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March into Spring at the Frist Art Museum

by Cass Teague
Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The Puritan, 1883–86, cast 1917. Bronze; 31 x 19 12 x 13 14 in. Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Cornish, NH, SAGA 66. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Soon it will be Spring again, with Daylight Saving Time and better weather (we hope). Spring also brings beautiful art and related programming to the Frist Art Museum. You can enjoy several amazing ongoing exhibitions, along with some very special new ones in the coming weeks.

Monuments and Myths opens on March 1, and continues through May 27, 2024, in the Frist Upper-Level Galleries. Daniel Chester French (1850–1931) and Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907) were the preeminent American sculptors of the Gilded Age. They transformed sculpture in America, producing dozens of the nation’s most recognizable public artworks, including Saint-Gaudens’s Diana atop New York City’s Madison Square Garden and French’s Seated Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC.

Drawing upon the collections of the two artists’ historic homes, Chesterwood and the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park, Monuments and Myths is the first exhibition to explore the artists’ intersecting careers with approximately seventy sculptures, models, maquettes, and more. While learning about the lives and careers of both artists, guests are offered an expansive narrative reflecting the multifaceted stories embedded in the art. Amid massive industrial growth and developing sociopolitical structures, the sculptors produced aesthetically graceful and socially potent artworks that shaped and reflected America’s complicated negotiation of national identity in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression.

Also on view, through April 28, in the Ingram Gallery, don’t miss Southern / Modern, the first comprehensive survey of paintings and works on paper created in the American South from 1913 to 1955. Featuring more than one hundred works, the exhibition focuses on artists such as Aaron Douglas, Alma Thomas, Carroll Cloar, Caroline Durieux, Will Henry Stevens, and others in states below the Mason-Dixon line and those bordering the Mississippi River. It also includes artists from outside the South, such as Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Thomas Hart Benton, Josef Albers, Elaine de Kooning, and others.

Also through April 28, in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, be sure to see Carving a New Tradition: The Art of LaToya M. Hobbs, with recent prints and mixed-media artwork by the Arkansas-born, Baltimore-based painter and printmaker. Hobbs is a professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a founding member of Black Women of Print, an artistic collective aimed at rendering the work of Black women printmakers — past, present, and future — visible.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Dara Tucker as she pays tribute to jazz legend Nancy Wilson Sunday, March 17, 2024, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Frist Auditorium; FREE; first come, first seated. Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy-winning vocalist with more than 70 albums to her credit, is one of the most celebrated vocalists of all time. Beginning her jazz career with Cannonball Adderly, she went on to commercial success in multiple genres.

Nashville Jazz Workshop afternoon concerts in the museum’s auditorium are free of charge and include admission to Frist Art Museum galleries and discounted parking in the Frist visitor parking lots.

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