NASHVILLE, TN – Feb. 27, 2019 – The Frist Art Museum presents Frist Friday: Across the Pond 6-9 p.m. March 29 at the Frist Art Musuem.
Inspired by the exhibitions “A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” and “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” the evening will offer visitors opportunities to experience art in new ways with live performances, interactive gallery activities, and food and beverage specials.
Live Performances in the Auditorium:
6-6:45 p.m.: English Country Dancing lesson led by Susan Kevra
Susan Kevra is an internationally-recognized, Nashville-based dance caller, musician, and singer. She teaches contra, square dances, English country dancing, and French dancing. She is an accomplished clarinetist and a member of the band Old World Charm School, which performs French café music and English country dance tunes. She has choreographed 12 English dances and counting, including “Trip to Provence” and “Moonflower,” which are making their way onto dance floors and ball programs in the US and England. She is also a professor of French and American studies at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches a class called “American Social History through Dance.”
7-720 p.m.: Stick Horse Dressage Performance by Central Tennessee Dressage Association
The equestrian scenes of “A Sporting Vision” will come alive in this fun, interactive demonstration of the Olympic sport of dressage. Members of the Central Tennessee Dressage Association will use wooden stick horses to demonstrate the movements of the sport. The performance will include a four-horse quadrille and a discussion of the origins and principles of dressage.
7:30-8:45 p.m. Birdtalker
Birdtalker is a Nashville-based quintet of friends and family. The band formed in 2012 with members Brian Seligman, Andy Hubright, and Jesse Baker and quickly gained a wide national following with their approachable, harmony-laden acoustic folk songs. On their 2018 debut full-length album One, the band merges instrumentation, lyrics and indie rock.
Throughout the evening, Frist docents will lead brief tours through current exhibitions “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times,” “A Sporting Vision,” and “Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing”.
Marianne Byrd from the Iroquois Steeplechase will discuss the history of horse racing and the hunt in Nashville. Also, register to win a tailgating space at the 78th Iroquois Steeplechase.
Join Vanderbilt Creative Writing for a hands-on “Docupoetry” writing activity in Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing.
Learn to tie a bow tie with Otis James, maker of handcrafted neckties, bow ties, caps, and more.
Food and Beverage
In the lobby VonElrod’s will offer complimentary “Bangers and Mash” tastings; and TailGate Brewery will offer complimentary tastings of “Snakebite” lager/cider. In the courtyard, food trucks like Bob’s Fish Fry, Il Forno Wood Fired Pizza, S’more Love Bakery, and Daddy’s Dogs will serve food and beverages6-8:30 p.m.
Admission to this Frist Friday is free for Frist Art Museum members and visitors 18 years and younger. General adult admission is $20 for not-yet-members and $15 for college students. Advance general adult admission tickets for not-yet-members will go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at www.FristArtMuseum.org/FristFriday. Discounted tickets for seniors and military will be available only at the door.
Tasting Sponsors: TailGate Brewery and Von Elrod’s
Media Sponsors: Lightning 100 and the Nashville Scene
The Frist Art Museum is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Ellen Jones Pryor