THE FRIST ART MUSEUM
Nashville, USA + Online Events | https://fristartmuseum.org/exhibition/alma-w-thomas/
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
“Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a fresh perspective on the artist’s long, dynamic life (1891–1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. This major retrospective traces her journey from semi-rural Georgia to Washington, DC, to becoming the first Black woman to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York when she was eighty in 1972. On view will be an unprecedented number of Thomas’s joyful and colorful abstract paintings—the titles and forms of which express her interest in flora and fauna, music, space travel, and spirituality. In addition to her signature canvases drawn from public and private collections, there will be lesser-known and rarely seen artworks and archival material gifted by the artist’s younger sister to The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia. They include letters, photographs, costume designs, marionettes, sculptures, and furnishings formerly in Thomas’s home. The artist’s presence will also be invoked through re-creations of her distinctive dresses with bold, geometric patterns and a new documentary about her life and career.
The exhibition focuses on Thomas’s wide-ranging creativity and persistent search for beauty, not only to provide a more complex understanding of the artist but also to offer an inspiring example of how to lead a creative life today. The show is organized thematically. Visitors will encounter the archetypal spaces where Thomas moved and worked, including the studio, the garden, the theater, community sites such as schools and churches, universities, and the art scene that extended from Washington, DC, to New York and beyond through the Art in Embassies program…”
Organized by the Frist Art Museum
25 Feb, 2021 – 5 Jun, 2022
AONIA SAYS - DIGITAL PROGRAMME
Find out more about these vibrant works through close looking virtual tours hosted by the First Art Museum. These online events give you access to this exhibition wherever you may be allowing you to enjoy the works of Alma W Thomas from the comfort of your homes. Learn more about the life of the artist, as one of the first black women to host her own exhibition in leading institutions through talks hosted by curators. Get the inside scoop and enjoy a more exclusive learning experience with these accompanying events.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & CREDITS
Exhibition Organized by the Frist Art Museum
Image & copy credit: © Frist Art Museum
Alma W. Thomas (American, 1891–1978). Spring Flowers Near Jefferson Memorial, 1970. Acrylic on canvas. Fisk University Galleries, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1991.2116. Photo: Jerry Atnip