Future Exhibitions

American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939

Oct 8, 2021–Jan 2, 2022
Appropriately presented within the Frist’s own art deco interior during the museum’s 20th-anniversary year, this exhibition offers an overview of an international style that manifested stateside in decorative arts, fine arts, architecture, and design during the 1920s and 1930s. Read More

Mary Sibande:
Blue Purple Red

Oct 8, 2021–Jan 2, 2022
Johannesburg-based Mary Sibande creates hyperrealistic figurative sculptures, photographs, and virtual reality installations that address inequities of race, gender, politics, and economics in postcolonial South Africa. Read More

Medieval Bologna:
Art for a University City

Nov 5, 2021–Jan 30, 2022
This is the first museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the northern Italian city of Bologna. Home to the oldest university in Europe, Bologna fostered a unique artistic culture at the end of the Middle Ages. With its large population of sophisticated readers,… Read More

On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Pérez Art Museum Miami Collection

Jan 28–May 1, 2022
On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Pérez Art Museum Miami Collection features approximately seventy works by fifty Cuban artists of multiple generations, including María Magdalena Campos-Pons (currently a professor at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University), Yoan Capote, Los Carpinteros, Teresita Fernández, and Zilia Sánchez. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and… Read More

LeXander Bryant: Forget Me Nots

Jan 28–May 1, 2022
Nashville-based artist LeXander Bryant’s debut solo museum exhibition Forget Me Nots addresses themes of perseverance amid adversity, family struc­tures and bonds, economic inequality, community activism, and more. The centerpiece of this multimedia exhibition is a suspended cracked concrete slab out of which blue forget-me-not flowers bloom. The installation references the… Read More

Alma W. Thomas:
Everything Is Beautiful

Feb 25–Jun 5, 2022
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long life (1891–1978) with more than one hundred works, including her rarely seen theatrical designs and beloved abstract paintings. The exhibition will demonstrate how her artistic practices extended to every facet of her life—from community service and… Read More

Nashville Art Teachers:
Beyond the Classroom

Mar 4–Aug 28, 2022
This juried exhibition salutes the heroic efforts of teachers during the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It features the work of elementary, middle, and high school art teachers working in Davidson County and is presented concurrently with Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful. Thomas (1891–1978), the first African American woman to… Read More

Light, Space, Surface:
Southern California Art from LACMA’s Collection

Jun 3–Sep 6, 2022
This exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, and immersive and experiential installations by a loose-knit group of artists working in Southern California from the 1960s to the present. The renowned “Light and Space” and “Finish Fetish” artists are united by an interest in manipulating the medium of light, projected or reflected, to… Read More

Knights in Armor

Jul 1–Oct 9, 2022
Knights in Armor showcases stunning examples of European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. One hundred and thirty rare objects—including full suits of armor, mounted equestrian figures, helmets, swords, and other weaponry—tell the tale of the European knight from the Middle Ages… Read More

Weaving Splendor:
Treasures of Asian Textiles

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles presents rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles drawn from the renowned collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Made with fine materials, exemplary techniques, and stunning artistry, Asian luxury textiles were central to global trade. The extraordinary stories of these… Read More