Frist Art Museum / 919 Broadway April 26 - October 31st

Shabazz Larkin

This year’s Art in the Atrium project is devoted to the work of Nashville-based artist Shabazz Larkin. In association with the exhibition Monuments and Myths: The America of Sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French (on view March 1–May 27, 2024) a large-scale adorned pillar made from a salvaged tree is installed in the Upper-Level bridgeway. The pillar is Larkin’s interpretation of the Nkisi Nkondi statuette tradition developed by the Kongo people of Central Africa. Typically carved of wood and covered with nails, Nkondi are believed to be powerful spirit-filled objects that protected villagers.