Nashville-based artist LeXander Bryant’s debut solo museum exhibition Forget Me Nots addresses themes of perseverance amid adversity, family struc­tures and bonds, economic inequality, community activism, and more. The centerpiece of this multimedia exhibition is a suspended cracked concrete slab out of which blue forget-me-not flowers bloom. The installation references the late rapper Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete” and honors survival despite seemingly impossible circumstances.

Other components include a selection of Bryant’s studio photographs; a “memory wall” contain­ing dozens of overlapping, community-based photos that collectively tell a story; wheatpaste murals similar to his work featured in the 2019 Frist exhibition Murals of North Nashville Now; and a video that depicts intimate interviews with family and friends from his hometown in southern Alabama. Together, the works offer an opportunity to consider one’s present position by thinking critically about the past and envisioning one’s legacy.

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Funded in part by the Gordon CAP Gallery Fund

With additional support from

Clay Blevins 
John and Melinda Buntin 
Susan H. Edwards 
Jennifer and Billy Frist 
Bob and Julie Gordon 
Frank and Gwen Gordon 
Gail Gordon Jacobs 
Louise and Neil Kohler 
Neil Krugman and Lee Pratt 
Kent Rollins and Belinda Butler 

This list is current as of November 16, 2021.


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Lectures + Gallery Talks
Saturday, January 29, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Conversation: LeXander Bryant and His Family

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