-century techniques. On Day 2, following a guided tour of the Frist exhibition World War I and American Art, practice creating your own photographic images in the Frist Center studios, where you will hand-coat papers with chemicals and tone images after development, combining historic and new processes for unique results. Photographic knowledge or experience is not required.

 

Erin Kice earned her BA and MA in photojournalism and mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. A film and alternative process photographer, she has taught traditional photography at all skill levels.

 

“Vandyke Brown Printing” is part of the Frist Center’s World War I and American Art Studio Workshop Series. The other workshops in the series are “Two-day painting workshop: The Greats and Their Abstract Response, with Lakesha Moore” (October 11 and 18, 2017) and “Two-day poster workshop: Persuaded by Posters” (January 12–13, 2018). Save money by signing up for all three workshops at the same time: the price of the full series is $90 for Frist Center members and $125 for the general public.

 

World War I and American Art, the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War, will be on view at the Frist Center from October 6, 2017, through January 21, 2018.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Friday, November 10                                    Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Jazz guitarist Geary Moore  

Frist Center Café

Free

A native of Pittsburgh, Geary Moore lived and performed in the New York metropolitan area for a number of years and now lives in Nashville. His fluid and inventive style attests to the depth of his background in jazz, R&B, and pop music. An accomplished composer as well as a master technician, Mr. Moore has composed a repertoire of original tunes.

Mr. Moore has performed with numerous highly respected musicians, including Arthur Prysock, Peaches & Herb, Jon Faddis, Billy Drummond, Slide Hampton, T.S. Monk, Bob Cranshaw, and many more.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).
Saturday, November 11                               Veterans Day

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Free admission will be extended today to veterans; active-duty, retired, Reserve, and National Guard service members; and their families. Visitors need only identify themselves to any member of the Visitor Services staff as veterans or service members for free admission. Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the Nashville Veterans Day Parade from the Frist Center’s Broadway terrace.

 

Saturday, November 11                               Figure Drawing at the Frist

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Participants will be notified of location.

$15 members; $20 not-yet-members (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Space is limited to 15 participants. Ages 18 and older only, please

Registration required by the first Saturday of each month. Visit fristcenter.org/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

Want to study the human form? Enhance and expand your artistic practice every month by participating in this new series of noninstructional figure drawing sessions at the Frist. Each session will offer exhibition-themed poses from a live model along with access to masterworks in our galleries. Admission and parking are included.

 

Please bring your own nontoxic drawing mediums and sketchpads to this workshop; only pencils are allowed in our galleries (provided as needed).

 

Saturday, November 11                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free
“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Sunday, November 12                                 Family Festival Day

1:00–5:30 p.m.

Free

 

Bring your family and friends to the Frist Center to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. This FREE Family Festival Day will be filled with unique gallery experiences, fun art-making activities, a silent disco, a grand finale performance by the VSA TN Movement Connection Dance Program, and so much more! Community members who participated in the creation of the exhibition Extrasensory are invited to see their work in the Conte Community Arts Gallery, and visitors are invited to dress in bright colors, wild patterns, or anything that stimulates the senses! All programs are free and offered on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsor for Nick Cave: Feat.: Ameriprise Financial

 

Tuesdays, November 14                              “Food for Thought: Changing the World”

and December 12
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with presentation at noon

Frist Center Auditorium

Free with advance registration (lunch and gallery admission included)

Call Vanderbilt University at 615.322.8585 to reserve your place:

 

Registration for the November 14 program opens October 24.

Registration for the December 12 program opens November 21.

 

In partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, the Frist Center presents “Food for Thought,” lunchtime conversations with Vanderbilt professors, Frist Center curators, and other members of the Nashville community. During this session, panelists will focus on the exhibition World War I and American Art and explore how the conflict shaped art as well as global affairs. On December 12, inspired by the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat., panelists will delve into how contemporary performance art can offer powerful and transformative opportunities for communities.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel

 

Thursday, November 16                              Drop-in Drawing

5:00–8:00 p.m.

Admission required; members free
 (materials included). All skill levels welcome.

 

On the third Thursday of each month, practice different techniques and skills in our galleries and on our campus. Be inspired by the artworks and the architecture of the building. We provide pencils, paper, and other supplies; ask at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk for the checkout station.

 

Thursday, November 16                              Educator SPARK Evening

5:30–8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios | Free for K–12,
homeschool, and college/university
educators (gallery admission and parking validation included)

 

Join us for Educator SPARK each month from September through May. Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Center exhibitions, enjoying light refreshments, and conversing with other educators between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Be energized by the 6:00–6:30 p.m. idea exchange session (led by a different host each month).
Thursday, November 16                              Educator Appreciation Night

5:30–9:00 p.m.

Check in at the Rechter Room
(valid school ID card required)

Free for educators (all subjects, grades K–12)
and guests (one guest per educator)

Questions? Contact Shaun Giles at sgiles@fristcenter.org.

 

Come learn what the Frist Center can offer to you and your curriculum. Enjoy SPARK discussions, live music, our Drop-In Drawing workshop, and gallery tours. Receive special discounts in the café and gift shop, and on memberships purchased during this event.

 

Thursday, November 16                              Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Contrarian Ensemble
Frist Center Café
Free

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to the music of Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship always delights.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Thursday, November 17                              Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Mandolinist Mike Compton
Frist Center Café
Free

Mike Compton is a Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association Award–winning recording artist; a solo, duo and band performer; and a passionate mandolin teacher. The New York Times calls Compton “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

 

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Compton took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Bill Monroe’s playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. In Nashville, Compton recorded albums with the John Hartford String Band and toured extensively with the band until Hartford’s death in 2001. At the same time, he collaborated with other masters, including guitarist David Grier, renowned mandolinists David Grisman and Mike Marshall, and producer T-Bone Burnett, for whom he performed not only as a Soggy Bottom Boy on 2001’s Grammy Album of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but on the following Grammy-winning Down from the Mountain soundtrack and tours, and on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and tours.

 

Honored in 2002 with a special resolution by the Mississippi State Senate for his accomplishments, Mike Compton is in demand today at every level, from solo tours, treasured performances with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and appearances with Grier and other duet partners, to instructional settings like the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s wildly successful Monroe Mandolin Camp, to studio recordings with bluegrass legends such as Ralph Stanley and country stars like Faith Hill. As Mandolin Magazine put it, Mike Compton is simply “a certified mandolin icon.”
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, November 18                               Lecture: “Warrior Brain to Artist Brain”

11:00 a.m.

presented by Richard Casper, USMC combat veteran and co-founder of CreatiVets

Frist Center Auditorium

Free

 

Richard Casper is a United States Marine Corps veteran and the co-founder and program director of CreatiVets, a nonprofit organization that creates a safe, communal environment for veterans to make art and music. In his acclaimed lecture “Warrior Brain to Artist Brain,” he explores his own journey to recovery. During a tour of duty in Iraq, Casper was hit in four separate IED (Improvised Explosive Device) explosions that resulted in traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Richard credits art with helping him reclaim his life and giving it purpose. Through CreatiVets, he talks and teaches across the country (including at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Virginia Commonwealth University) in his outreach to veterans, championing art and music as inspirational tools in the healing process.
Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel
Saturday, November 18                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.


Monday, November 20                                 Senior Monday

10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6.00 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors. Senior parking is $5.00 in the Frist Center lots as long as spaces are available. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 23                  Frist Center closed for Thanksgiving

 

 

 

Friday, November 24                                    Music at the Frist

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Barry and Holly Tashian and the Eclectic Five

Frist Center Café                                                            Band

Free

 

For the fourth consecutive year in what has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition, Barry and Holly Tashian and the Eclectic Five will perform the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. Last year, the café was full-to-overflowing from the first note until last.

 

Barry and Holly Tashian (guitar, upright bass and vocals) have toured worldwide and made numerous appearances on The Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion and many other international radio and television programs. Their songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Solomon Burke, Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell and others. In 1966, Barry and his band The Remains opened for The Beatles’ last American tour. From 1980 to 1989 Barry toured and recorded with Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. Since 1972 Barry and Holly have recorded seven award-winning albums for Rounder Records, Copper Creek and Strictly Country.  

Al and Emily Cantrell (guitar, fiddle and vocals) have been featured on Mountain Stage, Riders Radio Theater, Folk Sampler, eTown and River City Folk, as well as numerous other nationally syndicated radio programs. Their four critically acclaimed albums are on radio playlists worldwide and include the talents of Béla Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien and Riders in the Sky. Robert Redford hand-picked them to play old-time music on-screen in his hit movie A River Runs Through It. “She sings like an angel, he plays like the devil.” – The Tennessean.

Al Goll (Dobro) is an adjunct professor of Dobro at Belmont Academy of Music, and a regular performer and contributor at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, playing country, bluegrass and Hawaiian music. He has also performed at the Frist Center with Al Nobriga. 

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).
Saturday, November 25                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, November 27                                   Artful Tales: Story Time in the Galleries

10:30 a.m.

Last Monday of each month (January–November)

Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk

For ages 3 and up

Free to 18 and younger, and to members; gallery admission required for not-yet-members

 

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to our current exhibitions. Then, head upstairs to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for more exhibition-inspired activities.

 

Thursday, November 30                              Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Duette (vocal duo)

Frist Center Café
Free
Duette (Duane Spencer and Paulette Licitra) is an alternative acoustic band of ukulele and guitar, with tight, irresistible harmonies. Their addictive music is fun, quirky, and succinct. Spencer was a member of the legendary Martha’s Vineyard band Mr. Timothy Charles Duane (aka TCD); he toured the Northeast with the soul-calypso (soca) group Target Rhythm Band, and has played, recorded, and collaborated with a varied list of artists, including Van Morrison, Fred Lipsius, Roly Salley, Richard Bell, Clark Pierson, John Hall, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Kate Taylor, Maria Muldaur, Bobby Cochran, and Mark Volman. Licitra has written songs for theater and has produced music-related television, films, and videos. In Nashville, she is also known as Chef Paulette on WSMV-TV Channel 4.

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

DECEMBER 2017

 

Friday, December 1                                      Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Jazz vocalist Arte’Mis

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Arte’Mis (Tramaine Robinson) grew up singing in a church choir in Knoxville. Now residing in Nashville, she has

carried that soulful foundation to everything from jazz and R&B to classical and musical theater, influenced by the

likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jill Scott.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, December 2                                 Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL
1:30 p.m.
                                                        with ASL Interpretation
Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk
Gallery admission required; members free

On the first Saturday of each month, we offer an informal docent-guided tour with certified American Sign Language interpretation. The tour focuses on a current exhibition and originates at the information desk inside the entrance to the galleries. Our docents also conduct tours on most weekdays and weekends at 1:30 p.m.; reservations are not required. To check availability, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

ASL interpretation is generously supported by the Memorial Foundation and by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

 

Saturday, December 2                                 Blair Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert
2:00 p.m.

Frist Center Auditorium
Free

The Blair School of Music’s Suzuki Strings perform songs of the season in an event that has become a Frist Center holiday tradition. Enjoy the talents of approximately fifty violin and cello students, ages 5–13. In addition to traditional carols, they will perform classical works by composers such as Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. The Blair Children’s Cello Choir and Violin Performing Group are directed by Zach Ebin.

 

Saturday, December 2                                 Architecture Tour with ASL Interpretation

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a visit to the Frist Center. Stop at our café between 2 and 5 p.m. for Dessert Happy Hour (free coffee with the purchase of any dessert), and enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

 

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

 

 

Friday, December 7                          Two-Day Educator Workshop:
and Saturday, December 8              Nick Cave: Feat.

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. each day
Frist Center Studios

Registration for one or two days: $25 per day for Frist Center members; $30 per day for not-yet-members.

All materials, gallery admission, parking in Frist Center lots, continental breakfast, and lunch included

 

Advance registration required by December 4. Visit fristcenter.org/educator to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) is known for his mixed-media sculptures, multimedia installations, and “soundsuits,” elaborate human-shaped sculptural forms composed of a wide variety of found and repurposed commonplace materials. The works are accessible to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, yet on a deeper level speak to issues of racial and social justice and the need for more time and space in contemporary society to cultivate individual dreams and aspirations.

 

During this workshop, guest educators Dennis Greenwell of Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, and Jessica Hamlin of Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University will offer insightful discussions and activities to dig deeper into Nick Cave’s work, and contemporary art in general.

Frist Center educator workshops are designed for educators of all subjects, pre-K–12, but all are welcome.

 

Thursday, December 7                                 Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Center Café

Free                                                                                                                                  

 

Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss gathers a number of his songwriting friends for evenings of original music.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago, Criss is a talented tunesmith with Southern roots and a Midwestern sensibility. Join him and some of Nashville’s newcomers as well as established writers in the Frist Café.

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Friday, December 8                                      Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Singer-songwriter Rae Hering
Frist Center Café
Free

Belmont University graduate Rae Hering’s sophisticated alternative pop music ranges from playful to melancholy to funky. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose 2014 release The Shy Gemini Sessions features two versions of seven songs; the “A” side was recorded with a band, and the “B” side was recorded as a solo performer. 
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

Friday, December 8                                      Film: Sergeant York

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Frist Center Auditorium

Free; first come, first seated.

 

Shown in conjunction with the exhibition World War I and American Art, Sergeant York tells the incredible true story of Tennessee war hero Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The film follows York from his humble beginnings in the mountains of Tennessee to the front lines in France, where both his beliefs and courage were tested in battle.

Preceding the film, Michael E. Birdwell will speak on the life of Sergeant York and depictions of history in film. Michael E. Birdwell is a professor in history at Tennessee Tech and curator of Alvin C. York’s Papers, which are housed in Cookeville. His scholarly articles have been published in Film History, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Columbia Companion to Film. He is the author of Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism.

Directed by Howard Hawks, 1941. 134 minutes. DVD. Not rated.

 

Saturday, December 9                                 Figure Drawing at the Frist

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Participants will be notified of location.

$15 members; $20 not-yet-members (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Space is limited to 15 participants. Ages 18 and older only, please.

Registration required by the first Saturday of each month. Visit fristcenter.org/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

 

Want to study the human form? Enhance and expand your artistic practice every month by participating in this new series of noninstructional figure drawing sessions at the Frist. Each session will offer exhibition-themed poses from a live model along with access to masterworks in our galleries. Admission and parking are included.

 

Please bring your own nontoxic drawing mediums and sketchpads to this workshop; only pencils are allowed in our galleries (provided as needed).

 

 

Saturday, December 9                                 Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Tuesday, December 12                            “Food for Thought: Changing the World”

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with presentation at noon

Frist Center Auditorium

Free with advance registration (lunch and gallery admission included)

Call Vanderbilt University at 615.322.8585 to reserve your place: Registration opens November 21.

 

In partnership with Vanderbilt University’s Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, the Frist Center presents “Food for Thought,” lunchtime conversations with Vanderbilt professors, Frist Center curators, and other members of the Nashville community. During this session, inspired by the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat., panelists will delve into how contemporary performance art can offer powerful and transformative opportunities for communities.

Educational Programming and Community Outreach Activity Sponsors for World War I and American Art:
Ameriprise Financial | Cracker Barrel
 

Thursday, December 14                               Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Fingerstyle guitarist Dan Bankhurst

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Dan Bankhurst was eleven years old when he took his father’s old ES-335 out of the closet and started to play for the first time. Inspired by his older brother, an accomplished electric guitarist in his own right, and by his father, Dan quickly became enamored with the guitar and has since dedicated himself to the instrument with spectacular results. In September 2013, he won the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition at the Merle Travis Center in Powderly, Kentucky.

 

Dan’s earliest experiences were mostly rooted in blues, so he initially was an electric guitarist playing in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrix. As a teenager he began to branch out into jazz, and he acknowledges George Benson, Joe Pass, and Django Reinhardt as major influences.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

Friday, December 14                         Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Center Café
Free

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to songs by Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship is always a delight.
Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, December 16                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, December 18                               Senior Monday Special Event: Nashville in    10:30 a.m.                                                     Harmony followed by Holiday Sing-Along

Frist Center Auditorium                                       with Sarah Martin McConnell

Free

 

Music for Seniors presents Nashville in Harmony, followed by a festive holiday sing-along of seasonal favorites with Sarah Martin McConnell. Visit fristcenter.org for more about this annual tradition and our Senior Mondays, held on the third Monday of each month.

 

Monday, December 18                                 Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6.00 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors. Senior parking is $5.00 in the Frist Center lots as long as spaces are available. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

Monday, December 18                                 Concert: The Providence Pipes
2:00 p.m.

Frist Center Grand Lobby

Free

 

The Providence Pipes enjoy playing a wide range of music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the early Baroque and contemporary periods. Their repertoire includes classical pieces as well as folk songs, carols, and current hits. Their popular holiday concert is a combination of traditional Christmas and Hanukkah music.

Thursday, December 21                               Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Mandolinist Mike Compton
Frist Center Café
Free

Mike Compton is a Grammy and International Bluegrass Music Association Award–winning recording artist; a solo, duo and band performer; and a passionate mandolin teacher. The New York Times calls Compton “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

 

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Compton took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Bill Monroe’s playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. In Nashville, Compton recorded albums with the John Hartford String Band and toured extensively with the band until Hartford’s death in 2001. At the same time, he collaborated with other masters, including guitarist David Grier, renowned mandolinists David Grisman and Mike Marshall, and producer T-Bone Burnett, for whom he performed not only as a Soggy Bottom Boy on 2001’s Grammy Album of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but on the following Grammy-winning Down from the Mountain soundtrack and tours, and on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and tours.

 

Honored in 2002 with a special resolution by the Mississippi State Senate for his accomplishments, Mike Compton is in demand today at every level, from solo tours, treasured performances with the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and appearances with Grier and other duet partners, to instructional settings like the International Bluegrass Music Museum’s wildly successful Monroe Mandolin Camp, to studio recordings with bluegrass legends such as Ralph Stanley and country stars like Faith Hill. As Mandolin Magazine put it, Mike Compton is simply “a certified mandolin icon.”

 

Thursday, December 21                               Drop-in Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Admission required; members free
(materials included). All skill levels welcome.

 

On the third Thursday of each month, check out drawing materials to practice different techniques and skills, and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. Art supplies will be available near the Information Desk in the Ingram Gallery.

 

Thursday, December 21                             Educator SPARK Evening

5:30–8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios | Free for K–12,
homeschool, and college/university educators
(gallery admission and parking validation included)

Join us for Educator SPARK each month from September through May. Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Center exhibitions, enjoying light refreshments, and conversing with other educators between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Be energized by the 6:00–6:30 p.m. idea exchange session (led by a different host each month).

 

Friday, December 22                         Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Classical guitarist Grant Ferris

Frist Center Café
Free

Grant Ferris, a Nashville-based guitarist, composer, and songwriter, holds a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received a scholarship to study under David Tanenbaum. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver and was the first recipient of the Helen M. Garrett Award for the Outstanding Graduating Classical Guitarist. 

 

A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Ferris has been praised for his versatility as a guitarist playing in all styles from classical to jazz to country to rock. As a songwriter, Grant’s has worked extensively with his sister, recording artist Ferris. As a composer, Ferris’ work embraces American genres and styles. In the spring of 2012, his work “A Craftful Butchering of Jesse James,” co-written with Bay Area flutist Courtney Wise, was praised for its entertainment value and dedication to American styles of music. Recent works include a guitar duet entitled “UP,” written for Duo Tandem, and a 2013 EP, Ten and Six, comprising solo guitar works.

 

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Saturday, December 23                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25                Frist Center closed       

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 28                               Mando Bistro

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Mando Bistro is an ensemble inspired by the music of many countries and the musicianship and composing talents of artists such as Django Reinhardt, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the tunes in the Great American Songbook.

Mando Bistro includes George Pearce (tenor guitar and bouzouki), James DiGiralomo (accordion), and Al Goll (acoustic steel).

 

Thursday, December 28                               Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Classical guitarist Michael Roberts

Grand Lobby

Free

 

Michael Roberts is a Nashville-based classical guitarist and composer who is active around the country. A student and teacher of many different musical styles, he has studied with world-class master Michael Lorimer (of the Segovia school) and internationally renowned professor Rob Nathanson. His recent concerts include a rare 15-guitar performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint and atmospheric shows for Chihuly and Andy Warhol art exhibits. He regularly composes classical and pop music for the guitar, as well as cinematic soundtracks, and tours nationally with rock band Dead Man’s Mail.

His latest compilation of original work includes a string quartet, a piano sonata, his first symphony, and various tone poems. A full-length classical guitar album is on the way. It will feature his New Etudes, as well as works by Enrique Granados and others.

 

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).
 

 

 
Friday, December 29                                    Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Classical guitarist Michael Roberts

Frist Center Café

Free

 

Michael Roberts is a Nashville-based classical guitarist and composer who is active around the country. A student and teacher of many different musical styles, he has studied with world-class master Michael Lorimer (of the Segovia school) and internationally renowned professor Rob Nathanson. His recent concerts include a rare 15-guitar performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint and atmospheric shows for Chihuly and Andy Warhol art exhibits. He regularly composes classical and pop music for the guitar, as well as cinematic soundtracks, and tours nationally with rock band Dead Man’s Mail.

His latest compilation of original work includes a string quartet, a piano sonata, his first symphony, and various tone poems. A full-length classical guitar album is on the way. It will feature his New Etudes, as well as works by Enrique Granados and others.

 

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 
Saturday, December 30                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

 

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Stroll around the Frist Center as you learn more about our landmark building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Current Exhibitions


Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection
June 23–October 15, 2017
Upper-Level Galleries

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection explores the spectacular flourishing of Indigenous Australian painting and sculpture that has occurred since the 1970s. It presents approximately fifty artworks, including paintings on bark strips, hollow logs, and canvases, in addition to a small selection of sculptures. In many cases, artists have translated motifs from traditional art forms, such as rock and body painting, to media that can be more easily shared with viewers around the world.

In the late 1960s, decades of grassroots activism in Australia culminated in political changes that brought increased power and visibility to Aboriginal peoples. The years that followed marked the start of an artistic renaissance, fueled both by the end of government policies that demanded assimilation into white society and by the growing desire of Aboriginal artists to share their ancient culture with the wider world. The collection built by Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi was developed over many years of travel and research and is one of the finest collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the United States.

This exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. It was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Donald M. Cox, the Wolfensohn Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos from Middle Tennessee
April 29–October 8, 2017
Conte Community Arts Gallery

Bringing together experimental videos and digital photographs by artists working in the Middle Tennessee region, Pattern Recognition explores the expressive potential of digital media. In animated landscapes, geometrical compositions, and other invented scenarios, the videos show natural and computer-generated patterns that weave, ripple, and flow in alluring ways. In their experimental works, artists McLean Fahnestock, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Joon Sung, and John Warren all manipulate viewers’ sense of time and space and resist traditional notions of linear storytelling. Each artist employs slow pacing, fluid transitions between recognizable and abstract imagery, and sound to induce feelings of reverie, pleasure, and mystery.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.


Upcoming Exhibitions

World War I and American Art 
October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018
Ingram Gallery

World War I and American Art is the first major exhibition to examine ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War, which happened while modernist art was being digested, adapted, and transformed by the American art world. Images made during the war reveal American artists in transition, using more experimental forms to capture the apocalyptic tenor of the conflict while also drawing on a straightforward realist manner to make the human experience accessible to their audience. George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent are among the more than seventy artists in this exhibition whose responses to and experiences in the Great War are explored. Mirroring the historical unfolding of the war itself, the exhibition’s organization first shows how artists interpreted the threat of war and the debate to enter it, and then how World War I involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official artists. The exhibition includes many high-profile loans, including Sargent’s Gassed from the Imperial War Museums, London, which has not been seen in the United States since 1999.

This exhibition was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Extrasensory
October 13, 2017–March 25, 2018
Conte Community Arts Gallery

Inspired by the dynamism and multisensory engagement of Nick Cave’s work, this companion exhibition to Nick Cave: Feat. features art made by members of the Middle Tennessee community. Local teaching artists led open workshops for community members of all abilities and learning styles to collaborate on creating works of art, each engaging the five senses through tactile responses by visitors. The artworks address themes of dreaming, transformation, and creative expression while highlighting various aspects of Cave’s work. Partner organizations for this program include Empower TN, Tennessee Disability Coalition, and VSA Tennessee: The State Organization on Arts and Disability.  

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nick Cave: Feat.
November 10, 2017–June 24, 2018
Upper-Level Galleries

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) is best known for his elaborate “soundsuits,” human-shaped sculptural forms composed of a wide variety of found and repurposed commonplace materials. This dynamic exhibition will include a selection of soundsuits, as well as a projected video, several wall-mounted sculptures, and a large multimedia installation. The works are accessible to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and on a deeper level speak to issues of racial and social justice and the need for more time and space in contemporary society to cultivate individual dreams and aspirations.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

 

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About the Frist Center
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at fristcenter.org/accessibility. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members; $12 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students with ID; and $7 for active military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:009:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:005:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit fristcenter.org.
                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

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