Frist Art Museum Calendar of Events

Frist Art Museum Calendar of Events

May 1–July 31, 2018

Please disregard previous versions of this calendar. This information is current as of April 30, 2018. Dates and programs are subject to change.

 

MAY HIGHLIGHTS

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, and 15  – Art History Course: Rome, From Foundation to Constantine

Friday, May 4- Making Memories  Nick Cave: Feat.                                                                               

Saturday, May 5 – Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpreter and  Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Sunday, May 6 – Film: Spartacus in 35 mm

Friday, May 11 – Submission Period for AP and IB Studio Art Ends!

Friday, May 11 –  Young Professionals Social                                                                    

Thursday, May 24  –  Martin ArtQuest  Grand Reopening

Monday, May 28 –  Exhibition Closes Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex

Monday, May 28 – Family Monday

 

MAY 2018

Tuesdays, May 1, 8, and 15  –    Art History Course:Rome, From Foundation to Constantine
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.                                                                   
Frist Art Museum Rechter Room
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet members
Price for the entire course: $30 members; $40 not-yet-members (you must register for all three classes at the same time). Each class is a standalone offering that can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the others. To register, please visit FristArtMuseum.org/arthistory.

Presented by G. Edward Gaffney, PhD, senior lecturer (retired), Classical and Mediterranean Studies, Vanderbilt University, and James Womack, MA, Jackson Family Chair, Visual & Performing Arts, Montgomery Bell Academy. Three classes: 1. Foundation through Punic Wars; 2. Julius Caesar through Trajan; 3. Zenith and Decline

These classes will provide an overview of the history of the city and its growth from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE. Particular emphasis will be given to the ascendancy of Rome—first to its role as the principal city of Italy, and then to its establishment as the principal city of the Mediterranean and Western European world. We will explore the manner in which Romans, through their built environment, aggrandized their image and their concept of empire and passed on to other cities of the empire architectural and artistic legacies.

 

Thursday, May 3                                                                          Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Sam Frazee and Hiptet
Frist Art Museum Café
Free
Led by Sam Frazee, Hiptet has been entertaining concert crowds in Nashville for more than three years. The five-piece band brings to life the high energy music of famous American jazz artists like Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Art Blakey and other legendary players. Hiptet also puts its own spin on the Beatles and Bossa Novas.

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

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


Friday, May 4                                                                               
Making Memories
10:30 a.m.                                                                                      Nick Cave: Feat.

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, with future gatherings this year on August 10 (Chaos & Awe) and November 30 (Paris 1900).
 

Friday, May 4                                                                               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 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).

 

Saturday, May 5                                                                          Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour 
1:30 p.m.                                                                                         with ASL Interpreter
Meet at the Frist Art Museum 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, May 5                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

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

 

 

Sunday, May 6                                                                              Film: Spartacus  
2:00 p.m.
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

Spartacus tells the story of a rebel who, after being sold to a school for gladiators, escapes to become the leader of an army of slaves. Starring an impressive cast that includes Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, this award-winning historical epic captures the grandeur of the Roman Republic and is a spectacular example of classic Hollywood cinema. This 1991 restoration contains previously cut scenes deemed too controversial to show in 1960. Popcorn will be provided, and other snacks and beverages (including beer and wine) can be purchased at the Frist Art Museum café.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1960 (1991 restoration). 187 minutes. PG-13. 35 mm.
 

Thursday, May 10                                                                       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, May 11                                                                             Submission Period for AP and IB Studio Art Ends!

The Frist Art Museum’s seventh biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition will take place from October 20, 2018, through March 17, 2019. Students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2017–2018 school year are invited to submit artwork to be considered for this museum-quality exhibition. Check FristArtMuseum.org front page for submission details.

 

Friday, May 11                                                                             Young Professionals Social
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Frist Art Museum back terrace (by the café)
In the event of inclement weather, the social will take place in the Rechter Room.

FREE to Frist Art Museum members; $12 not-yet-members. Your ticket covers hors d’oeuvres and drinks, parking validation, and admission to the galleries. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/community/young-professionals; if you are a member, please also show your member card at the event entrance. 21 and older only

Start your Friday evening with happy hour at the Frist Art Museum. Socialize on our back terrace with other young professionals and enjoy the lively atmosphere in the rest of the museum. 

Questions? Contact Sara Ludlam at 615.744.4927 or sludlam@FristArtMuseum.org

Friday, May 11                                                                             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.

 

 

Saturday, May 12                                                                       Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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


Thursday, May 17                                                                       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 served)

On the third Thursday of each month, check out drawing materials to practice different techniques and be inspired by the artworks in the galleries and the architecture of the building. 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, May 17                                                                       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).
 

Thursday, May 17                                                                       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 the final session of Educator SPARK’s second season. Between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist 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.
                 

 

Friday, May 18                                                                             Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Embers Music (pianist)

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Music is a language measured in rhythm and song, and for pianist Embers Music, that language describes motion and emotion. This pianist does not simply hear music; she sees it in dancing forces across her mind’s eye. That envisioned dance is the instrument whereby she explores dynamics and tempo to share thoughts and feelings and dreams.

Embers joins an array of talented musicians and songwriters who can be heard at the Frist on Thursday and Friday evenings. Enjoy a beverage or snack before the evening’s program or your visit to the Frist Art Museum galleries.

 


Saturday, May 19                                                                       Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

Monday, May 21                                                                         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. 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, May 24                                                                       Martin ArtQuest Grand Reopening
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Ribbon cutting and members-only preview
3:00–9:00 p.m.
Community opening (free to the public)

Please join us to celebrate the reopening of our beloved art-making gallery. A members-only ribbon-cutting and preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Ellen H. Martin, who has championed MAQ as a special place for children and families. MAQ will open to the community at 3 p.m., with free admission to all galleries through 9 p.m. We also thank the Frist Foundation, the James Stephen Turner Family Foundation, the Hearst Foundation, Corner Partners, the William Stamps Farish Fund, and visitors of all ages for their financial support of the renovation.

 

Thursday, May 24                                                                       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 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, May 25                                                                             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, May 26                                                                       Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

Monday, May 28                                                                         Exhibition Closes Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex

 

Monday, May 28                                                                         Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Entire family admitted for the price of one adult admission; members free

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

 

 

Thursday, May 31                                                                       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).

 

JUNE 2018

 

Friday, June 1                                                                                Music at the Frist                 

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

Frist Art Museum Café

Free

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

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


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

Experience Nick Cave: Feat. through in-gallery performances that will delight and inspire you. Join us for the final Happening to engage with the exhibition through imaginative artistic encounters.

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


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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 


Saturday, June 2                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter

4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

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

Thursday, June 7                                                                         Music at the Frist                                                     

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

Frist Art Museum Café

Free

Influenced by her parents’ love of music—The Isley Brothers, Anita Baker, Carla Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Blue Magic, Chaka Khan, The Beatles, James Taylor—as well as the folk, rock and reggae she came to love as a teen, Barbara Jenice blends it all into a uniquely powerful and evocative easy listening groove.
Jenice’s JazzEclecticFolk Project moves with her from Memphis to Nashville—an energetic fusion band of rotating artists. Individual personalities collaborate in genre-bending explorations—jazz meets folk, funk, soul, rock, hip-hop, and even gospel and country.

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

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

Friday, June 8                                                                                Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Neo-soul vocalist Arte’Mis
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

Saturday, June 9                                                                          Figure Study
1:00 p.m.

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

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


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

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

Thursday, June 14                                                                       Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Contrarian Ensemble (early music)
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

 

 

Friday, June 15                                                                             Music at the Frist                 

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

Free                                                                                                                                                        

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors, and discounted parking is offered (subject to availability in the Frist lot). Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A docent-guided tour of a current exhibition is offered at 1:30 p.m. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

 

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

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

Thursday, June 21                                                                       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 served)

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

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


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

Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss gathers a number of his songwriting friends for evenings of original music. Born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago, Criss is a talented tunesmith with Southern roots and a Midwestern sensibility. Join him and some of Nashville’s newcomers as well as established writers in the Frist café.

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

 

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

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

 

Sunday, June 24                                                                           Exhibition Closes – Nick Cave: Feat. 

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

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

 

Thursday, June 28                                                                       Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Classical guitarist Michael Roberts
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

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

 


Friday, June 29                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             TBA

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

 

 

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

Meet in the Frist Art Museum Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

JULY 2018

 

Thursday, July 5                                                                           Music at the Frist                                                     

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

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                

Free

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Coming to the First Saturday Art Crawl, or to another downtown Nashville event? Enhance your weekend with a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m.

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

 

Tuesdays, July 10, 17, and 24                                                 Art History Course: Looking at Art
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Rechter Room
Price per class: $12 members; $15 not-yet members. Each class is a standalone offering that can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the others. Price for the entire course: $30 members; $40 not-yet-members (you must register for all three classes at the same time).

Learn to look at contemporary art in new ways in this interactive three-part course. “Looking at Art” offers diverse approaches to engaging with contemporary art and the works in Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century. Each class will be taught by an instructor from a different discipline. Register at FristArtMuseum.org/arthistory

 


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

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

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

 

 

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

Join chief curator Mark Scala for an in-depth look at this international survey of contemporary painting. Artists in Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century convey the destabilizing effects of phenomena such as globalism, mass migration, the resurgence of radical political agendas, and the rapidly expanding impact of communications and information technology through art. These powerful forces are dramatically altering social relations in unpredictable ways, provoking emotions from anxiety to excitement about life in the present and future. Frist Art Museum members can attend a Members-Only Curator’s Tour on Friday, July 13, at noon.

 

Thursday, July 12                                                                         Music at the Frist                                                     

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

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

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

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

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

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


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

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

 


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

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, gallery admission is $6 (1/2 the price of regular adult admission) for seniors, and discounted parking is offered (subject to availability in the Frist lot). Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on café refreshments purchased during the visit. Seniors are invited to enjoy live music by Harry Stephenson, aka “Snappy Pappy,” in the Grand Lobby from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. A docent-guided tour of a current exhibition is offered at 1:30 p.m. We are grateful to the Jackson National Community Fund for their support of Senior Mondays.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

 

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

 

Friday, July 20                                                                               Architecture After Photography: A Conversation with

6:30 p.m.                                                                                         Therese Lichtenstein and Susan H. Edwards
Auditorium
Free

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture explores the complex and dynamic relationship between the spectator, photography, architecture, and time, through the lens of architectural photography from the 1930s to the present. Architectural photographs resonate across time. They not only inform our memories and understanding of a society’s collective desires and an era’s social, economic, and aesthetic concerns, but elicit personal associations and fantasies.

By juxtaposing contemporary and historical photographs, Image Building creates a dialogue between the past and the present, revealing the ways photography shapes and frames the perception of architecture, and how that perception is altered over time. At the same time that photography captures a moment, it also marks its demise. Focusing on this aspect of photography, many of the photographers in Image Building reflect on the passage of time and impermanence and invite a meditation on inevitable change, making us consider what was, is, and will be.


Friday, July 20                                                                               Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Geary Moore (jazz guitarist)
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

Mr. Moore has performed with numerous highly respected musicians, including Arthur Prysock, Peaches & Herb, Jon Faddis, Billy Drummond, Slide Hampton, T.S. Monk, Bob Cranshaw, and many more.

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

 

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

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

Thursday, July 26                                                                         Music at the Frist                                   

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

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                                  

Free

Choro Nashville is a six-member acoustic music group dedicated to the century-old Brazilian music known as Choro or Chorinho, which today still influences much of Brazil’s best-known music. Choro is often compared to American ragtime music, with a mixture of improvisation and composition played to an energetic and syncopated rhythm.

Choro Nashville features Randy Leago on woodwinds and cavaquinho, Chris Moran on guitar and bandolim, Larry Seeman on seven-string guitar and cavaquinho, Carlos Ruiz on percussion, and Jonah Kraut on guitar.

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

 

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

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

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

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

6:00–9:00 p.m.

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

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

 

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

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Current Exhibitions

 

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

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

Organized by the Frist Art Museum


Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
Through May 28, 2018
Ingram 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 Art Museum has produced a hardcover book titled Louisiana Medley about the couple’s work. Published by Lucia∣Marquand, the book includes 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 Art Museum 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.


Nick Cave: Feat.
Through June 24, 2018
Upper-Level Galleries

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

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Art Museum.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century includes paintings by an international array of artists, including Franz Ackermann, Ahmed Alsoudani, Eddy Kamuanga, Wangechi Mutu, Sue Williams, and many more, that induce feelings of disturbance, mystery, and expansiveness through the portrayal of forces shaping and hastening social transformation in ways that are 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 major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 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, such as chandeliers, jewelry, and Persian metalwork. Recently, art deco architecture, Native American headdresses, and nuclear missiles have entered her repertoire of sources, alongside the art of the Middle East, as the artist engages with her mixed Iranian American heritage and current political events. The exhibition will include the suspended sculpture My House, My Tomb, which explores myths about the Taj Mahal and has never been exhibited in the United States.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

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


Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

July 20–October 28, 2018
Upper-Level Galleries

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

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

Sponsor Acknowledgment

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


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

 

 

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