Unprecedented Connection: Art collaboration during COVID-19

Every artwork in the Unprecedented Connections exhibition from Vanderbilt Kefi Collective is a joint work of two artists who have never met- one partner started the piece and the other finished it. Each pair of artists was assigned a shared symbol- be it a star, a cloud, or a heart- that served as the sole… Keep reading

Two Artworks

Vanderbilt-Fisk collaboration profiles careers of highly successful Black women during Depression, Jim Crow era

Raquelle K. Bostow, Mellon postdoctoral scholar at Vanderbilt University, and a team of six undergraduate students from Fisk University have created the digital retrospective “Women of Rosenwald: Curating Social Justice through the Arts (1928-1948).” The exhibit, made possible through the Mellon Partners for Humanities Education program, sheds light on a lesser known part of one of Fisk’s… Keep reading

photographs of female recipients of the Rosenwald Fund

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom Exhibition Wins Nashville Scene Award

The University Art Gallery’s spring exhibition, Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom, was selected by the Nashville Scene as the Best University Exhibition of the past year. The show, curated by Édouard Duval Carrié and Ada Ferrer, was organized at Vanderbilt by Interim Curator Emily Weiner with Collections Manager and Registrar Kali Mason. More information about… Keep reading

Gallery view of Visionary Aponte objects

Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía

A new online exhibit has been created based on an exhibit in Special Collections and the exhibit-opening lecture given by Paula Covington, subject librarian for Latin American and Iberian Studies. Ediciones Vigía began making handmade books in Matanzas, Cuba, in 1985, limited to 100-200 copies, to make national literature known to Cubans and to create… Keep reading

Collage of Ediciones Vigia books

Surface Cleaning Transforms 15th Century Rhenish Pietà

The Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery recently learned more about its Rhenish Pietà, created by an unknown German artist in the 15th century. This sculpture is made of alabaster and is covered in centuries worth of grime, masking the fine details of the Pietà. The Gallery’s Registrar and Collections Manager, Kali Mason, invited Carolina Conservation to… Keep reading

Picture of partially cleaned Alabaster Rhenish Pieta

Buchanan Fellows Curate New Exhibition Slated to Open in the Fall

The University Libraries will open a new exhibition, “Tending to Popular Thought: What People Read and Why,” this fall in the second-floor gallery of Central Library. The physical exhibition, curated by four undergraduate Buchanan Library Fellows during spring semester 2020, delayed by the COVID pandemic will be installed to mark the start of a new… Keep reading

In Vanderbilt News: Visit ‘Dream for Light Years’ visual/musical exhibition online

Dream for Light Years, a two-year collaboration between Ali Smith, a California-based contemporary artist, and Michael Alec Rose, professor of composition at the Blair School of Music, can now be enjoyed online. The opening for the exhibition at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery has been postponed until an unknown future date due to the gallery’s closure during the global… Keep reading

Ali Smith Dream for Light Years, 2020 Oil on canvas 80 x 100 inches

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