Frist Calendar of Events                           

Frist Calendar of Events                           

August 1–October 31, 2018


AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS


Through September 30                      Submission Period for                                   
                                                                
Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City

                                              

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

Saturday, August 11                           Scout Us Out! Scouts Day

Saturday, August 18                              Art Deco Affair

August 20–28                                     ARTlabs on mental health awareness
                                                                  Teaching artist: Mirrah Johnson

 

Thursday, August 23                          PechaKucha Night, vol. 29    
presented in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center

 

Monday, August 27                              Family Monday

 

 

August 2018

Through September 30                                                             Submission Period                                                                     
                                                                                                Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City
Are you a Davidson County resident? Send us digital photographs that capture the theme of connection or disconnection in our communities, for a juried exhibition, Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City, that will take place in Spring 2019. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/ConnectDisconnect for details.

 

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 nova.

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 3                                                                           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.                                                                             Mandolinist Mike Compton
Frist Art Museum 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 “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).

 

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; this month’s program features Chaos and Awe: Painting in the 21st Century. The last 2018 session, on November 30, will feature Paris 1900.

 

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! Scouts Day
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Free to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, and their families 

Bring your group to the Frist Art Museum to enjoy the exhibitions and the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for free. Limited discounted parking in our lots. 

The following advancements can be achieved during your visit:

Art Explosion – Webelos and Arrow of Light Elective Adventure
Collections and Hobbies – Wolf Scouts Elective Adventure
Stories and Shapes – Tiger Scouts Elective Adventure
Art Merit Badge – Boy Scouts Merit Badge

 

Saturday, August 11                                                                  Conexión Américas First Annual Family Festival
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Casa Azafrán

Free

Join the Frist Art Museum at our community partner Conexión Américas for their family festival, celebrating the beginning of a new school year! Do our hands-on art activity and enjoy other fun, educational activities.

 

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                                                           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.

 

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 on sale now!  

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

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: How Photography Transforms Architecture. 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 each month for storytime in English and Spanish and enjoy the newly renovated 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.                                                                             Harmonica player PT Gazell
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

PT Gazell has earned his position as a master of the diatonic harmonica by taking the long road from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to Nashville, Tennessee. First picking up the instrument in his late teens, the self-taught player honed his craft by taking on all manner of musical styles and traveling a circuit that included bluegrass, folk, and pop festivals and gigs.

With five solo CDs now under his belt, including the double-Grammy-nominated 2011 release 2 Days Out, and the triple-Grammy-nominated 2016 release A Madness To The Method, PT Gazell continues to expand the musical boundaries for the harmonica using his own signature model instrument, the Gazell Method diatonic manufactured by C.A. Seydel Sohne. No other player combines his phrasing, his melodic style, his song choices and his improvisational abilities. His singular style may draw comparisons to others, but in the end, it’s a style all his own.

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).

 

September 2018

 

Saturday, September 1                                                            Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpreter
1:30 p.m.

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, September 1                                                            Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist’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, September 6                                                            Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Vocalist Rachel Rodriguez

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                

Free

With her powerful vocals and versatile repertoire, Rachel Rodriguez has established herself in Music City as an enchanting front woman. The combination of her Latino heritage, rock ‘n’ roll attitude and soulful voice gives her a unique sound. You can find her performing with a variety of lineups at many of Nashville’s notable venues, including City Winery, Sambuca and 51st Kitchen and Bar.

Inspired by the desire to introduce her children to Spanish and their Latino heritage, Rachel wrote, recorded, and recently released a bilingual children’s album called Songs for My Little Amigos.

Friday, September 7                                                                  Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Bassoonery (bassoon quintet)
Frist Art Museum Café  
Free

 

The five members of Bassonery—founder Patricia Gunter, along with Kate Affainie, Wilson Sharpe, Harold Skelton, and Andrew Witherington—have been symphony orchestra members, teachers, and band directors. This ensemble, with a repertoire spanning Bach to Gershwin, has delighted Frist Art Museum visitors in years past, and we are pleased to have them back. 

Saturday, September 8                                                            Symposium: Chaos and Awe
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Auditorium

$30 members; $40 not-yet members; $20 students and university faculty (admission and box lunch included). Register at FristArtMuseum.org/symposium.

The Frist Art Museum will hold a symposium to coincide with the major exhibition Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century. During this all-day event, artists Ghada Amer, Ali Banisadr, and Matthew Ritchie (an essayist for the catalogue as well as a participating artist) will discuss their work and the larger themes of the exhibition. Catalogue contributor Media Farzin, an instructor at the Museum of Modern Art and at Sotheby’s, will add her thoughts on contemporary history paintings on view in the exhibition. Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala will moderate the sessions.

 

Saturday, September 8                                                            Figure Study
1:00–4:00 p.m.

$15 members; $20 not-yet-members
(parking validation included; pencils provided for gallery use)

Enhance your artistic practice by working with a live, clothed model. This session will feature We Shall Overcome. Bring your own nontoxic drawing or sculpting mediums to the studio classroom; note that only pencils are allowed in our galleries.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Ages 18 and older only. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/studio.

Saturday, September 8                                                            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.

September 11–27                                                                        ARTlabs
Price: $5 per ARTlab (materials included)                         For makers and thinkers alike, ages 11–18

Join teaching artist Dee Kimbrell at one of these locations to create an artwork on domestic violence awareness. Participate in an open discussion with a YWCA domestic violence educator, followed by art-making with Kimbrell.
Questions? Contact 615.744.3323 or teens@FristArtMuseum.org.

Location 1 (for ages 12–18)
September 11, 13, and 15
3:45–5:45 p.m.
Studio NPL at Nashville Public Library’s Main Branch
615 Church Street, Nashville 37219
On-site registration only

Location 2 (for ages 13–17)

September 25 and 27

4:00–6:00 p.m.

The Underground Art Studio at Oasis

1704 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville 37203

Register at FristArtMuseum.org/teens

 

Thursday, September 13                                                          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, September 14                                                                Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Blues harmonica player Tim Gartland 

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, September 15                                                          Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist’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.

 

 

Sunday, September 16                                                              Exhibitions Close
Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi
 

 

Monday, September 17                                                            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.

Thursday, September 20                                                          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.

 

Thursday, September 20                                                          Educator SPARK!
5:30–8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:00 p.m.)
Frist Art Museum Studios | Free for K–12,
homeschool, and college/university educators
(gallery admission and parking validation included)

Join us for our third season of Educator SPARK, which meets monthly through May. Between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Art Museum exhibitions and enjoying light refreshments with other educators. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., participate in an informal idea exchange session and continue your conversations afterward in a comfortable setting.

 

Thursday, September 20                                                          Music at the Frist                                                     

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

The Philcos are a band of vintage music preservationists who traverse both space and time to save forgotten gems of classic music to share with audiences both far and near. Led by Mike Cronic’s inimitable voice and fingerstyle guitar, his soft yet powerful delivery of timeless tunes such as “School Days,” “Bicycle Built for Two,” “Feets Too Big,” and “Sixteen Tons” leaves listeners impressed and nostalgic for times gone by. Accompanied by accomplished multi-instrumentalist Bryan Cumming on clarinet and melodeon, the sounds remind one of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, or Pete Fountain. Those within earshot can imagine that they are tuning into the big radio in the living room while sitting nearby with the family, awaiting the start of the Philco Radio Hour. Keeping the beat and driving the low end is Sam Frazee and his “Dog-house Bass.” When all three members harmonize, it sends the crowd on a sentimental journey through the past. Drawing from diverse genres including jazz, blues, gospel, country and rockabilly, The Philcos will surely set your toe a-tapping.

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, September 21                                                                Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Oliver the Crow

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Cellist Kaitlyn Raitz and fiddler Ben Plotnick make up the critically acclaimed Nashville-based duo Oliver the Crow. Their vast sound evokes the wide-open spaces surrounding Music City, but is grounded in minimal, stripped-down instrumentation. 

 

The duo’s chameleon-like ability to pull from multiple genres stems from their roots as classically trained performers (Kaitlyn has a master’s degree in classical cello from McGill University and Ben has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic), and also from their love of everything from Hank Williams to Prince. Raitz was a founding member of folk duo Bride & Groom, tours with The Bombadils, and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Station Inn. Ben is a primary member of the JUNO Award–winning folk string quartet The Fretless and has contributed to hundreds of recordings as one of North America’s elite fiddle players.

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, September 22                                                          African Street Festival
10:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
Hadley Park
Free

Join the Frist Art Museum educators at the 36th Annual African Street Festival and contribute to a collaborative artwork inspired by the We Shall Overcome exhibition. Stay and enjoy vendors, food, and activities celebrating the cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Saturday, September 22                                                          Image Building: Downtown Architecture Trolley Tour
11:00 a.m.

Meet at the Frist Art Museum
$10 members; $12 not-yet-members

This tour is sold out. To add your name to the waitlist, please contact Veronica de la Cruz, Education Coordinator, at 615.744.3247.

Learn more about the architecture of downtown Nashville on this guided trolley tour, inspired by the exhibition Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture. Led by Kem Hinton of Tuck-Hinton Architects and Manuel Zeitlin of Manuel Zeitlin Architects, this one-hour tour will look at Nashville’s changing landscape from the perspectives of history and design.

Saturday, September 22                                                          Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist’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, September 24                                                            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 storytime in English and Spanish and enjoy the newly renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families today!

 

Thursday, September 27                                                          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, September 28                                                                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).

Saturday, September 29                                                          Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist’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.

 

October 2018

 

Thursday, October 4                                                                  Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jay Patten

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

New Jersey native Jay Patten was only thirteen when he began playing gigs in the New York area. He went on to attend The Berklee College of Music where he studied arranging and composing and took saxophone lessons from Charlie Mariano and Joe Viola. The day after graduation, Patten hit the road for a three-year stint as vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

After the Miller band experience, Patten moved to Los Angeles where he played in a diverse array of groups from rock to big band jazz. At the suggestion of singer Deborah Allen, Patten moved to Nashville. He has played on hundreds of recordings for such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, Lobo, Pure Prairie League, David Loggins, Nanci Griffith, and many more.

Patten put together a band in Nashville and ever since The Jay Patten Band has been a mainstay on the Nashville night scene, as well as the concert stage. He’s opened for Maynard Ferguson, Taj Mahal, Stanley Jorden, Ray Charles and others.

In 1982, Patten became the first artist to step foot on the stage of the now world famous “Bluebird Cafe.” Twice a year, ever since, Jay and the band host the anniversary and the Christmas Shows along with artists including Rita Coolidge, John Prine, Janis Ian, Lee Greenwood, and Michael Johnson.

Patten is currently Crystal Gayle’s music director. Besides playing sax, guitar, and mandolin, he steps up to the podium and conducts for her. He has conducted over fifty symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra and the United States Navy Band. He has also played on nine of Gayle’s albums and co-produced three of them. In December of 2001, Gayle recorded and released as a single Patten’s song “Christmas in America.” 

Patten has released five well-received albums including his CBS CD “Black Hat and Saxophone,” which made the national charts as well as being featured on VH-1. Other projects include “Impressions of Christmas,” “Night Blue,” and his big band project “All In Blue Time,” featuring his friend Buddy DeFranco.

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 5                                                                        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, October 6                                                                  Art-Making in Celebrate Nashville’s Teen Village
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Free

During the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival (celebratenashville.org), stop by the Frist Art Museum booth to admire artwork created by ARTlab participants in workshops led by Dee Kimbrell, and contribute to the collaboration.

Saturday, October 6                                                                  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, October 6                                                                  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, October 11                                                                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, October 12                                                                      Exhibitions Open
Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
Do Ho Suh: Specimens

 

 

Friday, October 12                                                                      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, October 12                                                                      Curator’s Perspective
6:30 p.m.                                                                                         Paris 1900: Spectacle and Celebration
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                           presented by Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of prints and Free; first come, first seated                                         drawings, Portland Art Museum

The 1900 International Exposition celebrated achievements in science, technology, the arts, and architecture. The fair brought nearly fifty million visitors to the French capital and magnified Paris’s reputation as a sophisticated city of the twentieth century. In this lecture, curator Mary Weaver Chapin describes the importance of L’Exposition universelle in French life and how its planners created a spectacle to wow the rest of the world.

Mary Weaver Chapin earned her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, Chapin is a noted expert on Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec; she co-curated the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, which was presented at the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and won a 2005 Association of Art Museum Curators Prize for Outstanding Exhibition. In 2012, she curated Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries, an exhibition mounted at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

Saturday, October 13                                                                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.

 

Sunday, October 14                                                                    Exhibition Closes
We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968

 

 

Thursday, October 18                                                               Music at the Frist
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             East Side Story
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Pop trio East Side Story charms listeners with an eclectic mix of melodic, original songs and unexpected cover tunes. Bandmates Maarten Muller, Joe Bidewell and Julie Zeitlin bring their individually written songs to rehearsals, where they blend their distinct styles through a shared sense of harmony, groove, and passion for 1960s–’70s pop and rock. Since forming in 2008, they’ve recorded two CDs and played popular Nashville venues, including Antique Archaeology, Bobby’s Idle Hour and Ri’chard’s Louisiana Café. During their live show, they take turns on lead vocals, trade instruments frequenctly, and entertain not just their audience but one another, with twists, turns and surprises. Their name comes from their long-term residence in East Nashville, and it has been said that their sound reflects the Bohemian spirit of their community.

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 18                                                                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.

 

Thursday, October 18                                                                Artist’s Perspective: Do Ho Suh
6:30 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Artist Do Ho Suh’s sculptural works confront questions of home, physical space, displacement, memory, individuality, and collectiv­ity. In the exhibition Specimens, Suh replicates details of his own domestic existence—such as light switches, door handles, electric panels, and appliances taken from his living space—in drawings and translucent material. In this talk, Suh will provide insights into his artistic practice, as well as discussing the influences of home, and his displacement from home, on his work.

 

Friday, October 19                                                                      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).

 


Saturday, October 20                                                                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.

 

Saturday, October 20                                                                Exhibition Opens
2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advance
Studio Art Programs

 


Sunday, October 21                                                                    Family Festival Day: Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
1:00–5:30 p.m.
For all ages | Free. First come, first served, while supplies last

La vie est belle! Celebrate the joie de vivre of Paris at the Frist! In 1900, the City of Light hosted L’Exposition universelle, a world’s fair, to usher in the new century with innovation and prosperity. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy a day of performances and activities inspired by the exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment and the International Exposition. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/familyday for details.


Thursdays, October 25,                                                                Educator SPARK Evening

November 15, and December 13,
5:30–8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:00 p.m.)

Frist Studios

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

Join us for our third season of Educator SPARK, which meets monthly from September through May. Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring our exhibitions with other educators. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., participate in an informal idea exchange session (led by a different host each month), and continue the conversation afterward with light refreshments in a casual setting.

Visit FristArtMuseum.org for a list of invited local and regional artists who will participate in these conversations.

 


Thursday, October 25                                                                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).

Friday, October 26                                                                      Frist Friday: A Night in Paris

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 Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.

 

Saturday, October 27                                                                Enameled Landmarks with jeweler Brooke Griffith
1:00–4:00 p.m.

Ingram Gallery and Frist Studios

$62 members; $72 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included). Ages 18+ only. Space is limited. Registration required by October 19. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/studio to register.

Learn about early Parisian culture and make a one-of-a-kind bracelet with jeweler Brooke Griffith of Glen & Effie. The workshop will begin with a tour of Paris 1900, with a special focus on fashion accessories featured in the exhibition. Then, everyone will move to the studios to create their own bracelet with a Parisian landmark token from the 1900s, freshwater pearls, and 14 karat gold-filled chain.

Saturday, October 27                                                                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.

 

Saturday, October 20                                                                Exhibition Opens
2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced
Studio Art Programs

 

Monday, October 29                                                                  Homeschool Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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

The Frist is a great place for homeschoolers! Join us to enjoy discounts, guided tours, budget-friendly resources, and hands-on activities, and chat with museum educators about connecting our exhibitions to your lessons.

 

Current Exhibitions

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

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

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019
Ingram Gallery

This exhibition will allow audiences to relive the splendor of the French capital at the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle, when it heralded the arrival of the 20th century. More than ever before, Paris was seen throughout the world as a sparkling city of luxury with a sophisticated way of life. More than 250 works—paintings, decorative art, costumes and fashion accessories, posters, photographs, and sculptures, mainly kept by the Paris city museums—will immerse visitors in the atmosphere of Belle Époque Paris. They will be presented in six groupings: Paris, Showcase of the World; Art Nouveau; Paris, Capital of the Arts; The Parisian Woman; Traversing Paris; and Paris by Night. The Frist Art Museum is one of three venues in the United States to present this iteration of an exhibition that was on view at the Petit Palais in 2014.

Exhibition organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris and the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion, Paris Musées

Do Ho Suh: Specimens
October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Korean artist Do Ho Suh creates astonishingly detailed and lyrical sculptural installations that alter perceptions of built environments and how the body relates to space. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be his Specimen Series, which explores details of Suh’s domestic existence such as light switches, door handles, electric panels and appliances taken from his living spaces and recreated in fabric. By isolating these objects, Suh invites the viewer to reflect on their everyday interaction with the seemingly mundane.  

Organized by the Frist Art Museum
 

2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

October 20, 2018–March 17, 2019
Conte Community Arts Gallery
Free

This October the Frist Art Museum will unveil selections in our biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition.  Approximately twenty-nine student artists were selected from advanced studio programs by a panel of local professionals from across the state.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

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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