Vesna Pavlović: The Art History Archive Opens August 9

Ruins (from Art History Archive series), 2018, archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta, 91.4 x 91.4 cm

Meet the Artist: Friday, September 20, noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery

From Krishna Adams, Director of Visual Arts, Craft, Media & Design –

An exhibit by Nashville artist, Vesna Pavlović (Serbia/USA) will be on display Friday, August 9 through October 4, 2019. Pavlović creates work that examines the evolving relationship between memory in contemporary culture and the technologies of photographic image production.

Pavlović explained that “The Art History Archive explores the institutional history, obsolescence, and technological and cultural significance of the slide medium. Recognized for their brilliant color reproduction and inventive presentation format, photographic slides were fetishized by artists and educators and widely used by amateur photographers since the 1940s. Along with digitization came obsolescence and disappearance of slides. In recent years I inherited slide archives discarded from a number of art history departments across the country. Inevitable digitization processes have affected the archives along the way changing the ways we study art history. Surrounded by vast amounts of slides in my studio provokes both admiration and panic. What to do with the precious objects, and their representations and histories? How to prevent their oblivion, and salvage the images?”

In 2007 Pavlović earned her M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York City and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Her work has been shown at institutions such as the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, TN; the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Ill; and internationally at the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade, Serbia; the MAC Belfast in Northern Ireland; Württembergischen Kunstverein in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland; City Art Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia and at the Bucharest Biennale 5 in Bucharest, Romania among others. Her work is included in Washington, DC collections such as the Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts among others. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a Fulbright Scholar Award, Southern Prize Fellow, the Howard Fellowship, an Art Matters Foundation and City of Copenhagen Artist-in-Residence grant, as well as two grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Find out more about her work at

The Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery is located at 401 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Nashville, TN 37243 and is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

To schedule a gallery tour, contact me at 615.532.9798 or by email.

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