FAMOUS! (and not-so-famous): Polaroids by Andy Warhol

January 11 – March 2, 2018 Opening reception Thursday, January 11 from 5 to 7 pm in Cohen Memorial Hall From 1970 to 1987, Andy Warhol took scores of Polaroid and black-and-white photographs, the vast majority of which were never seen by the public. These images often served as the basis for his commissioned portraits,… Keep reading

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) "Dolly Parton," 1985 Polacolor ER 4-1/4″ x 3-3/8″ Gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 2008.009

Looking Back (Looking Forward): The Black Mountain Experience

January 11 – March 2, 2108 From its inception, Black Mountain College was an incubator for experimentation, placing the importance of an integrated liberal arts education at its center. This innovative school, founded in 1933 in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, valued equally the visual arts and the so-called applied arts, along with poetry, music,… Keep reading

Who Are We? Identity and the Contemporary Photographic Portrait

September 11 – December 7, 2017 The photographic portrait, with its roots in early nineteenth-century France, has continually challenged how we view ourselves. The actual practice has become increasingly fluid over time and almost as difficult to grasp as the nature of identity itself. These portraits, in their early form, insisted on their realism, a… Keep reading

American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880-1960

June 15 – August 26, 2017 In a historical sense, the Grand Tour was a seventeenth- to eighteenth-century phenomenon in which the young, usually male and aristocratic, members of English and Northern European families visited great cities and societies of the European continent. It was an educational trip, meant largely for cultural exposure and refinement…. Keep reading

American Modernism at Mid-Century: The Work of Morris Davidson

April 28 – September 17, 2017 Morris Davidson’s career as a painter spanned the decades in which American artists experimented with a wide variety of artistic expression, from social realism to abstraction. Davidson followed these trends in his own work as he studied art in Baltimore, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,… Keep reading

The Dada Effect: An Anti-Aesthetic and Its Influence

March 16 – May 27, 2017 The Dada Effect: An Anti-Aesthetic and its Influence Dada was an international multimedia artistic and literary movement founded in Zurich in 1916 to reimagine and, in fact, tear down prevailing forms of art that had dominated the Western tradition. As early as 1915, while proto-dadaists such as Marcel Duchamp and… Keep reading

Marilyn Murphy – Realism Subverted

January 19 – March 3, 2017 This exhibition is presented in honor of Marilyn Murphy, who will retire in 2017 after 37 years of teaching in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. Marilyn Murphy—Realism Subverted will feature paintings and drawings in which reality is turned upside down in dreamlike scenes with gravity-defying objects and… Keep reading