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Frist Center Announces 30 AMERICANS Programming, Fall 2013

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Frist Center Announces 30 AMERICANS Programming, Fall 2013

This fall the Frist Center for the Visual Arts will offer a variety of exciting public programming in conjunction with the exhibition 30 Americans. Highlights include Artist's Perspective lectures by Hank Willis Thomas and Nina Chanel Abney, two of the artists featured in 30 Americans. Also, in partnership with Vanderbilt University's Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, the Frist Center will host a special three-part lunch and lecture series presented by Vanderbilt professors and guest panelists. Titled "Food for Thought: Visualizing America through Art by African American Artists and Norman Rockwell," the series will explore issues such as the U.S. civil rights movement and how historical events have shaped visual as well as social culture.

30 Americans, organized and drawn from the acclaimed Rubell Family Collection in Miami, will be on view in the Frist Center's Ingram Gallery from Oct. 11, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014. The exhibition includes more than 70 works by 31 emerging and established African American artists working within a variety of mediums, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. For a complete list of exhibitions, see www.fristcenter.org.

Public Programs:

Thursday, October 10 Community Preview: 30 Americans Noon-9 p.m. and Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias Frist Center for the Visual Arts
RSVP by Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, by calling 615.744.3987 or membership@fristcenter.org

Celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions during our Community Preview. This event is free and open to the public. Please see www.fristcenter.org for more information.

Discounted parking is available in the Frist Center lots with validated ticket. Space is limited. Join us!

30 Americans on view Oct. 11, 2013- Jan. 12, 2014

Thursday, October 10
6:30 p.m.
Frist Center Auditorium
Free; seating is first come, first seated

Sunday, October 20 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Frist Center Auditorium/Studios Free

Collectors' Perspective: 30 Americans and the Rubell Family Collection Presented by Don and Mera Rubell, art collectors, and Juan Valadez, director of the Rubell Family Collection

Artful Tales: "Eagle Turk"

The exhibition 30 Americans is a wide-ranging survey of work by some of the most important African American artists of the last four decades. The works were selected from the Rubell Family Collection, which brings together seminal figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hammons with younger and emerging artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Shinique Smith. Be part of our community preview, as Don and Mera Rubell, along with their collection director, Juan Valadez, discuss the formation and growth of their important collection.

Artful Tales is a FREE family program geared toward everyone ages three and up! Listen and play along as an art-related story comes to life. Then, head upstairs to the art studio and make an artwork that relates to the story.

Explore a tale of sabotage and self-discovery. After years of being apart from their flock and living with false identities, the winged characters in this story must decide: Are they meant to live on the ground, content with crumbs? Or are they meant to soar? Next, create a painted collage that celebrates you. This program connects visitors to the exhibition 30 Americans.

Thursday, October 24 Artist's Perspective: 30 Americans 6:30 p.m. Presented by Hank Willis Thomas Frist Center Auditorium
Gallery admission required; members free

Seating is first come, first seated

By employing the language of popular culture and advertising in his work, Hank Willis Thomas explicitly addresses race, class, and history in a way that is accessible and easy to decode. His intention is to use the familiar to draw connections and provoke conversations about issues and histories that are often forgotten, or avoided in our commerce-infused daily lives. In this lecture, the 30 Americans artist explores how the visual culture of the past affects and intersects with our current world-view.

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, and has received fellowships from the Tribeca Film Institute, W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University, and Columbia College, Chicago.

Thursday, October 31 Curator's Tour: 30 Americans 12:00 p.m. Presented by Katie Delmez, curator Meet at exhibition entrance
Gallery admission required; members free

Join Frist Center Curator Katie Delmez on this tour that explores the themes of race, identity, and contemporary culture found in the 30 Americans exhibition.

Tuesday, November 5 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with lecture to follow at noon. Frist Center Auditorium

Lecture Series: "Food for Thought: Visualizing America through Art by African American Artists and Norman Rockwell"

Free with advance registration; lunch and gallery admission included. Registration line for this lecture opens Tuesday, October 15. To register, call Vanderbilt University at 615.322.8585.

In partnership with Vanderbilt University's Office of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations, ?Food for Thought: Visualizing America through Art by African American Artists and Norman Rockwell,? is a three-part lecture series presented by Vanderbilt professors that explores issues surrounding what it means to be an American today. This series provides the community at large with an opportunity to build challenging intellectual connections to the exhibitions 30 Americans and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. In this first lecture of the series, panelists discuss the U.S. civil rights movement and how historical events have shaped visual, as well as, social culture. The next lectures take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, and Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

Friday, November 8* ARTini: 30 Americans 7:00 p.m.
Meet at exhibition entrance
Gallery admission required; members free

Are you curious about art? Do you want to learn more about the content and concepts behind an artist's work? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then the ARTini program is for you! ARTinis are designed for everyone-from the novice to the connoisseur-and include informal and insightful conversations that offer a deeper understanding of one or two works of art in an exhibition.

Shaun Giles, educator for community engagement at the Frist Center, leads a conversation about several works in the exhibition and how those works address the themes of identity and community.
*This event will also be offered on Tuesday, November 12 at noon.

Thursday, November 14 OR Saturday, November 16 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Frist Center Studios

Educator Workshop: "What does it mean to be an American?" The Art of 30 Americans and Norman Rockwell

$20 for Frist Center members/$25 for non-members. Cost includes all materials, teacher resources, color reproductions, gallery admission, parking validation in Frist Center lots, and lunch.

Advanced registration is required. Download the teacher workshop registration form at http://fristcenter.org/learn/schools-educators/educator-workshops.


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