Past Exhibitions

Our archive of exhibitions previously viewed at the Frist Center.

  • Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

    June 23, 2017 – October 15, 2017 — This exhibition presents art that is modern in date and belongs to an artistic tradition that can be traced back fifty thousand years. Australian Aboriginals have long painted on bodies, rocks, and the ground as part of ceremonies. Since the early 1970s, they have...

  • Vadis Turner: Tempest

    May 26, 2017 – September 10, 2017 — Nashville-born artist Vadis Turner transforms commonplace materials associated with women, such as ribbons and bedding, into bold, textured assemblages that assert the value of female experiences, especially rites of passage. She is also interested in challenging conventional gender roles or, as the artist states, revealing “the underbelly of...

  • State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now

    May 26, 2017 – September 10, 2017 — A broad survey of art from across the United States, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now was organized in 2014 by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition’s co-curators, Don Bacigalupi and Chad Alligood,...

  • Pattern Recognition: Art and Music Videos in Middle Tennessee

    April 29, 2017 – October 8, 2017 — Pattern Recognition brings together videos and digital photographs by four artists working in the Middle Tennessee region. Absorbing and unpredictable, the works in the exhibition resist linear narrative. Instead, they explore the technical capacity of digital media to alter our sense of time and...

  • 2017 Mayor’s Art Show

    April 27, 2017 – May 11, 2017 — Section 1: April 6–20 Features work from the Hillwood, Maplewood, McGavock, Overton, and Whites Creek clusters Section 2: April 27–May 11 Features work from the Antioch, Cane Ridge, Glencliff, Hillsboro, Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn, and Stratford clusters Created as an opportunity to recognize the artistic...

  • From Post Office to Art Center

    March 3, 2017 – April 23, 2017 — This panel exhibition, featuring historical photographs, outlines the transformation of a federal post office to Nashville's premier art exhibition center. Architectural historian Christine Kreyling guest curated this exhibition with Frist Center staff. To learn more about the art deco landmark that houses the Frist Center, please...

  • 2017 Williamson County Schools Art Show

    February 25, 2017 – March 12, 2017 — The 2017 Williamson County Schools Art Show features some of the finest artwork created by students in the school district. More than four hundred young artists from kindergarten through twelfth grade are included in this exhibition. Elementary and middle school art teachers selected two works...

  • Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

    February 24, 2017 – May 29, 2017 — Irving Penn (b. 1917, Plainfield, NJ; d. 2009, New York, NY) was one of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential photographers of fashion and the famous. His pictures, a unique blend of classical elegance and formal innovation, were widely seen in print during...

  • Secrets of Buddhist Art: Tibet, Japan, and Korea

    February 10, 2017 – May 7, 2017 — The historical Buddha lived in the sixth century BCE. Born Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini (present-day Nepal), he renounced his life as a prince to pursue a spiritual calling. The titles Buddha (enlightened or awakened one) and Shakyamuni (sage of the Shakya clan) were awarded to...

  • Sand Mandala Painting

    February 10, 2017 – May 7, 2017 — Ritual in Action: Making a Mandala Sand Painting This gallery contains a completed mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed the mandala with colored sand over the course of five days (February 10–14, 2017). It will...

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