Sympathetic Magic: Works of Faith, Healing and Transformation | August 26–October 17, 2021

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

The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe | November 4, 2021 – January 23, 2022

The Artist’s Workshop in Medieval and Renaissance Europe will draw from Vanderbilt’s collections to feature approximately thirty-five works from the late medieval and early Renaissance period in Europe, with twelve Renaissance paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection (gifted to the George Peabody College for Teachers, now Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, in 1961) as… 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

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

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