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Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful
Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a comprehensive overview of the artist’s long life (1891–1978) with more than one hundred works, including her rarely seen theatrical designs and beloved abstract paintings. The exhibition will demonstrate how her artistic practices extended to every facet of her life—from community service and teaching to gardening and dress. A trailblazer, Thomas was the first Black American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972, which was similar to her exhibition at Fisk University in 1971.
The exhibition will be organized around multiple themes from Thomas’s experience. These themes include the context of Thomas’s Washington Color School cohort, the creative communities connected to Howard University (Vice President Kamala Harris’s alma mater), and peers who protested museums that failed to represent artists of color.
Co-organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art and The Columbus Museum, Georgia
Image: Alma W. Thomas (American, 1891–1978). Air View of a Spring Nursery, 1966. Acrylic on canvas. The Columbus Museum, museum purchase and gift of the National Association of Negro Business Women, and the artist.
Free/Frist Art Museum members
Free/Visitors 18 and younger
$10/Seniors (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$10/College students with ID (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$8/Active-duty military (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$12/Person for Groups of 10 or more with advance reservations
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919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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