NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 4, 2013)—In recognition of the service, commitment and dedication of the American military community, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission for active-duty, retired, Reserve and National Guard Service members and their families on Veterans Day 2013. Visitors need only to identify themselves to any member of the Visitor Services staff as veterans or service members to gain free admission on November 11, 2013.

The Frist Center galleries will be open from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Visitors will also have the opportunity to watch the Nashville Veterans Day Parade from the Frist Center’s Broadway terrace.

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In Our Galleries

30 Americans
Oct. 11, 2013–Jan. 12, 2014
Ingram Gallery

30 Americans showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. Drawn from the extensive Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the exhibition comprises 70 works—including paintings, sculpture, photographs, videos, collages and multimedia works—from leading artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Nick Cave, Wangechi Mutu and Robert Colescott.

30 Americans was organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.

Platinum Sponsor: The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Nov. 1, 2013–Feb. 9, 2014
Upper-Level Galleries

Norman Rockwell, one of America’s most beloved and recognized artists, honed his visual storytelling abilities creating illustrations for some of the nation’s most prominent publications, and is fondly remembered for his emotionally appealing, idealized scenes of early 20th century American life. Rockwell’s images portray scenes of human triumph and frailty with affectionate humor, dignity and kindness, often emphasizing the importance of tolerance and America’s democratic ideals.

Featuring over 40 paintings and a selection of drawings, tear-sheets, and other related works, including original Saturday Evening Post covers, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career—from carefully choreographed reflections on childhood innocence to consciousness-raising images documenting the traumatic realities of desegregation in the South.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is made possible with the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces Program; the Henry Luce Foundation; Curtis Publishing Co.; Norman Rockwell Family Agency; and the Stockman Family Foundation.

Presenting Sponsors: Anne and Joe Russell
Supporting Sponsor: Christie’s
Hospitality Sponsor: Union Station Hotel

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts gratefully acknowledges our Picasso Circle Members as Exhibition Patrons.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias
Oct.11, 2013–Jan. 12, 2014
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Ana Maria Tavares finds inspiration in the architecture of the modern city, particularly the stylistic grammar of Oscar Niemeyer and other utopian modernist Brazilian architects who have transformed urban Brazil in the post World War II years. She employs materials such as steel, glass, and mirrors, often alluding to building interiors and product design, to make structures that occupy the border between design and fine art. Airports and departure lounges—places that symbolize exit from everyday life—are a recurrent theme in her work, evoking feelings relating to floating and falling, meditating, and the co-existence of the real and virtual.

The centerpiece of this exhibition is her four-sided immersive video, Airshaft, 2008, comprising sequences of elaborate interiors as seen from multiple perspectives in constant motion. Airshaft will also feature a site-related component. It is complemented by Nashville composer Brian Siskind’s Niterói, water that hides. This sonic collage brings together mid-century/post-war orchestral vinyl, recontextualized into a dark, deep, and teeming sound environment.

This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala.

Aug. 30, 2013–Feb. 2, 2014
Conte Community Arts Gallery

This exhibition includes work by eight Nashville-area artists who explore the impact of contemporary codes of technology, architecture, film, text and graphic design on our lives. The title merges the term abstract—a synopsis of a larger idea—with the notion of metrics; how we measure and are defined by our systems. As with much abstract art, the works comprise relationships between forms, sources of inspiration, and meanings that are personal and not always obvious. Their images function like rebuses or riddles, open to interpretation, yet still offering experiences of pleasure, beauty, humor, and provocation.

Participating artists include Alex Blau, Patrick DeGuira, Warren Greene, Ron Lambert, James Perrin, Christopher Roberson, Terry Thacker and Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala.

Acknowledgement 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. 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. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery (open until 5:30 p.m. each day) features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and younger and to Frist Center members. Frist Center admission is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors, military and college students with ID. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5–9 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling (615) 744-3247. The Frist Center galleries, Café and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sundays, 1–5:30 p.m., with the Frist Center Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or by visiting our website at

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