Past Exhibitions

Liliana Porter:
Man with Axe and Other Stories

Feb 5–May 9, 2021
Argentina-born artist Liliana Porter’s provocative arrangements of objects and toys tell stories that are at once psychologically charged and slyly humorous. The centerpiece of the exhibition, Man with Axe, features a tiny plastic figure of an axe-wielding man who appears to have demolished an array of items, from dollhouse furniture to… Read More

Picasso. Figures

Feb 5–May 9, 2021
This exhibition offers an in-depth look at Pablo Picasso’s career-long fascination with the human figure as a means of expressing a range of subjects and emotions. Featuring approximately 75 paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, Picasso. Figures will make its sole U.S. appearance at the Frist. Read More

Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance

Nov 6, 2020–Feb 7, 2021
The brilliant and versatile German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) lived in the prosperous city of Nuremberg and is renowned as one of the finest printmakers of all time. This exhibition of more than one hundred engravings, etchings, and woodcuts spanned almost the entirety of Dürer’s prolific career, beginning with… Read More

2020 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs (online exhibition)

Oct 9, 2020–Feb 7, 2021
The Frist Art Museum’s eighth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition showcased some of the finest artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2019–20 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. After reviewing more… Read More

Rina Banerjee:
Make Me a Summary of the World

Oct 9, 2020–Jan 10, 2021
Rina Banerjee explores the idea that in the current social imaginary, characteristics of society that were once thought to anchor identity—languages, political and economic ideologies, nationality, race, and sexuality—limit the ways individuals can define themselves or be defined by others. While the resulting ambiguity may seem to be a sign of cultural disarray, works in this exhibition offer the tantalizing possibility of a more inclusive and open-ended future. Read More

Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar

Feb 20, 2020–Jan 3, 2021
The Frist Art Museum and Fisk University Galleries presented Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar, concurrent presentations of sculptures, prints, installations, and video by the multidisciplinary and multimedia artist and musician, in the Frist’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery and the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at… Read More

We Count: First-Time Voters

May 1, 2020–Jan 3, 2021
We Count: First-Time Voters honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the importance of civic engagement by highlighting the history of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians. Five local artists created visual representations of these voting experiences in a variety of mediums. Read More

Blood at the Root

Oct 1–Nov 1, 2020
Blood at the Root is an immersive outdoor installation created by Nashville artists EXO:DUS (Elisheba Israel Mrozik and Aaron Mrozik) that explores how implicit bias can develop over time within families. The work will be on view in the Frist’s Turner Courtyard on Thursdays through Sundays through November 1, 2020, and is free to the public. Read More

Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange

Mar 13–Oct 12, 2020
Flag Exchange is an installation of fifty American flags—one from each state—suspended row after row from the ceiling and surrounding a stage where museum visitors and special guests are invited to speak or present performances relating to the meaning of the flag in their own lives. The flags themselves symbolize a nation that has survived tumult and stress. Read More

Jitish Kallat: Return to Sender

Mar 13–Oct 12, 2020
Jitish Kallat’s solo exhibition at the Frist Art Museum brought together two distinctly different types of correspondence that collectively provoke a reflection on our world. Continuing his interest in the epistolary mode, Kallat exhibited a new project titled Covering Letter (terranum nuncius) (2019) alongside his widely exhibited Covering Letter (2012). Read More