The Frist Art Museum to Present ‘Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful’

The Frist Art Museum will current Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Gorgeous, a extensive overview of the artist’s extensive, dynamic lifestyle (1891-1978) and multifaceted profession that was outlined by frequent creativeness. Featuring more than 150 is effective, like her joyful and colorful summary paintings and many objects that have in no way been exhibited or published ahead of, the exhibition demonstrates how Thomas’s inventive practices extended to each individual facet of her lifetime-from community company and instructing to gardening and costume. Co-arranged by the Chrysler Museum of Art and The Columbus Museum, Georgia, Every thing Is Wonderful will be on check out in the Frist’s Upper-Stage Galleries from February 25 via June 5, 2022.

This major retrospective follows the trailblazing artist’s journey from Columbus, Georgia, to Washington, DC, to getting the initial Black woman to have a solo clearly show at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Artwork in 1972, when she was eighty many years outdated. It incorporates thirty-8 canvases spanning 1922-77, far more than sixty operates on paper, four marionettes, and a variety of sculptures, images, and ephemera.

“Anything Is Wonderful not only offers a a lot more elaborate comprehending of Alma Thomas, but also gives an inspiring example of how to direct a creative daily life currently,” claims Seth Feman, PhD, one particular of the exhibition’s curators and the Chrysler’s deputy director for artwork and interpretation and curator of pictures. He notes that, when Thomas has been extensive adored by collectors and scholars, her expertise remained unfamiliar to a broader general public for additional than three decades just after her dying right up until 2009, when President Barack Obama and Very first Girl Michelle Obama included her operate among the paintings they mounted at the White Residence. “Thomas realized artworld stardom but regarded as instructing artwork to be her greatest legacy,” says Frist Art Museum senior curator Trinita Kennedy. The Frist will emphasize Thomas’s 30-5-yr tenure at Shaw Junior Higher in Washington, DC, by presenting a concurrent exhibition titled Nashville Artwork Academics: Further than the Classroom that salutes the amazing art teachers in our own community and their heroic attempts for the duration of the demanding circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It features the do the job of elementary, middle, and higher school art instructors doing the job in Davidson County and will be on see in the Conte Neighborhood Arts Gallery from March 4 by way of August 28, 2022. Read through the whole press release on line. Download a PDF of this press launch.

Plan

Thursday, February 24
Curators’ Point of view
Alma W. Thomas: Finding out from the Artist-Educator
6:30 p.m.
Introduced on Zoom
Cost-free registration expected

Offered by Seth Feman, deputy director for artwork and interpretation and curator of photography, Chrysler Museum of Art, and Jonathan Frederick Walz, director of curatorial affairs and curator of American art, The Columbus Museum

Sign up for the exhibition co-curators to study a lot more about how Thomas’s artistic techniques extended to each facet of her lifetime. Drawing from their essays in the accompanying catalogue as well as from the exhibition, Walz will current on Thomas’s marionettes and Feman will share more about Thomas’s educating apply.

Details about extra plans will be posted on FristArtMuseum.org and @FristArtMuseum on social media.