Traveling Exhibitions


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.

An 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.


Exhibition Itinerary 
Frist Center: October 30, 2015–February 14, 2016
Ringling Museum: June 17–September 11, 2016  

Exhibition size: Phantom Bodies can be accommodated in a 6-8,000 square foot gallery.

Publication: Fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with introduction by Mark Scala and essays by Martha Buskirk, Lisa Saltzman, and Eleanor Heartney.

Interpretive Materials: Wall text and label copy, gallery guide text

Fee and costs: Participation fee and estimate of pro-rated costs available on request

Credits: Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the Frist Center’s Friends of Contemporary Art 

Contact Information:
Mark Scala, Chief Curator
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Adam Fuss (British, b. 1961). Medusa, from the series Home and the World, 2010. Gelatin silver print photogram, edition 3 of 9, 94 1/2 x 56 3/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Cheim & Read, New York. © Adam Fuss



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