Past Exhibitions

Our archive of exhibitions previously viewed at the Frist Art Museum.

  • Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

    July 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018 — Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed. —Garry Winogrand Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture explores the changing relationship between viewer, photographer, and architect, from the 1930s to the present. Demonstrating how photographers connect...

  • The Presence of Your Absence Is Everywhere: Afruz Amighi

    June 22, 2018 – September 16, 2018 — This exhibition presents recent sculptures and drawings by the critically acclaimed artist Afruz Amighi, who was born in Iran in 1974 and has lived in the United States since 1977. Her work is in the permanent collection of major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum...

  • Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

    June 22, 2018 – September 16, 2018 — Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, a sweeping survey of contemporary art from around the world, celebrates paint’s capacity to weave together images of physical reality, memories, emotions, and the virtual world. The artists in the...

  • We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968

    March 30, 2018 – October 14, 2018 — While fellow southern cities such as Birmingham, Greensboro, and Little Rock may have been the focus of more headlines, Nashville played an important role in the civil rights movement during the late 1950s and 1960s. In addition to being the first metropolis in the southeast...

  • 2018 Mayor’s Art Show

    March 29, 2018 – April 26, 2018 — 2018 Mayor’s Art Show Education Corridor, Upper Level Section 1: March 29–April 5 Features work from the Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford clusters Section 2: April 12–26 Features work from the Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek clusters ...

  • 2018 Williamson County Schools Art Show

    February 24, 2018 – March 11, 2018 — The 2018 Williamson County Schools Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students in the school district. More than four hundred young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade are included in this exhibition. Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works per...

  • Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

    February 23, 2018 – May 28, 2018 — New Orleans natives Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have been documenting African American life in Louisiana for more than 30 years. Since 1980, they have made regular visits to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to photograph life on the prison farm, which was founded on the consolidated...

  • Rome: City and Empire

    February 23, 2018 – April 21, 2018 — One of the most extraordinary geopolitical powers in history, the Roman Empire continues to capture the imaginations of people across the globe, nearly three thousand years after the city of Rome arose from a cluster of villages in central Italy. Rome: City and Empire includes more...

  • 2018 Multi-District School Art Show

    January 27, 2018 – February 11, 2018 — The 2018 Multi-District School Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students at over thirty schools in four Tennessee school districts. Over 300 young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade are included in this exhibition. Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works...

  • Nick Cave: Feat.

    November 10, 2017 – June 24, 2018 — Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that...

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