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Frist Art Festival November 4 and 5 and new Spanish American exhibition   

by Cass Teague
Enjoy the Frist Arts Festival November 4-5. Check the schedule on the museum website for details and schedule.

Celebrating a full house of stunning art, the Frist Art Museum will hold a weekend-long Frist Arts Fest on November 4–5 spotlighting the exhibitions Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage, Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West, Art and Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection, and The Power of Resilience.

On Saturday, Multiplicity artist Tschabalala Self will discuss her work with Frist Art Museum senior curator Katie Delmez in the auditorium, followed by two special performances of to the parts that make us whole, a dance piece choreographed by Eboné Amos. In the café and courtyard, Soul’d Creative Collective will pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop with music by Chuck Indigo, interactive breakdancing, live art demonstration, and more.

On Sunday in the auditorium, there will be a traditional folkloric dance performance by the Ballet Folklorico Sol de Mexico; a classical South Asian kathak dance by the Upasana Performing Arts Center; and a step performance by The Marching Eta Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., from Fisk University. In the Upper-Level Galleries, there will be two performances in partnership with Nashville Opera featuring Rubén Dario Gómez, Marcela Pinella, and Isaac Eicher.

All weekend, artists and organizations featured in The Power of Resilience will host an artists’ market and speak about their works in the exhibition. There will also be a traditional Mexican Ofrenda on view presented by Casa de la Cultura; guided exhibition tours; art-making activities in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery and in the studios with the Nashville Collage Collective, Casa de la Cultura, and Turnip Green Creative Reuse; food trucks; games; a photobooth; and more.

Admission to Frist Arts Fest is free for Frist members and guests ages 18 and younger. For all other guests, the regular $15 adult admission will apply both days. Advance tickets are not necessary. All normal discounts are suspended during the weekend.

Imagination in Spanish America, 1500–1800: Highlights from LACMA’s Collection runs through Jan 28, 2024 in the Museum’s Upper-Level Galleries. Imperial expansion, conquest, colonization, and the transatlantic slave trade marked the period spanning from 1500 to 1800. Cataclysmic social and geopolitical shifts brought people into closer contact than ever before in real and imagined ways, propelling the creative refashioning of the material culture that surrounded them. After the Spaniards began colonizing the Americas in the late fifteenth century and set out to spread Christianity, artists working there drew from a range of traditions—Indigenous, European, Asian, and African—reflecting the interconnectedness of the world. Private homes and civic and ecclesiastic institutions soon teemed with imported and local objects.

Spanish America was neither a homogeneous nor a monolithic entity, and local artists, including those who remain unidentified, were not passive absorbers of foreign traditions. While acknowledging the profound violence that marked the process of conquest and colonization, this exhibition explores the intricate social, economic, and artistic dynamics of these societies that led to the creation of astounding new artworks—many shipped to other locales in their own day. This exhibition of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts underscores the generative power of Spanish America and its central position as a global crossroads. The works are drawn from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s notable collection of Spanish colonial art, which has largely been formed in the last fifteen years.

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