Frist Center Announces 30 AMERICANS Programming, Fall 2013
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 30 Americans
Investigate varied perspectives on American identity presented in the exhibitions 30 Americans and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Participants confront the themes of 30 Americans, which focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture, while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. In addition, participants learn about the emotionally appealing, idealized scenes of early twentieth-century American life by Norman Rockwell. Teachers can explore the themes of identity, power, and society through the lenses of these two exhibitions and examine ways to shape a discussion around the question, ?What does it mean to be an American?? Frist Center educator workshops are open to educators of all subjects, pre-K-12.
Friday, November 15 Film: Basquiat 7:00 p.m.
Frist Center Auditorium
Gallery admission required; members free
Seating is first come, first seated
Basquiat explores the meteoric rise and fall of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel is "discovered" by Andy Warhol's art world and becomes a star. But success has a high price, and Basquiat pays with friendship, love, and eventually, his life. Stars Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Jeffrey Wright, and David Bowie. Written by Martin Lewison. Directed by Julian Schnabel, 1996. 107 minutes. DVD. Rated R.
Works by Basquiat are presented in the Ingram Gallery as part of the 30 Americans exhibition on view from October 11, 2013, through January 12, 2014.
Sunday, November 17 Free Family Festival Day at the Frist 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Explore what it means to be an American in a day of discovery and creativity, filled with art activities, live music and exciting programs. Bring your family and friends to share in a day filled with art and imagination! Exhibitions highlighted during this free family event include 30 Americans, Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias, and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. See our website, www.fristcenter.org, for more information.
Sunday, November 17 Artful Tales: "Whoosh!" 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Frist Center Auditorium
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.
Listen to a story about a boy who uses his fascination with the sounds made by everyday items to create and share wonderful works of art. This program is part of our Free Family Festival Day.
Friday, November 22
Frist Center Auditorium
Gallery admission required; members free Seating is first come, first seated
Artist's Perspective: 30 Americans Presented by Nina Chanel Abney
In the "Art" issue of W Magazine in 2008, a then 26-year-old Nina Chanel Abney explained to writer Haven Thompson how celebrity scandals inspire some of her vibrant, often brazen paintings that at once suggest Alice Neel, Stuart Davis, and Diego Rivera. Hidden in Nina Chanel Abney's visual assault on the viewer are references to politics, social issues, and unfulfilled desires. Contemporary music is influential to her work. The frenetic space that she creates becomes emblematic of the way we may digest information from the media. In this engaging lecture, she shares her inspirations, process, and evolution.
Nina Chanel Abney received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. and her Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York City. The youngest artist included in 30 Americans, she has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and is included in numerous collections in addition to the Rubell Family Collection, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Girls' Club Collection and the Burger Collection.
Tuesday, December 3 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, November 12. 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 second lecture of the series, panelists discuss the influence of advertising and marketing on the American public and how it is reflected in art. The third lecture takes place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, with registration beginning December 24, 2013.
About the Rubell Family Collection: The Rubell Family Collection was established in 1964 in New York City, shortly after its founders Donald and Mera Rubell were married. It is now one of the world's largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. The collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol. In addition to displaying internationally established artists, the RFC actively acquires, exhibits and champions emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.
Exhibition Credit: 30 Americans was organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Exhibition Catalogue: A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies 30 Americans. Published by the Rubell Family Collection, the book includes essays by Robert Hobbs, Glenn Ligon, Franklin Sirmans and Michele Wallace.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. The Frist Center offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Center's Martin ArtQuest Gallery (open until 5:30 p.m. each day) features interactive stations relating to Frist Center exhibitions. Gallery admission to the Frist Center is free for visitors 18 and younger and to Frist Center members. Frist Center admission is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors, military and college students with ID. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5-9 p.m. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling (615) 744-3247. The Frist Center galleries, Cafe? and Gift Shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays, 1-5:30 p.m., with the Frist Center Cafe - opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or by visiting our website at www.fristcenter.org.
Pictured: Kehinde Wiley. Equestrian Portrait of the Count Duke Olivares, 2005. Oil on canvas, 108 x 108 in. Rubell Family Collection, Miami. © Kehinde Wiley. Used by permission