Friends of Contemporary Art

Since 2001, the Frist Art Museum has brought internationally acclaimed exhibitions to our community, exposing many to contemporary art for the first time. The appetite for the art of our time has grown and continues to impact the local art scene. With this acute appreciation in mind, the Friends of Contemporary Art was started in 2015 to support the Frist's organization and presentation of contemporary exhibitions. Consider joining the Friends of Contemporary Art today.





  • Opportunities to meet contemporary artists and visit their studios
  • Exclusive travel offers
  • Access to Frist Art Museum curators through Friends of Contemporary Art activities and events
  • VIP access to Frist Art Museum contemporary art events
  • Social gatherings with other contemporary art enthusiasts

2018 Highlights

  • April 5 and 6: Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville VIP access (Members were offered tickets to the sold-out event)
  • May 2–4: Exclusive travel opportunity with the Frist Art Museum’s chief curator the Frieze New York art fair, with visits to studios and galleries
        Synopsis of trip:
        - VIP access to Frieze New York
        - Complimentary tickets to the Brooklyn Museum to see David Bowie Is
        - Meet Ghada Amer (Chaos and Awe artist) at Cheim & Read Gallery
        - Meet Ahmed Alsoudani and Ali Banisadr (Chaos and Awe artists) and see their studio

Current and upcoming contemporary art exhibitions at the Frist:

Nick Cave: Feat.
Through June 24

Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex:
Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

Through May 28

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century
June 22–September 16

The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere:
Afruz Amighi

June 22–September 16

Do Ho Suh: Specimens
October 2, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019

Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi; based in Brooklyn). Funkalicious fruit field, 2007. Ink, paint, mixed media, and plastic pearls on Mylar, 92 1/8 x 106 in. Collection of Glenn Scott Wright, London. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Wangechi Mutu



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