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Curator’s Tour: Otobong Nkanga's Gently Basking in Debris

Presented by Frist Art Museum at Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

Mar 04 2023
Curator’s Tour: Otobong Nkanga's Gently Basking in Debris

Otobong Nkanga. Tied to the Other Side, 2021. Woven textile (yarns: viscose, multifilament, merino wool, elirex, superwash, monofilament and acrylic); 137 3/4 x 236 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist. © Otobong Nkganga

Curator’s Tour: Otobong Nkanga’s Gently Basking in Debris

Presented by Mark Scala.

Join Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala for a tour of Otobong Nkanga: Gently Basking in Debris. This tour is presented as part of the Tennessee Triennial’s Nashville Highlight Weekend. 

Nigerian Belgian artist Otobong Nkanga creates tapestries, drawings, videos, sculptures, and performances that feature narratives of wounding and healing, making metaphorical links between the landscape and the traumatized human body. Mapping new paths toward recovery, Nkanga’s work conveys the necessity of acknowledging the violence caused by exploiting natural and human resources if we are to overcome the damaging legacy of extraction under colonialism and global capitalism. This selection of works is part of the Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art, a statewide series of exhibitions and performances coordinated by consulting curator María Magdalena Campos-Pons of Vanderbilt University’s Engine for Art, Democracy & Justice that explores the theme of repair and healing, particularly with regards to the Global South and its colonial history.

Source: Frist Art Museum


Included in Museum Admission
FREE/Frist Art Museum members
FREE/Visitors 18 and younger
$10/Seniors 65+ (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 with ID (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$12/Person for Groups of 10 or more with advance reservations

Contact: (615) 244-3340

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Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203


Parking in Frist Art Museum lots is reserved for Frist Art Museum visitors, volunteers, and staff only. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking Lot Hours
Visitor parking begins 30 minutes before the museum’s doors open. The lot closes at 3AM. No cars are allowed in the lot between 3AM and 30 minutes before opening.

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Frist Art Museum visitors: $2 per hour / $20 daily maximum
Frist Art Museum non-visitors: $10 per hour / $30 daily maximum
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A flat rate parking fee may apply for certain special events.

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