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: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/historyart/people_fryd.html