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

Exhibitions

2020 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

Oct 9, 2020–Feb 7, 2021
The Frist Art Museum’s eighth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition showcases 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

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 spans almost the entirety of Dürer’s prolific career, beginning with… Read More

A Landmark Repurposed: From Post Office to Art Museum

Jan 8, 2021–Jan 9, 2022
Celebrating the Frist Art Museum’s 20th anniversary, this reimagined exhibition highlights the landmark building’s role as a civic institution, from its creation as Nashville’s main post office in 1934 to its reopening as a museum on April 8, 2001. Read More

Liliana Porter: Man with Axe and Other Stories

Feb 5–May 2, 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 2, 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

N2020: Community Reflections

Mar 3–Aug 1, 2021
This online initiative will showcase creative expressions made by an array of Nashville artists in response to the historic events that occurred in 2020. Guest curator and North Nashville native Woke3 has collaborated with photographers, videographers, dancers, and spoken word artists within his community to reflect on the destruction of… Read More

Creating the American West in Art

Mar 5–Jun 27, 2021
The American West is an idea and a process as much as it is a location. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, depictions of the people, landscapes, and wildlife of the West fostered a sense of American identity that was rooted in a pioneering spirit of adventure and opportunity. Through… Read More

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Jun 18–Sep 12, 2021
At the end of the nineteenth century, the Glasgow Style emerged as the major manifestation of Art Nouveau in Britain. This exhibition showcases Charles Rennie Mackintosh—the greatest exponent of the Glasgow Style—as an architect, designer, and artist, and contextualizes his production within a larger circle of designers and craftspeople in… Read More

Bethany Collins: Evensong

Jun 18–Sep 12, 2021
Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins (b. 1984) explores the intersection of language and race in her conceptually driven practice. She alters existing documents—such as the daily Birmingham News from 1963 or the U.S. Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department—to critique the truthfulness and completeness of the official record. Since 2016, Collins… Read More

Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Jul 23–Oct 10, 2021
A leading artist of her generation, Kara Walker (b. 1969) works in a range of mediums, including prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, and the large-scale silhouette cutouts for which she is perhaps most recognized. Her powerful and provocative images employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture. Read More

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 in-depth examination 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, Red, Purple

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

Events

Educator Workshop: Albrecht Dürer

Thursday, January 28, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Studio and Upper-Level Galleries

During this workshop, examine the work of Albrecht Dürer. Participate in a gallery tour and art-making activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More

Frist at Home: Albrecht Dürer

Thursday, January 28, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us from wherever you are for an engaging conversation with Frist docents about the Albrecht Dürer exhibition. Read More

Lecture: “Albrecht Dürer: Renaissance Art and the Transformation of the Bible”

Thursday, January 28, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented on Zoom: free; registration required

This lecture will invite reflection on how Dürer portrayed the Bible as one of the great monuments of classical antiquity and also explore this question: Did Dürer’s art transform the substance of the Bible? Read More

Frist at Home: Albrecht Dürer

Thursday, February 4, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us from wherever you are for an engaging conversation with Frist docents about the Albrecht Dürer exhibition. Read More

Curator’s Perspective: Picasso. Figures

Thursday, February 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Free; presented on Zoom; registration required

Picasso. Figures 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. Join Musée national Picasso-Paris curator François Dareau for this online lecture about the exhibition and Picasso’s innovative approaches to deconstructing, abstracting, and transforming the body in art. Read More

Educator Workshop: Picasso. Figures

Thursday, February 11, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Location: Studio and Ingram Gallery

This workshop is SOLD OUT.

This workshop is also offered on February 13
During this workshop, examine the Picasso. Figures exhibition. Participate in a gallery tour and art-making activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More

Artist’s Perspective: Conversation with Liliana Porter and Mark Scala

Thursday, February 11, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join Liliana Porter and chief curator Mark Scala for a conversation about the exhibition Man with Axe and Other Stories, Porter’s artistic practice, and how her theatrical vignettes speak of life’s paradoxes in ways that are at once surprising, absurd, and poignant. This program will be presented on Zoom. Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, February 11, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home tour—a closer look at the architecture of our building. Read More

Rethinking the Boundaries of Western American Art

Friday, March 5, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; registration required

Join Thomas Brent Smith, director and curator, Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum for a discussion about rethinking the boundaries of western American art with a consideration for artistic merit rather than historical authenticity. Read More
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