With the openings of State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now and Vadis Turner: Tempest, our summer gallery transformation is nearly complete. The shows are full of engaging narratives and well worth repeat visits. Speaking of, we’re offering a new discounted“Summer Pass”—$30 for unlimited admission all summer, including all three Frist Friday concerts. It’s valid from the date of purchase through Labor Day.
On Friday, June 23, we open Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection. The best way to get acquainted with the surprisingly modern and vivid works from the oldest continuous culture on earth in this exhibition is to attend the Curator and Collectors’ Conversation at noon on June 23, presented by Pam McClusky, curator of African and Oceanic art, Seattle Art Museum, and Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi.
And Friday, June 30 is the first date of our 2017 Frist Fridays concert series. The Long Players—hailed as “Nashville’s leading masters of tributary prowess” by the Nashville Scene—will kick off the series with a sure-to-be killer take of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album (on the occasion of its 40th anniversary). In the galleries, artists Vanessa German (State of the Art), John Powers (State of the Art), and Vadis Turner (Tempest) will lead programs, including an interactive spoken-word performance by German, a soundscape experience created by Powers, and Turner’s “Artist’s Eye” tour of works on view in the galleries. Big night.
Work downtown and looking for an enriching (and convenient) camp option for your kids? We still have a few spaces left in our 2017 Summer Art Camps for ages 8–10.
The June rundown:
Saturday, June 10: Figure Drawing Workshop at the Frist
Thursday, June 15: Workshop: Drop-in Drawing and a Drink
Friday, June 23: Exhibition Opens Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection
Friday, June 23: Curator and Collectors’ Conversation: Ancestral Modern Presented by Pam McClusky, curator of African and Oceanic art, Seattle Art Museum, and Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi, collectors of the Australian Aboriginal art on view in the exhibition
Monday, June 26: Artful Tales: Story Time in the Galleries
Wednesday, June 28–Friday, June 30: Educator Workshop: Contemporary Art
Friday, June 30: Frist Friday Concert: The Long Players in the Turner Courtyard and Artists Vanessa German, John Powers, and Vadis Turner in the Galleries
For a complete list of programs from June through August, please see the media calendar.