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Frist Center for the Visual Arts Announces Upcoming Events Thru May 15, 2010

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Announces Upcoming Events Thru May 15, 2010

OF SPECIAL NOTE IN MARCH:

Friday, March 12 Films at the Frist: 300

7:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Free

Introduction by Paul Young, director of film studies at Vanderbilt University.

Sunday, March 14 Jazz on the Move

3:00 p.m. The Life and Music of John Coltrane with

Frist Center Auditorium Rahsaan Barber & Friends

Free

Sunday, March 28 Family Day

1:00-5:30 p.m. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Free

March 2010
Thursday, March 4 Gallery Talk: "Truth to Nature? From

7:00 p.m. Pre-Raphaelites to Aesthetes"

Meet at the information desk

Free with gallery admission
Dr. Morna O'Neill, Mellon assistant professor of nineteenth-century European art at Vanderbilt University, will discuss paintings by British artists in Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce that allude to an artistic debate that raged in London during the 1850s and 1860s: namely, what is the relationship of art to the "real world"? In 1848 the artists who called themselves the "Pre-Raphaelites" admired the paintings of fourteenth century Italy, which were created before the time of the painter Raphael. Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt strove to return to that style by observing nature directly, taking their cue from the art critic John Ruskin, who exhorted artists to "go to Nature, rejecting nothing, selecting nothing." Yet in the following decades, Rossetti forged a new path through Aestheticism, the European artistic movement that espoused the credo of "art for art's sake" during the second half of the nineteenth century. This single-minded devotion to beauty declared that art should not instruct, amuse, or entertain. The following generation of artists, chief among them Edward Burne-Jones, sought to reconcile their admiration for Ruskin and Pre-Raphaelite painting with the search for beauty.

Thursday, March 4 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Ben Graves

Free

Ben Graves is a true multi-instrumentalist; he's jammed on guitar and harmonica with Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, played electric bass with Kid Rock and at the Grand Ole Opry, and has blown saxophone with Modern Jazz Quartet bassist Percy Heath, Late Show drummer Anton Fig, and tons of people you've never heard of. His voice-over and instrumental skills have contributed to dozens of jingles and original recordings.

Expect Ben to bring several friends along for the evening.

Friday, March 5 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. TBA

Free

Enjoy the talents of some of Nashville's finest musicians who donate their time to the Frist Center for these lovely evenings of art and music.

Saturday, March 6 Architecture Tour of the Frist Center

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby

Free

Coming downtown to the First Saturday Art Crawl? Then start your evening at the Frist Center, as we've moved our monthly architecture tour to the first Saturday of each month.
"When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?" These are just a few of the questions that are answered in the Frist Center's popular monthly architecture tours. Stroll around the Frist Center as you learn more about our landmark building from one of our always-engaging docents.

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Thursday, March 11 Gallery Talk: Masterpieces of European

7:00 p.m. Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join Trinita Kennedy, associate curator at the Frist Center, for a tour of this exhibition. Complete your evening by enjoying Music in the Grand Lobby or visiting with friends in the café.

Thursday, March 11 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Ben Graves

Free

Ben Graves is a true multi-instrumentalist; he's jammed on guitar and harmonica with Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, played electric bass with Kid Rock and at the Grand Ole Opry, and has blown saxophone with Modern Jazz Quartet bassist Percy Heath, Late Show drummer Anton Fig, and tons of people you've never heard of. His voice-over and instrumental skills have contributed to dozens of jingles and original recordings.

Expect Ben to bring several friends along for the evening.

Friday, March 12 Films at the Frist: 300

7:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Free

Introduction by Paul Young, director of film studies at Vanderbilt University

Heroes are coming to Nashville! On Friday, January 29, 2010, the Frist Center opens Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. A four-part film series designed in conjunction with the exhibition will examine what it means to be a hero. This series begins before the exhibition opens, continues through April 2010, and presents a diverse group of heroes. It will start with the iconic hero in the red cape in Superman, delve into the eternal beauty of the woman who was the impetus for the Trojan War in Helen of Troy, examine the strength and bravery of Ancient Greek warriors with the movie 300, and will finish with the everyday hero Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

About the movie:

This American action film based on Frank Miller's graphic novel by the same title is a fictional retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae that took place in 480 BCE. Through larger-than-life scenes, 300 depicts the heroic and borderline impetuous Spartan Army and their struggle to preserve freedom and democracy. Led by King Leonidas, the Spartan's small army of three hundred launches a battle against the much larger Persian military. Despite knowing their fate, the Greeks, who are joined by seven hundred Thespians, stand against the Persians for as long as they can in order to give the rest of Greece more time to prepare for the invasion. Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, and Rodrigo Santoro. Directed by Zack Snyder, 2007. 117 minutes. 35mm. Rated R.

Thursday, March 12 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. John Barlow Jarvis (keyboard)

Free

Two-time Grammy winner John Barlow Jarvis brings his considerable talents to the Frist Center for the first time this evening. Time magazine warmly described his latest CD, View from a Southern Porch, as "traveling without a map." By the age of 18 John was already playing piano on hits by such artists as Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Leo Sayer, John Mellencamp, The Miracles, Art Garfunkel and Stephen Bishop, and at the age of 20, he joined Rod Stewart's band. For the last 20 years, he has resided firmly at the pinnacle of Nashville's music industry, both as a musician and a songwriter. John's songs have been recorded by an incredibly wide spectrum of artists, including Conway Twitty, John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Nicks, Delbert McClinton, Art Garfunkel, Brenda Lee, Steve Wariner, Amy Grant, Ricky Skaggs, Alabama and Taj Mahal, among many others. He has won both the CMA and ACM awards for his writing, and has been nominated for an Emmy.

Saturday, March 13 Kids Club: Hero, you brighten my world!

10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., or 3:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios

Free

Call 615.744.3357 to reserve a space.

Designed for 5-10 year olds, the Frist Center Kids Club offers exciting opportunities for children to discover, explore, and create art. Free membership includes a Kids Club card, rewards for participation, hands-on activities in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, and monthly projects in the art studios. Featured activity: Show appreciation to your real life hero by telling a colorful story of what makes your hero so special!
Sunday, March 14 Jazz on the Move

3:00 p.m. The Life and Music of John Coltrane with

Frist Center Auditorium Rahsaan Barber & Friends

Free

John Coltrane was one of the most influential jazzmen of our age. His life and career were marked by a continuous searching, both musical and spiritual. Stories abound about how "Trane" practiced constantly, even during breaks. His work spanned several periods of jazz history, from his work with MiLes Davis in the 1950's to his groundbreaking "Giant Steps" and the later spiritual explorations of "A Love Supreme." Coltrane has had a profound influence on almost all modern saxophonists, including our host for this presentation, Rahsaan Barber. Rahsaan and his band (that includes Jerry Navarro, Jody Nardone, & Nioshi Jackson) will discuss and demonstrate Coltrane's music across his different periods.
This concert is made possible by an Arts Builds Communities (ABC) grant from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Monday, March 15 Senior Monday

10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts and WAMB-AM present Senior Mondays, a series of events for those who admit their "senior" status. On these days, gallery admission is $3.50 (1/2 price) for seniors and a special senior parking fee of $2.00 in the Frist Center lots is offered, based on availability. Seniors receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases and on Frist Center Café refreshments bought during the event. Seniors are invited to enjoy a live radio broadcast by WAMB's Harry Stephenson in the Grand Lobby. Special gallery talks and other activities are scheduled throughout the day.

Thursday, March 18 Off the Wall Lecture Series: "Heroes Ancient and

6:30 p.m. Modern: Toward a History of an Idea"

Auditorium

Free

The word hero has a different meaning in our contemporary world than it did during the time of the ancient Greeks. Dr. Timothy F. Winters, professor of classics at Austin Peay State University, will focus on the way ancient writers thought about heroes, while offering examples of them. He will also explore the evolution of the word "hero" into its current usage, which connotes something very different than it did in ancient Greece.
Thursday, March 18 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. String Jazz with Billy Contreras and Buddy Spicher

Free

Billy Contreras and Buddy Spicher are developing quite a following during their Music in the Grand Lobby performances. Both maintain active recording and touring schedules, performing with some of today's most celebrated artists. While Billy's first instrument is fiddle, he is a wizard on anything with strings. Buddy Spicher is, quite simply, a legend in the music business, having contributed to many of Nashville's greatest hits over the last four decades. Hear a legend and a legend in the making when Billy and Buddy play for Music in the Grand Lobby.

Friday, March 19 ARTini: Masterpieces of European Painting
7:00 p.m from Museo de Arte de Ponce

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join Anne Taylor, curator of interpretation at the Frist Center, as she leads an informal conversation about one or two works of art in this exhibition. Complete your evening by relaxing in the Grand Lobby with beverages from the café, including special ARTinis, and visiting with friends.

Friday, March 19 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Clara Oman

Free

Nashville-based vocalist Clara Oman's music is a blend of disparate musical influences, including Julie Andrews, Doris Day, BrIan Wilson, Bob Dylan and Cole Porter. Her songs are evocative and even a bit whimsical. Her voice is sweet, lilting and expressive. Songwriter Andrew Gold ("Thank You for Being a Friend"), describes her with a single word: "magic."

Tuesday, March 23 ARTini: Masterpieces of European Painting
12:00 p.m. from Museo de Arte de Ponce
Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Take a break from your day and join Anne Taylor, curator of interpretation at the Frist Center, as she leads an informal conversation about one or two works of art in this exhibition. Complete your visit with a stop in the café or gift store.

Thursday, March 25 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Diedre Vaughn Emerson (cello)

Free

Deidre Vaughn Emerson received her bachelor of music degree in cello performance, graduating magna cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College, and her master of music degree in cello performance at University of Houston in the studio of Vagram Saradjian (studio of Mstislav Rostropovich). In addition to her performance and studio work, she is professor of cello at Tennessee State University.

Friday, March 26 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Wendy Jans

Free www.myspace.com/wendyjans
Award-winning songwriter Wendy Jans studied opera and sang at Carnegie Hall, but has, shall we say, strayed a bit, settling into a distinctive style that is warm and jazzy. Think Norah Jones meets Madeleine Peyroux. Simple as a Song, her new album, was produced by Chad Carlson whose engineering talents are heard on albums by Chris Isaak, Trisha Yearwood and Taylor Swift.
Sunday, March 28 Family Day

1:00-5:30 p.m. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Free

Enjoy a fun-filled day of excitement with friends and family including special art-making activities, storytelling and an exploration of the universe! . For this family day designed around the current exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, the Frist Center collaborates with Nashville Children's Theatre and Dyer Observatory for programs and activities.

 

The 30 Minute Epic: Odysseus Sees the Round World in a Half-Hour Flat

Join expert storyteller Jon Royal from Nashville Children's Theatre for a zany, half hour exploration of one of the largest myths ever! With wacky audience participation, Jon will travel through the entire Odyssey at break-neck speed creating the most abbreviated and entertaining epic you've ever seen! This trip took Odysseus twenty years? Please! In this century we can knock it out in no time!

Visitors can experience The Dyer Road Show and the solar telescope. The solar telescope will be available in the Turner Courtyard, if the sun is available, and an inflatable planetarium will be on view in the Rechter Room with presentations on the constellations and the myths behind them.

 

April 2010
Thursday, April 1 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. String Jazz with Billy Contreras and Buddy Spicher

Free

Featuring two of Nashville's finest jazz musicians and their talented friends, these evenings feature the best straight-ahead string jazz this side of Gotham City. Billy and Buddy both maintain active recording and touring careers. We're pleased they make the Frist Center their "home."
Thursday, April 1 Off the Wall Lecture: "The Ambivalent Heroine:

6:30 p.m. Femininity in Ancient Greece"

Auditorium

Free

In a culture in which the dominant ideal was masculine, what made one a heroine? In this Off the Wall lecture Mireille Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of the history of art at Vanderbilt University, will discuss what it meant to be a heroine in ancient Greek culture. Helen, for instance, was admired for her great beauty, but reviled for her wantonness. Similarly, goddesses such as Athena, Hera, Artemis, and Aphrodite displayed both positive and negative characteristics. And while we might admire the Amazons or Circe for their modern sensibilities, they were really objects of apprehension for the Greeks. But if mythology provided few models for women, ancient Greek vase-paintings and sculptures display images of the feminine ideal to which all aspired: beauty and industriousness, while being modest and circumspect. The true heroine embodied these cultural ideals.

Friday, April 2 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. TBA
Free
On Thursday and Friday evenings, the Frist Center features free music from various area performers in the Grand Lobby. Visitors can visit the galleries (free to members), shop in the gift shop, and listen to some of Nashville's finest local music while relaxing in our bistro seating area and enjoying a variety of wines and other beverages from the café.

Saturday, April 3 Architecture Tour of the Frist Center

4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Grand Lobby

Free

Coming downtown to the First Saturday Art Crawl? Then start your evening at the Frist Center, as we've moved our monthly architecture tour to the first Saturday of each month.
"When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?" These are just a few of the questions that are answered in the Frist Center's popular monthly architecture tours. Stroll around the Frist Center as you learn more about our landmark building from one of our always-engaging docents.

Thursday, April 8 CELEBRATE THE FRIST CENTER'S BIRTHDAY

10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. THANKS, NASHVILLE, FOR 9 GREAT YEARS!

FREE

Thursday, April 8 "Luis Ferré's Sensibility: The Healing Core of the

6:30 p.m. Ponce Museum"

Auditorium

Free

The placement of a museum in any community is done so in the hopes of inspiring its citizens. Whether that inspiration leads people to see their world in new ways, or to do great things every day, lies in the collective efforts of the museum, the objects on display, and within the individual who comes into contact with them. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts was founded on the belief that the visual arts could inspire people to look at their world in new ways. This notion was also held by Luis A. Ferré, the founder of Museo de Arte de Ponce. Ferré was convinced that seeing original works of art would have a transformative effect on the individuals and community of his hometown, the poverty stricken Ponce, Puerto Rico. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Museo de Arte de Ponce are kindred spirits in this regard; both were founded for the enrichment of their surrounding populations. On the day the Frist Center celebrates its ninth anniversary in Nashville, the grandson of the founder of the Museo de Arte de Ponce will present a talk that illustrates the importance of artwork on both the individual and community levels.

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