Frist Art Museum announces 2020 schedule of exhibitions

Unidentified (Eastern Pende Peoples). ‘Helmet Mask’ (kipoko), n.d. Wood and pigment, 15 x 11 x 13 1/2 in. The New Orleans Museum of Art: The Robert P. Gordy Collection, 88.46

The Frist Art Museum has announced its 2020 schedule of exhibitions. In the Ingram Gallery, the year begins with ‘J.M.W. Turner: Quest for the Sublime,’ an exhibition of works by one of the greatest landscape painters of all time. ‘Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style’ highlights Mackintosh’s artistic production and locates it within the unique context of late-nineteenth-century Glasgow.

‘African Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art’ features ancestral figures, masks, and ceremonial costumes from one of the most important collections of traditional Sub-Saharan African art in the United States.

In the Upper-Level Galleries, an exhibition of works by Jitish Kallat features the dramatic interactive installation ‘Covering Letter.’ ‘Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange’ invites consideration of worn and weathered American flags as symbols of our country’s identity, history, and future. ‘Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World’ is the first major U.S. survey of the artist’s work and includes installations, sculptures, and paintings that explore themes of multiple identities. ‘Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City’ focuses on illuminated manuscripts, paintings, and sculptures made in Italy at the end of the Middle Ages.

In the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the Frist presents ‘Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar,’ a survey of the late artist’s multidisciplinary practices, which explores the intersection of music, art, and African American history through sculpture, prints, and video; and the text-based works of Bethany Collins, who examines the historic intersection of language and racism in her multimedia practice.

In the Conte Community Arts Gallery, the Frist presents ‘The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later’ commemorating the city’s historic natural disaster in photographs and oral histories; ‘We Count: First-Time Voters,’ which honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment with visual representations of diverse group of Nashvillians’ first voting experiences; and ‘2020 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs,’ the eighth biennial showcase of the finest two-dimensional artwork by high school students across the state.

The Frist Art Museum’s 2020 Schedule of Exhibitions include (titles and dates subject to change):

‘The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later’
January 10–May 17, 2020
Conte Community Arts Gallery

‘The Nashville Flood: Ten Years Later’ will reflect on the historic
2010 flood in which a record-breaking rainfall caused the Cumberland River to crest almost twelve feet above flood stage. Thousands of homes and business were damaged or destroyed, and twenty-six people in the region died, eleven in Nashville. This exhibition will examine the event’s immediate and long-term impact on the city through photographs and excerpts of oral histories from the Nashville Public Library’s flood archive and The Tennessean newspaper with a focus on ten different zip codes, corresponding to Antioch, Belle Meade, Bellevue, Bordeaux, and other locations in addition to downtown Nashville. A section of “now and then” photos will illustrate the recovery, or lack of progress, in each area. Volunteerism, rescue efforts, inequities in disaster relief, and the rebuilding process will be addressed.
Organized by the Frist Art Museum

‘Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar’
February 20–May 31, 2020

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery at the Frist Art Museum and the Carl Van Vechten Art Gallery at Fisk University
‘Terry Adkins: Our Sons and Daughters Ever on the Altar’ is a survey of the late artist’s multidisciplinary practice, which explored the intersection of music, art, and African American history through sculpture, prints, performance, and video. Co-organized and co-presented by the Frist Art Museum and Adkins’s alma mater Fisk University forty-five years after his graduation, the exhibition will feature works influenced by his time at Fisk, where he was mentored by Harlem Renaissance pioneer Aaron Douglas, and signature ‘recital’ installations that pay tribute to musicians Bessie Smith and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom had ties to Tennessee.
Organized by Fisk University Galleries and the Frist Art Museum

‘We Count: First-Time Voters’
May 23–October 4, 2020
Conte Community Arts Gallery

On August 18, 1920, the Tennessee state legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote. As the 36th state to approve the amendment, Tennessee completed the two-thirds majority needed to make it the law of the land. ‘We Count: First-Time Voters’ honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote by highlighting the history of voting in the United States and the first voting experiences of a diverse group of Nashvillians. Selected individuals will share their stories with local artists (including Beizar Aradini, Megan Kelley, Jerry Bedor Phillips, Thaxton Waters, and Donna Woodley) who will create visual representations of these voting experiences in a range of mediums.
Organized by the Frist Art Museum

‘Bethany Collins’
June 26–September 27, 2020
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins (b. 1984) explores the historic intersection of language and racism in her multimedia practice. She often manipulates and reprints existing written documents—such as the leading daily newspaper in Birmingham, Alabama, during the 1960s or the U.S. Department of Justice’s report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department—to critique the accuracy and completeness of official records. Collins’s artist book America: A Hymnal (2017) features 100 different versions of ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’ written since Rev. Samuel F. Smith published the original lyrics in 1831. The multiple reinterpretations of this patriotic anthem—most in support of a particular political or social cause—offer opportunities for reflection on what it means to be an American, a particularly resonant topic during a presidential election year.
Organized by the Frist Art Museum

‘African Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art’
October 23, 2020–January 17, 2021
Ingram Gallery

The exhibition features more than eighty objects, including ancestral figures, masks, ceremonial costumes, headdresses, ritual objects, and reliquary guardian figures, drawn from one of the most important collections of traditional sub-Saharan African art in the United States. Created by artists from Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Ghana, these works of art are made from wood, ivory, stone, terra cotta, beadwork, and brass. Displayed thematically (with contextual and archival photographs and video) the exhibition illuminates the various ways in which objects facilitate ancestral veneration, as well as the transmission and interconnection of artistic style.
See the full schedule at fristartmuseum.org.

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