Organized by the Frist Art Museum, with guest curator Woke3

One early January 2020 morning, artist Woke3 stepped out of his home in North Nashville to find the remains of a car engulfed in a raging fire. He interpreted the blaze as a premonition of the year to come. No one, however, imagined what 2020 would ultimately bring to his neighborhood, the city of Nashville, and our nation. Woke selected the following videos, which feature spoken word, dance, and music, and photographs to share how his creative community is processing the year’s seismic events—from a devastating tornado on March 3 to a car bomb exploding on Christmas morning—and offering a path forward.

Karimah, Within 2020. Running time: 14 minutes, 45 seconds. © Karimah. For a full list of participating collaborators, please see film credits.

The spoken-word poem Within 2020 was inspired by the photographs selected for this exhibition by curator Woke3, and stanzas from the poem are paired with images in the video above. You can view each photograph in the exhibition gallery below.

Also in the gallery are three other videos:

Field Work


The Great Debate

Woke3 encourages viewers to add their stories to the project by posting photographs or short videos on Instagram with the hashtag #WithN2020.

Learn more about how the exhibition was conceived.

All works © the artist and appear courtesy of the artist, unless otherwise noted.

Schedule subject to change.

Images and videos are best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer.
To see the works in the intended chronology, click on the first image in the gallery below.

Exhibition gallery

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