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

Netsuke: Gucci of the Edo Period | Spring 2021

An exhibition curated by Gawon Lee and Jiayi Hou, 2019-2020 Buchanan Library Fellows     The Buchanan Library Fellowship program, in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, is proud to present Netsuke: Gucci of the Edo Period. Curated by students Gawon Lee and Jiayi Hou as the culmination of their 2019–2020 Library Buchanan… Keep reading

Netsuke

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

Refuting “Noble Savages”: Reflections of Nature in Ancient Mesoamerican Artifacts | May 9 – September 13, 2019

The Fine Arts Gallery is pleased to present a collection of ancient Latin American artifacts curated by undergraduate students as part of a semester-long course led by Dr. Markus Eberl, Associate Professor of Vanderbilt’s Department of Anthropology. The exhibition focuses on the connection between nature and the cultural practices of ancient Mesoamerican people. The heat… Keep reading

Then & Now: Five Centuries of Woodcuts | January 10 – March 1, 2019

Nearly a millennium after its origination in fifth-century Chinese textiles, the woodcut became a popular medium in Europe, thanks to the prevalence of paper manufacturing in late-fourteenth-century France and Germany. The medium has continued to resonate in print practices globally, with artists still creating woodcuts today. Then & Now: Five Centuries of Woodcuts spotlights prints… Keep reading