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Exhibit of Contemporary Photographic Portraits Opens at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery

An exhibition of contemporary photographic portraits opens the fall exhibition season at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall.  On view through December 7, Who Are We?  Identity and the Contemporary Photographic Portrait examines how—in our image-saturated world—photographs have increasingly played a primary role in shaping identity. An opening reception will be held…

Posted by on September 14, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, History of Art, News, Student/Alumni, VRC


Marilyn Murphy Among Vanderbilt Artists Exhibited at Cumberland Gallery Through September 15

Nashville’s Cumberland Gallery concludes the summer season with New Arrivals, an eclectic group exhibition of recent work by several established artists, among them, the Department of Art’s Marilyn Murphy, professor emerita of art, and Farrar Hood Cusomato, senior lecturer of art, as well as guest artists. These works will be on view through Saturday, September…

Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


Kevin Murphy Among Architectural Historians Remembering America’s Lost Buildings

The Conversation, “Remembering America’s Lost Buildings” (August 31, 2017) on historic preservation:   Unfortunately, all cannot be salvaged. Preservation efforts must be galvanized; they require mobilization, time and resources. We reached out to five architecture professors and posed the following question: What’s one American structure you wish had been saved? While their responses vary –…

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in HART, VRC


A&S Senior Performs in “Shakespeare in the Park” Through September 17 at Centennial Park

Miranda Pepin, an Arts and Science senior and the HART department’s work study student,  is currently performing in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s signature program, “Shakespeare in the Park,” Thursday through Sunday evenings,  now until September 17, at Centennial Park’s bandshell. Pepin will play Dorcas, a shepherdess in love with a clown, in A Winter’s Tale, and Dercetas, a soldier…

Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Events, HART, Student/Alumni, VRC

How Art Museums in Houston and Environs Prepared for Harvey and its Aftermath

Over the past five days, Tropical Storm Harvey, the worst storm to hit the Houston, Texas, region in 50 years, has devastated the country’s fourth-largest city.  Along with being home to one of the most diverse populations in America, Houston and its surrounding areas also house a stunning accumulation of modern, contemporary and community-based art. How did…

Posted by on August 31, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC

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Vivien Fryd Interviewed by WNYC Radio About the Art and Politics of the U.S. Capitol Building

Since 1864 each of the states has donated two statues of historic importance to be placed in the U.S. Capitol building as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.  Vivien Fryd, professor of history of art and author of Art and Empire:  The Politics of Ethnicity in the United States Capitol, 1815-1865, talked about the art…

Posted by on August 28, 2017 in Events, HART, HART in Nashville, VRC


“The Shadow of the Sun” Exhibit On View in Central Library Gallery Through September 10

On August 21 a total solar eclipse passed over the width of the continental United States for the first time since 1918, and many of us were transfixed by the epic celestial event.   Alumni Lawn, among other sites across campus, afforded spectacular views of the eclipse for students, faculty, and staff.   Quite a stellar…

Posted by on August 25, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC


Fine Arts Gallery Exhibit on American Artists and Legacy of the Grand Tour Closes August 26

The Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery exhibit, American Artists and the Legacy of the Grand Tour, 1880-1960, will close Saturday,  August 26.  The popular summer exhibit explores work created and brought home by American artists, and the continuing allure of Europe as a destination for leisure, study, and cultural refinement during these years. The exhibition features…

Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC

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Space 204 Gallery Opens August 24 with Photography Exhibition of Michael Sherwin

The Department of Art’s Space 204 Gallery celebrates the beginning of fall semester classes with the August 24 opening  of a new exhibit in Ingram Studio Arts Center.  Vanishing Points features the photography of Michael Sherwin, associate professor of art, School of Art and Design, West Virginia University.  A closing reception is scheduled for Wednesday,…

Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Events, HART, VRC

Colin Dayan’s “Legal Sorcery” Screened at International Arts Festival in Kassel, Germany

The influence of Haitian vodou (known commonly as “voodoo”) rituals on Colin Dayan’s research on marginalized populations and the law is depicted in a performance monologue that she recorded for an international art exhibition.  Dayan, the Robert Penn Warren Professor of the Humanities, created “Legal Sorcery” for Documenta 14, a renowned arts festival that is held every…

Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Events, Fine Arts Gallery, HART, VRC

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