African Art at the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

  In summer 2020, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries and Fine Arts Gallery launched a team project to begin to comprehensively photograph works in the Fine Arts Gallery collection. The images above are selections from this initiative; Search the Gallery’s full collection here!  

Helmet or Cap Mask of the Gelede Society in the Yoruba Tribe

Carrie Mae Weems’ RESIST COVID TAKE 6! | Fall 2020

Vanderbilt University is partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations to host “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice,” a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest. The initiative brings Carrie Mae Weems’ RESIST COVID TAKE 6! public art campaign to Nashville in September, with… Keep reading

Carrie Mae Weems' RESIST COVID: TAKE 6!

Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery receives Kress Foundation award

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery has been selected among spring 2020 applicants to receive support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for an exhibition of medieval and Renaissance artworks.  The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe will be exhibited at the gallery Nov. 4, 2021–Jan. 23, 2022. This exhibition will draw from Vanderbilt’s… Keep reading

Follower of Domenico Ghirlandaio (possibly, Giovanni Battista Bertucci), St. Sebastian, ca. 1510, Italian (1475–1525), Tempera with oil on panel, 19 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches, The Samuel H. Kress Collection,, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1979.0655P

Press for “Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom” at the Fine Arts Gallery

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom at Vanderbilt University was widely reviewed, with features in The Nashville Scene, the Tennessean, Burnaway, The Afro-Hispanic Review and on News Channel Five, among many other media sources. Find links to full articles below:   Nashville Scene, “Winter Arts Preview 2020: Visionary Aponte,” Laura Hudson Hunter, Jan 23, 2020   Burnaway, “Aponte Forever:… Keep reading

Visionary Aponte Exhibition review in Burnaway: The Voice of Art in the South

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom | January 9 – March 8, 2020

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery Curated by Édouard Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer Exhibition catalog Exhibition press   Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom brings together twenty contemporary artists working across a range of media to interpret an extraordinary—and now lost—historical artifact: a so-called “Book of Paintings” created by José Antonio Aponte, a nineteenth-century Afro-Cuban revolutionary… Keep reading

Sympathetic Magic: Objects of Faith, Healing and Transformation | April 8 – July 25, 2021

Throughout history and across the planet, people have perpetually been inspired to create art and objects to promote faith, healing and transformation. This exhibition presents works from Vanderbilt University Collections, ranging from ancient Egyptian and pre-Columbian votives to divination systems from China, Africa and the American South. Also on view are artworks by contemporary artists,… Keep reading

Anatolian amulet with an eye design, date unknown. Collection of Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, 1994.366

“Burnaway,” The Voice of Art in the South reviews “Symbols and Archetypes” at the Fine Arts Gallery

A new survey of global visual culture at Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery in Nashville attempts to uncover the unseen, internal urges behind two thousand years of human art and design. Symbols and Archetypes: Two Millennia of Recurring Visions in Art offers a meditative, slightly spooky trip into the collective unconscious by displaying artifacts and artworks including… Keep reading

Carl Jung Red Book