See what’s going on at the Frist during the dates you are planning to visit. Please note that the Frist is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Exhibitions

Afrofuturistic Visions: Dreamscapes of Sicasso

Aug 11, 2023–Aug 12, 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

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 imaginative storytelling. Mythologized in his own lifetime, the press promoted him variously as fashion’s enfant terrible (terrible child), a troubled genius, and one of the era’s most visionary designers, yet there were few who truly… 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

2024 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

Sep 6, 2024–Feb 16, 2025
The Frist Art Museum’s tenth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition will showcase over thirty two-dimensional works of art by students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2023–24 academic year. Artworks for the exhibition will be selected by a jury of artists, educators,… Read More

María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold

Sep 27, 2024–Jan 5, 2025
María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold includes over three decades of the artist’s work in photography, installation, video, painting, and performance. Hauntingly beautiful and emotionally charged, Behold shows how Campos-Pons’s layered identity as a Cuban woman with ancestral roots in the Yoruba culture of West Africa, as well as Spain and China… 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

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. 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

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 needle and thread. In this workshop inspired by the exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, participants will learn basic hand embroidery skills and useful tips and tricks for embroidering on photographs related to the exhibition. 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

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. Read More

Member Preview:

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

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Please join us for a Member Preview of ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now on Thursday, June 27, 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 member… Read More

Curator’s Perspective: ¡Printing the Revolution!

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium Free; first come, first seated

Join E. Carmen Ramos, curator of ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, for this lecture that explores the remarkable history of printmaking by Chicano artists. Learn how artists in the exhibition build community, engage with social justice concerns, and assert the value of Mexican American culture and history through their innovative uses of graphic arts.  Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Gallery admission required

Repeats every Thursday evening
Learn more about Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous on this informal thirty-minute tour with a Frist Art Museum docent. Tours meet at the Ingram Gallery Information Desk. Read More

Teen ARTlab: Intro to Fashion Design

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

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

In this three-hour workshop, fashion designer and illustrator Carrie Mills will introduce participants to the process of fashion design and the art of creating a personal fashion line. The workshop will begin with Mills guiding the class through the works showcased in Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous… Read More

Member Morning:

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

Sunday, June 30, 2024, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now on Sunday, June 30, 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 member previews… Read More

Po'boys and Poets Open Mic Night 

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 4:00–7:00 p.m.

Auditorium Free

Poets and spoken-word artists gather at the Frist to share their work at the Po’boys and Poets Open Mic Night. Hosted by the Po’boys and Poets poetry collective, known for community involvement and providing platforms for poets, the event aims to offer a space for poets of all backgrounds to… Read More

Family Sunday

Sunday, July 14, 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 the galleries from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This station offers opportunities for… Read More

Story and Song: Babies and Tots!

Sunday, July 14, 2024, 1:30–3:00 p.m.

Rechter Room Free

1:30–2:00 p.m. (0–24 month-olds) and 2:30–3:00 p.m. (2–5 year-olds)
Join Mr. Andrew for a program filled with stories, songs, sign language, puppets, and lots of imagination.  We′ll breathe and stretch, learn some sign language, and move around to the tones of a slide whistle.  A session geared toward babies (0–24 months old) will start at 1:30 p.m. and last… Read More

Frist Arts Fest

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 1:00–5:30 p.m.

Free for members and guests ages 18 and younger $15 for adults* $3 for EBT cardholders (with ID, per adult for up to 4 adults)

Join us for a day of performances, art making, music, and more celebrating the exhibitions Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise, ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, and Black Joy, in Spite of . . . Schedule… Read More

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

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Studios A, B, and Upper-Level Galleries

During this workshop, educators will have the opportunity to engage in a guided tour of ¡Printing the Revolution!, learning about how graphic arts have been utilized to build community, engage the public around social concerns, and wrestle with shifting notions of the term Chicano. Learn about the cultural and historical influences that inspired artists featured in the exhibition. And take part in an art-making activity inspired by the exhibition. Participate in conversations and cross-curricular dialogue. Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, July 26, 2024, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby Free; registration required

The Frist Art Museum partners with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Tennessee Chapter, for this special event for those living with dementia and their care partners. Making Memories gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, art-making activities, and lunch.  Read More

Adult ARTlab: Introduction to Fashion Illustration

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

Studio A

Join Carrie Mills for a creative fashion workshop inspired by the exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous. Participants will be introduced to several fashion illustration techniques and approaches to create their own unique creations. 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

The Sweetness of Life Culinary Experience

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Auditorium $100 members; $115 not-yet-members (includes gallery admission and parking) Ages 21+

Join us for a sweet and savory culinary experience inspired by Black Joy, in Spite of . . . and African American food, history, art, and photography. Delight your tastebuds with a five-course ice cream tasting, savory bites, frozen confections, and cocktail pairings presented by Lokelani Alabanza (Saturated Ice Cream) with Rhonda Cammon (Perfectly Cordial) and Keshia Hay (Bōtanique).   Read More

Family Ice Cream Social  

Sunday, August 4, 2024, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Auditorium $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

Family Drop-In ARTlab: Let’s Go Print LEGO

Sunday, August 11, 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 printmaking studio workshop led by Sydney Bridwell, inspired by the exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now. In this workshop, participants will create prints using LEGOs by arranging a variety of blocks and colors to create unique designs. All supplies will be provided. Read More

Family Sunday

Sunday, August 11, 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 the galleries from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. This station offers opportunities for… 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

Persian Afternoon Tea

Sunday, August 18, 2024, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Rechter Room $75 members, $90 not-yet-members

Join us for a traditional Persian tea time to celebrate Shahpour Pouyan: Winter in Paradise. Learn about the history and customs of tea drinking in Iran, one of the world’s most passionate tea-consuming cultures, with Chef Louisa Shafia, author of the cookbook The New Persian Kitchen and renowned authority on Persian food. Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, September 13, 2024, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby Free; registration required

The Frist Art Museum partners with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Tennessee Chapter, for this special event for those living with dementia and their care partners. Making Memories gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, art-making activities, and lunch.  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

Member Preview:

María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold and LaJuné McMillian: The Portal’s Keeper—Origins

Thursday, September 26, 2024, 12:00–5:30 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Please join us for a Member Preview of María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold and LaJuné McMillian: The Portal’s Keeper—Origins on Thursday, September 26, 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 member previews. Member… Read More

Member Morning:

María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold and LaJuné McMillian: The Portal’s Keeper—Origins

Sunday, September 29, 2024, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold and LaJuné McMillian: The Portal’s Keeper—Origins on Sunday, September 29, 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 member previews and Member Mornings. Member previews… Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, November 15, 2024, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby Free; registration required

The Frist Art Museum partners with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Tennessee Chapter, for this special event for those living with dementia and their care partners. Making Memories gives those affected by the disease an expressive outlet and forum for dialogue through guided exhibition tours, social interaction, art-making activities, and lunch.  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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