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Frist Fridays are back!

Starting May 31 as Rendez-Vous exhibition opens
Shabazz Larkin Art in the Atrium exhibition now open

by Cass Teague
Shabazz Larkin with his work WAR/DELUSION in the Atrium project.

Frist Fridays, the Frist Art Museum’s beloved art and music series, will relaunch on Friday, May 31, 2024, with a reimagined event celebrating the opening of the fashion and photography exhibition Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous. Dress to impress for a fun and fashionable rendezvous at the Frist! Plan now to attend the upcoming Frist Fridays on Friday, August 23, and Friday, November 1.

Enjoy DJ sets with Afrosheen, voted Best DJ in Nashville Scene’s 2023 Readers’ Poll and Writers’ Choice awards; one-night-only art activations, food, beverages, gallery pop-up talks from local artists and designers, including Andrew Clancey, Shabazz Larkin, and XPayne; ArtQuest activities hosted by teacher and fashion-as-art influencer Cassie Stephens and live event portrait painter Mandy B; and more, taking inspiration from the groundbreaking design of Alexander McQueen and photography of Ann Ray.

“This Frist Friday will be a fun and elevated mix of art, music, and fashion,” says Frist Art Museum director and CEO Seth Feman. “It will be held primarily in our Grand Lobby and galleries and we encourage all to dress to impress for an evening rendezvous!”

The 21+ event will run from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Limited tickets are available and advance purchase is required; no walk-ups. All tickets include event admission and gallery access. VIP ticketholders will have exclusive access to a VIP Lounge with open bar and light bites. General admission: $30; Frist members $15; VIP admission: $100; Frist members $80. Limited parking is available, and rideshare is      strongly encouraged.

Continue the fun at W Nashville Hotel’s PROOF Rooftop Bar for the official after-party featuring a special DJ set and a signature cocktail with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Frist. All guests are invited to the official after-party from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Don’t miss this year’s Art in the Atrium project, which is devoted to the work of Nashville-based artist Shabazz Larkin. In association with the exhibition Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French (on view through May 27, 2024) a large-scale adorned pillar made from a salvaged tree is installed in the Upper-Level bridgeway. The pillar is Larkin’s interpretation of the Nkisi Nkondi statuette tradition developed by the Kongo people of Central Africa. Typically carved of wood and covered with nails, Nkondi are believed to be powerful spirit-filled objects that protected villagers.

Shabazz Larkin is a figurative artist, poet, sculptor, bookmaker, author, and ambassador for mindfulness meditation. He is the founder of the Museum of Presence, an institution without walls taking the form of a newspaper and podcast led by a cohort of BIPOC artists, curators, and other professionals that spotlights the creative community of Nashville and the greater American South with mindfulness and creativity at its heart. Larkin had a successful twenty-year career in the commercial creative industry working with such notable entities as the Obama Foundation, Google, Sony, Bill Gates, and Maya Angelou before leaving to follow his passion to make meditation and mindfulness teachings accessible to BIPOC communities.

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