Frist Calendar of Events                           

Frist Calendar of Events                           

 

April 1–June 30, 2019


APRIL HIGHLIGHT
                       

Friday, April 5                         Film: The Grapes of Wrath with a special introduction by Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communications, cinema & media studies, Vanderbilt University                                                          

Saturday, April 6                    Studio Workshop: En Plein Air Landscapes presented by Megan Lightell                                                                       

Monday, April 8                     Family Monday

Thursday, April 11                  Art After Dark

Thursday, April 11                  National Poetry Month Readingpresented by Vanderbilt Creative Writing

Thursday, April 11                  ARTlab Teen Studio

Sunday, April 14                     Jazz on the Move –  The Life and Music of Stan Getz, with Don Aliquo
                                               
 

April 2019


Thursday, April 4                                                                         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, April 5                                                                               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).

Friday, April 5                                                                              

Film: The Grapes of Wrath 
7:00 p.m.

With a special introduction by Claire Sisco King, associate professor of communications, cinema & media studies,Vanderbilt University.
Free; first come, first seated    

Frist Art Museum Auditorium

Based on John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel of the same name, The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers during the Great Depression. After losing their farm in Oklahoma, the Joads travel across the United States to California in search of work and better opportunities. Shown in conjunction with Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, the film, like Lange’s photographs, captures the hardships Americans faced during this challenging era. The Grapes of Wrath was the winner of two Academy Awards and is included on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American movies. Directed by John Ford, 1940. 129 minutes. NR. 35 mm. Popcorn will be provided while supplies last; visit the FAM café to purchase other snacks and beverages (including beer and wine).

 

Saturday, April 6                                                                          Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpreter
1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Frist Art Museum’s Gallery Information Desk
Gallery admission required; free to members

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, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

Saturday, April 6                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

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

Saturday, April 6                                                                          Studio Workshop: En Plein Air Landscapes

10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.                                                                presented by Megan Lightell

Frist Art Museum and Centennial Park

$100 members; $120 not-yet-members 

All supplies, gallery admission, parking validation, and a boxed lunch included. 18+ only. Space is limited. 

Register at FristArtMuseum.org/studio

Impressionists transformed landscape painting by taking their tools and materials en plein air (outside)  to capture the likeness of a natural setting at a specific moment. Join teaching and practicing artist Megan Lightell for a one-day workshop to experience painting en plein air, with Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as inspiration. Tour the exhibition at the Frist Art Museum and then enjoy a boxed lunch while Lightell introduces basic concepts of painting en plein air. In the afternoon, create a small oil painting outdoors, on location. With your classmates, explore issues of site selection, choosing a composition, working with a limited palette to build color harmony, and basic handling of oil paint. All skill levels are welcome. 

Born in rural Coshocton County, Ohio, Megan Lightell grew up among quiet fields and farms—imagery that rests at the core of her work today. After earning a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2000, she began making paintings that consider the connection between humans and the environment that sustains them. She has lived and worked in Nashville since 2002 and is represented by Zeitgeist Gallery. Recent projects include visual and narrative collaborations with farmers in specific regions of Ohio and Kentucky, and a collection of paintings focused on sites protected by the Land Trust for Tennessee.

 

Monday, April 8                                                                           Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
One adult admission covers your entire family; free to members

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the second Monday of the month for special programming, including trilingual storytime in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, family tours with ASL interpretation, and Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families on these dates! School groups are welcome the rest of the month. See FristArtMuseum.org for the full schedule and updates. The story for this month is Bijou, Bonbon & Beau: The Kittens Who Danced for Degas, written by Joan Sweeney and illustrated by Leslie Wu.

Thursday, April 11                                                                       National Poetry Month Reading
6:30 p.m.                                                                                         presented by Vanderbilt Creative Writing
Ingram Gallery
Admission required; free to members

In celebration of National Poetry Month, join faculty and students from the Vanderbilt Creative Writing department for an in-gallery reading of poetry inspired by Frist Art Museum exhibitions.


Thursday, April 11                                                                       ARTlab Teen Studio
3:30–6:00 p.m.
Frist Art Museum Studio C
Ages 13–19
Free; registration not required

Calling all teens! Bring your current art project or sketchbook and hang out with other youth and local artists at the new Teen Studio. We’ll spend time in the exhibitions checking out the amazing artwork from around the world, talk about your artwork, and make art, too. For up-to-date information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/teens to see who will be visiting and what the artistic activity will be! Teen Studio will take place every third Thursday of the month during the school year. Theme for April: Inflatable Sculpture

Next date: May 16

Thursday, April 11                                                                       Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Admission required; free to members
Materials included (first come, first served)
All skill levels welcome

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 drawing materials from our station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk, or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces will be allowed in the galleries.)

Thursday, April 11                                                                      Educator SPARK, with painter James Perrin

5:30–8:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Studios

Spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Art Museum exhibitions and enjoying light refreshments with other educators. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., participate in an informal idea exchange session (led by a different host each month), and continue your conversations afterward in a collegial setting.

James Perrin, the host for April SPARK, was born in northwest Tennessee, in a small town along the Mississippi Delta. He received a BFA in painting from Kansas City Art Institute, studied painting and art history in Italy, and then went on to acquire an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2001. In 2015, he received a Joan Mitchell Award.

He presently lives in Nashville and is represented by Tinney Contemporary in Nashville and Evan Lurie Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, as well as nationally in Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Kansas City, Missouri; and Orlando, Florida. He also had a solo exhibition in Venice, Italy. (jamesperrinstudio.com)

Thursday, April 11                                                                      Art After Dark
3:30–8:00 p.m.

Enrich your Thursday nights at the Frist, where you will find live music, thought-provoking conversations and lectures, and more. With special programs such as Educator SPARK and Drop-In Drawing, there is something for everyone. Each Art After Dark is a new experience, so join us each month to engage with our exhibitions in new ways.

Thursday, April 11                                                                       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, April 12                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jenny Obert

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                
Free

Jenny Obert is an award-winning fiddler with over 15 years of experience as a touring and recording professional on stages, festivals, and studios worldwide, from the Grand Old Opry to Europe. She has performed and recorded with a wide variety of musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Bill Emerson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dale Watson, Hazel Dickens, Roland White, and The Long Players, among many others. Known for her sweet tone and innovative touch, she has worked in a diverse array of musical genres, including bluegrass, folk, old time, country, and rock. Obert is also an in-demand instructor and maintains a teaching studio in East Nashville.

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, April 13                                                                       Docent Tour in French
2:30 p.m.                                                                                        
Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times

Parlez-vous français? Enjoy Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times with a guided tour in French, offered by a multilingual docent. Space limited to 20. Advance registration required.
 

Saturday, April 13                                                                       Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours.

Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

 

Sunday, April 14                                                                          Jazz on the Move
3:00 p.m.                                                                                         The Life and Music of Stan Getz, with Don Aliquo
Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free

The Nashville Jazz Workshop, in collaboration with the Frist Art Museum, presents the 13th season of the popular  performance and education series Jazz on the Move. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artists/educators, the series offers audiences world-class music, as well as opportunities to learn more about the genre. Each performance is led by an individual jazz artist intimately familiar with the jazz great being profiled, with an outstanding group of supporting musicians. Those attending Jazz on the Move will be able to visit the Frist’s exhibitions free of charge and will also receive discounted parking in the Frist visitor parking lot.

Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz had a long and successful career, from the 1950s until his death in 1991. He was noted for his warm sound and light touch, taking his inspiration from the style of Lester Young rather than the harder-edged tenor players of the day. Starting out in the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman bands, Getz soon established himself as a top-ranked soloist. In the 1960s, he was the most identifiable American exponent of the bossa nova, and in his later career, he produced a string of superb straight-ahead recordings. According to All About Jazz, he recorded over 150 albums over the course of four decades. Don Aliquo is a familiar figure in Middle Tennessee’s jazz scene. A noted educator and longtime faculty member in MTSU’s jazz studies program, Aliquo has been a frequent Jazz on the Move presenter.

Monday, April 15                                                                         Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, seniors receive an additional discount on gallery admission, as well as discounted parking (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. Visitors 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.


Thursday, April 18                                                                       Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jazz guitarist
Geary Moore
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, April 19                                                                             Music at the Frist                 

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

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

 

Saturday, April 20                                                                       Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours. 

Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

Thursday, April 25                                                                       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, April 26                                                                             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, April 27                                                                       Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours. Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.
 

May 2019


Thursday, May 2                                                                          Curator’s Tour

Noon                                                                                                 Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Meet at the exhibition entrance                                           presented by Katie Delmez, curator

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

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

From the Great Depression, through the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, to inequity in our criminal justice system in the 1950s, hardship and human suffering are consistent themes in Dorothea Lange’s work. Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing examines these images through the lens of social and political activism. Join Frist Art Museum curator Katie Delmez to take a closer look at these iconic photographs and to learn how Lange sought to spark social reform with her work.

 

Thursday, May 2                                                                          Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Singer-songwriter Ronny Criss and friends

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

Friday, May 3                                                                                Music at the Frist                                                     
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Duo Sudeste, Latin guitar duo
Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                
Free

Duo Sudeste was formed in the summer of 2008 by Nashville-based classical guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler. Merging their love of Brazilian and Latin music and extensive knowledge of Latin rhythms, they formed a guitar duo specializing in composers from South America—mainly Argentina and Brazil. As active performers, they have performed concerts throughout the United States. Duo Sudeste has been featured on WPLN’s Live in Studio C, and for the last six years has been a featured group at the Tennessee Arts Academy, which is held at Belmont University each summer.

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 4                                                                          Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpreter

1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Certified ASL interpreters are available on the first Saturday of each month for both our docent-guided and architecture tours. Visit FristArtMuseum.org/accessibility to learn about arranging for ASL interpretation at other times. Sponsored by Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Memorial Foundation.

 

Saturday, May 4                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter

4:30 p.m.

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

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

 

Saturday, May 4                                                                          Derby Day Celebration

3:00–6:00 p.m.
$20 members; $30 not-yet-members 

Registration required; visit FristArtMuseum.org/DerbyDay for more details

Join us for a Kentucky Derby party, inspired by our exhibition A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Listen to live music, tour the exhibition, and watch the most exciting two minutes in sports. To those who are 21+, Belle Meade Bourbon will be offering samples, and mint juleps will be available at our cash bar.

Thursday, May 9                                                                          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).

Friday, May 10                                                                              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 11                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours.

Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.


Saturday, May 11 (sign up by May 1)                                 Teen Arts Action Group

Training 1:00–2:00 p.m. in Studio B

Artist Meetup featuring Norf Art Collective 2:00–4:00 p.m. in Studio A

Are you between the ages of 15–18 and interested in working in an artistic environment with peers and professional artists? TAAG is for you! Sign up through our volunteer program to gain community service hours and leadership experience as a Teen Ambassador. The ambassadorships are designed to give you access to the arts, and for you to increase access for others where you live! If you are already a Frist volunteer, you may be able to serve on TAAG in addition to your regular duties.

As a Teen Ambassador, you will learn from Frist educators and mentors how to choose programming themes and serve as an exhibition juror. You will acquire promotional skills, connect with other artistic youth, and create work with some of today’s most innovative artists. Develop leadership and professional skills as you support the Frist’s ARTlab series.

To be considered for an ambassadorship, you must be able to devote four hours each month to TAAG assignments and attend two TAAG meetings each year (in May and September).

Want to be a part of TAAG? Apply to become a Teen Ambassador.  

Email teens@FristArtMuseum.org

 

Monday, May 13                                                                         Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
One adult admission covers your entire family; free to members

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the second Monday of the month for special programming, including trilingual storytime in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, family tours with ASL interpretation, and Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families on these dates! School groups are welcome the rest of the month. See FristArtMuseum.org for the full schedule and updates. The story for this month is A Place Where Sunflowers Grow, written by Amy Lee-Tai and illustrated by Felicia Hoshino.

Thursday, May 16                                                                       Music at the Frist                                                     

6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jazz 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 Mark 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 a mixture of jazz, jam, and bluegrass. 

 

Thursday, May 16                                                                       Art After Dark

3:30–9:00 p.m.

Enrich your Thursday nights at the Frist! Each month join us for live music, thought-provoking conversations and lectures, Drop-In Drawing, and more. With special programs such as Educator SPARK and ARTlab Teen Studio, there is something for everyone. Each Art After Dark is a new experience, so join us each month to engage with our exhibitions in new ways.

 

Thursday, May 16
3:30–6:00 p.m.
ARTlab Teen Studio

Frist Art Museum Studio C

Ages 13–19

Free; registration not required

Calling all teens! Bring your current art project or sketchbook, and hang out with other youth and local artists at the new Teen Studio. We’ll spend time in the exhibitions checking out the amazing artwork from around the world, talk about your artwork, and make art, too. For up-to-date information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/teens to see who will be visiting and what the artistic activity will be! Teen Studio takes place the third Thursday of each month during the school year. Theme for May: Iron-On Drawing (bring your T-shirt, pillowcase, or cloth bag!)

Thursday, May 16

5:00–8:00 p.m.

Drop-In Drawing

Admission required; free to members
Materials included (first come, first served)

All skill levels welcome


Thursday, May 16

5:30–8:00 p.m.

Educator SPARK with painter, art consultant, and curator Dane Carder

Frist Art Museum Studios

Between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m., spark your creativity and curiosity by exploring Frist Art Museum exhibitions and enjoying light refreshments with other educators. From 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., participate in an informal idea exchange session (led by a different host each month), and continue your conversations afterward in a collegial setting. Visit FristArtMuseum.org to see which local and regional artists will be hosting future evenings.

Dane Carder was born (1972), raised, and still lives in Nashville, in the deep end of the pool of our nation’s history. Dane is a self-taught artist who for the last nine years has utilized Civil War images in a universal, symbolic expression of life’s ironic concoction of tragedy and beauty, despair and hope. He has exhibited in a variety of art spaces, galleries and museums, all the while continually steering the Civil War imagery in new directions.

Thursday, May 16                                                                       Educator Appreciation Night
5:30–8:30 p.m.

Come learn what the Frist Art Museum can offer you and your curriculum for the 2019–20 academic year. Enjoy Art After Dark, which features live music, our Drop-In Drawing workshop, Educator SPARK, and gallery tours. Receive special discounts in the café, in the gift shop, and on memberships purchased at this event. Educator Appreciation Night is open to educators of all subjects, pre-K–12. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free for each educator and a guest. Educators must show valid school identification cards at check-in, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Rechter Room. All discounts are valid during the event only.

 

Thursday, May 16                                                                       Community in Dialogue: Connect/Disconnect
6:30 p.m.

Meet at the exhibition entrance
Free; reservations required at FristArtMuseum.org/talk

Share your own stories of how Nashville’s changing neighborhoods have affected your daily life in this mediated conversation inspired by the exhibition.

Moderated by Learotha Williams, associate professor of history at Tennessee State University and coordinator of the North Nashville Heritage Project, topics of conversation may include the impact of transit and housing, the ongoing effects of recent and historical events, or the connection and disconnection that Nashville residents are experiencing during this time of change.

Community in Dialogue is a new program designed for small group discussion about current topics of relevancy to our community and facilitated by a community thought leader. Class size is limited to promote active participation by attendees. 

Friday, May 17                                                                              Music at the Frist                 

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

Frist Art Museum Café

Free

Larysa Jaye is a Nashville-based acoustic soul artist with eclectic influences and a captivating stage presence. Her ability to flow seamlessly from country to R&B to pop has earned her a loyal following. As a songwriter, Larysa finds inspiration from her everyday life as a wife and mother. Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

  

Saturday, May 18                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Are these the original floors?” These are some of the questions answered in our popular architecture tours. For more information, or to see a video about the tour, visit FristArtMuseum.org. Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

 

Monday, May 20                                                                         Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

The Frist Art Museum presents Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their senior status. On these days, seniors receive an additional discount on gallery admission, as well as discounted parking (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. Visitors 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.

Thursday, May 23                                                                       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, May 24                                                                              Exhibitions Open
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations

                  

Friday, May 24                                                                              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, May 24                                                                              Gallery Talk with Diana Al-Hadid

6:15 p.m.

Meet at the exhibition entrance

Admission required; free to members

Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations features a selection of sculptures and wall reliefs that contain allusions to archaeological excavations, sacred frescoes, and female bodies. Join renowned contemporary artist Diana Al-Hadid for an intimate in-gallery conversation to learn more about the inspiration behind her work.

 

Friday, May 24                                                                              Film: Frida

7:00 p.m.                                                                                         with a special introduction by Anne Moctezuma-Baker,
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                                 Spanish teacher, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School

Free; first come, first seated

Frida chronicles the bold and uncompromising life of Frida Kahlo, including the traumatic accident that changed the course of her life and her turbulent relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera. This provocative film, based on Hayden Herrera’s influential biography of the artist, stars Salma Hayek and won two Academy Awards. This film contains violence and nudity and is recommended for ages 17 and up. Directed by Julie Taymor, 2002. 123 minutes. R. Blu-ray. Popcorn will be provided (while supplies last); visit the FAM café to purchase other snacks and beverages (including beer and wine).

Saturday, May 25                                                                        Artist’s Lecture: Diana Al-Hadid

12:30 p.m.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Massey Auditorium

Admission required; $5 discount for Frist Art Museum members

Find out more about Diana Al-Hadid’s work by attending her presentation at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Following her talk, there will be a walk through Al-Hadid’s outdoor installation, with remarks by the artist.

 

Saturday, May 25                                                                        Architecture Tour
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

“When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Are these the original floors?” These are some of the questions answered in our popular architecture tours. For more information, or to see a video about the tour, visit FristArtMuseum.org. Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.


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

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

Mr. Moore has performed with numerous highly respected musicians, including Arthur Prysock, Peaches & Herb, Jon Faddis, Billy Drummond, Slide Hampton, T.S. Monk, Bob Cranshaw, and many more. Admission is free for college students with valid school ID on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (with the exception of Frist Fridays).

Friday, May 31                                                                              Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                            
Rachel Rodriquez
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

 


June 2019

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

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, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

 

Saturday, June 1                                                                          Architecture Tour with ASL Interpreter
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free

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

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

Thursday, June 6                                                                          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 7                                                                                Making Memories: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican
10:30 a.m.–noon                                                                         Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby                  Collection
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 listed at FristArtMuseum.org.

Friday, June 7                                                                                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).

Saturday, June 8                                                                          Studio Workshop: Introduction to Embroidery
1:00–5:00 p.m.                                                                             presented by Anna McKeown
 
Frist Art Museum Studio A 
$50 members; $60 not-yet-members 

All supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included. 18+ only. Space is limited. 
Register by May 27 at FristArtMuseum.org/studio

In this workshop, students will receive an introduction to the art of hand embroidery, including its history and its variations. With inspiration from the clothing featured in Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, students will complete a custom embroidery sampler that complements the colorful personal style of Frida Kahlo. This sampler will include basic stitches that can be used in a variety of styles of hand embroidery. Students will leave with the confidence to continue embroidering at home. Anna McKeown is an embroidery and mixed-media artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Belmont University.

Saturday, June 8                                                                          Architecture Tour
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby
Free 

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours. Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

 

Monday, June 10                                                                         Family Monday
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
One adult admission covers your entire family; free to members

The Frist loves families! Bring the whole family to the museum for the price of one adult admission! Join us on the second Monday of the month for special programming, including trilingual storytime in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, family tours with ASL interpretation, and Martin ArtQuest Gallery—open exclusively to families on these dates! School groups are welcome the rest of the month. See FristArtMuseum.org for the full schedule and updates. The story for this month is Diego Rivera: His World and Ours, written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh.

Thursday, June 13                                                                       Curator’s Tour: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Noon                                                                                                            Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman
Meet at the exhibition entrance                                           Collection presented by Trinita Kennedy,
Free to members;                                                                        Frist Art Museum curator
admission required for not-yet-members

A Members-Only Curator’s Tour will be held on Friday, June 14, at noon.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection showcases iconic works by Kahlo, Rivera, and their contemporaries, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, David Alfaro Siquieros, and Rufino Tamayo. Learn more about these artists and Mexico’s vibrant modern art scene during this one-hour tour.

Thursday, June 13                                                                       Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Tantsova Grupa (Eastern European Folk Dance)
Frist Art Museum Café                                                              
Free                                                                                

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

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


Friday, June 14                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Giri and Uma Peters

Frist Art Museum Café                                                                                
Free

Giri (age 14) and Uma (age 11) Peters are an Indian American brother/sister duo from Nashville. These award-winning multi-instrumentalists—Giri on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar, and Uma on clawhammer and gourd banjo—have been electrifying audiences with their refreshing, soulful blend of old-time, folk, and roots music. Their musicianship and vocal harmonies showcase a level of creativity and originality well beyond their years. They have attracted the attention of MacArthur “genius grant” awardee Rhiannon Giddens, who is acting as a master artist for Uma as part of the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. They have had the privilege of playing with dobro master Jerry Douglas, “Duke of Folk” Dan Zanes, and blues harmonica great Phil Wiggins. Giri and Uma have performed at festivals around the country.

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 15                                                                        Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours.

Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.


Thursday, June 20                                                                       Art After Dark

3:30–8:00 p.m.

Enrich your Thursday nights at the Frist, where you will find live music, thought-provoking conversations and lectures, and more. With special programs such as lectures and Drop-In Drawing, there is something for everyone. Each Art After Dark is a new experience, so join us each month to engage with our exhibitions in new ways.

Thursday, June 20                                                                      
Drop-In Drawing
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Admission required; free to members
Materials included (first come, first served)
All skill levels welcome

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 drawing materials from our station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk, or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces will be allowed in the galleries.)

Thursday, June 20                                                                       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).

 

Thursday, June 20                                                                       Lecture: “I didn’t know I was a Surrealist”: Frida Kahlo and 6:30 p.m.                                                                           Women Surrealists in Mexico
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                                presented by Lynda Klich, assistant professor of art history,

Free; first come, first seated                                                   Hunter College                                        

Presented in conjunction with the exhibitions Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s, this lecture examines the relationship between Surrealism and Mexico, which André Breton, co-founder of the artistic movement, considered to be the “Surrealist country par excellence.” Special focus will be given to how engaging with the ideas of international Surrealism allowed Mexican women artists to develop an artistic voice that emphasized personal subjectivity and challenged the virile heroic nationalism of modern Mexican art, as exemplified by muralism.

Lynda Klich teaches Latin American art history at Hunter College, CUNY, and is curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Collection. She specializes in modern Mexican art. Her book The Noisemakers: Estridentismo, Vanguardism, and Social Action in Postrevolutionary Mexico (University of California Press, 2018) won the University of Maryland-Phillips Collection Book Prize. She co-edited Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Contexts and Global Practices (Routledge, 2018) and has collaborated on various postcard publications, including The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection (MFA Boston, 2012) and The Propaganda Front: Postcards from the Era of World Wars (MFA Boston, 2017).


Friday, June 21                                                                             Music at the Frist                                   
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Blues harmonica player Tim Gartland 

Frist Art Museum Café
Free

Tim Gartland is a singer-songwriter and harmonica player committed to honoring the rich tradition of blues while moving the genre forward. His release If You Want A Good Woman features 12 original songs and reached #1 on the blues radio charts on AirPlay Direct. It was also named one of the Top Picks of the year by Bill Wilson of the Nashville Blues Society and reached #13 on the national blues charts according to Roots Time Radio. His original music is a blend of Chicago blues, soul, and Americana.

He has released two critically acclaimed original albums: Looking Into The Sun (2011) and Million Stars (2014). In 2015, he released The Willie Project, a heartfelt homage to the songwriting of the legendary blues hall of famer Willie Dixon.

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

 

Saturday, June 22                                                                        Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours.

Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

Thursday, June 27                                                                       Music at the Frist                                                     
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Mandolinist Mike Compton
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, June 28                                                                             Music at the Frist                 
6:00–8:00 p.m.                                                                             Jazz vocalist Sonja Hopkins
Frist Art Museum Café
Free

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

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

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

 

Saturday, June 29                                                                        Architecture Tour

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Frist Art Museum’s Grand Lobby

Free

Start your evening with the popular tour of the Frist Art Museum’s historic 1934 art deco building, led by our volunteer docents. Built during the Great Depression as the city’s central post office, this architectural treasure reopened as an art museum in April 2001. For more information, visit FristArtMuseum.org/tours. Sponsored by Messer Construction Co.

 

Sunday, June 30                                                                           Free Family Festival Day

1:00–5:30 p.m.

Come celebrate our friends Frida, Diego, and Mexican art and culture at the Frist Art Museum during our FREE Family Festival Day! Enjoy special art-making activities, performances, and gallery experiences designed for the whole family!

Visit FristArtMuseum.org/family for details.

Current Exhibitions

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
March 15–May 27, 2019
Upper-Level Galleries

Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) is recognized as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century, and her insightful and compassionate work has exerted a profound influence on the development of modern documentary photography. With hardship and human suffering as a consistent theme throughout her career, Lange created arresting portraits with the aim of sparking reform. This is the first exhibition to examine her work through the lens of social and political activism, presenting iconic photographs from the Great Depression, the grim conditions of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, and inequity in our judicial system in the 1950s. The exhibition encompasses approximately 130 vintage and modern photographs and personal memorabilia, including a handwritten letter from author John Steinbeck. Portions of a documentary produced by one of Lange’s granddaughters will also be on view.

Organized by the Oakland Museum of California

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing
 is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Susie Tompkins Buell Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Peter Rossi/Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art
from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

February 2–May 5, 2019
Ingram Gallery

Offering more than seventy works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of French nineteenth and early twentieth-century art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. With its core of Impressionist paintings, the collection also comprises masterpieces from every important school of French art, from Romanticism through the School of Paris. These works represent more than 150 years of art and exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original acquisition strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

 

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art
from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
February 2–May 5, 2019
Ingram Gallery

With representative masterpieces of the genre—including works by Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, George Morland, and George Stubbs—this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s gift of British sporting art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and marks an opportunity to view the entire breadth of this outstanding and comprehensive collection. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society’s changing habits and customs.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization
February 2–May 5, 2019
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Italian artist Claudio Parmiggiani (b. 1943) resists classification. Though associated with the Arte Povera movement and conceptualism of the 1960s and ’70s, he works somewhere in between. His art evokes universal themes of time, absence, memory, and silence, while drawing on classical references as well as the subtle quietude of paintings by Giorgio Morandi. Parmiggiani’s signature process of delocazione (displacement) was originally inspired by the silhouettes of dust left behind after objects were removed. For more than forty years, Parmiggiani has created his own version of this effect by stoking the flames from controlled combustions, filling rooms with smoke and capturing the outlines of objects in the resulting soot. Mirroring the technical process of photograms, these haunting images record the paradoxical presence of objects now absent. This will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City
Conte Community Arts Gallery
March 22–August 4, 2019

Inspired by a 2017 Tennessean article about how Nashville has been growing at a rate of one hundred people per day, Connect/Disconnect is a community exhibition that will feature photographs by Davidson County residents of diverse ages and backgrounds, showing how the population boom has affected them and the lives of the people around them. The exhibition seeks to explore the rising connectivity between neighborhoods and communities, and the potential for disconnection between people and socioeconomic classes as Nashville adapts to record growth. Its themes may include the new atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity, the impact of transit and housing on current and new residents, and the ongoing effects of recent and historical events.

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

May 24–September 2, 2019
Ingram Gallery

With iconic works by Frida Kahlo, her husband Diego Rivera, and their contemporaries, including David Alfaro Siquieros, Rufino Tamayo, and Ángel Zárraga, this exhibition allows visitors to explore the Gelman Collection, one of the most significant private holdings of twentieth-century Mexican art. The husband-and-wife collectors Jacques and Natasha Gelman were glamorous and wealthy Eastern European refugees who married in 1941, took part in Mexico City’s vibrant art scene, and purchased art mostly from their artist friends. In this exhibition of more than 100 works are self-portraits by Kahlo, Rivera’s Calla Lily Vendor, and numerous portraits of the Gelmans, plus intimate photographs that give insight into Kahlo and Rivera’s lifestyle. 

Organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre

Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations
May 24–September 2, 2019
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

This exhibition features a selection of sculptures and wall reliefs by the Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid, who currently works in Brooklyn. Meditations on ruination and renewal, her works contain allusions ranging from archaeological excavations and sacred frescoes, mosaics, or tapestries to female bodies that often appear as if they are melting or dissolving. These shimmering orchestrations of abstract elements, evocative surfaces, and symbolic forms—made from materials such as polymer gypsum, fiberglass, and cardboard—seem to have grown organically, with time’s accumulation and decay assisting the artist’s imagination in producing these works. Yet Al-Hadid’s process of fabrication and spirit of inquiry reveal a highly purposeful vision, inspired by a variety of sources, from Arabic literature to depictions of women throughout art history.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s
June 21–September 29, 2019
Upper-Level Galleries

Featuring works by Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and others, this exhibition explores the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as metaphors for the destabilizing consequences of war and psychological fears and fantasies of unbridled power. Through 79 objects, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and periodicals drawn primarily from the collections of The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Monsters & Myths highlights the brilliance and fertility of this period, which arose in response to Hitler’s rise to power, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II—events that profoundly challenged the revolutionary hopes that had guided most Surrealist artists in the 1920s. The powerfully disturbing images produced during this period were an effort to engage with psychological forces that propelled history, and the exhibition may inspire comparisons between the turmoil of the 1930s and 1940s and the political instability of today.

This exhibition was organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence

February 11–June 30, 2019
Criminal Court Clerk’s Office
Justice A. A. Birch Building, 408 Second Avenue North

2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence features words, patterns, color, and collage meant to inspire viewers to seek help or explore new pathways to betterment. During a workshop series focused on mental health and domestic violence, participants met with trained professionals and artists to create a voice for the voiceless through art. The resulting artworks, created by youth from the Sevier Park Community Center, Bordeaux Library, Main Library, and the Oasis Center’s TEENS UNITED during the Celebrate Nashville festival, are meant to give hope to all generations.

2019 Murfreesboro City Schools Art Show
March 21–April 7, 2019

The inaugural Murfreesboro City Schools Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students in the school district. More than 160 young artists from kindergarten through sixth grade are included in this exhibition. Art teachers selected two works per grade level.

2019 Mayor’s Art Show

April 11–May 16, 2019

Created as an opportunity to recognize the artistic accomplishments of Davidson County students, the Mayor’s Art Show was launched by Phil Bredesen during the 1990s. The Frist Art Museum began hosting this annual art show in 2004 during Bill Purcell’s term and is continuing the tradition with David Briley.

Art teachers at each school selected two works per grade level for inclusion in the exhibition. The images and subjects reflect the diverse backgrounds and ideas of Metro schoolchildren.

Presenting Sponsor: Macy’s

 

Section 1: April 11–25
Features work from the Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek clusters

Section 2: May 216
Features work from the Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford clusters

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; $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and college students with ID; and $8 for 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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