May 22, 2024


Art Shines Through

Frist Art Museum celebrates art deco’s stamp on history, art, architecture

To close out the anniversary celebration of its 20th yr, the Frist Artwork Museum will consider an in-depth glance back at the era of its personal creating with the exhibition “American Artwork Deco: Developing for the Folks, 1918-1939.”

Think about it a Frist Artwork Museum selfie, if you will.

The Frist Art Museum building (c. 1934) is a perfect backdrop for the museum’s latest exposition, “American Art Deco: Designing for the People 1918-1939” because the building itself is a shining example of art deco architecture as seen here in the museum’s lobby.

At first made as the postal headquarters in 1934, the setting up by itself is a poster boy or girl for the artwork deco movement of the 1920s and 1930s with its various shades of marble often displayed in geometric styles and its cast-aluminum doors and grillwork.

Senior Curator Katie Delmez stated the timing of this exhibition was intentional to honor and rejoice the historic constructing that narrowly escaped demolition before being restored and reopened as the Frist Center for the Visible Arts in 2001.