Pressed for Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the Jack May Collection | January 19– March 26, 2021

Visit the virtual exhibition here.

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Cohen Memorial Hall
1220 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Henri Toulouse Lautrec, May Milton, Lithograph
Henri Toulouse Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), “May Milton,” 1895. ink on paper, color lithograph
31-1/2 x 22-1/2 inches, PD-US-expired

Curated by Vanderbilt students in conjunction with the Immersion Program and a class on History of Prints (HART-2775, Prof. David H. Price), this exhibition draws on the private collection of Nashville collector Jack May to explore the diverse and fascinating history of printmaking.

The Jack May Collection, which began as one man’s summary of the history of Western prints, has evolved into an impressive anthology of the medium as a whole. With works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Honoré Daumier, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and Edward Hopper, the collection is every bit as varied as it is extensive. In addition to idealistic portrayals of the beauty of human life and nature, the print artist, like Jack May himself, has a special affinity for social critique, satire, and humor.

Pressed for Time is curated by David H. Price, Cainie Brown, Chloe Davis, Peter Stidman, and Sarah Treadway, with assistance from Harrison Denman, Christopher Elliott, Sophia Moak, Courtney Rehkamp, Daniel Rodriguez, Won Jun Seok, and Margaret Sturm.


The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is open to the Vanderbilt community with abbreviated hours, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1 to 4pm. At this time, access is limited to Vanderbilt University students, faculty and staff, and all visitors must reserve timed tickets to attend in advance.

For those unable to attend in person please visit our virtual exhibition.

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