Free Admission on Mondays through December 2016 with Food Donation

Nonperishable food items will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Beginning Monday, October 31, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to guests bringing nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Mondays through December. The items most needed by Second Harvest this year are peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal. Since 2012, visitors to the Frist Center have donated 20,989 pounds of food, which equates to 17,491 meals.

"It is an unfortunate reality that one in seven people, including one in five children, struggle with hunger in our community,” said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. “We are so thankful for our continued partnership with the Frist Center and the collective generosity of its guests for helping provide food to our neighbors who need it most." 

Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit

On Exhibition

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
July 29–November 6, 2016
Upper-Level Galleries

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than twenty-five years and offers new insights into the Newcomb community’s enduring mark on American art and industry. With more than 180 objects that span 45 years of production, the exhibition examines the role that Newcomb Pottery played in promoting art for the advancement of women and, in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, after the Civil War. What began as an educational experiment in 1895 at Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college, flourished into a quasi-commercial venture that offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Many of the works of the Newcomb Pottery enterprise were inspired by the native flora and fauna of the Gulf South, a style that became immediately recognizable and popular with influential collectors, curators and tastemakers across the country. This exhibition features important examples of the iconic pottery and metalwork, along with textiles, jewelry, bookbinding and archival photographs.

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, an exhibition created and organized by Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), was made possible in part through the generous support of Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

2016 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Programs
September 23, 2016–February 26, 2017
Conte Community Arts Gallery

This sixth biennial exhibition showcases a selection of the finest 2-D artwork created in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate studio art programs throughout Tennessee in 2016. The 29 drawings, paintings, photographs, and mixed-media works represent student artists from 11 schools and were chosen from over 800 submissions statewide.

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

Advanced Placement is a registered trademark of the College Board. International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark of the IB Organization. The institutions were not involved in the production of and do not endorse this exhibition.

Samurai: The Way of the Warrior
November 4, 2016–January 16, 2017
Ingram Gallery

Samurai, a term that roughly translates as “those who serve,” refers to the legendary warrior class that played an important role in Japanese politics and society from the late eighth century until the mid-nineteenth century. Shōguns, or supreme military leaders, governed Japan as de facto rulers until 1867 when the military government was abolished and the emperor returned to power. The values emphasized by the samurai included loyalty, courage, honor, and personal cultivation, and profoundly affected the art, craft, and design produced during this long era. Featuring more than ninety objects ranging in date from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, this dynamic exhibition showcases the life of these warriors and investigates their moral, cultural and aesthetic codes. With a selection of nine full suits of armor, twelve expressive helmets (kabuto), and numerous decorated swords (katana) and sword fittings, along with beautiful standing screens and lacquer wares, Samurai: The Way of the Warrior celebrates the exemplary artistry and highly skilled craftsmanship of medieval and early modern Japanese artisans. Other highlights include a seventeenth-century riding saddle inlaid with intricate mother-of-pearl and a sumptuous chair covered in silk brocade, gold and silver. The exhibition also demonstrates how seasonal and animal motifs carried symbolic significance and marked individual owners’ identity, taste and status.

The objects in Samurai: The Way of the Warrior are drawn from the rich holdings of the Museo Stibbert, a museum primarily devoted to arms and armor in Florence, Italy. The Stibbert’s Japanese collection is considered one of the largest and most important outside of Japan.
This exhibition was organized by Contemporanea Progetti SRL with the Museo Stibbert, Florence, Italy.

Harmony Korine: Shadows and Loops
November 4, 2016–January 16, 2017
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

This exhibition will contain twelve paintings by Nashville resident Harmony Korine, who is best known for films such as Kids, Gummo, Trash Humpers, and Spring Breakers. Korine is also an accomplished painter whose lyrical and dynamic images show his interest in the improvisatory spirit of outsider art, the expressiveness of distressed surfaces, and the unpredictable juxtaposition of layered and warped checkerboard patterns, which disrupt the viewers’ perceptions of the relationship between topography and space.

Harmony Korine: Shadows and Loops was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
November 18, 2016–February 12, 2017
Upper-Level Galleries

Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s hypnotic and playful video installation The Visitors explores a wide range of human emotions, conveyed through the repetition of a single haunting melody as played by the artist and other musicians spread through the 43-room Rokeby Farm, a nearly 200-year-old house in the Hudson Valley. Combining Kjartansson’s interests in music, endurance, and beauty, the hourlong nine-screen video has been called “a generational masterpiece” by the Boston Globe. The seductive music, combined with the shabby elegance of the house and the isolation of each performer, creates a reflection on the nature of collaboration, the character and spirit of the home, and the emotions that can be conveyed within a series of nuanced repetitions.

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Acknowledgment of Support
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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About the Frist Center
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Information on accessibility may be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and to 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), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation 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, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting
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