Past Exhibitions

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

  • Art Of Tennessee

    September 13, 2003 – January 18, 2004 — Surveying the history of aesthetic expressions from the earliest native American populations to the most significant artists of our own times, "Art of Tennessee" included approximately 250 of the most extraordinary examples of paintings, sculptures, furniture, quilts, pottery, silver, maps, and other forms of art created throughout Tennessee...

  • Through The Lens

    July 25, 2003 – January 18, 2004 — The Frist Art Museum paired eight students from Wharton Arts Magnet Middle School with staff photographers from The Tennessean to create photographs that reflect the students’ interests and perspectives of Tennessee.  The professional photographers shared their equipment and expertise with the youth through...

  • Bold Improvisation

    July 18, 2003 – October 5, 2003 — This exhibition provided a fascinating look at the development of African American quilts from the period just after the Civil War to the present. Drawn from the Heffley collection, one of the most comprehensive private collections of African American quilts in the United States, Bold...

  • Alicia Henry

    May 16, 2003 – August 10, 2003 — Alicia Henry creates installations consisting of groups—“communities,” says the artist—of masks and figures made from paper and other materials, cut out into various shapes and layered together.  Combining the engaging simplicity of folk art and the psychological presence of...

  • Language Of Art And Culture

    May 16, 2003 – August 10, 2003 — In support of the exhibition Empire of the Sultans: Art from the Khalili Collection, AP students from Davidson County public & private schools created the drawings, journals, historical entries and photographs used to form this exhibition.

  • Empire Of The Sultans

    May 16, 2003 – August 10, 2003 — Containing over 200 exquisitely crafted works, ranging from arms and armor to textiles, treasury objects, and manuscripts, this exhibition embraced nearly every aspect of art produced during the Ottoman Empire, which at its zenith spread from Turkey north and west to Europe and south to North Africa....

  • Women Beyond Borders

    March 6, 2003 – July 20, 2003 — Women Beyond Borders was a grass-roots collaboration conceived in 1992 in Santa Barbara, California.  At the time of the exhibition, the project had involved 500 artists, curators, critics and sponsors in 36 countries.  Participating artists received an identical, miniature wooden box as a point of departure. The...

  • Real Illusions

    February 21, 2003 – June 22, 2003 — With 64 works drawn from local collections, Real Illusions celebrated the quality and diversity of contemporary realist and narrative art in Nashville collections.  Included were works by such internationally known artists as John Baeder, Duane Hanson, Richard Estes, Philip Pearlstein, and Alex Katz, as well as...

  • Fantastic Patterns

    January 24, 2003 – April 20, 2003 — New York artist Liz Quisgard is fascinated by the beauty and universality of patterns. Her paintings and sculptures, depicting architectural elements such as doorways, arches, and columns, are completely covered in elaborate geometric decorations.  These motifs evoke such precedents as Islamic tilework, Tantric...

  • Reflections In Black

    January 24, 2003 – April 20, 2003 — Spanning the years from 1842 to the present, this sweeping exhibition examined the ways that African Americans have used photography as a means of self-definition through the past century and a half. The exhibition included studio portraiture by such masters as James VanDerZee, scenes documenting the...

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