Past Exhibitions

Our archive of exhibitions previously viewed at the Frist Art Museum.

  • We Shall Overcome: Civil Rights and the Nashville Press, 1957–1968

    March 30, 2018 – October 14, 2018 — While fellow southern cities such as Birmingham, Greensboro, and Little Rock may have been the focus of more headlines, Nashville played an important role in the civil rights movement during the late 1950s and 1960s. In addition to being the first metropolis in the southeast...

  • 2018 Williamson County Schools Art Show

    February 24, 2018 – March 11, 2018 — The 2018 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 per...

  • Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex: Photographs by Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

    February 23, 2018 – May 28, 2018 — New Orleans natives Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have been documenting African American life in Louisiana for more than 30 years. Since 1980, they have made regular visits to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to photograph life on the prison farm, which was founded on the consolidated...

  • Rome: City and Empire

    February 23, 2018 – April 21, 2018 — One of the most extraordinary geopolitical powers in history, the Roman Empire continues to capture the imaginations of people across the globe, nearly three thousand years after the city of Rome arose from a cluster of villages in central Italy. Rome: City and Empire includes more...

  • Nick Cave: Feat.

    November 10, 2017 – June 24, 2018 — Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that...

  • Extrasensory

    October 13, 2017 – March 25, 2018 — From February through May 2017, in thirty-one free workshops, more than nine hundred community members participated in the making of this exhibition, a companion to Nick Cave: Feat. (on view in the Upper-Level Galleries from November 10, 2017, through June 24, 2018). Representing a wide range of media and artistic backgrounds,...

  • World War I and American Art

    October 6, 2017 – January 28, 2018 — Today, nearly a century after it ended, World War I (1914–1918) remains a stark example of how far modern civilization can descend into violence. The United States, led by President Woodrow Wilson, entered the war only in April 1917 and helped bring the conflict to...

  • 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,...

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