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Frist Organizes First Major U.S. Exhibition Devoted to Medieval Art in Bologna—Now Open

Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the prosperous northern Italian city of Bologna, opens November 5. Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna fostered a unique artistic culture at the end of the Middle Ages. Explore nearly 70 illuminated manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures spanning from 1200 to 1400.

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Dec 2

Educator Workshop
Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City

Thursday, December 2, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Studio B and Upper-Level Galleries; register by November 29

During this workshop, explore illuminated manuscripts in bibles, choirbooks, and law books that give insight into medieval life in the city of Bologna, home to the oldest university in Europe and the most important center for manuscript illumination in Italy. Participate in a gallery tour and studio activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More
Dec 2

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, December 2, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home tour—a closer look at the architecture of our building. Read More
Dec 4

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Illumination

Saturday, December 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

SOLD OUT
Studio A; ages 18+ only. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome.

This workshop is SOLD OUT. Learn about an Introduction to Calligraphy workshop being offered on December 11. Presented by the Nashville Calligraphers Guild $50 members; $60 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included)  Learn more about illumination in medieval manuscripts and create your own illuminated letter or… Read More
Dec 5

Repeal Day Mixology Class

Sunday, December 5, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Event repeats at 3:30 p.m.
On December 5, 1933, Prohibition was repealed with the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Join J. Jackson Mobile Mixologist for a mixology class in celebration of this anniversary and the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939. In this ninety-minute class, participants will learn how to make three Prohibition-era cocktails while acquiring basic mixology techniques. Each ticket includes a set of high-quality bar tools to take home following the class. Read More
Dec 9

Frist at Home: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, December 9, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More
Dec 11

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Calligraphy

Saturday, December 11, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Studio A
Ages 18+ only. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome.  

n this workshop inspired by the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, participants will be introduced to the beautiful uncial calligraphy hand. This hand appeared during the last centuries of the Roman Empire. It was developed in the scriptoria of monasteries and was used for religious, civil, political, and historical writings from the fourth through eighth centuries. Many illuminated manuscripts were written using the uncial script.  Read More
Dec 12

Jazz AM: Ella Fitzgerald
presented by Nashville Jazz Workshop

Sunday, December 12, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Auditorium; free; space is limited
Registration required

The Nashville Jazz Workshop presents Jazz AM, a fun, interactive concert for families. The story of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald will come to life through live music, performance, and song. Certified American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this presentation and is generously supported by Bridges for the Deaf… Read More
Dec 16

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, December 16, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More
Dec 30

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, December 30, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More
Jan 4

Art History Course
Medieval Bologna: Classes for a University City

Tuesday, January 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented on Zoom • Registration required

This is a three-part course with additional classes offered on January 11 and 18
Learn more about medieval Bologna and the Middle Ages in general as this three-part course brings alive aspects of everyday Bolognese culture to enrich participants’ experience of the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City. Presented by Michael Norris, PhD, retired museum educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More
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