See what’s going on at the Frist during the dates you are planning to visit.

Exhibitions

Afrofuturistic Visions: Dreamscapes of Sicasso

Aug 11, 2023–Jul 28, 2024
The Frist Art Museum presents Afrofuturistic Visions: Dreamscapes of Sicasso, an installation that showcases the beauty of African American people, culture, and history. The inspired artist Sicasso encourages those who witness her work to immerse themselves in dreamscape spaces. The installation, located in the Grand Lobby elevator on the east… Read More

Southern/Modern

Jan 26–Apr 28, 2024
The first comprehensive survey of paintings and works on paper created in the American South from 1913 to 1955, Southern/Modern features more than one hundred works drawn from public and private collections across the country. The exhibition focuses on artists such as Carroll Cloar, Aaron Douglas, Caroline Durieux, Will Henry… Read More

Carving a New Tradition: The Art of LaToya M. Hobbs

Jan 26–Apr 28, 2024
Curated by Dr. Rebecca VanDiver, associate professor of African American art at Vanderbilt University, Carving a New Tradition showcases a selection of recent prints and mixed-media artwork from the studio of the Arkansas-born, Baltimore-based painter and printmaker LaToya M. Hobbs. Hobbs is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and… Read More

Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French

Mar 1–May 27, 2024
Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907) were the preeminent American sculptors of the Gilded Age. As friendly rivals, they transformed sculpture in the United States, producing dozens of the nation’s most recognizable public artworks—from Saint-Gaudens’s Diana atop New York City’s Madison Square Garden to French’s Seated Abraham Lincoln… Read More

Black Joy, in Spite of. . .

Apr 5–Sep 2, 2024
This exhibition offers a three-dimensional picture of the Black American experience by focusing on moments of joy despite a history of pain and struggle. Guest curator Brigette Janea Jones has selected photographs made throughout Tennessee that depict the enslaved and their descendants during various time periods, including enslavement, Reconstruction, the… Read More

Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous

May 30–Aug 25, 2024
Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010) redefined contemporary fashion with his extraordinary ability to blend exquisite craftsmanship with intimate and imaginative storytelling. Mythologized in his own lifetime, he was characterized as a troubled genius and one of the twentieth century’s most visionary designers. Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous offers a… Read More

Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise

May 30–Aug 25, 2024
In works of art astonishing for their beauty, sophistication, and virtuosity, Shahpour Pouyan critiques political power and expresses a poetic melancholy about the human condition. Born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1979, he now divides his time between Tehran and London, and his work is in the permanent collections of the British… Read More

Digital Art Making with FiftyForward

Jun 13–Jul 7, 2024
From September 2023 through May 2024, the Frist Art Museum presented a series of digital art workshops for participants ages 55 and older in partnership with FiftyForward and supported by a Vitality Arts grant from E. A. Michelson Philanthropy. FiftyForward, a key Middle Tennessee provider of programs and services for… Read More

¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now

Jun 28–Sep 29, 2024
¡Printing the Revolution! examines how graphic arts have been utilized to build community, engage the public around social concerns, and wrestle with shifting notions of the term Chicano, which Mexican Americans defiantly adopted in the 1960s and 1970s as a sign of a new political and cultural identity. During this… Read More

María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold

Sep 27, 2024–Jan 5, 2025
An exhibition of photography, installation, painting, and performance, María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold spans the nearly four-decade career of the artist, who was born in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1959. The first survey of Campos-Pons’s work since 2007, Behold highlights the artist’s exploration of connections between historical and present-day challenges. Her work draws from her… Read More

LaJuné McMillian:
The Portal’s Keeper—Origins

Sep 27, 2024–Jan 5, 2025
New York–based multidisciplinary artist Lajuné McMillian combines extended reality software and mediums including movement and sound to provide an exuberant visual critique of oppressive systems that commodify bodies and otherwise limit free expressions. Working with motion capture (witnessing) software, their work often translates the movements of Black people, seen as… Read More

Journey through Japan:
Myths to Manga

Oct 25, 2024–Feb 16, 2025
Designed with our younger audience in mind, yet fun and fascinating for all ages, this exhibition goes on a colorful, atmospheric exploration through Japan to show how popular stories have shaped the country’s art, design, and technology across the centuries. Divided into four thematic sections—Sky, Sea, Forest, and City—it presents… Read More

Events

Food of the South: Tasting and Cooking Demonstration with Chef Sean Brock 

Friday, April 19, 2024, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum and Bar Continental (1000 Broadway) $150 for members; $175 for not-yet-members (parking and gallery admission included) 

Join us for a special evening exploring the food of the South with Chef Sean Brock, inspired by the exhibition Southern/Modern. The evening will begin at the Frist Art Museum with an optional tour of Southern/Modern at 4:00 p.m. followed by a welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres across the street at… Read More

Adult ARTlab: Modeling the Figure in Clay

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Alan LeQuire's studio SOLD OUT

Join the Frist Art Museum for this demonstration of traditional clay modeling theory and technique led by Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire. The day will begin with a tour of the exhibition Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French at the Frist Art Museum. Then, participants will meet at Alan LeQuire’s studio, where they will model the human figure working from life.  Read More

Story Exchange and Close Looking with Narrative 4

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 2:30–5:00 p.m.

Studio B Free; registration required

Looking for a unique opportunity to connect with your Nashville neighbors in an inspiring setting? Come solo or with friends and family to the Frist for an afternoon of conversation, empathetic listening, and storytelling hosted by Narrative 4. The afternoon will begin with a casual story exchange, in… Read More

Lecture: "After Permanence: The Future of Monuments"

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Presented by Paul Farber, director and cofounder, Monument Lab Join Paul Farber to learn more about the work that Monument Lab is doing across the country developing participatory approaches to public engagement and collective memory and to reconsider the role that monuments can play in communities today.  Generous… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about Southern/Modern on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. Read More

Teen ARTlab: Let’s Make a Sketch(book)!

Saturday, April 27, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Free; registration required; space is limited For ages 13–19 only

Join artist Jerry Phillips as he shows you how to make your own sketchbook, then spend time sketching in the exhibition Monument and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.  About the Teaching Artist  Jerry Phillips is a Nashville artist and bookbinder. He has taught workshops with… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs the first Thursday evening of the month
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Jazz on the Move: The Life and Music of Clark Terry with Rod McGaha

Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Clark Terry, renowned as one of the most exceptional jazz musicians in history, showcased his versatility across various musical domains. From his contributions in the trumpet sections of the Basie and Ellington bands to his studio orchestra engagements and standout performances as a featured soloist in small ensembles, Terry’s… Read More

Curtis Godino Presents 
Discorporation 

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Join us for an immersive multimedia performance featuring one-of-a-kind projection-based light art accompanied by a pop-orchestral ensemble.   Read More

Family Sunday

Sunday, May 12, 2024, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Free for members and guests ages 18 and younger; gallery admission required for not-yet-members

The Frist loves families! On the second Sunday of each month, join us for special kid-friendly programming, a family tour, multisensory gallery experiences, and a visit to Martin ArtQuest.  Here’s what you can enjoy: A Multisensory Exploration Station is available in Monuments and Myths from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visitors of all… Read More

Mother’s Day Tea Tasting 

Sunday, May 12, 2024, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Rechter Room $40 members; $55 for not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking)

Join us for a family-friendly tea tasting with a floral theme. Sample a flowering green tea, sip on floral rooibos, and watch the magic of butterfly pea flowers when added to a citrus tea. We'll talk about the different ways to serve and pair tea with different decadent flavors. Each guest will also get to sample a macaron and mini fruit tart from the Little Gourmand, plus a mini cupcake from the Cupcake Collection. Read More

Guided Meditation

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Meet in Grand Lobby $5 members; $20 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking); registration required

Join us on select Thursday nights as The Happy Hour leads a meditation practice in our galleries. During this program, you will be guided through unique meditations inspired by one of our current exhibitions.  Read More

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Figure Drawing

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Studio C $60 members; $75 not-yet-members (gallery admission and parking validation included)

Presented by Robert Scobey  Join the Frist Art Museum for a figure-drawing workshop led by Robert Scobey. Work with charcoal and pencil to sketch a live, draped model with poses inspired by the sculptures of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French on view in our Upper-Level Galleries. About the… Read More

Member Preview: Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Please join us for a Member Preview of Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise on Thursday, May 30 from noon to 5:30 p.m. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at… Read More

Conversation: Ann Ray with Kelly Peck and Seth Feman

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Join Ann Ray, Kelly Peck, Barrett Barrera Projects curator, and Seth Feman, Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO, for this intimate conversation about the exhibition and Ray’s artistic practice and relationship with McQueen. Read More

Member Morning: Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous and Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise on Sunday, June 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs the first Thursday evening of the month
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

The Sweetness of Life: An Ice Cream Social, Still Life, and Edible Installation 

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Rechter Room $100 members; $115 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking)

Presented by Lokelani Alabanza with Rhonda Cammon and Keshia Hay Join us for a five-course ice cream tasting inspired by nostalgia, African American food history, art, photography, and joy, presented in conjunction with Black Joy, in Spite of . . . . This social includes drink pairings, frozen confections, and savory bites… Read More

Family Drop-In ARTlab: Be a Fashion Designer

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Studio C Free. No registration required. All skill levels are welcome.

Join the Frist Art Museum for this family fashion design workshop led by Marla Faith. Inspired by the exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, participants will use fabrics and paper to create unique outfits for two-dimensional paper dolls.  Read More

Family Ice Cream Social  

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Rechter Room $10 members; $25 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking)

Join us for an interactive two-course ice cream social made for kids and families. The social, presented by Lokelani Alabanza (Saturated Ice Cream), will focus on joy, art, and the food history of ice cream.    This program is presented in conjunction with Family Sunday.  About Lokelani Alabanza Lokelani… Read More

Conversation: Shahpour Pouyan with Media Farzin and Trinita Kennedy

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Shahpour Pouyan will be joined by critic and art historian Media Farzin and Frist Art Museum curator at large Trinita Kennedy for this conversation about the artist’s practice, his first virtual reality installation, and the exhibition Winter in Paradise. Photo: Shahpour Pouyan in the studio, 2021. Photo: Anne-Katrin Purkiss… Read More

Adult ARTlab: Photography and Thread: Embroidering on Fashion Photographs

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Studio A

Presented by Eva Rabin  $60 members; $75 not-yet-members (gallery admission, and parking validation included) Ages 18+ only; space is limited; all skill levels are welcome  Join the Frist Art Museum for this embroidery workshop led by Eva Rabin. Embroidery is the ancient craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a… Read More

Yoga in the Courtyard

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Turner Courtyard Registration required

$5 members; $20 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking); registration required Join us on select Thursday nights as Small World Yoga leads a yoga class on our grassy courtyard. This class is BYOYM (bring your own yoga mat); yoga mats are not required but recommended! The class will be… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs the first Thursday evening of the month
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, August 1, 2024, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required Materials included (first come, first served); all skill levels welcome

Occurs the first Thursday evening of the month
Practice different techniques and skills, access technical guidance, and be inspired by the artworks in our galleries and the architecture of our building. Borrow materials from the station near the Ingram Gallery Information Desk or bring your own! (Note that only pencils and digital drawing surfaces are allowed in the… Read More

Sound Bath Meditation

Thursday, August 15, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Rechter Room Registration required

Join us for a special sound bath meditation presented by Kayce Laine. Sound baths are full-body meditative experiences involving singing bowls, resonant sounds, and good vibes.   Wel Read More

Music in Rechter: The Andrews  

Thursday, September 19, 2024, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Rechter Room Free; gallery admission not required

Join us for a special performance by the Andrews in the Rechter Room.  About the Andrews Arising in 2022 from the fertile ashes of the Northern California guetteur de botte scene, the Andrews breathe a welcome breath of ambient farmhouse air into the heart-worn Americana landscape. Made up… Read More

Sound Bath Meditation

Thursday, November 21, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Rechter Room Registration required

Join us for a special sound bath meditation presented by Kayce Laine. Sound baths are full-body meditative experiences involving singing bowls, resonant sounds, and good vibes.   Wel Read More
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