From the Director


An art museum can be a place for solace, self-expression, and pleasure, and offer eye-opening insights into other cultures and ways of seeing the world. Our spring exhibitions reveal truths about the nation’s past, perspectives on Nashville’s growth, encounters with an immigrant’s path, and the remarkable story of a woman artist who succeeded despite injury and in spite of social, psychological, and gender intimidation. In addition to producing iconic photographs of the Great Depression, Dorothea Lange powerfully chronicles one of the most shameful chapters in American history by documenting the internment of Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Fear, ignorance, and injustice affect real people, disrupt lives, and derail personal and national progress.

The photographs exhibited in Connect/Disconnect: Growth in the “It” City record the feelings of citizens throughout Davidson County. Fifty images were selected from more than two hundred entries in response to these questions: How has Nashville’s rapid growth changed the community for better or for worse? Who’s included and who’s left out? Syrian-born American artist Diana Al-Hadid explores the tension between mass and gravity. Inspired by literature, history, and diverse world cultures, Al-Hadid pushes us to consider a broader perspective. Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection enriches our understanding of the vitality of art and life in Mexico during the last century. We see how Kahlo’s self-portraits were integral to the development of her current status as a cult figure.

Treat yourself to a mind-expanding experience. Please join us at the Frist Art Museum this spring.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO


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