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

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

On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Jan 28–May 1, 2022
On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Pérez Art Museum Miami features approximately seventy works by fifty Cuban artists of multiple generations, including María Magdalena Campos-Pons (currently a professor at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University), Yoan Capote, Los Carpinteros, Teresita Fernández, and Zilia Sánchez. Through paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, and installations… Read More

LeXander Bryant: Forget Me Nots

Jan 28–May 1, 2022
Nashville-based artist LeXander Bryant’s debut solo museum exhibition Forget Me Nots addresses themes of perseverance amid adversity, family struc­tures and bonds, economic inequality, community activism, and more. The centerpiece of this multimedia exhibition is a suspended cracked concrete slab out of which blue forget-me-not flowers bloom. The installation references the… Read More

Alma W. Thomas:
Everything Is Beautiful

Feb 25–Jun 5, 2022
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long life (1891–1978) with more than one hundred works, including her rarely seen theatrical designs and beloved abstract paintings. The exhibition will demonstrate how her artistic practices extended to every facet of her life—from community service and… 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 and is presented concurrently with Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful. Thomas (1891–1978), the first African… Read More

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

Jun 3–Sep 5, 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. One hundred and thirty 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

Weaving Splendor:
Treasures of Asian Textiles

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles 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 were central to global trade. The extraordinary stories of these… Read More

Virginia Overton

Oct 7–Dec 31, 2022
This exhibition of outdoor and indoor sculptures by Virginia Overton, a Nashville-born, Brooklyn-based artist, is co-presented by Cheekwood Estate & Gardens and the Frist Art Museum. Though she has worked in New York City since the early 2000s, Overton maintains strong connections with Middle Tennessee, where her family has owned… 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

Teen ARTlab: Patterned Textiles

Saturday, October 16, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

SOLD OUT
Frist Art Museum Studio C
Ages 13–19 only. Space is limited. Free (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included); registration required.

This event is sold out. Presented by Yanira Vissepo In this workshop with teaching artist Yanira Vissepo, participants will acquire basic skills for designing and making their own patterned textiles. Attendees will sketch and create their own designs, then use techniques such as stenciling and block printing to transfer images onto… Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, October 16, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Educator Workshop
American Art Deco

Thursday, October 21, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Studio B and Ingram Gallery; register by October 18.

Repeats on Saturday, October 23
During this workshop, examine artworks that highlight the glamour and optimism of the 1920s, as well as the Great Depression in the 1930s. Participate in a gallery tour of American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 and studio activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, October 21, 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 American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, October 23, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Gallery Talk
Art Deco and Dress: The Style of the “New Woman”

Sunday, October 24, 2:30–3:00 p.m.

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

Join Amanda McCrary Smith, curator of textiles and dress at the Tennessee State Museum, for this thirty-minute talk in the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 to learn more about women’s changing fashions during the interwar years. Read More

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, October 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 American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More

Architecture Tour

Saturday, October 30, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby; no reservations necessary

Offered every Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
When was the Frist Art Museum built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries? Enjoy a guided tour of our landmark art deco building at 4:30 p.m. every Saturday. Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, November 4, 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: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, November 11, 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 Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More

Curator’s Perspective: Art and Learning in Medieval Bologna

Thursday, November 11, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Presented on Zoom
Free; registration required

Join Frist Art Museum senior curator Trinita Kennedy on Zoom for her Curator’s Perspective lecture on art and learning in Medieval Bologna. Read More

Art Deco Architecture Walking Tour

Saturday, November 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby
Free; reservations required

Learn more about Nashville’s historic art deco architecture on this two-hour walking tour led by Jim Hoobler. Inspired by the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939, this tour will begin in the Frist Art Museum’s art deco Grand Lobby. Then, participants will visit other examples of the style throughout downtown Nashville. Read More

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, November 18, 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 American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More

Ellingtown
presented by Wishing Chair Productions

Sunday, November 21, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Auditorium; free; space is limited
Required registration opens October 21, 2021

Join Duke Ellington, the great master of jazz, as he takes us on a musical journey with his puppet friends in this special presentation by Wishing Chair Productions. Read More

Educator Workshop
Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City

Thursday, December 2, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Studio B and Upper-Level Galleries; register by November 29

Repeats on Saturday, December 4
During this workshop, explore illuminated manuscripts in bibles, choirbooks, and law books that give insight into medieval life in the city of Bologna, home to the oldest university in Europe and the most important center for manuscript illumination in Italy. Participate in a gallery tour and studio activities, receive teaching materials, and discuss curriculum connections. Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, December 2, 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: Introduction to Illumination

Saturday, December 4, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Studio A; ages 18+ only. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome.

Presented by the Nashville Calligraphers Guild $50 members; $60 not-yet-members (all supplies, gallery admission, and parking validation included)  Learn more about illumination in medieval manuscripts and create your own illuminated letter or border in this workshop inspired by the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City. The workshop will… Read More

Repeal Day Mixology Class

Sunday, December 5, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Auditorium

Event repeats at 3:30 p.m.
On December 5, 1933, Prohibition was repealed with the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Join J. Jackson Mobile Mixologist for a mixology class in celebration of this anniversary and the exhibition American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939. In this ninety-minute class, participants will learn how to make three Prohibition-era cocktails while acquiring basic mixology techniques. Each ticket includes a set of high-quality bar tools to take home following the class. Read More

Frist at Home: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, December 9, 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 Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More

Jazz AM: Ella Fitzgerald
presented by Nashville Jazz Workshop

Sunday, December 12, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Auditorium; free; space is limited
Required registration opens November 12, 2021

The Nashville Jazz Workshop presents Jazz AM, a fun, interactive concert for families. The story of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald will come to life through live music, performance, and song. Read More

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, December 16, 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 American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More

Frist at Home: American Art Deco

Thursday, December 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 American Art Deco: Designing for the… Read More

Art History Course
Medieval Bologna: Classes for a University City

Tuesday, January 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Presented on Zoom • Registration required

This is a three-part course with additional classes offered on January 11 and 18
Learn more about medieval Bologna and the Middle Ages in general as this three-part course brings alive aspects of everyday Bolognese culture to enrich participants’ experience of the exhibition Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City. Presented by Michael Norris, PhD, retired museum educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More

Frist at Home: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, January 6, 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 Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More

Frist at Home: Architecture

Thursday, January 13, 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

Bologna Redux: A Fresh Look at the Beginnings of Legal Manuscript Illumination

Thursday, January 13, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Location TBA

In this lecture, Dr. Susan L’Engle takes us on a journey of how she first became interested in legal manuscript illumination and the avenues of research that she has since pursued as she seeks to understand medieval legal iconography, the ways scribes and artists worked in service to Bologna’s university, and how students in this period engaged with texts and images in the classroom as they learned and memorized the law. Read More

Frist at Home: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, January 20, 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 Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More

Frist at Home: Medieval Bologna

Thursday, January 27, 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 Medieval Bologna: Art for a University… Read More

Educator Workshop
Alma W. Thomas: Everything is Beautiful

Thursday, March 3, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Studio B and Upper-Level Galleries; register by February 28

Repeats on Saturday, March 5
Thursday, March 3, or Saturday, March 5 (choose one)9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.Studio B and Upper-Level Galleries$30 members; $35 not-yet-members (all materials, gallery admission, parking validation, continental breakfast, and lunch included)Open to educators of all subjects, pre-K–12. Limited to 20 participants. Register by February 28. Register for March 3… Read More
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