The Frist Center for the Visual Arts' 2013 exhibition schedule offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Center's Ingram Gallery. These include master paintings of the Dutch Golden Age from the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as a Frist Center-organized exhibition of exquisite Art Deco automobiles from some of the most renowned car collections in the United States.
The Upper-Level Galleries will feature Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; an exhibition of Nashville-resident Jack Spencer's photographs organized by the Frist Center; and American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell from The Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Mass.
In the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery, the Frist will present the interactive installations of American artist Camille Utterback; the photographs of Vik Muniz who uses discarded materials to restage scenes from famous works of art; and the utopian architectural sculptures and videos of Brazilian artist Ana Maria Tavares.
The Frist Center's schedule of exhibitions for 2013 in order of opening:
Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Highlights from the Detroit Institute of Arts
February 1–May 19, 2013
Drawn from the Detroit Institute of Arts' superb collection of Dutch art-considered one of the finest and deepest collections outside the Netherlands-this exhibition presents more than 70 paintings by great Dutch masters including Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Jakob
van Ruisdael, Pieter de Hooch and Jan Steen, as well as a small selection of related decorative art objects. The exhibition will illuminate the larger social, religious and political environment of the Dutch Golden Age.
This exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts.
February 1–May 19, 2013
Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery
MacArthur Foundation Fellow Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Her work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. This exhibition will present several of Camille Utterback's highly original interactive digital installations including Text Rain, in which letters seem to drop slowly and come to rest on the projected image of the gallery visitor, forming words and nonsense syllables into human shape.
This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and co-curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala and Curator Trinita Kennedy.
Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection
March 1–June 23, 2013
Assembled from the John Bourne collection of art of the ancient Americas at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, this exhibition features 125 artworks from Mexico to Peru. Organized thematically by culture, the artworks present more than 2,500 years of creativity in Mezoamerica, Central America and Andean South America from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1520. The exhibition features artworks as illustrations of the societies' fundamental principles such as the shamanic foundation of rulership in Mesoamerica, Costa Rica and Panama, and the cosmic principles embodied by gold and silver in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Other artworks, from elaborate musical instruments to portrayals of dancers, explore the importance of performance in politics and religion throughout the ancient Americas.
This exhibition was organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.
Sensuous Steel: The Art Deco Automobile
June 14–September 15, 2013
Inspired by the Frist Center's historic Art Deco building, Sensuous Steel: The Art Deco Automobile will feature spectacular automobiles and motorcycles that exemplify the classic elegance, luxurious materials and iconography of motion characterizing vehicles influenced by the Art Deco style.
Fascination with automobiles transcends age, gender and environment. While today automotive manufacturers often strive for economy and efficiency, there was a time when elegance reigned. Influenced by the Art Deco movement that began in Paris in the early 1920s and propelled to prominence in 1927 with the success of the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, automakers embraced the sleek new streamlined forms and aircraft-inspired materials, creating memorable automobiles that still thrill all who see them. The exhibition will feature 18 automobiles and three motorcycles from some of the most important collectors and collections in the United States.