Frist Center for the Visual Arts Announces Upcoming Events Thru April 30, 2010

January 26
5:28 PM 2010

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Announces Upcoming Events Thru April 30, 2010

Calendar of Events : January 1-April 30, 2010

OF SPECIAL NOTE IN FEBRUARY:

Friday, February 12 Films at the Frist: Helen of Troy

7:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Free

This, the second in a four-part film series designed in conjunction with the Heroes exhibition continues the exploration of what it means to be a hero. Helen of Troy delves into the eternal beauty of the woman who was the impetus for the Trojan War.

Friday, February 19 Artist's Perspective: U-Ram Choe: New Urban

12:00 p.m. Species

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join South Korean artist U-Ram Choe as he leads an informal conversation about some of his work presented in New Urban Species, on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery. This program is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Friday, February 19 Curator's Perspective: "Museo de Arte de

6:30 p.m. Ponce: 50 Years Looking to the Future"

Auditorium

Free

Cheryl Hartup, chief curator at Museo de Arte de Ponce, will speak on the founding of the museum, the development of its collection, and the institution's plans for the future.

February 2010
Monday, February 1 Story Time

10:30 a.m.

Art Library and Resource Center

Free

Join a Frist Center educator for an enthusiastic reading of an award-winning children's book. This program is designed for pre-kindergarten children and their families.
Wednesday, February 3 Art Making: Sgraffito Designs

10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Grand Lobby

Free

Drop in, be inspired, and create your own work of art in the Grand Lobby throughout the day. Featured activity: Join us at the Frist Center to design your own Greek-inspired scene using scratch art paper and the sgraffito technique, which was often employed by the ancient Greeks to design of some of their vases.
Thursday, February 4 Artist's Forum:

6:30 p.m. Kristi Hargrove and Iwonka Waskowski

Rechter Room

Free

Artist's Forum is a program in which Nashville-based and regional emerging and recognized artists discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work. Participants are encouraged to come and be a part of the dialogue about the artistic process.

Kristi Hargrove, assistant professor of fine arts at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film, has more than 15 years experience as an artist and educator. She has shown in numerous national and regional exhibitions and is currently represented by Finer Things Gallery in Nashville. Her practice primarily revolves around drawing, but she also works in photography and video. Hargrove's graduate studies included spending time with artist mentors in Chicago and New York while grounding her art in issues related to French Feminism and psychoanalytical theory. Currently, Hargrove's work addresses issues of body and animal morphing and the topic of desire.
Iwonka Waskowski is a native of Chicago, Illinois, where she began her college studies at the age of 16 at Loyola University. At Loyola, she focused on psychology, with an interest in fine arts. A career in visual merchandising with Crate & Barrel eventually led her to New York, where she worked for three years. Inspired by the creative environment fostered by her career, Waskowski decided to pursue a fine arts degree, which she received from Watkins College in 2005. An active member of the artists' community in Nashville, Waskowski has been involved in local art groups including Untitled Artist Group, the Fugitive Art Center, the Secret Show Series, Off the Wall and others. Her work can be found at several local galleries. Waskowski currently holds the position of career service coordinator at Watkins.
Thursday, February 4 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Thursday, February 4 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. The Storm Kings

Free

Come enjoy the music of the Storm Kings, a Nashville-based ambient fusion quintet influenced by artists including Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, and Mark Isham. Feel free to bring beverages and snacks from the café to the lobby to enhance your listening experience.

Friday, February 5 ARTini:

7:00 p.m. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join Anne Henderson, director of education and outreach 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, February 5 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Friday, February 5 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. John Danley (guitar and paintbrush)

Free www.johndanley.com

John Danley is an experimental, fingerstyle guitarist who composes and performs his own blend of acoustic, instrumental music. His 8th CD, Acoustic Dimorphism, has just been released. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, college universities, festivals and art galleries across the country, and has shared the stage with such artists as David Gray, Iris DeMent, Gove Scrivenor, Reese Wynans, Cheryl Wheeler, Peppino D'Agostino and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Visitors are welcome to purchase beverages and snacks in the Frist Center Café to bring into the Grand Lobby.
Saturday, February 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.

Monday, February 8 Story Time

10:30 a.m.

Art Library and Resource Center

Free

Join a Frist Center educator for an enthusiastic reading of an award-winning children's book. This program is designed for pre-kindergarten children and their families.
Tuesday, February 9 ARTini:

12:00 p.m. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

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

Wednesday, February 10 Art Making: Endearing Elephants

10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Grand Lobby

Free

Drop in, be inspired, and create your own work of art in the Grand Lobby throughout the day. Featured activity: Create your own elephant valentine for someone dear to you!
Thursday, February 11 Gallery Talk:

7:00 p.m. Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join Anne Taylor, curator of interpretation 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, February 11 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Thursday, February 11 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00 8:00 p.m. Tria - Jazz trio

Free
If you were lucky enough to be in the audience at the Frist Center for the first Jazz on the Move concert of the year, you heard the extraordinary vocalist Teree McCormick. She returns to the Frist Center with her own trio for (what promises to be) an evening of fabulous jazz. With Will Adkins at the keyboard piano and Scott Chambers on bass, Tria performs hip and swinging jazz standards and Brasilian jazz favorites.
Friday, February 12 Films at the Frist: Helen of Troy

7:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Free

This, the second in a four-part film series designed in conjunction with the Heroes exhibition continues the exploration of what it means to be a hero. Helen of Troy delves into the eternal beauty of the woman who was the impetus for the Trojan War.

About the movie:

After being shipwrecked on a peace-seeking mission to Sparta, Prince Paris of Troy is washed up on a beach, where he meets and falls in love with a woman he thinks is a slave girl. Determined to carry out his mission and deliver the peaceful intentions of his king, Paris soon leaves the woman to make his way to the Spartan Palace. There, he meets King Menelaus and soon realizes that the woman he loves is actually Queen Helen of Sparta. Menelaus, in turn, quickly recognizes the feelings Paris and Helen have for each other and has the Prince of Troy arrested. Not wanting any harm to come to him, Helen decides to help Paris escape and ends up fleeing Troy with him. This impetuous action is the one that launched a thousand ships and became the impetus for the Trojan War. Starring Rossana Podestà and Jacques Sernas. Directed by Robert Wise, 1956. 118 minutes. 35mm. Not Rated.
Friday, February 12 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Friday, February 12 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Benita Hill

Free www.benitahill.com

Benita Hill's silken voice and arresting jazz tunes reflect the sum total of one truly remarkable life. A former backup singer for the Allman Brothers Band and a hit songwriter with two number-one singles for Garth Brooks under her stylish belt, she made a seemingly oblique turn to the world of jazz. She has shared the stage with Chuck Mangione, Michael Franks and Yolanda Adams.
Saturday, February 13 Kids Club: Story Boxes

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: Inspired by the stories of Greek heroes, participants will design boxes that describe or tell a story about themselves.
Sunday, February 14 Jazz on the Move

3:00 p.m. From Ella with Love with Sandra Dudley

Frist Center Auditorium

Free

February is Black History Month, and we celebrate it with a special tribute to "the first lady of song," Ella Fitzgerald. One of the most popular, accessible, and swinging vocalists of her generation, Ella Fitzgerald was also a first-rate improvisor who could hold her own with the instrumentalists of the day. Her recorded work encompasses several periods and styles of jazz and includes virtually the entire great American songbook. Vocalist and educator Sandra Dudley will lead a performance and discussion that will provide insight into the music and life of this legendary jazz artist.
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, February 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.

Monday, February 15 Story Time

10:30 a.m.

Art Library and Resource Center

Free

Join a Frist Center Educator for an enthusiastic reading of an award-winning children's book. This program is designed for pre-kindergarten children and their families.
Wednesday, February 17 Art Making: Terrific Triptychs

10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Grand Lobby

Free

Drop in, be inspired, and create your own work of art in the Grand Lobby throughout the day. Featured activity: Draw and embellish your own scene on a paper triptych panel that you can take home to display! Triptychs are works of art divided into three sections that first became popular as altar paintings during the Middle Ages.

Thursday, February 18 Member-only Preview

6:00-8:00 p.m. Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce and U-Ram Choe: New Urban Species

Frist center Members preview exhibitions opening to the public Friday, February 19.

Thursday, February 18 Music in the Grand Lobby

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

Free

Join Pat Gunter and the Belmont University bassoon ensemble as they bring an eclectic blend of tunes to the Grand Lobby.

Thursday, February 18 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

 

 

Friday, February 19 Exhibitions Open to the Public

Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce
U-Ram Choe: New Urban Species

Friday, February 19 Artist's Perspective: U-Ram Choe: New Urban

12:00 p.m. Species

Meet at the information desk

Free with purchase of gallery admission

Join South Korean artist U-Ram Choe as he leads an informal conversation about some of his work presented in New Urban Species, on view in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery. This program is supported by the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Friday, February 19 Curator's Perspective: "Museo de Arte de

6:30 p.m. Ponce: 50 Years Looking to the Future"

Auditorium

Free

Cheryl Hartup, chief curator at Museo de Arte de Ponce, will speak on the founding of the museum, the development of its collection, and the institution's plans for the future.
Friday, February 19 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Friday, February 19 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Fuzzmuzz, a.k.a. Winston Harrison

Free

Fuzzmuzz is an electro-acoustic, ambient artist who took the musical pulses of Miami, New York, and LA before settling into the studio in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to record this first solo release, Fuzzmuzz "One." His music is mesmerizing, poetic and hypnotic with influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Bill Frisell, Erik Satie and Philip Glass. Winston has a degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami and was a member of the Gabe Dixon Band.

Thursday, February 25 Off the Wall Lecture Series: "The Places of the 6:30 p.m. Gods and Heroes in Ancient Greece"

Auditorium

Free

The gods and heroes occupied every aspect of life and place in the world of the ancient Greeks. God and heroes were worshiped in major sanctuaries and small shrines. They appeared in the agora (civic center) and oversaw the passage of laws. Even houses were protected by gods and heroes.

Barbara Tsakirgis, Ph.D., associate professor of classics and art history and chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Vanderbilt University, will present an illustrated lecture that introduces the audience to Greek city life and examines the role of gods and heroes in the daily lives of the ancient Greeks.
Thursday, February 25 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free. This activity will continue on Thursday and Friday evenings through February.

Thursday, February 25 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Charlie Rauh

Guitarist/composer Charlie Rauh's pieces are marked by sparse melodic themes engulfed in dense harmonic structures that often thrive on conceptual improvisation. Among his influences are composer philosopher Hildegard Von Bingen (1098-1179), jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and multi-instrumentalist and composer Fred Frith.

Friday, February 26 Adult Workshop: Art Bites: Heroic Foods

4:30-8:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios

$70 members; $80 non-members. Cost includes all supplies and gallery admission. (This is a one day workshop.) Call 615.744.3247 to register.

When thinking of the ancient Greeks, cooking may not readily come to mind. The Greeks, however, were the first to think of cooking as an art form. Join Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites in reading ancient texts and discovering the role of food and wine in antiquity while exploring Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. Then prepare-and enjoy-a meal fit for a hero!

Gomez-Rejón has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Since 1995 she has worked in the education departments of such renowned museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, LACMA, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and has also worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2008 she founded ArtBites (www.artbites.net), a program combining art and culinary history with hands-on cooking instruction, which she has taught at the J. Paul Getty Museum's Villa and Center sites, the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, LACMA and Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles, and the 92nd Street Y and Isamu Noguchi Museum in New York City.

Friday, February 26 Art Making:

5:00-9:00 p.m. Heroes Agora Art Making Project

Grand Lobby

Free

In the spirit of the Greek agora (place of assembly), and in conjunction with the Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece exhibition, visitors are invited to use materials provided to make a piece of art and exchange it for a piece of art on tables in the Frist Center's Grand Lobby. The activity is free.

Friday, February 26 Music in the Grand Lobby

6:00-8:00 p.m. Stephen Anderson

Free

Influenced by Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Lenny Breau (his friend and mentor), solo guitarist Stephen Anderson performs an eclectic blend of jazz-tinged tunes in several genres.

Bistro seating is offered, so visitors can relax and enjoy music performed by guitarist Stephen Anderson.
Saturday, February 27 Adult Workshop: Art Bites: Heroic Foods

10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Frist Center Studios

$70 members; $80 non-members. Cost includes all supplies and gallery admission. (This is a one day workshop.) Call 615.744.3247 to register.

When thinking of the ancient Greeks, cooking may not readily come to mind. The Greeks, however, were the first to think of cooking as an art form. Join Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites in reading ancient texts and discovering the role of food and wine in antiquity while exploring Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. Then prepare-and enjoy-a meal fit for a hero!

Gomez-Rejón has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Since 1995 she has worked in the education departments of such renowned museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, LACMA, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and has also worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2008 she founded ArtBites (www.artbites.net), a program combining art and culinary history with hands-on cooking instruction, which she has taught at the J. Paul Getty Museum's Villa and Center sites, the Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, LACMA and Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles, and the 92nd Street Y and Isamu Noguchi Museum in New York City.

 

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. String Jazz with Billy Contreras and Buddy Spicher

Free

Buddy Spicher hailed from Wheeling, WV, home of the Wheeling Jamboree, and ended up in Nashville on some of the most important recordings in the last 50 years, including Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline. In the early 90s, he took on a brilliant young student fiddler, Billy Contreras. Hear a legend and a legend in the making when Billy and Buddy play for Music in the Grand Lobby. Spectacular music in a spectacular venue.

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. TBA

Free

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.

Free

Enjoy a fun-filled day of excitement with friends and family including special art-making activities, live music, and dance performances.

 

April 2010
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.

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 "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.

Join Benigno Trigo, Ph.D., grandson of Luis A. Ferré, for a discussion on the importance of art in communities. Dr. Trigo will focus on the ideas that motivated his grandfather to found Museo de Arte de Ponce, its placement in Puerto Rico, and the different iterations of the institution's existence. Insights into Ferré's choices for the artwork he purchased for the museum will also be shared.

Friday, April 9 Films at the Frist: To Kill a Mockingbird

7:00 p.m.

Auditorium

Free

This last film in the four-part Films at the Frist series, which was planned in conjunction with the exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, examines what it means to be an everyday hero. Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1960 by the same name, To Kill a Mockingbird introduces us to Atticus Finch, a lawyer in a racially divided town in Alabama during the 1930s. When a black man is accused of raping a white woman and set to go up against an all-white jury the odds seem stacked against him until Finch, a deeply principled man, puts his career on the line to defend him. Through the eyes of Finch's six-year-old daughter Scout and her adventures with her brother, Jem, and a friend named Dill, the story of a small southern town unfolds to reveal its true heroes and their dignified courage in the face of racial prejudice and violence. Starring Gregory Peck. Directed by Robert Mulligan, 1962. 129 minutes. 35mm.

Saturday, April 10 Kids Club

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.
Current Exhibitions


Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times: American Modernism from the Lane Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ingram Gallery
Closes Sunday, January 31, 2010

This exhibition of forty-five paintings and eight photographs featuring masterpieces by Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Sheeler, Arthur G. Dove, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley from the Lane Collection, traces the development and diversity of American Modernism through the eyes of a passionate collector. William H. Lane (1914-1995), owner of a small Massachusetts manufacturing plant, formed his pioneering collection in the early 1950s when these painters were little understood, though today they are considered to be among the most important American artists of the early twentieth century.
This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Thomas Hart Benton in Story and Song

Ingram Gallery

Closes Sunday, January 31, 2010
In conjunction with the Nashville Public Library's call for a citywide celebration of beloved author Mark Twain, the Frist Center presents a selection of drawings and watercolors by another promoter of American narratives and everyday life, Thomas Hart Benton. A second section of the exhibition focuses on another source of inspiration for the artist-one particularly appropriate for Nashville-folk music and musicians. Benton's lifelong admiration of Americana music is well known, yet works of this subject matter have not yet been assembled as an exhibition.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Oliver Herring: Common Threads

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

Closes Sunday, January 31, 2010
This exhibition includes four objects and a selection of short videos by New York-based artist Oliver Herring. Collaborating with friends and strangers in the creation of his sculptures, performances and video art, Herring documents his growing interest in using art as a tool of social engagement.
This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece
Upper-Level Galleries
January 29-April 25, 2010

Featuring more than 100 works, including statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes, and jewelry made between the sixth and first centuries BCE from U.S. and European museums, this exhibition explores the human need for heroes through the arts of ancient Greece.

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece has been organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, in cooperation with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Onassis Foundation (USA), New York.
The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Masterieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce

Ingram Gallery

February 19-May 16, 2010

Featuring 60 works from the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP), located in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the collection of European art originally acquired by philanthropist Luis A. Ferré, this exhibition ranges from the gold-leaf idealism of the late Middle Ages to the detailed realism of the end of the 19th Century and brings together iconic works from the collection's Italian, French, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, German and Austrian schools of painting.

This exhibition was organized by Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico.

U-Ram Choe: New Urban Species

Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery

February 19-May 16, 2010

U-Ram Choe, an artist from Seoul, South Korea, creates mechanized stainless steel structures that suggest hybrids of the mechanical and the organic in the creation of new life forms. Powered by motors, the action of these structures mimics the repetitive patterns of movement found in nature-breathing, the opening and closing of flowers, or the swimming motion of fish. While relying on traditional mechanical principles, the works allude to contemporary robots, which are increasingly designed to function independently of human control.
This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

The Frist Center is supported in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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VISITOR INFORMATION

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., is an art exhibition center dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, regional, U.S., and international sources in a program of changing exhibitions. The Frist Center's Martin ArtQuest Gallery features 21 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. Beginning Jan. 2, 2010, Frist Center admission is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors and military and college students with ID. Thursday and Friday evenings, 5:00-9:00 p.m., admission is free for college students with a valid college ID. Discounts are offered for groups of 10 or more with advance reservation by calling (615) 744-3246. The Frist Center is open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the Café opening at noon. Additional information is available by calling (615) 244-3340 or by visiting our Web site at www.fristcenter.org.

 

 

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