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 new video created for this exhibition. Together, the works offer an opportunity to consider one’s present position by thinking critically about the past and envisioning one’s legacy.
Organized by the Frist Art Museum
Exhibition panels and labels
Funded in part by the Gordon CAP Gallery Fund
With additional support from
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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