Live Performances by Champagne Superchillin’ and Suspended Gravity Circus, and Gallery Programs Celebrate “Paris 1900: City of Entertainment” —
Food trucks and beverage specials, plus exhibition-themed tastings — Advance tickets on sale September 28

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 25, 2018)—The Frist Art Museum presents Frist Friday: A Night in Paris on Friday, October 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Inspired by the exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment, the evening will offer visitors opportunities to experience art in new and unexpected ways with live performances, interactive gallery activities, and French food and beverage specials.

Live Performances

Suspended Gravity Circus
Auditorium, 6:15–6:40 p.m.

Suspended Gravity Circus features a diverse group of movement artists who combine physical strength with aerial acrobatics. Their stunning aerial arts performance is inspired by Montmartre circuses and famed dancer Loïe Fuller.

Champagne Superchillin’
Auditorium, 7:30–8:45 p.m.

Champagne Superchillin’—French expat Juliette Buchs, Fly Golden Eagle’s Ben Trimble, and Clear Plastic Masks’ Charles Garmendia—creates what NPR Music calls “intoxicating pop music for the dark corners of the dance hall.” On their 2018 album Amor Fati the band stirs up a woozy cocktail of retro chic French pop, eccentric garage, coquettish jazz, and sleek new wave.

Studio Tenn
Grand Lobby, 6:00–6:30 p.m. and 7:00–7:30 p.m.

Studio Tenn presents La Vie Quartet, Nashville’s premier touring string quartet with their classic French catalogue, vocal numbers (including their take on “Non, je ne regrette rien”), and reimagined performances of current pop singles.


In-Gallery Talk with Table 3 Restaurant & Market
Dining out in Paris in 1900–French Food and Drink

At the turn of the 20th Century, Auguste Escoffier took French food to a new level and the world noticed. Champagne flowed at Maxim’s and absinthe was an inspiration to artists at Montmartre cabarets. Join Wendy Burch, owner of Table 3 Restaurant & Market, to learn more about French restaurants during la Belle Époque.

Artist-led Activity with New Hat Projects
New Hat Projects art and design studio founders Kelly Diehl and Elizabeth Williams will lead a collaborative pattern making activity, referencing Paris 1900 through a contemporary lens.

Food and Beverage

Cocorico, Et Voila Bistro and Bakery, and Gypsy Crepe Company will serve food and beverages in the courtyard, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Hood River Distillers will offer free “Absinthe Frappe” cocktail samples using Lucid Absinthe.

Bake It French will offer free macaron samples in a variety of flavors.

Admission to each Frist Friday is free for Frist Art Museum members, visitors 18 years and younger, and college students with ID. General adult admission is $12.00 for not-yet-members, $9.00 for seniors, and $7.00 for military.

Advance general adult admission tickets for not-yet-members will go on sale Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m. at Discounted tickets for seniors and military will be available only at the door.

Exhibitions on View During Frist Friday: A Night in Paris

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment
October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019
Ingram Gallery

This exhibition will allow audiences to relive the splendor of the French capital at the time of the Paris Exposition International, when it heralded the arrival of the 20th century. More than ever before, Paris was seen throughout the world as a sparkling city of luxury with a sophisticated way of life. More than 250 works—paintings, decorative art, costumes and fashion accessories, posters, photographs, and sculptures, mainly kept by the Paris city museums—will immerse visitors in the atmosphere of Belle Époque Paris. They will be presented in six groupings: Paris, Showcase of the World; Art Nouveau; Paris, Capital of the Arts; The Parisian Woman; Traversing Paris; and Paris by Night. The Frist Art Museum is one of three venues in the United States to present this iteration of an exhibition that was on view at the Petit Palais in 2014.

Exhibition organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris and the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion, Paris Musées

Do Ho Suh: Specimens
October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Do Ho Suh creates astonishingly detailed and lyrical sculptural installations that alter perceptions of built environments and how the body relates to space. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be his Specimen series, which explores details of Suh’s domestic existence such as light switches, door handles, electric panels and appliances taken from his living spaces and recreated in fabric. By isolating these objects, Suh invites the viewer to reflect on their everyday interaction with the seemingly mundane.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs
October 20, 2018–March 17, 2019
Conte Community Arts Gallery

This October the Frist Art Museum will unveil selections in our biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition. Approximately twenty-seven student artists were selected from advanced studio programs by a panel of local professionals from across the state.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture
July 20–October 28, 2018
Upper-Level Galleries

Image Building examines the complex and dynamic interactions among spectators, images, buildings, and time through the lens of architectural photography in America and Europe from the 1930s to the present. Organized by guest curator Therese Lichtenstein, Image Building surveys the ways in which artists explore the relationship between architecture and identity, featuring work by contemporary photographers Iwan Baan, Lewis Baltz, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, Stephen Shore, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and earlier modernist architectural photographers like Berenice Abbott, Samuel Gottscho, Julius Shulman, and Ezra Stoller. The works of these influential photographers transformed how we view architecture.

Organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

Sponsor Acknowledgment

Frist Friday: A Night in Paris is sponsored in part by Envision Healthcare.

Tasting Sponsor: Lucid Absinthe

Media Sponsors: Lightning 100 and the Nashville Scene

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.

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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 newly renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for 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. 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, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit

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