Frist Art Museum / 919 Broadway March 3, 2021 - August 1, 2021

Karimah Miller, Twigz, Angel Adams, Anna Haas, Amber Curry, Kyrstin Young, Dorinda Walker, Shabaz Ujima, Chuck Indigo, Frederick Weathersby, 2 Live Bre, Tim Gent, Brian Brown, J. Reggaerica, Yours Truly Jai, David Haas, Jaie Tiefenbrunn, LeXander Bryant, Lesa Dowdy, Kept Frozen, Keep3, DaShawn Lewis

The Frist Art Museum presents N2020: Community Reflections, an online initiative that showcases creative expressions by an array of Nashville artists in response to the historic events and challenges of 2020. The exhibition launches on March 3, 2021—the one-year anniversary of Nashville’s devastating 2020 tornado—on FristArtMuseum.org/N2020 and will feature photographs, videos, spoken-word poetry, and dance performances.

The Frist engaged artist and North Nashville native Woke3 last summer as the guest curator on the project. Since then, he has collaborated with photographers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, videographers, and spoken-word artists in his community to reflect on the past year and consider paths forward. The works cover the destruction of the tornado in North Nashville, the impact of COVID-19 and the burden it places on essential workers, the urgent calls for racial justice, a contentious presidential election, and the downtown bombing on Christmas morning. “It is our goal to touch as many lives as possible by establishing common ground through artistic expression,” writes Woke3 in a curatorial statement. “We want more people to think inclusively as we cultivate ground for all to share how the events of the year affected them as community members, artists, business owners, etc., and to support people shouting ‘We Need Change’ through their respective art forms. That is where we begin the work.”

Image: DaShawn Lewis. May 30, 3:28 p.m., 2020. Photograph.
Courtesy of the artist. © DaShawn Lewis