December at the Fine Arts Gallery

As 2021 draws to a close, the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery wishes everyone happy holidays and invites all on-campus Vanderbilt community members to these end of semester activities.

Monthly Exhibition Tour
December 14, noon – 1:00 p.m. (The gallery will close Dec. 11 for Winter Break, but will temporarily re-open on Dec. 14 for the monthly tour.)
On the second Tuesday of each month, join us at the Fine Arts Gallery for a guided tour of the current exhibition and art on display. This is the perfect mid-day break! Gallery staff will host our monthly exhibition tour. No RSVP required.
Location: Fine Arts Gallery, Floor 2, Cohen Memorial Hall
COVID-19 Note: Per Vanderbilt’s current access policy, this event is limited to the on-campus Vanderbilt Community.


If you missed the November 10 Sympathetic Magic Artists Panel Discussion, the video recording is available.

Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation contrasts Christian imagery with ritual objects from China, pre-Columbian North America and modern art as a means to explore ritual. The contemporary artists in this exhibition—Department of Art faculty María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Raheleh Filsoofi, Jana Harper and alumnus Aiden Layer, BS’19,—draw insight from distinct mediums and diverse cultural backgrounds, contributing artworks that bridge the inner life of an individual with the material world we all share.


Image Credits (from left to right):
1) Aiden Layer, American, b. 1997. Disturbing the Status Quo, 2021 Inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist.
2) Jana Harper, American, b. 1970. This Holding: Traces of Contact, 2020 Video, 27′, Courtesy of the artist. Movement Director: Rebecca Steinberg, Musical Score and Arrangement: Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines, Videography: Sam Boyette, Dancers: James Barrett, Kira Fargas, Lenin Fernandez, David Flores, Spencer Grady, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, Hadassah Perry, Sarah Salim, Rebecca Steinberg. Produced with support from the National Foundation for the Arts, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy, Metro Arts Nashville, and the Office of the Provost at Vanderbilt University.
3) Raheleh Filsoofi, Iranian-American, b. 1975. Bite, 2021, Ceramic objects and performance, Courtesy of the artist.
4) María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Cuban, b. 1959. Warrior Reservoir, 2011, Watercolor, ink and Prismacolor on cotton fiber, amate (bark), and handmade papers with ribbon and African totems and spears. Dr. and Mrs. E. Williams Ewers Gift for Fine Arts Fund Purchase, with additional support provided by the Janice D. Forsythe Memorial Fund, the Julia Haddock Fine Arts Memorial Fund, and the Thomas B. Brumbaugh Fund Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 2011.015


Winter Break Hours: The gallery will close for the semester December 11, and reopen January 9.

Regular Gallery Hours: 11:00am – 4:00pm Monday–Friday; 1:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday

Gallery Location and Parking
Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Limited metered and accessible parking is available in front of the building by the 21st Avenue entrance. Additional metered parking is available on 18th Avenue South, on the eastern edge of Peabody campus.

615-322-0605 Gallery


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