The Carl Van Vechten Gallery

The Carl Van Vechten GalleryHoused in a late 19th century Victorian building, The Carl Van Vechten Gallery was established in 1949, when the acclaimed American painter Georgia O'Keeffe donated to Fisk the extraordinary group of works that form The Alfred Stieglitz Collection.

The collection was given in honor of O'Keeffe's husband, Alfred Stieglitz, the pioneering American photographer and art impresario. The gallery was named in honor of Carl Van Vechten, an American novelist, critic, photographer and philanthropist, who played an important role in securing The Stieglitz Collection for Fisk.

The Carl Van Vechten Gallery houses a changing schedule of traveling exhibitions and temporary installations from Fisk University's permanent art collections. Every two years, the gallery features The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern American and European Art, which includes works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Auguste-Pierre Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, and Arthur Dove. 

You may view the list of works in The Stieglitz Collection by downloading the attached pdf .

Origins of Influence: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art

A new spirit enveloped American life at the dawn of the 20th century. It was a spirit of change, dissent, revolution, and of hopefulness. New directions seemed possible in politics, the arts, and in the quality of life overall. Institutions and established ways of thinking were subjected to critical reappraisals. Experimentation replaced acquiescence to received customs and traditions. Alfred Stieglitz embodied this new spirit more than any of his contemporaries working in the arts. At a time when American culture was redefining its fundamental ways of seeing, thinking, and experiencing the world, Stieglitz's seminal role as artist and art impresario defined him as a singular force for shaping a new American vision of art and culture. Origins of Influence: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art celebrates the legacy of the modernist movement.

The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art

After his death in 1946, Stieglitz’s widow, Georgia O’Keeffe, and her assistant Doris Bry, catalogued and donated most of his extensive collection to institutions at home and abroad. Fisk University was among the first to receive works from O’Keeffe, along with The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Works were also given to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Library of Congress, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection, The George Eastman House, and The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Charles S. Johnson (1893–1956), Fisk University’s first African-American president and his close friend, Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964), a New York writer, photographer, philanthropist, and friend of O’Keeffe, influenced her decision to give works to the university for the establishment of an on-campus art gallery. Today, a partnership has been forged between Fisk University and Crystal Bridges that allows this important collection to be shared between Nashville and Bentonville on a biannual basis.

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On the corner of Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd. and Jackson Street
Fisk University Campus
1000 17th Ave North
Nashville, TN 37208

New Hours

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Extended Hours

Thursday and Friday 4 p.m.-7 p.m.