frist center for the visual arts
Posted on 7.22.2012
the frist center in downtown nashville is the city’s premier art museum. it has only been open for about ten years but has the personality of a much older establishment. the art deco building is beautiful both inside and out. however, the major appeal for me was the exhibit of gee’s bend quilts. i have never seen these in person but have wanted to for years. they are beautiful in so many ways – their history, functionality, how each quilt is a ‘memory text’ of that person’s life and family, the incredibly gorgeous abstract beauty of the colors and patterns… i was not supposed to photograph in the galleries but managed to walk away with one quick image. if you’re ever able to see these (any of them – as the quilts have been made over decades and many different ones circulate), would highly recommend. another favorite aspect of this museum is the interactive arts space for kids – i’ve seen a number of attempts to do this well and they usually are just messy, insufficiently supplied and understaffed areas. this one , however, was run extremely well and my two younger kids enjoyed very much.