Frist Center Offers Free Admission on Mondays through December 2015 to Guests Bringing Donations of Nonperishable Food Items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2015)—Beginning Monday, November 2, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer free admission to guests bringing nonperishable food items to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee on Mondays through December. The items most needed by Second Harvest this year are peanut butter, canned chicken or tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta and cereal. Since 2012, visitors to the Frist Center have contributed 12,012 pounds of donated food, which equates to 10,009 meals.
"Second Harvest relies on community support to feed children, families and seniors at risk of hunger," said Jaynee Day, president and CEO of Second Harvest. “We are thankful for our continued partnership with the Frist Center and the collective generosity of its guests."
Organized in 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. Second Harvest distributes food and other products to approximately 450 nonprofit partner agencies in 46 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. Partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, childcare facilities, senior centers, group homes, and youth enrichment programs. For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and its programs, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.
Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
October 9, 2015–January 10, 2016
Ink, Silk, and Gold presents nearly one hundred works of Islamic art, spanning the eighth to the twenty-first centuries, from the impressive collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This exhibition offers a chronological and regional story of the dynamic and complex artistic traditions originating from across the vast expanse of the Islamic world—Spain to Indonesia—and represents almost all forms of media, including silver inlaid metalwork, Qur’an pages inscribed with gold, brocaded velvets and luster ceramics. More than 130 years after the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, began collecting Islamic art, this exhibition marks the first time these objects have been comprehensively studied, restored and presented to the public.
Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Platinum Sponsor: HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and TriStar Health
Silver Sponsor: Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows
October 9, 2015–January 10, 2016
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
For the past decade, New York–based artist Shinique Smith has created highly expressive paintings, sculptures, and installations that reflect influences as diverse as dance, fashion, Eastern philosophies, graffiti, Japanese calligraphy, poetry, lyrics and childhood wonder. Many of her collaged works contain recycled or reused objects, demonstrating her belief that personal possessions can inspire memories and shape our experience and identity. Yet such materials, particularly her bundles of cast-off clothing, also comment on the vast excess and waste in American consumerist society. The artist’s early years as a graffiti artist in Baltimore remain evident in her exuberant calligraphic strokes, which she often intermingles with worn materials from popular culture.
In the Frist Center’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, Ms. Smith has debuted a new sculptural work of cut wood and collage, Open Word Lattice: Black and Rainbow, which corresponds to a site-specific wall painting in the central space. The other galleries contain approximately ten vibrant collage-based paintings in which seemingly insignificant items such as artificial flowers, butterfly decals, and old toys intertwine with the artist’s energetic brushwork and fragments of colorful textiles. They also showcase four of her well-known hanging “bundle” sculptures of clothing and accessories bound together with knotted cords and ribbon.
Shinique Smith: Wonder and Rainbows was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art
October 30, 2015–February 14, 2016
The third in a series of exhibitions about the human body in contemporary art organized by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala, Phantom Bodies includes provocative artworks that address themes of trauma and loss but also affirm the enduring force of the human spirit by conveying material traces, shadow and light, or the sublimation of the body into other forms of matter and energy. The exhibition title alludes to the phantom limb syndrome, a palpable sensation that embodies the pain of loss or the illusion of restoration and wholeness. The phantom limb here represents absent persons whose vestiges trigger memories while positing a passage from the body through the mind and soul. The international array of artists in the exhibition includes Magdalena Abakanowicz, Barry X Ball, Ross Bleckner, Christian Boltanski, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Ken Gonzales-Day, Adam Fuss, Alicia Henry, Damien Hirst, Shirazeh Houshiary, Anish Kapoor, Elizabeth King, Deborah Luster, Sally Mann, Teresa Margolles, Ana Mendieta, Shirin Neshat, Hermann Nitsch, Gerhard Richter, Doris Salcedo, Annelies Štrba and Bill Viola.
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introduction by Chief Curator Mark Scala and essays by art historians Martha Buskirk, Eleanor Heartney and Lisa Saltzman.
Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
The exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Frist Center gratefully acknowledges the Friends of Contemporary Art.
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti
October 30, 2015–January 6, 2016
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti offers an intimate view into the hand and mind of Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the giants in the history of Western art. A careful selection of drawings attests to the versatile artist’s activities as a sculptor, painter, architect, and military engineer. Exhibition highlights include a large and deeply moving Madonna and Child and several studies related to Michelangelo’s ambitious but unrealized project for the façade of San Lorenzo in Florence, the Medici family burial church. The works, which range from rapid sketches to presentation drawings, all come from the Casa Buonarroti, Michelangelo’s family home in Florence, Italy.
This exhibition was organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Virginia in partnership with Fondazione Casa Buonarroti and Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts gratefully acknowledges the Friends of Italian Art.
Anthology: Visual Narratives from Nashville’s Print Community
Conte Community Arts Gallery
November 6, 2015–February 7, 2016
Nashville is a storytelling town, and this juried exhibition celebrates the use of printing techniques by small presses and individual artists to convey fascinating narratives in the form of graphic novels, illustrations, poetry, and other media. The judges were Katie Baldwin, assistant professor of book arts and printmaking, University of Alabama in Huntsville; Liz Coleman, reference librarian and galleries coordinator, Nashville Public Library; and Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Anthology was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Acknowledgment of Support
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About the Frist Center
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Center’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Information on accessibility may be found at fristcenter.org/accessibility. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and to members; $12 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students with ID; and $7 for active military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, Café, and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling 615.244.3340 or by visiting fristcenter.org.