Mind’s Eye

  • Vanderbilt University

    Blair partners with the Dean of Students office for One Vanderbilt production of Britten chamber opera

    Vanderbilt Blair School of Music, which offered online-only streamed concerts for most of the 2020–21 academic year, hosted two outdoor in-person performances on Wilson Lawn in April, including a production of Benjamin Britten's 'Albert Herring' by Vanderbilt Opera Theatre. Read More

    Jul. 22, 2021

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    First Impressions: A new generation immersed in the history of Western printmaking creates physical and online exhibit

    'Pressed for Time: Five Centuries of Prints from the May Collection,' on view online and from January through the end of March at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery, was curated by Professor David Price and students in his History of Prints class. Meeting weekly throughout the summer and fall of 2020, the students often were joined by Jack May, a longtime Nashville businessman and print collector, who inspired a new generation of collectors and connoisseurs of print art. Read More

    Apr. 20, 2021

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    Vanderbilt University Special Collections acquires new Lawson photographs

    The Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries have acquired a collection of rare photographs of, and by, the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., ’71—a pivotal figure in the history of the civil rights movement and Vanderbilt University. Read More

    Feb. 18, 2021

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    Found in Cuba: Handmade books illustrate Cuban poetry through repurposed materials

    Ediciones Vigía, a publishing house in the town of Matanzas, Cuba, began to create handbills and invitations in 1985 for local cultural events. Displayed through March of this year, these works now can be enjoyed again in the online exhibit Found in Cuba: The Ingenuity and Creativity of Ediciones Vigía. Read More

    Nov. 3, 2020

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    American Experiment: Professor hopes to inspire the vision of indivisibility for which the American flag stands

    The symbolism of frayed, worn flags in "Flag Exchange" by Mel Ziegler, Paul E. Schwab Professor of Fine Arts, raises questions about the capacity of the American experiment to be sustained through national triumphs and shortcomings, including our own time of divisiveness. Read More

    Jul. 29, 2020

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    Reimagining a Lost Book

    Clara Morera, The Preboste Juan (King Juan), 2017, mixed media on canvas, 72 x 48 inches (courtesy of the artist and Dorfsman Fine Arts, Miami) Artists from the United States, Cuba and Haiti envision social change through reinterpretation of a lost work Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom brings together… Read More

    Feb. 17, 2020

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    Mind’s Eye: Vanderbilt performing arts groups put on a show for first-year students

    Sophomores Amber Yun and Jared Schmidt, and junior Joe Pehrson of Vanderbilt University Theatre scream as they perform a scene from Catharsis, by sophomore Natalie Martinez-White, during the August Spotlight Showcase for first-year students. Photo by Anne Rayner During their first week at Vanderbilt, first-year students are met with an… Read More

    Nov. 7, 2019

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    Ceramics Capstone

    This tall, earth-tone glazed vase is one of Susan DeMay’s classroom demonstration pieces, 17x8x8 inches, completed in stages throughout a semester for an assignment involving numerous objectives for honing pottery wheelwork techniques. Photo by Bill Luton Clay artist Susan DeMay’s retirement exhibit showcases a three-pronged approach to ceramic art From… Read More

    Aug. 20, 2019

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    Mind’s Eye: Piece by Piece

    Detail of Middle Ground by Sophie Drouin and Rachel Sager Mosaic artists convene in Nashville, bringing two exhibits to Vanderbilt Mosaics were originally invented about 4,000 years ago to create durable and inexpensive flooring, but they quickly became more art than craft. A highly refined technique developed during… Read More

    May. 23, 2019

  • Mixed media assemblage of clothes for a young black woman

    Patterns: Visual artist Alicia Henry challenges conventions of femininity

    “Untitled” by Alicia Henry, mixed media, 2 feet by 3 feet Paper dolls have long been used to emphasize cultural norms regarding femininity and beauty. As often happens, childhood play subtly reinforces society’s notions of the “ideal.” Once these playthings are cast off and one enters adulthood, these romanticized… Read More

    Feb. 19, 2019

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    Mind’s Eye: New Perspective

    Works by Middle Eastern women artists build bridges of understanding Mother, by Emirati artist Maitha Demithan, was created by the process of scanography, using digital scanners to generate images and then collaging the images together. In the exhibit catalog the artist states that the piece depicts a mother as… Read More

    Nov. 19, 2018

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    Seasons Greetings: Polly Cook’s mural attests to the rhythms of campus

    Seasonal Cycles mural by Polly Cook Come sun, rain or snow, one of the best places on Vanderbilt’s campus to find shelter is under Calhoun Hall’s stone portico, facing out toward the law and business schools. This refuge is also home to a mural of campus life, Seasonal Cycles,… Read More

    Sep. 6, 2018

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    Painting Personality: Everett Raymond Kinstler ‘performs’ the role of portrait painter

    Tom Wolfe by Everett Raymond Kinstler Successful portraiture is all about conveying the personality of the sitter. It sounds easy, but it’s not, because those character traits that make up a person’s true self have little to do with actual physical appearance. To successfully capture the sitter, portraiture requires… Read More

    Jun. 8, 2018

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    Mind’s Eye: Violins of Hope

    The power of hope—and a dark history—come to life through violin project Some say the violin is the instrument that most closely imitates the human voice. In March, 22 violins, most of which were played by Jewish musicians interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust, will arrive in… Read More

    Feb. 26, 2018

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    Winning Hand: Vanderbilt now home to extraordinary gaming collection

    Alphabet card, France, early 19th century; from the George Clulow–U.S. Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections The George Clulow and United States Playing Card Co. Gaming Collection—one of the world’s premier collections of books about card games, games of chance, playing cards and chess—has been acquired… Read More

    Nov. 21, 2017

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    Decadence and Dada: Vanderbilt celebrates acquisition of Paul Verlaine poetry collection

    The program cover for the Verlaine celebration featured this watercolor illustration by artist László Barta(1902–1961) under the name of Brutus, for a 1936 edition of a collection of Verlaine’s poems titled “Hombres.” Poet Paul Verlaine rocketed between emotional highs and lows, between a life of complete freedom… Read More

    Sep. 7, 2017

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    Art Speaks: Kennedy Center exhibit invites understanding and conversation

    “Day Boy Night Girl” by Sarah E. Vaughn is on view at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center exhibit “Breaking Ground” through June. Whether we realize it or not, we often silence individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities because of our own inability to communicate with those unlike ourselves. Read More

    Jun. 2, 2017

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    The Art of perception: Marilyn Murphy’s art is celebrated as she retires from teaching

    The Observers, 2006, graphite on paper, 30 by 22 inches At the end of the spring 2017 semester, after 37 years of teaching Vanderbilt undergraduates drawing and painting, Professor of Art Marilyn Murphy will retire. From the beginning Murphy has brought an interesting point of view to her… Read More

    Mar. 7, 2017

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    More than 1,000 Words: Master Printmaker Jesse Shaw Exhibits American Epic Series at VDS

    In his American Epic series, currently on display at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Shaw presents broad themes like religion and technology in lush, detailed and sometimes disturbing imagery, rooting his interpretation in the style of the painters of the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Read More

    Nov. 20, 2016

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    Restoring Humanity: The Interconnectedness of Life Is Illustrated in Shimmering Glass Tiles

    It has been 47 years since Ben Shahn’s mosaic Peabody—1968 was dedicated in the Hobbs Human Development Laboratory on what was then the campus of George Peabody College for Teachers. The effort to commission Shahn, an artist well known for his advocacy for the poor, was spearheaded by Susan Gray, professor of psychology, emerita, and an advocate for children, particularly those held back developmentally by poverty. Read More

    Aug. 12, 2016