Exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Each season, new exhibits fill the halls of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts offering both family and friends a chance to explore great art from ancient history to present day. Current and upcoming exhibits include: Extrasensory, Nick Cave: Feat., Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex, and Rome: City and Empire.
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October 13, 2017-March 25, 2018
Over 900 community members created the works in Extrasensory from February to March 2017 in 31 free workshops. Teaching artists led the community art-makers to create site-specific installations that can be experienced through the five senses. The hope is that interacting with the work will inspire the viewer to see, smell, hear, touch, and taste the world in new ways. This installation is an accompaniment to the Nick Cave: Feat. exhibit, opening in November. See more.
November 10, 2017-June 24, 2018
Nick Cave works with a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His trademark, human-shaped sculptures called sound suits, are named for the noise they make when they move. As an African American man, Cave's works speak to social injustice, specifically race, gun violence, and civic responsibility. Through this immersive installation, Cave hopes to provide a transformative place where the viewer's narrative can be featured and their dreams can soar. See more.
February 23-May 28, 2018
Husband-and-wife team Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have spent over 30 years documenting African American life in Louisiana. The couple has spent much of their time at the Louisiana State Prison at Angola, photographing the prisoners and their life on the prison farm. See more.
February 23-May 28, 2018
Over two hundred works from the British Museum will be on display to bring the ancient civilization of Rome back to life. The exhibit showcases the life of Romans through art and helps you understand the dynamic relationship between the imperial government and the people it conquered. See more.
There's always something to do at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The little ones may take part in the Martin Art Quest Gallery*, a colorful interactive space offering thirty incredible hands-on stations that relate art concepts to Frist Center exhibitions & examine ways in which art relates to everyday life & culture. Also, the Frist Center participates in the First Saturday Art Crawl by offering a FREE Architecture Tour at 4:30pm every first Saturday of the month. Just click: visitmusiccity.com/saturdayartcrawl to discover more about this amazing Music City event.
*Please note: Martin Art Quest Gallery is undergoing major renovations, set to begin January 29, 2018. Scheduled reopen date is May 24, 2018. Read more about the renovations.
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Tommy Mitchell. Walu, 2008. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 40 x 60 in. Seattle Art Museum, Promised gift of Margaret Levi and Robert Kaplan. © Tommy Mitchell. Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Nick Cave. Heard performance. © Nick Cave. Photo: James Prinz Photography
Chandra McCormick. FREDDY KING, 2013. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist. © Chandra McCormick