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Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
February 2–May 5, 2019

While its primary focus is on Impressionism, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times contains examples of French art created throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, featuring styles ranging from Romanticism to Cubism. Among the highlights are works by seminal figures, including Edgar Degas, Eugène Delacroix, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. But the exhibition is more than an overview of art-historical achievement: it also offers a glimpse of the tastes and connoisseurship of one of the great American collecting couples of the twentieth century, Paul Mellon and his wife, Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. Philanthropists as well as collectors, the Mellons gave gifts of art to such distinguished institutions as the National Gallery of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where Paul Mellon served as a trustee for four decades.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Supported in part by our 2019 Frist Gala Patrons

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
February 2 – May 5, 2019

With representative masterpieces of the genre—including works by Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, George Morland, and George Stubbs—this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s gift of British sporting art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and marks an opportunity to view the entire breadth of this outstanding and comprehensive collection. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society’s changing habits and customs.

Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Supported in part by our 2019 Frist Gala Patrons

Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization
February 2–May 5, 2019
Gordon CAP Gallery

Claudio Parmiggiani makes room-size installations as well as two- and three-dimensional works that address the passage of time, mortality, absence, memory, and silence. His art stands against the grain of our frenetic, cacophonous, image-infused culture. In many of his pieces, sound is implied but unheard. In others, incongruous juxtapositions defy expectations. History is a constant muse, and absence is as significant as presence. Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization is the first museum exhibition for the artist in North America. The art exhibited in this gallery reward patience and deep attention.

Parmiggiani was born in 1943 in Luzzara, Italy, a commune on the banks of the Po River in the region of Emilia-Romagna. From 1959 to 1961, Parmiggiani attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Modena. During that time, he became a regular visitor to the studio of Giorgio Morandi, whose incomparable mastery of light and focus on humble subjects made a lasting impression. Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni are often cited as influences. Although Parmiggiani is associated with the Arte Povera movement and conceptualism of the 1960s and 1970s, he works somewhere in between. In 1970, he devised his signature process, delocazione (displacement), inspired by contours he saw in the dust after objects had been removed. Making pictures rather than painting them, Parmiggiani arranges objects on walls, boards, or canvases, and then stokes fires burning nearby, allowing soot, dust, and pigment to settle. When the articles are removed, they leave behind silhouettes. Parmiggiani’s art is best understood in the context of its entirety. Nevertheless, this modest presentation provides insight into the artist’s consistent intentions—notably, how silence, stillness, and absence offer refuge for the viewer.

Organized by the Frist Art Museum

Life, Love & Marriage Chests in Renaissance Italy
November 16, 2018–February 18, 2019
Upper-Level Galleries

During the Renaissance, a period spanning from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, elaborately decorated wooden wedding chests known as cassoni (cassone: singular) were an integral part of Italian marriage rituals. Commissioned in pairs and shaped like ancient sarcophagi, they were paraded from the bride’s house to her husband’s after the wedding. Throughout the marriage, the chests continued to be used as storage and seating and were among the most prestigious furnishings in the home.

In Renaissance Italy, arranged marriages were the norm. They were regarded as an alliance between two families who were usually of similar economic, social, and political standing. Wives were often younger than their husbands by a decade or more. Once a couple got engaged, the bride’s father and her groom negotiated her dowry, which could range from clothing and jewelry to vast estates and other more substantial assets. Commissioning a pair of marriage chests to celebrate the union and to hold the bride’s possessions was also done by either her father or the groom.

Cassoni tell stories and teach edifying lessons relevant to marriage. Erudite subject matter demonstrates the patron’s sophistication and sometimes has familial or civic significance as well. Heroic epics by ancient Roman and Greek authors, such as Ovid and Homer, are popular sources for the stories, as are the fourteenth-century poetic writings of Boccaccio, Dante, and Petrarch. To create meaningful connections between the past and the present, ancient tales are set in Renaissance settings with figures wearing the latest fashions.

More cassoni were made in Tuscan cities, where there was a large merchant class and a strong tradition of painted furniture, than anywhere else in Italy. Among the many artists who produced cassoni were Francesco di Giorgio Martini in Siena and Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi, better known as Lo Scheggia, in Florence. These painters customized marriage chests, including adding the coats of arms of brides and grooms.

Cassoni fell out of style even before the Renaissance had ended, and few of them survive intact today. Most were dismantled so that their painted panels could be sold separately on the art market, a practice common in the nineteenth century.

This exhibition features outstanding marriage chests and panels belonging to the Museo Stibbert in Florence, Italy. They are considered as part of their original domestic context and displayed alongside an array of other art objects made for the home, including devotional paintings, pottery, and textiles. Together, these works of art give us insight into life, love, and marriage in Renaissance Italy.

This exhibition was organized by Contemporanea Progetti with the Museo Stibbert

2018 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs
Through March 17, 2019
Conte Community Arts Gallery

The Frist Art Museum’s seventh biennial Young Tennessee Artists exhibition showcases some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2017–18 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. After reviewing more than eight hundred entries from students in home-school programs as well as private and public schools, the jurors selected works by twenty-seven students.

Upper-level studio art courses make it possible for highly motivated students to build and refine their portfolios through ongoing investigation, practice, and reflection. The dedicated teachers in AP and IB programs challenge their students’ artistic perceptions and encourage them to develop aesthetic methods, both conceptually and in execution. At the end of the school year, each student’s portfolio is reviewed by AP or IB examiners. Students may subsequently receive college course credit or other recognition of their accomplishments.

This exhibition illuminates their skillful synthesis of form, technique, and content. The array and quality of work demonstrate the growing sophistication and diversity of experiences within the AP and IB studio art programs across Tennessee.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the selection committee:
Rosemary Brunton, educator for community engagement, Frist Art Museum
Lester Merriweather, artist, Memphis
Mark Scala, chief curator, Frist Art Museum
Donna Woodley, artist, Nashville
Koichi Yamamoto, assistant professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Organized by Rosemary Brunton, Frist Art Museum educator for community engagement

Here are the selected artists included in this exhibition, listed by region:

Olivia Lewis, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Zoe McDaniel, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Nate Steward, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown
Cristobal Tellez-Sosa, Hamblen County High School East, Morristown

Anne Blackburn, Harpeth Hall Upper School, Nashville
Jared Boston, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Jessica Cardona, Nashville School of the Arts, Nashville
Savanna Cucchiara, Central High School, Murfreesboro
Everett Delaney, Father Ryan High School, Nashville
Lizzy Gaviria, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Nancy Henin, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Webb Hunt, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville
Mary Johnson, Harpeth Hall Upper School, Nashville
Hannah Middleton, Central High School, Murfreesboro
Birdie Pearse, Centennial High School, Franklin
Zoe Spain, Hillsboro High School, Nashville
Katie Taylor, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Dayton Upchurch, Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville
Heidi Viall, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Madison Weathers, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville

Marie-Pia Bonnot, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Camille Campbell, Overton High School, Memphis
Natalie Eslami, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Arely Herrera, Overton High School, Memphis
Diamond Liggins, Power Center Academy High School, Memphis
Jenny Rogers, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis
Solbok Yi, Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis

Advanced Placement is a registered trademark of the College Board. International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark of the IB Organization. The institutions were not inv

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