Frist Art Museum Calendar of Events

Frist Art Museum Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events                           

June 1–August 31, 2018

  • Please disregard previous versions of this calendar. This information is current as of June 1, 2018. Dates and programs are subject to change.


JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, June 1    –  Happening in Nick Cave: Feat.

Saturday, June 2   – Scout Us Out! Girl Scouts Day

Saturday, June 9  – Figure Study

Monday, June 18   –  Senior Monday

Wednesday, June 20   –  World Refugee Day – Art Unveiling and Potluck at Oasis Center                                                                                                              

Friday, June 22   – Exhibitions Open – Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century – The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi
                                                                                                                                    
Friday, June 22 – Curator’s Perspective:From No Place to Everything, presented by Mark Scala, chief curator

Sunday, June 24 – Exhibition Closes – Nick Cave: Fea


Monday, June 25  –  Family Monday

 

JUNE 2018

Friday, June 1                                                                                Music at the Frist                 

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Acoustic soul artist Larysa Jaye

Frist Art Museum Café

Free

Larysa Jaye is a Nashville-based acoustic soul artist with eclectic influences and a captivating stage presence. Her ability to flow seamlessly from country to R&B to pop has earned her a loyal following. As a songwriter, Larysa finds inspiration from her everyday life as a wife and mother.

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, June 1                                                                                Happening in Nick Cave: Feat.
7:00 p.m.
Frist Upper-Level Galleries
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Join us for a soulful evening of poetry and music at our final Happening in Nick Cave: Feat., featuring Rashad thaPoet with the Street Band Clan, S-Wrap, and Debria Love.

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

Saturday, June 2                                                                      Scout Us Out! Girl Scouts Day
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.                       
                                   
Free to Girl Scouts and their families 

Bring the troops to the Frist Art Museum for a day celebrating Girl Scouts and their families. Stop by Martin ArtQuest Gallery for art-making activities, and check FristArtMuseum.org for special opportunities to earn badges and petals! Limited discounted parking in Frist lots.

Are there Boy Scouts in your family too? Join us on Scout Us Out! Boy Scouts Day on August 11. 

Saturday, June 2                                                                          Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL
1:30 p.m.                                                                                         Interpreter           
Meet at the Frist’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, June 2                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with 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.

Thursday, June 7                                                                         Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Singer-songwriter Barbara Jenice

Frist Art Museum Café

Free

Influenced by her parents’ love of music—The Isley Brothers, Anita Baker, Carla Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Blue Magic, Chaka Khan, The Beatles, James Taylor—as well as the folk, rock and reggae she came to love as a teen, Barbara Jenice blends it all into a uniquely powerful and evocative easy listening groove.

Jenice’s JazzEclecticFolk Project moves with her from Memphis to Nashville—an energetic fusion band of rotating artists. Individual personalities collaborate in genre-bending explorations—jazz meets folk, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, and even gospel and country.

Through a lifetime of writing and performing music, Jenice shares an incredible journey of recovery through song. She continues to make headway in the music industry under the mentorship of legendary Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees David Porter and Carla “Gee Whiz” Thomas.

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, June 8                                                                                Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Neo-soul vocalist Arte’Mis
Frist Art Museum 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, June 9                                                                          Figure Study
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Frist Galleries and Studios
$15 members; $20 not-yet-members 
(gallery admission and parking validation included). 
Space is limited to 15 participants. Ages 18 and older only, please.

Want to study the human form? Enhance your artistic practice once a quarter with special access to the masterworks in our exhibitions. This session will feature a model in Nick Cave: Feat.–inspired poses. Bring your own nontoxic drawing, painting or sculpting mediums to this workshop; only pencils (provided as needed) are allowed in our galleries.

Saturday, June 9                                                                          Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

Thursday, June 14                                                                       Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Art Museum 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, June 15                                                                             Music at the Frist                 

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Tantsova Grupa (Eastern European Folk Dance)
Frist Art Museum 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; Holly Tashian, bass; and Carole VanderWal, clarinet. For more information, visit www.nifddance.com. Folk dancers welcome in the café!

 

Saturday, June 16                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

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

Monday, June 18                                                                         Senior Monday
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors, and discounted parking is offered (subject to availability in the Frist lot). 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. A docent-guided tour of a current exhibition is offered at 1:30 p.m. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

Wednesday, June 20                                                                  World Refugee Day
11:00 a.m.                                                                                      Art Unveiling and Potluck at Oasis Center
Oasis Center
(1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 200, Nashville)
Free and open to the public (bring a dish that reflects your heritage)

During the month of June, guided by local fiber artist Beizar Aradini, ARTlab participants in Oasis Center’s International Teen Outreach Program will collaborate on an installation that displays the diverse stories of its creators. On the United Nations’ annual World Refugee Day, please join us at the Oasis Center to view the completed artwork and celebrate the stitching-together of community with an international feast.

Learn more at FristArtMuseum.org/teens.

Thursday, June 21                                                                       Drop-In Drawing: Etch-A-Sketch Night with John Taylor
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Free to members; admission or membership required for Ingram, CAP. and Upper-Level Galleries. Materials included (first come, first served)

On the third Thursday of each month, check out drawing materials to practice different techniques and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building.

Tonight, local artist John Taylor will be in the galleries from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to share techniques for mastering the Etch A Sketch screen. Bring your own or check one out while supplies last.

Thursday, June 21                                                                       Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             The Freedom Coalition

Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

Conceived in Nashville by guitarist Ben Rice and drummer Anson Hohne, The Freedom Coalition is an ever-changing group of musicians participating in collective, impromptu expression. Using free improvisation as a catalyzing force to expand their own creative conscience and make beautiful music, the members of The Freedom Coalition hope to encourage and empower others to do the same.

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, June 22                                                                             Exhibitions Open
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi

 

 

Friday, June 22                                                                             Curator’s Perspective: From No Place to
6:30 p.m.                                                                                         Everything, presented by Mark Scala, chief curator
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                                                                    
Free

In this lecture, chief curator Mark Scala will discuss how artists in Chaos and Awe respond to cultural shifts that are so sweeping and unpredictable that they lead to feelings ranging from helplessness, anxiety, and even terror to excitement at the possibilities of boundless knowledge and new levels of connectivity. Artists in this international survey blend abstraction and realism to dramatically describe emotional states that arise in response to unrestrained globalism, conflicts arising from cultural displacement and political extremism, and the radical expansion, intrusion, and promise of technology. These feelings are traditionally associated with the sublime, a word used to describe the sensations one might experience while contemplating the vastness and dangerous indifference of storms at sea, towering mountain ranges, or the infinite reach of the night sky. For many people today, this notion of the sublime corresponds to the contemplation of the ungraspable dimensions of the human-made universe.

 

Friday, June 22                                                                             Tickets go on sale for Art Deco Affair
FristArtMuseum.org/artdecoaffair

Friday, June 22                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Art Museum 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).

Saturday, June 23                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

Sunday, June 24                                                                           Exhibition Closes
Nick Cave: Feat. 

 

Monday, June 25                                                                         Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Entire family admitted for the price of one adult admission; members free

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the last Monday of the month for special programming, including storytime in English and Spanish and family multisensory tours, and then enjoy Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families today!


Thursday, June 28                                                                       Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Classical guitarist Michael Roberts
Frist Art Museum 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, June 29                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Tim Gartland (contemporary blues)

Frist Art Museum 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 one of the Top Picks 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.

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, June 30                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

JULY 2018


Thursday, July 5                                                                           Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Fiddler Billy Contreras and Friends

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                

Free

Billy Contreras has been called “the finest jazz violinist of his time,” performing or recording with a stunning array of notable musicians, including Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, George Jones, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Louvin and Hank Thompson. He has also appeared with the Cincinnati Pops and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. In addition to teaching at Belmont University, Billy leads his own band. It traverses an amalgam of styles, including jazz, country, blues, western swing, rock, and jam. Billy will be joined by a versatile group of all-star musicians:

  • Matt Menefee (banjo) has toured with Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby, and Big and Rich.
  • Jake Stargel (guitar) plays weekly on the Grand Ole Opry and has toured with Mountain Heart and Sierra Hull.
  • Geoff Saunders (bass) is a Grammy Award–winning bassist and tours with The O’Connor Band.
  • Dave Racine (drums) has toured with Patty Loveless and Jim Lauderdale.

The group will perform instrumental arrangements of folk tunes, as well as original music in a style that Billy describes as between jazz, jam, and bluegrass. 

 

Friday, July 6                                                                                 Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Duette (vocal duo)
Frist Art Museum 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).

Saturday, July 7                                                                            Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with 
1:30 p.m.                                                                                         ASL Interpreter
Meet at the Frist Art Museum’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, July 7                                                                            Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with 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.

Tuesdays, July 10, 17, and 24                                                 Art Appreciation Course: Looking at Art
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Frist Art Museum Rechter Room
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet-members. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/arthistory. Save money by signing up for all three classes at the same time (total price: $30 members; $40 not-yet-members with discount code ALL3. 

Learn to look at contemporary art in new ways in this interactive three-part course. “Looking at Art” offers diverse approaches to engaging with contemporary art and the works in Chaos and Awe. Each class will be taught by an instructor from a different discipline.

July 10: Creative Writing with Dana Malone

In this class, Dana Malone, local poet and Poetry on Demand coordinator for the Porch Writers’ Collective, will guide participants through conversations between visual art and poetry. They will examine the tradition of ekphrasis and create their own written responses to the paintings in Chaos and Awe.


Thursday–Friday, July 12–13                                                  Two-Day Educator Workshop: Chaos and Awe
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$50 members; $60 not-yet-members
(all materials, gallery admission, parking validation, continental breakfast, and lunch included)

During this workshop, educators will examine paintings in Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, participate in gallery discussions and studio activities, and develop teaching strategies and curriculum connections.

Registration required by July 9. Space is limited to 20 participants. Open to educators of all subjects, pre-K–12. Sign up at FristArtMuseum.org/educator.

Thursday, July 12                                                                         Curator’s Tour
Noon                                                                                                 Chaos and Awe:
Painting for the 21st Century
Meet at the exhibition entrance                                            Presented by Mark Scala, chief curator
Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

A Members-Only Curator’s Tour will be held on Friday, July 13, at noon.

During the past four years, Mark Scala, chief curator of the Frist Art Museum since 2002, devoted countless hours to choosing and installing the artworks featured in Chaos and Awe, his international survey of contemporary painting. Join him in Ingram Gallery for an in-depth look at how his selections convey the destabilizing effects of phenomena such as globalism, mass migration, the resurgence of radical political agendas, and the rapidly expanding impact of communications and information technology through art. These powerful forces are dramatically altering social relations in unpredictable ways, provoking emotions from anxiety to excitement about life in the present and future.

Thursday, July 12                                                                         Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Contrarian Ensemble
Frist Art Museum 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).

Friday, July 13                                                                               Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Classical guitarist Grant Ferris

Frist Art Museum 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 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, July 14                                                                         Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, July 16                                                                          Senior Monday
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors, and discounted parking is offered (subject to availability in the Frist lot). 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. A docent-guided tour of a current exhibition is offered at 1:30 p.m. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

Tuesday, July 17                                                                           Art Appreciation Course: Looking at Art
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Frist Art Museum Rechter Room
$12 members; $15 not-yet-members. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/arthistory.

Explore the works in Chaos and Awe through movement. Led by James Barrett, dancer and New Dialect company member, participants will learn to create responses with their bodies, connecting movement with emotion.

Thursday–Friday, July 19–20                                                  Two-Day Educator Workshop: We Shall Overcome
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Price: $50 members; $60 not-yet-members
(all materials including exhibition catalogue, gallery admission, parking validation, continental breakfast, and lunch included)

During this workshop, educators will examine photographs in the exhibition, participate in gallery discussions and studio activities, and develop teaching strategies and curriculum connections.

Registration required by July 16. Space is limited to 20 participants. Open to educators of all subjects, pre-K–12. Sign up at FristArtMuseum.org/educator.

Thursday, July 19                                                                         Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Free to members; admission or membership required for Ingram, CAP. and Upper-Level Galleries. Materials included (first come, first serve).

On the third Thursday of each month, check out drawing materials to practice different techniques and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. Art supplies, including Etch A Sketches, will be available near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. Limit one per person and while supplies last. You may bring your own supplies, too!

Thursday, July 19                                                                         Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             TBA

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Join us in the Frist Art Museum café to hear some of Nashville’s best and brightest musicians from the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, Latin, country, folk, bluegrass, Americana and classical music.

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, July 20                                                                               Exhibition Opens
Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture 

 

 

Friday, July 20                                                                               Architecture After Photography: A Conversation with

6:30 p.m.                                                                                         Therese Lichtenstein and Susan H. Edwards
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Join Image Building curator Therese Lichtenstein and Frist Art Museum executive director Susan H. Edwards for a conversation about how photography shapes and frames the perception of architecture and how that perception is altered over time. Dr. Lichtenstein was the curator of Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, which was presented at the Frist in 2009.

Friday, July 20                                                                               Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Geary Moore (jazz guitarist)
Frist Art Museum 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, July 21                                                                         Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

Tuesday, July 24                                                                           Art Appreciation Course: Looking at Art
6:00–7:30 p.m.    
                                                                       
Frist Art Museum Rechter Room
$12 members; $15 not-yet-members. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/arthistory.

Learn to look at works of art through the lens of materials and artistic processes. Led by Sisavanh Phouthavong, artist and associate professor of art at Middle Tennessee State University, participants will learn to derive meaning from mark-making and create their own sketches in response to the works in Chaos and Awe.

Thursday, July 26                                                                         Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Choro Nashville (Brazilian music)

Frist Art Museum 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).

 

Friday, July 27                                                                               Frist Friday: An Evening of Chaos and Awe

6:00–9:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum members,
visitors 18 and younger, and college students with ID: FREE
General adult admission: $12

Experience the exhibitions of the Frist Art Museum in new and unexpected ways at Frist Fridays. Join us for an evening of extraordinary music and art, with live performances, interactive gallery activities, food and drink specials, and more, featuring Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century and The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi.


Friday, July 27–Saturday, July 28                                         Tea and Conversation with Artist Afruz Amighi
Part 1: July 27, 6:00–9:00, at the Frist Art Museum
Part 2: July 28, 10:00–11:30 a.m., at Conexión Américas’ Mesa Komal commercial kitchen (Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, 37211)

$30 members; $35 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery and Frist Friday admission and parking validation included). 18 and older only. Space is limited. Registration required by July 20. Sign up at FristArtMuseum.org/Amighi

Join us for a special two-part workshop featuring the exhibition The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere and the Iranian American artist Afruz Amighi. During Part 1, come celebrate Frist Friday at the museum, which will include a special musical performance related to the exhibition and an in-gallery discussion with the artist about her work. For Part 2, Mesa Komal will host a Persian food and tea tasting, featuring Afruz Amighi and local food entrepreneur Java Hemmat (Hummus Chick).

Saturday, July 28                                                                         Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

Monday, July 30                                                                          Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Entire family admitted for the price
of one adult admission; members free

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the last Monday of each month for special programming, including storytime in English and Spanish, family multisensory tours, and then enjoy Martin ArtQuest Gallery and Studios—open exclusively to families today!

 

August 2018

Thursday, August 2                                                                     Curator’s Tour: Image Building: How Photography
noon                                                                                                  Transforms Architecture

Meet at the exhibition entrance
Free for members; gallery admission required for not-yet-members

A Members-Only Curator’s Tour will be held on Friday, August 3, at noon.

Image Building explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. Join chief curator Mark W. Scala as he examines how the work of modernist and contemporary photographers influence the way we view architecture.

Thursday, August 2                                                                     Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Sam Frazee and Hiptet
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Led by Sam Frazee, Hiptet has been entertaining concert crowds in Nashville for more than three years. The five-piece band brings to life the high energy music of famous American jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and other legendary players. Hiptet also puts its own spin on the Beatles and Bossa Novas.

The Hiptet features Sam Frazee, bass; Ray Manley, keyboard; Tommy Strange, guitar; Jeff McCombs, drums; and Greg Lewis, trumpet.

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, August 4                                                                           Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Nashville-based songwriter and jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins has a vocal texture that encompasses the high-spirited tones of nostalgic jazz. She has been singing since her childhood in Mobile, Alabama, where she began her journey in a small Baptist church.

Hopkins’ gospel roots can be heard when she renders tunes like “In a Sentimental Mood” and “At Last.” With subtle soulful undertones, she seeks to convey her passion for love and music. She brings a fresh, eclectic sensibility to contemporary jazz; however, she also has the vocal strength and richness to deliver jazz classics like “Misty” and “Cry Me a River.”

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, August 4                                                              Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpreter

1:30 p.m.

Meet at the Frist Art Museum’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, August 4                                                               Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’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 Art Museum. 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.

 

Thursday, August 9                                                                     Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Sam Frazee and Hiptet
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Led by Sam Frazee, Hiptet has been entertaining concert crowds in Nashville for more than three years. The five-piece band brings to life the high energy music of famous American jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and other legendary players. Hiptet also puts its own spin on the Beatles and Bossa Novas.

The Hiptet features Sam Frazee, bass; Ray Manley, keyboard; Tommy Strange, guitar; Jeff McCombs, drums; and Greg Lewis, trumpet.

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, August 10                                                                        Making Memories: Chaos and Awe

10:30 a.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free (gallery admission, lunch, and parking validation included)

Registration required: contact Katie Hyde at KHyde@alz.org or 615.315.5880 to reserve your place.

In partnership with the Mid South chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Frist offers this program to individuals in early stages of dementia and their caregivers. It gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, and art-making activities, along with a free lunch. Making Memories is held quarterly; the last 2018 session will feature Paris 1900 and take place on November 30.

 

Friday, August 10                                                                        Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Art Museum 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).

 

Saturday, August 11                                                                  Scout Us Out! Boy Scouts Day
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Free to Boy Scouts and their families 

Bring the troops to the Frist Art Museum for a celebration of Boy Scouts and their families. Visit Martin ArtQuest Gallery for art-making activities and check FristArtMuseum.org for more details. Limited discounted parking in our lots.

 

Saturday, August 11                                                           Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Thursday, August 16                                                         Drop-In Drawing

5:00–8:00 p.m.

Free to members; admission or membership required for Ingram, CAP. and Upper-Level Galleries. Materials included (first come, first serve)

On the third Thursday of each month, check out drawing materials to practice different techniques and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. Art supplies, including Etch-A-Sketches, will be available near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. Limit one per person and while supplies last. You may bring your own supplies, too!

Thursday, August 16                                                                  Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Art Museum 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, August 17                                                                        Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Latin vocalist Luna Morena
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Luna Morena returns to the Frist’s Music in the Café series for a night of dynamic and electrifying Latin music. She made her first appearances at the Frist with the popular Latin ensemble Serenatta.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Luna comes from a musical family. At the Andre Soler Drama Institute she began her professional career performing in musicals, recording background vocals and jingles, entertaining at corporate events and touring internationally. She performs in English and Spanish to musical arrangements by her oldest brother, Gio Lamb, in a variety of Latin styles including bossa, tango, reggae, flamenco, and traditional Mexican music.

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, August 18                                                          Art Deco Affair
7:00–10:00 p.m.
 

Art Deco Affair is back on August 18! This summer fundraiser pays homage to our 1930s art deco building. All proceeds go toward the care and maintenance of this landmark. Join us for drinks, light bites, exclusive access to the galleries, and entertainment by Nashville’s own DJ AyDamn. Tickets go on sale June 25.

Co-chairs: Alexa Lipman and Leigh Lovett
Contributing Sponsor: Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery
Supporting Sponsor: Publix Super Market Charities

 

Saturday, August 18                                                           Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, August 20                                                           Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors, and discounted parking is offered (subject to availability in the Frist lot). 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. A docent-guided tour of a current exhibition is offered at 1:30 p.m. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

August 20–28                                                                                ARTlabs on mental health awareness
For makers and thinkers alike, ages 11–18                       Teaching artist: Mirrah Johnson
Price: $5 per ARTlab (materials included)
Questions? Contact 615.744.3323 or teens@FristArtMuseum.org.

Collaborate with professional artists on works to be shared with the public. Practice visual thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and increase your technical artistry during these studio workshops. Each ARTlab concludes with a showcase at the host location.

Join teaching artist Mirrah Johnson at either Conexión Américas or Studio NPL at Nashville Public Library’s Bordeaux Branch to collaborate on an art installation about mental health awareness. These ARTlabs will open with discussions, led by a counselor, where participants develop content for the project. Then, with Johnson’s guidance, they will create a group artwork that will be displayed and celebrated in the community later this year.

Learn more at FristArtMuseum.org/teens.

Location 1

August 20 and 27
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Conexión Américas
2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville 37211
Register at FristArtMuseum.org/teens.

Location 2

August 21 and 28
4:00–6:00 p.m.
Studio NPL at Nashville Public Library’s Bordeaux Branch
4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 37218
On-site registration only

Thursday, August 23                                                                  PechaKucha Night, vol. 29
5:30 p.m.
                                                                                         presented in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                                 Center
Register at civicdesigncenter.org.

Free to members; $10 general admission (complimentary snacks, wine, and beer [with valid ID] included).

Join us for a PechaKucha Night inspired by Image Building. Hear from architects, designers, and photographers whose work is shaping our urban environment and the future of our city.

The original PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network, and show their work to the public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with PechaKucha Nights now happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from a Japanese term for the sound of chitchat, its format is simple—20 images x 20 seconds—making presentations concise and moving things along at a rapid pace. Visit civicdesigncenter.org for more details.

Thursday, August 23                                                                  Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Neo-soul vocalist Arte’Mis
Frist Art Museum 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).

Friday, August 24                                                                        Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Singer-songwriter Rae Hering
Frist Art Museum 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).


Saturday, August 25                                                             Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s popular architecture tours, sponsored by Messer Construction. Learn more about our landmark art deco building from one of our always-engaging docents.

 

Monday, August 27                                                             Family Monday

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Entire family admitted for the price of one adult admission; members free

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the last Monday of the month for special programming, including storytime in English and Spanish and family multisensory tours, and then enjoy Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families today!

Thursday, August 30                                                                  Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Geary Moore (jazz guitarist)
Frist Art Museum 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).

 

Friday, August 31                                                                        Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             TBA
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Join us in the Frist Art Museum café to hear some of Nashville’s best and brightest musicians from the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, Latin, country, folk, bluegrass, Americana and classical music.

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).

Current Exhibitions

We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968
Through October 14, 2018
Conte Community Arts Gallery

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination—at a time when race relations and human rights are again at the forefront of our country’s political and social consciousness—the Frist presents a selection of 50 photographs that document an important period in Nashville’s struggle for racial equality. The images were taken between 1957, the year that desegregation began in public schools, and 1968, when Dr. King was killed in Memphis. Of central significance are photographs of lunch counter sit-ins led by a group of students—including John Lewis and Diane Nash—from local historically black colleges and universities, which took place in early 1960. The role that Nashville played in the national civil rights movement as a hub for training students in nonviolent protest and as the first southern city to integrate places of business peacefully is a story that warrants reexamination and introduction to younger generations and newcomers to the region. The exhibition also provides opportunities to consider the role of images and the media in shaping public opinion—a relevant subject in today’s news-saturated climate.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Nick Cave: Feat.
Through 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 includes 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 Art Museum.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
June 22–September 16, 2018
Ingram Gallery

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century comprises paintings by an international array of artists, including Franz Ackermann, Ahmed Alsoudani, Eddy Kamuanga, Wangechi Mutu, and Sue Williams, that induce feelings of disturbance, mystery, and expansiveness through the portrayal of forces shaping and hastening social transformation in ways increasingly difficult to predict, such as globalism, ideological conflict, technology, science, and philosophy. These forces can make people feel frightened by their ungraspable breadth and powerful influence, or inspired by their promise of a previously unimaginable understanding of connectedness. These sensations are associated with the sublime, a word that has traditionally referred to the feeling of being awed or terrified by the unfathomable nature of God and the cosmos. Chaos and Awe equates the sublime with the depth and mystery of the human mind and its extension into the world.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

 

The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi
June 22–September 16, 2018
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

This exhibition presents recent sculptures and drawings by the critically acclaimed artist Afruz Amighi, who was born in Iran in 1974 and has lived in the United States since 1977. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and other major museums. In 2009, she received the inaugural Jameel Prize, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s prestigious international award for contemporary art and design inspired by the Islamic tradition. Using light and dark as her primary medium and telling stories in shadows, she creates sculptures made of industrial materials commonly found on urban construction sites. When illuminated, the sculptures defy their humble origins and mimic the effect of more decadent luxury objects. Recently, art deco architecture, Native American headdresses, and missiles have entered her repertoire of sources, alongside the art of the Middle East, as the artist engages with her Iranian American heritage and current political events. The exhibition will include three new works made specifically for this exhibition, including the major sculpture We Wear Chains. This is the artist’s first solo museum show.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Use of the line “The presence of your absence is everywhere” adapted from a letter by poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, courtesy of Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, Millay Society, millay.org

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

July 20–October 28, 2018
Upper-Level Galleries

Image Building examines the complex and dynamic interactions among spectators, images, buildings, and time through the lens of architectural photography in America and Europe from the 1930s to the present. Organized by guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Image Building surveys the ways in which artists explore the relationship between architecture and identity, featuring work by contemporary photographers Iwan Baan, Lewis Baltz, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Stephen Shore, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and earlier modernist architectural photographers like Berenice Abbott, Samuel Gottscho, Julius Shulman, and Ezra Stoller. The works of these influential photographers transformed how we view architecture. 

Organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

Sponsor Acknowledgment

The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum 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 Art Museum 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 Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at FristArtMuseum.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 FristArtMuseum.org.                                                                                  

 

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