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

Exhibitions

A Landmark Repurposed: From Post Office to Art Museum

Jan 8, 2021–Feb 27, 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

N2020: Community Reflections
Online exhibition, with free on-site screenings during museum hours

Mar 3–Aug 1, 2021
Organized by the Frist Art Museum, with guest curator Woke3 One early January 2020 morning, artist Woke3 stepped out of his home in North Nashville to find the remains of a car engulfed in a raging fire. He interpreted the blaze as a premonition of the year to come. No… 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 11–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 11–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

Teens Take the Frist!

Jun 18–Sep 5, 2021
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 third edition of Teens Take the Frist! The resulting selection features more than 180 artworks in a variety of mediums—including over… 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 overview 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 Purple Red

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

Frist at Home: Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Thursday, June 24, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; 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 Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Read More

Teen ARTlab: Intro to Video Collage

Thursday, June 24, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented on Zoom
Free; registration required

Studio NPL mentor Seth joins us to talk about video collage and guide attendees through making their own. Editing is often called “the invisible art” in film because it can go unnoticed by the audience, but video collage is an art of editing and sampling. Seth will… Read More

Lecture and Tasting
Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Tea Movement

Thursday, June 24, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Free; registration required
Presented on Zoom

Tea historian Bruce Richardson discusses the history of British tea, Mackintosh’s relationship with Catherine Cranston, and the influence of japonisme on Scottish tea and art at the turn of the twentieth century. This one-hour illustrated Zoom lecture will include an optional at-home tea tasting Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, July 1, 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

Frist at Home: Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Thursday, July 8, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; 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 Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Read More

Storytime: Butterfly Park, by Elly MacKay

Friday, July 9, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Space is limited; Free

When a little girl moves to a new town, she finds a place called Butterfly Park. But when she opens the gate, there are no butterflies. Determined to lure the butterflies in, the girl inspires her entire town to help her. And with their combined efforts, soon the butterflies—and the girl—feel right at home. Elly MacKay’s luminous cut-paper illustrations and enchanting story encourage community, friendship, and wonderment in the beauty of everyday life. Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, July 15, 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

Adult ARTlab: Patterned Textiles

Saturday, July 17, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Studio C; SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT. In this workshop with teaching artist Yanira Vissepo, participants will acquire basic skills for designing and making their own patterned textiles, inspired by the exhibition Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style. After students explore the work of Mackintosh and his contemporaries during a walk through the exhibition, they will sketch and create their own designs. Then, they will use techniques such as stenciling and block printing to transfer images onto fabric, with an emphasis on pattern making. Read More

Adult ARTlab: Patterned Textiles

Sunday, July 18, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Studio C; SOLD OUT

In this workshop with teaching artist Yanira Vissepo, participants will acquire basic skills for designing and making their own patterned textiles, inspired by the exhibition Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style. After students explore the work of Mackintosh and his contemporaries during a walk through the exhibition, they will sketch and create their own designs. Then, they will use techniques such as stenciling and block printing to transfer images onto fabric, with an emphasis on pattern making. Read More

Frist at Home: Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Thursday, July 22, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; 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 Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Read More

Performance inspired by Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

Saturday, July 24, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free; first come, first seated. Space is limited.

Choreographed and danced by Jade Treadwell Join us for the premiere of a new dance inspired by the exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, choreographed by Jade Treadwell. This work will explore the complex themes addressed in Walker’s work… Read More

Performance inspired by Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

Saturday, July 24, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free; first come, first seated. Space is limited.

Choreographed and danced by Jade Treadwell Join us for the premiere of a new dance inspired by the exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, choreographed by Jade Treadwell. This work will explore the complex themes addressed in Walker’s work… Read More

Frist at Home: Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style

Thursday, July 29, 1:30–2:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom; 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 Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh… Read More

Performance: Nashville Pipes and Drums

Saturday, August 7, 10:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Turner Courtyard; free

Listen to the sounds of Scotland and learn more about its rich cultural heritage during this day of performances in the Turner Courtyard. Inspired by the exhibition Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style, Nashville Pipes and Drums will present fifteen-minute performances at the top of each… Read More

Educator workshop
Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick

Thursday, August 12, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Upper-Level Galleries and Studios; registration required

During this workshop, explore the nuances of Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Participate in a tour, spend time on your own in the galleries, receive teaching materials, discuss curriculum connections, and participate in art-making activities. Read More

Sensory Dreams, Sated: A tasting inspired by Kara Walker

Saturday, August 21, 3:00–5:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Auditorium; $50 members; $60 not-yet-members (gallery admission, parking validation, and tasting included).

Join Chef Keshia M. Hay of Sip N Bite for an edible interpretation of the works of Kara Walker. This program will begin with a visit to the exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, followed by a three-course tasting with drink pairings by Perfectly Cordial. Read More

Teach-In: Ka I ros

Saturday, September 11, 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Frist Art Museum Auditorium
Free; first come, first seated. Space is limited.

Join Dr. Juan Floyd-Thomas and Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas for a teach-in, presented in conjunction with Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Read More
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