Works from an English Country Home, Islamic Art and More Set for Frist Center's 2015 Exhibitions

Works from an English Country Home, Islamic Art and More Set for Frist Center's 2015 Exhibitions

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts' 2015 lineup of exhibitions will bring treasures from around the world spanning the eighth century to the present to Nashville. The Ingram Gallery will undergo multiple transformations to showcase Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House, an exquisite collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from Sir Robert Walpole's 18th-century Norfolk home; Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, a comprehensive look at the Italian fashion industry from the end of World War II to today; and Ink, Silk, and Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which features Islamic art ranging from the eighth to the 21st centuries and from Spain to Indonesia.

The Upper-Level Galleries will feature Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art, a remarkable selection of paintings and sculptures from the New-York Historical Society; Postcards of the Wiener Werksta?tte: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection, works reflecting the rich social fabric of turn-of-the-century Vienna by an artists' cooperative founded by members of the larger Vienna Secession movement; ; and Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art, the latest in a series of Frist Center exhibitions on the subject of the human body in contemporary art.

In the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the Frist Center will present photographic portraits of contemporary European aristocrats by American photographer Tina Barney; Spanish artist Jaume Plensa's sculptures, including a monumental outdoor sculpture on display at the Frist Center's Demonbreun Street entrance; and the absurdist films of Dutch artist Guido van der Werve that involve surreal musical settings, portentous storytelling and feats of physical endurance.

The Frist Center's schedule of exhibitions in 2015 in order of opening*:

∗Dates may be subject to change.

Tina Barney: The Europeans

January 19-May 10, 2015
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Tina Barney: The Europeans presents a selection of 21 sumptuous photographs from the artist's larger body of work by the same name. With an eye for detail, composition and color, American photographer Tina Barney creates images renowned for their seductive beauty and poignant insight. Between 1996 and 2004, Barney traveled to Austria, England, Italy, Spain, France and Germany with a large format camera, lights and assistants. With the help of friends and curators who provided introductions and her own natural instinct for propriety, Barney gained access to the inner circle of the Old World elite. She worked quickly and closely with her subjects devising scenes and relationships, colors and patterns that lead the eye through the image while engendering narratives both melancholic and endearing.

Tina Barney: The Europeans was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

February 13-May 10, 2015 Ingram Gallery

This exhibition showcases the renowned collection of Old Master paintings, furniture, porcelain, sculptures, costume and decorative arts from Houghton Hall, one of England's finest country estates. Located in Norfolk, one hundred miles northeast of London, Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, England's first Prime Minister. More than 200 exquisite objects will be presented in vignettes with large-scale photo murals to evoke the luxurious interior of the house, from its intimately scaled library to the grand public spaces of its Marble Parlour-with a fully set dining table-and its remarkably proportioned Stone Hall and Saloon. Specific highlights include furniture by William Kent, Se?vres porcelain and Garrard silver, as well as family portraits by William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds and John Singer Sargent. Seen together, the collection demonstrates the rarified taste and access to great makers which such aristocrats had. Assembled by eight generations of descendants of Sir Robert Walpole, including the current Marquess of Cholmondeley, this collection comprises a fascinating chronicle of English history and offers a rare glimpse into the private interior of one of Britain's grandest country houses.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in collaboration with Houghton Hall. An indemnity has been granted by the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art

February 27-June 7, 2015 Upper-Level Galleries

Telling Tales assembles paintings and sculptures from the collection of the New-York Historical Society that recount stories relating to American cultural aspirations and everyday life in the early to mid-nineteenth century. The sections, including the thematic groupings History Painting; Scenes of Everyday Life; and Beauty and Spirituality, convey the narrative content that was deemed an essential component of a work of art according to aesthetic standards that prevailed before the Civil War. Among the many treasures of this exhibition are paintings by Thomas Cole and Asher Brown Durand of the Hudson River School and sculptures by John Rogers.

Telling Tales: Stories and Legends in 19th-Century American Art has been organized by the New-York Historical Society.

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945

June 5-September 7, 2015 Ingram Gallery

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to present day. Based on new archival research, this elegant and comprehensive exhibition explores the development of both womens and menswear and highlights key designers and the outstanding techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned. Propelling Italian fashion onto the world stage with a parade of luxury, the landmark Sala Bianca catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s stand out as one of the dramatic peaks of this narrative. Italian Style displays more than 90 garments and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses including Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace, through to the next generation of talent including couture by Giambattista Valli, bold ready-to-wear from Fausto Puglisi and work from Valentino's new designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli.

Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Presenting Sponsor: Nordstrom

Jaume Plensa: Sculptures

June 5-September 7, 2015
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

This exhibition is composed of three large-scale works, exemplifying different aspects of Jaume Plensa's oeuvre. Plensa creates figurative sculptures from such materials as steel, bronze, alabaster and synthetic resin. His idealized faces and figures reflect timeless philosophical queries about the nature of spirituality and the role of the individual in shaping culture and coexisting with nature. The works on display have a luminous beauty and gracefulness that evince a classical sense of harmony and supreme calm. In addition to the three large-scale works, one monumental sculpture will be on view outside the Frist Center, at the Demonbreun Street entrance. The exhibition will occur concurrently with a large exhibition of Plensa's works at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art in Nashville

Jaume Plensa: Sculptures was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.