Frist Art Museum

Regional, national and international visual art; interactive displays, educational programs. Non-collecting.

The Frist Art Museum is a non-collecting institution featuring ever-changing exhibitions from local, regional, national, and international collections.

Located in downtown Nashville’s architecturally and historically significant former post office building, the Frist also offers a wide variety of programming, a gift shop, and the award-winning Martin ArtQuest interactive gallery.


Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style
June 11–September 12, 2021

At the end of the 19th century, the Glasgow Style emerged as the major manifestation of Art Nouveau in Britain. This exhibition showcases Charles Rennie Mackintosh—the greatest exponent of the Glasgow Style—as an architect, designer, and artist, and contextualizes his production within a larger circle of designers and craftspeople in the major Scottish city. Mackintosh worked most closely with his wife, Margaret Macdonald; Margaret’s sister, Frances Macdonald; and Frances’ husband, James Herbert McNair. They met as students at the progressive Glasgow School of Art in 1892 and together were known as The Four.

Combining influences from the Arts and Crafts movement, Celtic Revival, and Japonism, Glasgow artists created their own modern design aesthetic, synonymous with sleek lines and emphatic geometries expressed in a wide range of materials. The exhibition presents 165 works of fine and decorative art, including architectural drawings, books, ceramics, furniture, posters, textiles, and watercolors, drawn from Glasgow’s most significant public and private collections.

Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a touring exhibition co-organized by Glasgow Museums and the American Federation of Arts. Support for the US national tour is provided by the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation.


Bethany Collins: Evensong
June 11–September 12, 2021

Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins (b. 1984) explores the intersection of language and race in her conceptually driven practice. She alters existing documents—such as the daily Birmingham News from 1963 or the U.S. Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department—to critique the truthfulness and completeness of the official record. Since 2016, Collins has also examined translations of Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, an ancient text of exile and homecoming, and familiarity with and estrangement from one’s homeland.

At the Frist, a new artist book will feature 100 versions of “The Star Spangled Banner,” written from the 18th to the 21st centuries in support of specific political or social causes—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy. The multiple reinterpretations of this song—composed in 1814 by Francis Scott Key and the U.S. national anthem since 1931—will offer opportunities for reflection on patriotism, belonging, and individual position within national identity.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum


Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
July 23–October 10, 2021

A leading artist of her generation, Kara Walker (b. 1969) works in a range of mediums, including prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, film, and the large-scale silhouette cutouts for which she is perhaps most recognized. Her powerful and provocative images employ contradictions to critique the painful legacies of slavery, sexism, violence, imperialism, and other power structures, including those in the history and hierarchies of art and contemporary culture. This exhibition offers a broad overview of her career through more than 80 works from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, premier collectors of works on paper in the United States. Some highlights of the exhibition are the complete Emancipation Approximation series and images from the Porgy & Bess series. Walker’s process involves extensive research in history, literature, art history, and popular culture. Intentionally unsentimental and ambiguous, the works can be disturbing yet also humorous, always exploring the irreconcilable inconsistencies that mirror the human condition. This is Walker’s first solo exhibition at the Frist Art Museum; her work Camptown Ladies appeared in our presentation of 30 Americans in 2013–14. Frist Art Museum executive director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards and Nashville poet Ciona Rouse will serve as co-curators. In addition to her curatorial responsibilities, Rouse will compose original poems inspired by Walker’s works. She and Edwards will collaborate with educator Meagan Rust to plan programs related to the exhibition.

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American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939
October 8, 2021–January 2, 2022

Appropriately presented within the Frist’s own art deco interior during the museum’s 20th anniversary year, this exhibition offers an in-depth examination of an international style that manifested stateside in decorative arts, fine arts, architecture, and design during the 1920s and 1930s. Featuring approximately 100 objects, American Art Deco explores the movement between 1918 and 1939 and highlights not only the glamour and optimism of the 1920s, but also the impact of the Great Depression in the 1930s. An array of works, from a stunning 1925 René Lalique glass vase to a 1930s Grant Wood painting of a picturesque Iowa farm town, will be displayed in vignettes alongside immersive elements, including jazz music, Hollywood film clips, and custom interactives.

Organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska


Mary Sibande: Blue Red Purple
October 8, 2021–January 2, 2022

Johannesburg-based Mary Sibande creates hyperrealistic figurative sculptures, photographs, and virtual reality installations that address inequities of race, gender, politics, and economics in postcolonial South Africa. Her cast of characters, typically women of color, engage in narratives that range from the subversive to the supernatural. They are shown in theatrical tableaux, reflecting the artist’s background in fashion design. In these costume dramas, Sibande often represents herself as an actor or otherwise echoes the history of powerful women who resist stereotyping as domestic employees or victims of imperialism, in South Africa and around the world.

Sibande’s work has been exhibited in the South African pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2010), the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town (2010), The British Museum (2016), and The MET Breuer, Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018). She has received the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Award (2017) as well as prestigious fellowships.

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Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City
November 5, 2021–January 30, 2022

This is the first museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in Bologna. Home to the oldest university in Europe, this northern Italian city fostered a unique artistic culture at the end of the Middle Ages. With its large population of sophisticated readers, Bologna became the preeminent center of manuscript production south of the Alps, and it helped bring about a revolution in the medieval book trade. Manuscripts circulated in a thriving market of scribes, illuminators, booksellers, and customers operating mostly outside traditional monastic scriptoria. The university initially specialized in law, and many law books were illuminated in Bologna with brightly colored scenes. Professors enjoyed high social status and were buried in impressive stone tombs carved with classroom scenes.

The approximately 65 objects in the exhibition span from 1250 to 1400, from the first great flowering of manuscript illumination in Bologna to the beginnings of the construction and decoration of the ambitious Basilica of San Petronio in the city’s Piazza Maggiore.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with seven essays and, while the artworks are on view, the Frist Art Museum will host the Andrew Ladis Trecento Conference, a biannual event that brings together historians of medieval and Renaissance art from around the world.

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