What’s Happening at The Frist Art Museum

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This Frist has experiences for art and culture lovers all year around and 2023 is bringing a lot of heat. Check out upcoming events and exhibits that will leave you inspired. The Frist Art Museum is gearing up for their Frist Arts Fest highlighting three contemporary exhibits and Frist After Five, a special event series in February!


Frist Arts Fest

February 4-5th

The Frist Arts Fest is celebrating the first time in history that the three primary galleries are featuring contemporary art. Experience group conversations with the artists, docent led gallery tours, art making activities, a local artist market and more.

Frist After Five

February 2, 9, 16, 23

Every Thursday in February from 6:00–8:00 p.m., the Frist is celebrating Black arts and culture with special programming in the Frist Café. There will be music, poetry, local contemporary art, food trucks, and good vibes! On February 2, enjoy poetry by Wolfe, a musical performance by Chuck Indigo, and visual art by Marteja.


New Exhibits

Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood

Until March 5th

Matthew Ritchie is a transmedia artist who truly takes his viewers on a contemplative journey. He highlights the richness and complexity of the world by connecting such fields as philosophy and mythology, epic poetry and music, and history and physics. He uses paintings, animation, artificial intelligence and architecture to create an atmosphere of harmony and chaos, the exhibition offers a meditation on art’s capacity to help overcome social fragmentation—to be a connective tissue that is healing and beautiful.

Jeffrey Gibson: The Body Electric

February 3 – April 23

From of Cherokee heritage, Jefferey Gibson combines indigenous and modern art. His vibrant and captivating work calls for Indigenous empowerment and queer visibility through paintings, sculptures, and video installations. This exhibit showcases his large-site his mural “THE LAND IS SPEAKING I ARE YOU LISTENING”, inspired by a song written for the 1980 movie musical Fame, which drew from Walt Whitman’s poem “I Sing the Body Electric” from his 1855 collection Leaves of Grass.

Otobong Nkanga: Gently Basking in Debris

February 3 – April 23

Otobong Nkanga is a Nigerian Belgian artist whose tapestries, paintings, drawings, videos, and performances to illustrate wounding and healing. He focuses on landscapes and it’s link to the human body. Nkanga wants to facilitate healing and recovery through the acknowledgement of where we have been: global capitalism and colonialism. This exhibit is apart of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art.


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