Past Exhibitions

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

  • Teens Take the Frist

    July 13, 2019 – September 21, 2019 — As a part of the Frist Art Museum’s vision to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways, we held our first open call for artwork by teens earlier this year. The resulting exhibition...

  • Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s

    June 21, 2019 – September 29, 2019 — Featuring works by Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning, and more, this exhibition explores the Surrealists’ portrayals of monsters, fragmented bodies, and other depictions of the grotesque as...

  • Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations

    May 24, 2019 – September 2, 2019 — Visually extravagant and conceptually provocative, Diana Al-Hadid’s sculptures, wall panels, and drawings are inspired by a range of sources, from art and architectural history to mythology and literature from around the world. Transforming the vestiges of such inheritances into improvised assemblages, intricate fields of dripping...

  • Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

    May 24, 2019 – September 2, 2019 — This exhibition captures the vitality and expressiveness of twentieth-century Mexican art with iconic works by Frida Kahlo, her husband Diego Rivera, and their contemporaries, including Manuel Álvarez Bravo, María Izquierdo, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Among the more than 150 works on...

  • 2019 Mayor’s Art Show

    April 11, 2019 – May 16, 2019 — Section 1: April 11–25 Features work from the Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek clusters Section 2: May 2–16 Features work from the Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford clusters Created as an opportunity to recognize the artistic accomplishments of...

  • Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City

    March 22, 2019 – August 4, 2019 — In 2013, The New York Times called Nashville an “it” city because of its economic health and rising cultural profile. A 2017 article in The Tennessean stated that Nashville’s population was expanding at a rate of one hundred...

  • Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

    March 15, 2019 – May 27, 2019 — Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) is widely recognized as one of the most important documentary photographers of the twentieth century. She was a prominent advocate of the medium’s power to effect change and used her camera as a political tool to expose what she saw...

  • 2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence

    February 11, 2019 – June 28, 2019 — Criminal Court Clerk’s Office Justice A. A. Birch Building, 408 Second Avenue North 2018 ARTlab: Youth Reflections of Mental Health and Violence features words, patterns, color, and collage meant to inspire viewers to seek help or explore new pathways to betterment. During...

  • Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization

    February 2, 2019 – May 5, 2019 — Claudio Parmiggiani makes room-size installations as well as two- and three-dimensional works that address the passage of time, mortality, absence, memory, and silence. His art stands against the grain of our frenetic, cacophonous, image-infused culture. In many of his pieces, sound is implied but unheard. In others,...

  • A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art

    February 2, 2019 – May 5, 2019 — With representative masterpieces of the genre—including works by Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, George Morland, and George Stubbs—this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s gift of British sporting art to the Virginia Museum of Fine...

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