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

Exhibitions

Alma W. Thomas:
Everything Is Beautiful

Feb 25–Jun 5, 2022
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a fresh perspective on the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. This major retrospective traces her journey from semirural Georgia to Washington, DC, to becoming the first Black woman to have a solo show at the… Read More

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 and experiential 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… Read More

Knights in Armor

Jul 1–Oct 9, 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, and Persian 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

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 seeks out the creative potential in everyday materials. Through elements such… 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

Events

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, May 19, 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

“Complexity of spirit”: Black Artistic Fellowship in Expression, Representation, and the Life of Alma W. Thomas

Sunday, May 22, 2:30–4:00 p.m.

Auditorium
Free; registration required

These creative pursuits illuminate how, in the face of representational mandates levied at Black artists and women artists about the kinds of images and selves they should present, Thomas publicly expressed “the complexity of her spirit,” as James V. Herring put it.—Tiffany Barber, “In Quiet Pursuit of Art… Read More

Frist at Home: Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful

Thursday, May 26, 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 Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful. Read More

Frist at Home: Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful

Thursday, June 2, 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 Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful. Read More

Curator’s Tour
Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Thursday, June 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

Ingram Gallery
Free to members; $15 for not-yet-members; registration required

Learn more about the immersive installations, paintings, and sculptures on view in Light, Space, Surface on this tour of the exhibition with organizing curator Carol S. Eliel.  Eliel is the senior curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Working at the museum since 1984, she has organized… Read More

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

Sunday, June 5, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Reservations are not required

Join us for a members-only viewing of Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which opens in the Ingram Gallery on June 3. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at member previews… 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

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

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

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

Member Morning:
Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles and Virginia Overton

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 exhibitions. As a benefit of membership, our members are invited to enjoy exclusive viewings of our new exhibitions at member previews and Member Mornings. Member… 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
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