Renowned transmedia artist Matthew Ritchie invites viewers to experience the richness and complexity of the world by connecting such fields as philosophy and mythology, epic poetry and music, and history and physics.  Interweaving dualities of harmony and chaos, the exhibition offers a meditation on art’s capacity to help overcome social fragmentation—to be a connective tissue that is healing and beautiful.

A Garden in the Flood features dramatic paintings, an architectural structure, and hallucinatory animations, some made through artificial intelligence. At its heart will be a new video work with a sound bed specially commissioned from renowned composer Hanna Benn in collaboration with the Grammy Award–winning Fisk Jubilee Singers and their late music director, Dr. Paul T. Kwami.

At once visually stunning and intellectually engaging, Ritchie’s work is appropriately presented in Nashville, a city where interdisciplinary collaborations are increasingly defining the creative community.


About the artist

Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964, London, England) has been an artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute and the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, as well as a distinguished senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and the Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ritchie’s work has been shown in numerous museums and exhibitions worldwide, including the Biennale of Sydney, Havana Biennial, São Paulo Art Biennial, Seville International Contemporary Art Biennial, Venice Biennale of Architecture, and Whitney Biennial. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Moody Center for the Arts, and Saint Louis Art Museum. His work is in the collections of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and other institutions worldwide.



This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Paul T. Kwami, the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ music director and our inspirational collaborator on this project.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum



This project is supported in part by
the National Endowment for the Arts

Supported in part by

With additional support from our Picasso Circle


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Exhibition gallery

Events and programs

Tours
Thursday, December 8, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Matthew Ritchie

Tours
Thursday, December 8, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Tours
Thursday, December 15, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Matthew Ritchie

Lectures + Gallery Talks
Thursday, December 15, 7:00–7:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk: Astronomy and A Garden in the Flood

Tours
Thursday, December 22, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Tours
Thursday, December 29, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Tours
Thursday, January 5, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Matthew Ritchie

Tours
Thursday, January 19, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Matthew Ritchie

Workshops
Saturday, January 21, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Drawing Exercises

Workshops
Saturday, February 25, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Adult ARTlab: Layered Paintings

Tours
Thursday, March 2, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Frist at Home: Matthew Ritchie

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