THE FRIST CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 1, 2017 – FEBRUARY 28, 2018

THE FRIST CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 1, 2017 – FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Calendar of Events                        

December 1, 2017–February 28, 2018

This information is current as of November 28, 2017. Dates and programs are subject to change

 

OF SPECIAL NOTE IN DECEMBER

Saturday, December 2  – Holiday Concert: Nashville Flute Choir

Saturday, December 2   –   Holiday Concert: Blair Suzuki Strings

Mondays through December 18  –    Second Harvest Donation Days 

Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9  – Two-Day Educator Workshop: Stories and of Self and Society—Teaching with Contemporary Art and the Work of Nick Cave.                                               
                                                     

Friday, December 8 –  Film: Sergeant York

Saturday, December 9 – Figure Drawing at the Frist

Tuesday, December 12 – Food for Thought: Changing theWorld—Nick Cave: Feat. 
                                                      
Monday, December 18 – Senior Monday Special Event: Nashville in Harmony, followed by Holiday Sing-Along with Sarah Martin McConnell.
                                                      

Monday, December 18 – Concert: The Providence Pipes

 

 

DECEMBER 2017

 

Friday, December 1                                      Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café

Free

Arte’Mis (Tramaine Robinson) grew up singing in a church choir in Knoxville. Now residing in Nashville, she has carried that soulful foundation to everything from jazz and R&B to classical and musical theater, influenced by the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jill Scott.

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

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

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

ASL interpretation is generously supported by the Memorial Foundation and by Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

 

 

Saturday, December 2                                 Holiday Concert: Nashville Flute Choir
1:00 p.m.

Frist Center Grand Lobby
Free

Stop in for an hour of holiday cheer with the Nashville Flute Choir, a group of Middle Tennessee woodwind players dedicated to sharing their love of music with the community.
 

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

Frist Center Auditorium
Free

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

 

 

Saturday, December 2                                 Architecture Tour with ASL Interpretation

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

 

Mondays through December 18                 Second Harvest Donation Days                                                      

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

  

 

Thursday, December 7                                 Music at the Frist                                        
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Center Café
Free                                                                             

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

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

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

 

 

Friday, December 8                          Two-Day Educator Workshop: Stories of Self
and Saturday, December 9              and Society—Teaching with Contemporary

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. each day                      Art and the Work of Nick Cave
Frist Center Studios

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

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

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

This two-day workshop will explore the motivations and expanding methods of contemporary artists, with a focus on the exhibition Nick Cave: Feat. Building on the theme of storytelling as a means of personal expression and social connection, participants will engage with the artwork on view, discuss thematic and inquiry-based approaches to exploring contemporary art, participate in hands-on art-making, and develop ideas for student-centered curriculum and teaching with the work of Nick Cave and other artists.

PRESENTERS

Jessica Hamlin is a visiting clinical professor in the art education program at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Previously she served as the director of education for Art21, initiating the Art21 Educators professional learning community and Creative Chemistries, a platform for timely exchanges between artists, educators, policy makers, academics, and community-based educators. She has also served as the director of the Saturday Art School at Pratt University, the education coordinator and gallery educator for the nonprofit artist space Art in General, and a consultant for a range of nonprofit organizations and school districts on curriculum design and strategic planning.

Dennis Greenwell has been teaching visual art in Middle Tennessee public high schools since 1998. He was in graphic design before earning a master’s degree in art education from East Tennessee State University. He is currently at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro. Selected to be part of Art21 Educators’ year 4 cohort, in 2012, Dennis stayed active in the program, serving as a mentor for the year 5 cohort. He is a working artist whose art has been exhibited at several colleges and universities, and his most recent show, Tragic Disclosures, offered reflections on LGBT youth and their struggles to be accepted.

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

 

Friday, December 8                                      Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Joe Bidewell
Frist Center Café
Free

Born in St. Louis, singer-songwriter Joe Bidewell spent his formative years in Manhattan where he honed his considerable skills playing keys with John Cale (co-founder with Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground) and guitar with Nico (also of Velvet Underground fame).

Now, happily ensconced in East Nashville, Joe has a thriving music career performing with East Side Story, the Joe Bidewell Trio and as a solo act. 
 

Friday, December 8                                      Film: Sergeant York

6:30–9:00 p.m.

Frist Center Auditorium

Free; first come, first seated.

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

Preceding the film, Michael E. Birdwell will speak on the life of Sergeant York and depictions of history in film. Birdwell is a professor in history at Tennessee Tech and curator of Alvin C. York’s Papers, which are housed in Cookeville. His scholarly articles have been published in Film History, Literature/Film Quarterly, and The Columbia Companion to Film. He is the author of Celluloid Soldiers: The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism. Directed by Howard Hawks, 1941. 134 minutes. DVD. Not rated.

 

 

Saturday, December 9                                 Figure Drawing at the Frist

1:00–4:00 p.m.

Participants will be notified of location.

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

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

Registration required by Saturday, December 2. Visit fristcenter.org/studio to reserve your place. Questions? Call 615.744.3355.

Want to study the human form? Enhance and expand your artistic practice in this noninstructional figure drawing session at the Frist, with exhibition-themed poses from a live model and with access to masterworks in our galleries. Admission and parking are included.

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

  

 

Saturday, December 9                                 Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 12                            Food for Thought—Changing the World

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.                                Nick Cave: Feat.                                            

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

Frist Center Auditorium

Free with advance registration (lunch and gallery admission included)

Call Vanderbilt University at 615.322.8585 to reserve your place.

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

 

 

Thursday, December 14                             Educator SPARK Evening

5:30–8:00 p.m.

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

Join us for Educator SPARK each month from September through May. Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Center exhibitions, enjoying light refreshments, and conversing with other educators between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Be energized by the 6:00–6:30 p.m. idea exchange session. This month’s guest presenter is Nashville painter Jodi Hays.

 

 

Thursday, December 14                               Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café

Free

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

Dan’s earliest experiences were mostly rooted in blues, so he initially was an electric guitarist playing in the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and Jimi Hendrix. As a teenager he began to branch out into jazz, and he acknowledges George Benson, Joe Pass, and Django Reinhardt as major influences.

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

 

 

Friday, December 15                         Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Center Café
Free

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to songs by Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship is always a delight.

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

  

 

Saturday, December 16                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

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

Frist Center Auditorium                                       with Sarah Martin McConnell

Free

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

 

 

Monday, December 18                                 Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors. Senior parking is $5.00 in the Frist Center lots as long as spaces are available. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

 

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

Frist Center Grand Lobby

Free

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Friday, December 22                         Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café
Free

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

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

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

 

 

Saturday, December 23                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

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

 

 

Thursday, December 28                               Mando Bistro

6:00–8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Café

Free

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

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

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, December 28                               Music at the Frist                                        

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

Grand Lobby

Free

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

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

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

Friday, December 29                                    Music at the Frist                                        

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

Frist Center Café

Free

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

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

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

 

Saturday, December 30                               Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

JANUARY 2018

 

Monday, January 1                                      Frist Center closed      

 

Thursday, January 4                         Music at the Frist                

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Shelby Bottom Duo

Frist Center Café

Free

Michael August and Nell Levin formed the Shelby Bottom String Band in 2008. Shelby Bottom Duo continues the band’s tradition of entertaining, irreverent social commentary, humanity, and humor. Their repertoire includes originals like “East Nashville Rag,” the title cut of the band’s CD; “Displacement Blues,” named by the Tennessean as “Nashville’s newest social justice anthem,” and “Fat and Bald,” an audience favorite about life’s unintended consequences. 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, January 5                                          Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café

Free                                                                 

Tantsova Grupa, Bulgarian for “dance group,” is a Nashville-based musical ensemble created in 2009 to accompany the Nashville International Folk Dancers. The band’s repertoire includes village dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Armenia, Russia, Hungary, France and Israel. Tantsova Grupa has performed for Nashville International Folk Dancers’ Autumn Leaves workshops; Celebration of Cultures, Celebrate Nashville and Folk Fest in Centennial Park; international dance workshops in Knoxville; The Ravenwood Annual International Food & Music Festival; and public libraries in Middle Tennessee.

The musicians are: Nermin Begovic, accordion; Mary Lou Durham, fiddle; Janet Epstein, recorders; Michael Lewandowski, mandolin; Billy Ramirez, drums; and Carole VanderWal, clarinet. For more information, visit www.nifddance.com. Folk dancers welcome in the café!

 

 

Saturday, January 6                         Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL

1:30 p.m.                                                        Interpreter

Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk

Gallery admission required; members free

On the first Saturday of each month, we offer an informal docent-guided tour with certified American Sign Language interpretation. The tour focuses on a current exhibition and originates at the information desk inside the entrance to the galleries.

Our docents also conduct tours on most weekdays and weekends at 1:30 p.m.; reservations are not required. To check availability, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

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

 

 

Saturday, January 6                         Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

 

 

Thursday, January 11                                  Curator’s Tour: Nick Cave: Feat.

Noon                                                              presented by Katie Delmez, Frist Center

Meet at the exhibition entrance                             curator

Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Nick Cave: Feat. includes dynamic works in diverse mediums, from sculpture to video. While the compelling visuals may draw visitors to the exhibition, deeper conversations reveal how Cave delves into issues of identity, social justice, and the expressive power of contemporary art. Join Katie Delmez, Frist Center curator, to take a deeper look at the meanings behind Cave’s work.

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

 

 

Friday, January 11                                        Music at the Frist                                        

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Fiddlers Billy Contreras and Buddy Spicher

Frist Center Café                                                           

Free

Buddy Spicher and Billy Contreras have been twin fiddle partners for more than 20 years. They honed their skills weekly during a five-year year stint at Wolfy’s in downtown Nashville in the late 1990s. They have both played with Hank Thompson, Ray Price, George Jones, and Crystal Gayle. The joy they share in creating, practicing, and performing their artistic style of twin fiddling resounds through the countless hours they’ve spent developing their unique craft.

Fiddler Buddy Spicher is a legend in the Nashville recording business. A member of the famed Nashville “A Team,” Buddy has performed with a long list of major country artists of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, Hank Snow, Hank Thompson, Marty Robbins, Charley Pride, and Ray Price. The demand for his talents didn’t stop at country; he can be heard on recordings by artists such as Elvis Presley, Gary Burton, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Monkees, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Henry Mancini and Dan Fogelberg. Buddy is prominently included as a “Nashville Cat” in one of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s current exhibitionsDylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats

Billy Contreras is widely acknowledged as one of the finest fiddlers of his generation. He has studied with Buddy Spicher and renowned classical violinist Rachel-Barton-Pine. Contreras has performed or recorded with Lionel Hampton, George Jones, Doc Severinsen, Hank Thompson, Hank Jones, Crystal Gayle, Grady Tate, Charlie Louvin, Al Grey, Ray Price, the Cincinnati Pops and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The range of venues that have featured him is a testament to his versatility: the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, The Roxy, the Viper Room, the Kennedy Center, Farm Aid, Bonnaroo, Merlefest, and on CBS, CMT, and TNN television networks. Not only is Billy an in-demand artist, educator, and session player, he also is a sought-after arranger and producer. Contreras currently teaches at Belmont University. 

 

Friday, January 12, and Saturday  ,           Two-day poster workshop: Persuaded by
January 13                                                     Posters

January 12: 6:00–8:00 p.m. at the Frist Center

January 13: 9:30–11:00 a.m. at Hatch Show Print

$20 members; $25 not-yet-members

All skill levels welcome; ages 18 and older only

Registration required by January 5. Limited to 15 participants.

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

 Join us for exclusive conversations on the power of print and posters, and how they inspired, informed, and persuaded Americans to play crucial roles in World War I. Grab this rare chance to talk one-on-one with both a Frist Center curator and a Hatch Show print educator on the significance of prints in America and their place in our Nashville story. On Day 1 of this workshop, you’ll participate in a guided tour of the exhibition World War I and American Art, during which special attention will be paid to posters by both famous and forgotten illustrators. On Day 2, respond to the exhibition and its themes by making and sharing your own poster in the Hatch Show Print classroom.

Hatch Show Print, started in 1879, was a busy letterpress shop during the early 1900s and has continued to meet the printing needs of its customers. Each Hatch Show Print poster is a unique creation, individually handcrafted and inked onto paper with the centuries-old technique of letterpress printing.

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

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

 

 

Friday, January 12                                        Music at the Frist                                        

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

Frist Center Café

Free

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

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

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

 

 

Saturday, January 13                                   Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

Monday, January 15                         Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Frist Center presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors. Senior parking is $5 in the Frist Center lots as long as spaces are available. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

 

Thursday, January 18                                  Drop-In Drawing

5:00–8:00 p.m.

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

Drop-In Drawing turns five years old this year! On the third Thursday of each month, practice different techniques and skills, gain instructional guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. Borrow Etch A Sketches (subject to availability) and other tools from our station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk, or bring your own! (Note that only pencils, Etch A Sketches, and digital drawing surfaces will be allowed in the galleries.)

 

 

Thursday, January 18                                  Educator SPARK Evening
5:30–8:00 p.m.

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

Join us for our second season of Educator SPARK, which occurs through May. Between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Center exhibitions and enjoying light refreshments with other educators. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., Lisa Bachman Jones will share her artistic practice during an informal idea exchange session; continue your conversations afterward in a comfortable setting.

 

 

Thursday, January 18                                  Music at the Frist                                        

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

Frist Center Café

Free

Influenced by her parent’s 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.

 

 

Friday, January 19                                        Music at the Frist                                        

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

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to the music of Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship always delights.

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

 

 

Saturday, January 20                                   Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

Sunday, January 21 – Exhibition Closes – World War I and American Art        
 

 

Thursday, January   25                                Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café
Free

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

A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Ferris has been praised for his versatility as a guitarist playing in all styles from classical to jazz to country to rock. As a songwriter, Grant 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).

 

 

Friday, January 26                                        Music at the Frist                

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

Frist Center Café

Free

Arte’Mis (Tramaine Robinson) grew up singing in a church choir in Knoxville. Now residing in Nashville, she has carried that soulful foundation to everything from jazz and R&B to classical and musical theater, influenced by the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jill Scott.

Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

(with the exception of Frist Fridays).

 

 

Friday, January 26                                        Happening in Nick Cave: Feat.

7:00 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries

Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Join local storytellers, musicians, and dancers for in-gallery performances that will delight and inspire you as they respond to Cave’s works through imaginative artistic encounters. No two happenings will be the same, so come to each one to experience Nick Cave: Feat. in new ways. Visit fristcenter.org/happenings for the lineup of artists.

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

 

Saturday, January 27                                   Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

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

Last Monday of every month

$12 per family unit

The Frist loves families! New this year: bring the whole family for the cost of one adult admission! Join us on the last Monday of each month for special programming, including story time and family tours, and then enjoy Martin ArtQuest activities in our studios—reserved just for families!           

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

Thursday, February 1                                   Music at the Frist                                        
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Songwriter Ronny Criss and Friends

Frist Center Café
Free                                                                             

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

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

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

 

 

Friday, February 2                                        Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Latin vocalist Luna Morena
Frist Center Café
Free

Luna Morena returns to the Frist Center’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, February 3                                   Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL

1:30 p.m.                                                        Interpreter

Meet at the Frist Center’s Gallery Information Desk

Gallery admission required; members free

On the first Saturday of each month, we offer an informal docent-guided tour with certified American Sign Language interpretation. The tour focuses on a current exhibition and originates at the information desk inside the entrance to the galleries.

Our docents also conduct tours on most weekdays and weekends at 1:30 p.m.; reservations are not required. To check availability, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

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

 

 

 

Saturday, February 3                                   Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpretation is provided with the tour, with the generous support of the Memorial Foundation and Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction. For more information, contact Visitor Services at 615.744.3277.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 8                                  Music at the Frist
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                              East Side Story
Frist Center 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 frequently, 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).

 

 

Friday, February 9                                        Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Center Café
Free

The Contrarian Ensemble—Bruce Baxter (accordion), John Hedgecoth (mandolin), Mike Teaney (guitar), and Svend Thomsen (fiddle)—performs an eclectic variety of dance music from the 1300s to the present, including traditional tunes from the U.S., the British Isles, and Europe, as well as original compositions. From tunes that would feel at home in a Paris café to songs by Bill Monroe, the Contrarian Ensemble’s superb musicianship is always a delight.

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

 

 

Fridays, February 9                                      Happening in Nick Cave: Feat.

7:00 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries

Free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Join local storytellers, musicians, and dancers for in-gallery performances that will delight and inspire you as they respond to Cave’s works through imaginative artistic encounters. No two happenings will be the same, so come to each one to experience Nick Cave: Feat. in new ways. Visit fristcenter.org/happenings for the lineup of artists.

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

 

 

Thursdays, February 15                               Drop-In Drawing Turns 5 Years Old!
and March 15*
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)

Drop-In Drawing turns five years old this year! On the third Thursday of each month, practice different techniques and skills, gain instructional guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. Borrow Etch A Sketches (subject to availability) and other tools from our station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk, or bring your own! (Note that only pencils, Etch A Sketches, and digital drawing surfaces will be allowed in the galleries.)

To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we are hosting a throwback Thursday night of doodling in our galleries on March 15, featuring local Etch A Sketch artist John Taylor from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. John will cover the basics for beginners and share techniques for mastering the Etch A Sketch screen. Fun for all ages!

 

 

Thursday, February 15                                 Educator SPARK!

5:30–8:00 p.m.
(presentation at 6:00 p.m.)

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

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

 

 

Thursday, February 15                                 Music at the Frist                                        

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

Frist Center Café
Free

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

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

 

 

Friday, February 16                                      Music at the Frist                                        

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

Frist Center 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.

 

 

Saturday, February 17                                 Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby

Free

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

 

 

Thursday, February 22                                             Music at the Frist                

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

Lobby
Free

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

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

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

 

 

Friday, February 23 Exhibitions Open

  • Rome: City and Empire
  • Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

 

 

 

Friday, February 23                                      Music at the Frist                
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                               TBA
Frist Center Café
Free

Many of Nashville’s most talented musicians and songwriters can be heard at the Frist Center on Thursday and Friday evenings. Enjoy a beverage or snack before the evening’s program or before a visit to Frist Center galleries.

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, February 23                                      Curator’s Perspective

6:30 p.m.                                                        “The Reach of Rome—Then and Now” presented by Dr. Sam Moorhead, National Finds Adviser, Ancient Coins, The British Museum

Frist Center Auditorium Free:

first come, first seated                                              

The art, culture, and politics of the Roman Empire have made a lasting impact around the world. In this lecture, Dr. Sam Moorhead, a curator of Rome: City and Empire, examines Rome’s influence through the lens of the exhibition, highlighting key works and discussing their artistic value and historical significance. Whether you have a long-standing interest in antiquities or are encountering ancient Rome for the first time, join us to learn more about this fascinating and important civilization. 

 
Saturday, February 24                                 Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

Monday, February 26                                   Family Monday

10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

$12 per family unit

The Frist loves families! New this year: bring the whole family for the cost of one adult admission! Join us on the last Monday of each month for special family programming, including story time and family tours, and then enjoy Martin ArtQuest Gallery and Studios—reserved just for families!

 

Current Exhibitions


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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sumner County Schools Art Show

December 9, 2017–January 3, 2018

Education Corridor, Upper Level

The second annual Sumner County Schools Art Show features artwork created by young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works per grade level, and high school art teachers selected two works from each art course offered at their schools. All Sumner County schools are eligible to participate.

 
2018 Multi-District School Art Show

January 27–February 11, 2018

Education Corridor, Upper Level

The 2018 Multi-District School Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students in four Tennessee school districts. Nearly three hundred young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade will be included in this exhibition. Elementary and middle school art teachers will select two works per grade level, and high school art teachers will select two works per course. Over thirty schools will represent the following districts: Fayetteville City Schools, Franklin Special School District, Lebanon Special School District, and Wilson County Schools.

 

 

2018 Williamson County Schools Art Show

February 24–March 11, 2018

Education Corridor, Upper Level

The 2018 Williamson County Schools Art Show will feature some of the finest artwork created by students in the school district. Nearly four hundred young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade will be included in this exhibition.

Elementary and middle school art teachers will select two works per grade level, and high school art teachers will select two works from each art course offered at their schools. All Williamson County schools are participating in the show.

 

 

Rome: City and Empire
February 23–May 28, 2018
Ingram Gallery

The stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost three thousand years after its foundation. Rome: City and Empire brings to Nashville more than two hundred of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire.

The British Museum’s exceptionally broad collections have enabled the creation of a truly inspiring experience. Visitors will explore how the empire was won and held and learn about the rich diversity of her peoples. The exhibition is an accessible introduction to the Roman imperial period, yet also provides a range and depth of material for those with an existing interest in Roman history.

The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Frist Center is the exclusive North American venue.

Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
February 23–May 28, 2018
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

New Orleans natives Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have been documenting African American life in Louisiana for more than 30 years. Since 1980, they have made regular visits to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to photograph life on the prison farm, which was founded on the consolidated land of several cotton and sugarcane plantations. Their poignant black-and-white images record the exploitation of the men incarcerated within the maximum-security prison farm while also showcasing the prisoners’ humanity and individual narratives. The husband-and-wife team’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Calhoun and McCormick use their cameras as tools for social engagement, reminding their audiences of persistent racial inequities, especially throughout the American criminal justice system.

The Frist Center will produce a hardcover book titled Louisiana Medley about the couple’s work. Published by Lucia∣Marquand, the book will include 70 plates, a foreword by Dr. Deborah Willis, chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, a career overview by Frist Center executive director and photography historian Dr. Susan H. Edwards, and an essay by Dr. Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums, that places the images of Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex in the context of other prison photographs.

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

 

 

 

 

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