NASHVILLE, TN – April 24, 2019 – The Frist Art Museum and Cheekwood Estate & Gardens present “Diana Al-Hadid: Sublimations,” concurrent exhibitions of sculptures and wall reliefs on view May 24-Sept. 2 in the Frist’s Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery and May 24-Sept. 1 outdoors at Cheekwood.
Influenced by a wide range of sources, including art, history, and literature of both Western and Eastern traditions, Islamic calligraphy, ancient architecture, and cartography, Al-Hadid creates impressionistic meditations on ruination and renewal.
Many of Al-Hadid’s sculptures appear suspended in a state of construction or collapse. At the Frist and Cheekwood are selections from Al-Hadid’s installation “Delirious Matter,” organized by the Madison Square Park Conservancy for Madison Square Park in New York. The principal sculptures from that installation—at the Frist, Gradiva and Synonym, and at Cheekwood, The Grotto and Citadel—deal with feminine images taken from art history, myth, literature, and fictional female characters.
To create her sculptures and wall reliefs, Al-Hadid uses fabrication materials such as polymer gypsum, fiberglass, and steel.
About the Artist
Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981) received a BFA in sculpture and a BA in art history from Kent State University (2003) and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University (2005). Her work has been featured across Asia, Europe, and the United States, including exhibitions in Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York; San Jose Museum of Art, California; The NYUAD Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Musèe Granet, France; Federica Schiavo Gallery, Italy; Galerie Isa, India, and Toshodaiji Temple, Japan. She is a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and has been awarded grants by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. She was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2007; the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2009; was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in 2009; and, awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors in 2011 among other awards. She was also a Jameel Sculpture Commission Finalist at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, last year.
About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Art Museum’s Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at FristArtMuseum.org/accessibility. Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members; $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and college students with ID; and $8 for military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5-9 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615-744-3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, 1–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615-244-3340 or visit www.FristArtMuseum.org.
Cheekwood is a 55-acre American Country Place Era estate in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1929 by the Cheek family who amassed their fortune through the Maxwell House Coffee business, the estate was gifted and opened as a public institution in 1960. Today, it features 12 distinct gardens, a woodland sculpture trail, an 8,000-piece permanent art collection, and Georgian-style Mansion with historically furnished rooms and galleries. Over 225,000 visitors come to Cheekwood annually for year-round seasonal festivals, world-class art exhibitions, breathtaking gardens, and educational and public programs for all ages. A member of the American Public Gardens Association, Cheekwood is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its mission is to preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit. For more information about Cheekwood, visit www.cheekwood.org.
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Ellen Jones Pryor