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Frist Museum celebrates Art Museum Day on May 18 with Free Admission

The Frist Museum for the Visual Arts is celebrating the Association of Art Museum Directors’ fifth annual Art Museum Day by giving free admission to the museum on Sunday, May 18. The museum will be open from 1 – 5 pm. The Café will open at noon.

The museum has several programs planned for the event including Docent Walk-Up Tours at 1:30 pm, Drop-In Drawing, Artful Tales, and the Martin ArtQuest®.

Current exhibitions include:

American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart -- This exhibition has three sections. “The Masters” covers the greats in country music, including intimate portraits of Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn and George Jones to the stunning final portrait of Johnny Cash, taken a few days prior to his death. Stuart began taking photographs while working with Lester Flatt in 1974. “Walking into the Grand Ole Opry with Lester Flatt was the equivalent of walking into the Vatican with the Pope. His endorsement gave me instant acceptance into the family of country music,” he says. “Blue Line Hotshots” features everyday Americans taken while Stuart traveled the country as a musician. “Badlands” captures the people, day-to-day life, and ceremonial traditions of the Lakota (Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota) of which Stuart is an adopted member and given the name of O YATE’ Ö CHEE YA’KA HOPSILA (the man who helps the people).

Goya: The Disasters of War – These 81 etchings were not published until 1863, 30 years after Goya’s death due to the depiction of atrocities and horrors of the Peninsula War 1808-14 under Napoleon, criticism of France and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy.

Steve Mumford’s War Journals, 2003-2013 – Mumford traveled to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the US military prison at Guatanamo Bay from 2003-13. His sketches, watercolors, and paintings from these areas captured the American troops, civilians, and prisoners in these conflicts.

Frist Center disclaimer: The Goya and Mumford exhibitions contain graphic depictions of war and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Upcoming events:

The 101st Airborne Division Band, “Lest We Forget: A Patriotic Salute,” Sunday, May 25, 3 pm under the tent in the Turner Courtyard. Bring a folding chair and enjoy the Memorial Weekend concert.

Artists’ Perspectives: American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart, presented by Marty Stuart and Hilda Stuart (his mother), Wednesday, June 4, Noon, Free admission, seating is first come, first seated

Frist Fridays Summer Concert Series, June 27, July 25, August 29, 6 - 9 pm. Tickets are $10 per person, per concert for non-members. Free admission to members.

Architecture Tours, June 7, July 5, August 2, 4:30 pm, Grand Lobby, free admission. Start your evening at the Frist Center on the first Saturday of each month, prior to the First Saturday Art Crawl.

For more information on the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, upcoming exhibitions and events, admission and hours, FAQs on museum policies, etc. please see their website at 919 Broadway, Nashville TN 37203, 615-244-3340.

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