Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | August 26, 2021–January 30, 2022

Throughout history and across the planet, people have invariably created objects promoting faith, healing and transformation. Sympathetic Magic presents objects from Vanderbilt University Collections alongside works by modern and contemporary artists, in acknowledgement of the steadfast and uniquely human belief in the transformative power of art. Historical artifacts on view—ranging from votives and tomb objects… Keep reading

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

Skyscraper Gothic | February–May 2022

Curated by Kevin Murphy Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities Professor and Chair of the Dept. of History of Art and Architecture Skyscraper Gothic presents an interdisciplinary interpretation of an important—but overlooked—phase in the stylistic development of the tall office building. Among the most beloved examples of American architecture, skyscrapers such as the Woolworth (1913),… Keep reading

Jacob Vanderbilt painting of the woolworth skyscraper seen through an arch

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita and the Art of the Cat | Summer 2022

Predating Warhol with an art persona as radical as his work, the Japanese-French artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (藤田 嗣治, 1886–1968) might have been a household name akin to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse (They were his colleagues in 1920s Paris—even closer friends included Chaim Soutine and Amedeo Modigliani). While working in Montparnasse, Foujita was highly… Keep reading

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita photographed in his art studio by Jean Agélou

Tennessee Triennial | January 28 – May 1, 2023

The first Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art  in 2023 will be hosted at venues in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville—including the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, The Frist Museum, The Parthenon and Fisk University. Produced by Nashville nonprofit arts organization Tri-Star Arts. https://www.tennesseetriennial.org/

Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art