Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Free Weekend at the Frist for Vol State Folks

It's Vol State Free Weekend at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Vol State students, faculty and staff can get in for free this weekend by showing their Vol State ID. The promotion runs from Thursday, November 19-Sunday, November 22 2009. Spouses, children etc can also get in for free with a special flyer that was sent out on e-mail. You can also pick them up in the Humanities Office in Ramer 101.

There's plenty on tap for the weekend, with some great exhibitions:

Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Times: American Modernisms from the Lane Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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, 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 the most important American artists of the early twentieth century.

Thomas Hart Benton in Story and Song
In conjunction with the Nashville Public Library’s call for a citywide celebration of beloved author Mark Twain, the Frist Center will present a selection of drawings and watercolors by another promoter of American narratives and everyday life, Thomas Hart Benton. A second section of the exhibition will focus 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.

Oliver Herring: Common Threads
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.

Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris
More than 100 photographs by such artists as Eugène Atget, Hans Bellmer, Ilse Bing, Brassaï, André Kertész, and Man Ray, Twilight Visions will celebrate Paris as the literal and metaphoric base of Surrealism.

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