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

Exhibitions

Nashville Art Teachers:
Beyond the Classroom

Mar 4–Aug 28, 2022
Nashville Art Teachers: Beyond the Classroom 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. Jurors narrowed over three hundred submissions from eighty teachers to this remarkable selection of… Read More

Light, Space, Surface:
Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Jun 3–Sep 4, 2022
This exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, and immersive 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 alter the… Read More

2022 Teens Take the Frist!

Jun 24–Sep 5, 2022
Prompted by our vision of inspiring people through art to look at their world in new ways, the Frist Art Museum invited teens to submit their artwork for this fourth edition of Teens Take the Frist! The resulting selection features artworks in a variety of mediums created by emerging Middle Tennessee artists. Read More

Knights in Armor

Jul 1–Oct 10, 2022
Knights in Armor showcases stunning examples of European arms and armor from the renowned collection of the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. More than one hundred 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

2022 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs

Sep 2, 2022–Feb 12, 2023
The Frist Art Museum’s ninth biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition will showcase some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs. The submission period will run from February 14 through May 13, 2022. Artwork for the exhibition will be selected by a… Read More

Weaving Splendor:
Treasures of Asian Textiles from
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
This exhibition presents rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Persian, and Turkish 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 have been integral to global trade for centuries.  The exhibition traces the history of… Read More

Virginia Overton: Saved

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
Though she has worked in New York City since the early 2000s, Nashville-born artist Virginia Overton maintains strong connections with Middle Tennessee, where her family has owned a farm for more than a century. For her site-specific installations, Overton salvages such elements as plywood, refrigerator parts, and farm utensils, then… Read More

Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood

Nov 11, 2022–Mar 5, 2023
Renowned transmedia artist Matthew Ritchie invites viewers to experience the richness and fragility of the world by connecting such fields as philosophy and mythology, epic poetry and science fiction, and history and physics. This exhibition’s interweaving of paradise and chaos offers a meditation on art’s capacity to help overcome our… Read More

Beatrix Potter:
Drawn to Nature

Apr 7–Sep 17, 2023
This magical, family-friendly exhibition celebrates the creative and ecological achievements of the beloved English author and illustrator Beatrix Potter (1866–1943). In The Tale of Peter Rabbit, first published in London in 1902, and twenty-two other children’s books, Potter imagined an enchanting world of animals and gardens. Through clothing, diaries, letters, photographs,… Read More

Storied Strings:
The Guitar in American Art

May 26–Aug 13, 2023
Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art is the first exhibition to explore the instrument’s symbolism in American art from the early 19th century to the present day. Featuring 125 works of art, as well as 35 musical instruments, the exhibition will demonstrate that guitars figure prominently in the visual stories… Read More

Events

Frist at Home:
Light, Space, Surface

Thursday, June 30, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Light, Space, Surface: Works from the… Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, June 30, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

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

Occurs every Thursday evening
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

Curator’s Perspective: The Aesthetic of Knights in Armor

Thursday, June 30, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Auditorium; free; first come, first seated

Join organizing curator Riccardo Franci to learn about the exhibition Knights in Armor, in which some of the most aesthetically significant works from the Museo Stibbert’s collection of arms and armor are on display. While the aesthetics of arms and armor were always important to the warriors of the Middle Ages… Read More

Thirty-Minute Exhibition Tour 

Thursday, June 30, 6:30–7:00 p.m.

Meet at Ingram Gallery Information Desk; Gallery admission required

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

Member Morning: Knights in Armor

Sunday, July 3, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of Knights in Armor, which opens in the Upper-Level Galleries on July 1. 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 take place the day… Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, July 7, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Drop-In Drawing

Thursday, July 7, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

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

Occurs every Thursday evening
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

Frist at Home:
Light, Space, Surface

Thursday, July 14, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Light, Space, Surface: Works from the… Read More

Educator Workshop:
Knights in Armor

Saturday, July 16, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum and The Forge Nashville (formerly Fort Houston), 217 Willow Street, Nashville

The Forge Nashville where makers Duncan Stephenson and Erin Hewgley will provide an overview of the history of metalworking and demonstrate how to forge a spear.   Read More

Jazz on the Move: The Life and Music of Horace Silver

Sunday, July 17, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free: registration required; doors open at 2:15 p.m.

The Frist Art Museum is once again partnering with the Nashville Jazz Workshop to present Jazz on the Move, a series of Sunday afternoon concerts featuring the life and music of significant jazz performers. Each installment of Jazz on the Move features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or… Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, July 21, 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

Gallery Talk: Light Chambers

Saturday, July 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

 Ingram Gallery; free to members; admission required for not-yet-members

Presented by Jelena Bogdanović, associate professor of history of art and architecture, Vanderbilt University Join Jelena Bogdanović for this gallery talk to learn more about three light-based works by Mary Corse, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler in Light, Space Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Participants will… Read More

Frist at Home:
Knights in Armor

Thursday, July 28, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; free; registration required

Join us wherever you are for a Frist at Home online tour—a closer look at some of the art currently at the museum. Spend thirty minutes in the company of our docents and other art lovers. This conversation will focus on Knights in Armor. Read More

Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 

Thursday, July 28, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

This beloved cult classic replays Arthurian mythology in hilarious absurdist mode. In tenth-century England, King Arthur travels the countryside to find knights who will join him at his Round Table in Camelot. When God sends them on a quest to find the Holy Grail, King Arthur decides the knights should separate and search for the Grail individually. They eventually reunite in hopes that Tim the Enchanter will set them on the right path. Will faith, Tim’s “pointed” guidance, and holy hand grenades be enough to ensure the success of their quest?     Read More

Two-Part Tour:
Light, Space, Surface at the Frist Art Museum and James Turrell’s Blue Pesher at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Thursday, August 4, 5:00–8:00 p.m.

Ingram Gallery and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens (1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville)

$20 Frist Art Museum and Cheekwood members; $30 not-yet-members

Join us for a two-part tour of Light and Space artworks in Nashville. This program will begin with a tour of Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at the Frist Art Museum, followed by a sunset viewing of Blue Pesher, one of James Turrell’s early Skyspaces,… Read More

Adult ARTlab: Metalworking 

Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum and The Forge Nashville (formerly Fort Houston), 217 Willow Street, Nashville

This workshop is also offered on Sept 17 and Oct 1
Presented by The Forge Nashville (formerly Fort Houston)  $50 members; $65 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included) Ages 18+ only. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome.  Register for August 6 Register for September 17 Register for October 1 Join the… Read More

Film: The Green Knight (2021)

Thursday, August 25, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

An epic fantasy adventure, The Green Knight tells the story of Gawain, King Arthur’s feckless and headstrong nephew, who irresolutely embarks on a quest to meet the challenge of the eponymous Green Knight, a tree-like giant and tester of men. Gawain contends with magic, ghosts, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character as he navigates the perilous path towards honor and knighthood. Read More

Film: Man of La Mancha (1972) 

Saturday, September 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated

This film adaptation of the Tony Award–winning musical stars Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren and is based on the life of sixteenth-century Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes and his signature work, Don Quixote. In the volatile days of the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes and his squire make a living as traveling players, but soon find themselves imprisoned after being accused of crimes against the church. Now, facing the wrath of their fellow inmates as well as the inquisitors, Cervantes must persuade the unruly bunch not to burn his prized manuscript by performing it for them.    Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, September 16, 10:45–11:45 a.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; free; registration required

A similar program offered on Nov. 9
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

Member Morning

Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles and Virginia Overton: Saved

Sunday, October 9, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of the Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Virginia Overton: Saved exhibitions. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at member previews and Member Mornings. Read More

Member Morning:
Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood

Sunday, November 13, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of the Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood exhibition. 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 take place the day before new exhibitions open… Read More

Making Memories: A Dementia Social Engagement Program

Friday, December 9, 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

Performance:
The Stonecutter

Sunday, December 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free; space is limited; first-come, first-seated

Presented by Wishing Chair Productions  Based on a traditional Asian folktale and featuring Bunraku puppetry, The Stonecutter teaches two life lessons: be happy with who you are and make your wishes carefully! This performance is most suitable for children ages 3–10, but all are welcome. ASL interpretation provided by Bridges for the… Read More
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