The Alfred Stieglitz Collection on display at Fisk University

Courtesy: Fisk University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As Nashville’s Fisk University celebrates 150 years, a key component of each student’s education has come home.

The Alfred Stieglitz Collection is now on exhibit for students to study and the public to admire.

The Carl Van Vechten Gallery at the school is now home to the collection of modern American and European art.

“It’s a teaching collection, so you learn about Picasso, Renoir, Marsden Hartley, and so many artists,” said curator Jamaal Sheats.

The priceless treasures were given to the university in 1949, but financial challenges forced the school to sell a 50-percent stake in the collection to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas.

“Crystal Bridges Gallery and Mrs. Walton provided Fisk with necessary funds at a time when funds were needed to maintain the university to keep it functioning and alive. And in return for that, this collection travels,” said historian Reavis Mitchell.

The Stieglitz collection, which contains 101 pieces of art, spends three years at Crystal Bridges, three years at Fisk. Fourty-three are now on view at Fish and will rotate every 90 days.

The Van Vechten gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here to read more.


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