The Fine Arts Gallery reopens its doors this fall with “Dream for Light Years”

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to (finally!) present Dream for Light Years, a two-year collaboration between California-based painter Ali Smith and Blair School of Music professor of composition Michael Alec Rose. In 2008, Rose emailed Smith to ask if he could create a suite of music responding to her vibrant and multilayered paintings…. Keep reading

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

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

Documenting the pandemic: Heard Libraries launch COVID-19 Archive

If you’re a Vanderbilt student, 2020 graduate or faculty or staff member, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries invite you to document your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic for historians and future generations. Keep reading…

archive boxes show results of collecting

Artist Emily Weiner lends her talents to support COVID-19 and Nashville tornado relief efforts

Emily Weiner, interim curator of the Vanderbilt Fine Arts gallery and a talented artist in her own right, has contributed two paintings to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The first painting, entitled Vessel, is oil on linen in a ceramic frame and was lent to the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston as part of the… Keep reading

greek red figure vase

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

All Vanderbilt Libraries Are Closed

In keeping with the Metro Public Health Department’s Safer at Home Order — directing all residents of Nashville and Davidson County to stay inside their homes, and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential need–all Vanderbilt Libraries are now closed. All Library Services and Resources,… Keep reading

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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

What’s Happening in the Libraries: January 2020

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom Artists’ Talk and Opening Reception January 9, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. A Q&A with artists Edouard Duval-Carrié and Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Fine Arts María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who will jointly launch the opening of Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom. Exhibition opening reception featuring Batá drums by Yosvany… Keep reading

Library Events January 2020