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Real/Surreal: Prof. Vivien Fryd's guided tour at the Frist Center

Vivien Green Fryd, professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University, will provide a gallery tour of works in the Real/Surreal exhibition drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Real/Surreal examines American artists' representations of reality as a subjective and malleable state of mind rather than a fixed truth. Influenced by European Surrealists of the 1920s like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, some American artists used the tools of illusionistic representation to subvert reality entirely, while others subtly tweaked the conventions of realism to turn the familiar into something unsettling and uncanny. The exhibition includes works by Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Man Ray and Thomas Hart Benton, among others.

Meet Vivien in front of the gift shop at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts by 1:45 p.m. August 24. You will have to pay the entry fee if you are not a member. If anyone is interested, we can go for a drink or coffee afterwards.

Notes: RSVP for you and up to one guest only. Kids 18 and under are free; no need to RSVP for kids. Please, one kid per one confirmed paid adult. Please arrive early to purchase your ticket at the Frist.

Learn more about Professor Fryd here:

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  • Mary A.

    Really enjoyed the tour. It was an interesting way to spend a sunday afternoon. I appreciate Vivien taking the time to host the tour.

    August 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for a great tour, Vivien. I was able to make a second loop with a much better understanding of the exhibit. It's no wonder that your art tours fill up so quickly!

    August 24, 2014

  • Karen

    Broken toe yesterday, late night in er, walking is limited. Sorry to miss this, ouch.

    August 24, 2014

  • Cheryl J.

    I also am going to the Sept. event. Just saw this & have plans for today. Thank you.

    August 24, 2014

  • Pat

    I am on for the one in September so will give someone else a chance to go this week. I made plans for this week.

    August 22, 2014

  • Kelly S.

    Folks on the wait list, I'm just about to add another Vivien tour on 9/21.

    August 9, 2014

  • Danielle

    Will miss it, always love her tours.

    August 6, 2014

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