First Tennessee loans Carroll Cloar painting to Brooks Museum

First Tennessee Bank has loaned the museum Carroll Cloar’s Historic Encounter Between E.H. Crump and W.C. Handy on Beale Street . The painting is now on view in the Carroll Cloar Gallery for the next six months. Brooks Museum Curator Stanton Thomas explains the historical significance of this painting: In this work, Cloar imagines a meeting between W.C. Handy and Edward "Boss" Crump before Beale Street's Old Daisy Theatre. Known as the "Father of the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 0 comments
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Brooks Museum’s Pissarro painting spends time in Paris

It’s the first week of spring and one of our paintings featuring this season is spending time in Paris.   Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art, accompanied Camille Pissarro’s Printemps à Éragny (Springtime in Éragny) to France earlier this month. This is Stanton in front of the Gare du Nord (Northern Train Station) during his time in Paris.   The painting is currently on view at Musée du Luxembourg, Paris as part of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 0 comments
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The Art of Collecting

Why do people collect art? Is it the pursuit of beauty? A way to connect to history? Or, to quote one passionate collector, is it simply a "genetic defect?" Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art founder Alice Walton, Memphis philanthropist Pitt Hyde and former NBA player/Grizzlies minority owner Elliott Perry shared their passion for art collecting at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Wednesday, March 8 during a nearly hour-long conversation that was stimulating, often... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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Five Women Artists: Vol. 1

Can you name five women artists? In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we are joining the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in their effort to showcase works of art made by women. Throughout the month of March we are highlighting five women artists whose works are part of our permanent collection. Since its very beginning, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has been shaped by the contributions of talented and inspired women. The museum itself... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 6, 2017 | 0 comments
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Top 2017 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Winners

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and the Brooks Museum League. The Awards honors regional students, in grades seven through 12, for exemplary artworks by recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition. Local and prominent figures in the visual arts look for works that exemplify three core values: originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision. Click here to meet this... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, February 10, 2017 | 0 comments
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Meet the 2017 Scholastic Judges

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and the Brooks Museum League. The Awards honor exemplary artworks by regional students in grades seven through 12 by recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition. Click here to see the top awards. Student artwork submissions are blindly adjudicated by local and prominent figures in the visual arts. Jurors look for works that exemplify three core values:... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, February 6, 2017 | 0 comments
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#BrooksMuseumBunnies - The Instagram Contest Winners

Intrude, one of the most highly acclaimed major public art installations in the world, came to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in January 2017. We held an Instagram contest to increase visitor interaction with the installation. The contest had 680 entries. Each winner was awarded a family membership to the Brooks. Day 1, January 18   A photo posted by Anna (@annawunderlich) on Jan 18, 2017 at 4:42pm PST Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 0 comments
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Ride along with artist Red Grooms

In 2014, Tennessee artist Red Grooms spent four days in Memphis visiting artist-created environments, museums, casinos, and neighborhoods with Brooks curator Marina Pacini, author and filmmaker Robert Gordon, and raconteur Tad Pierson, as part of his research for Memphis on My Mind , a special commission for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Come with us as we "ride along with Red" to the places he visited. Here is artist Red Grooms sketching on the roof of the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | 0 comments
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Artist Red Grooms depicts Tennessee history in Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel

This model of the Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel has been on view for a few months at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Here is an introduction to the nine of the figures from the carousel that are in Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent . Red Grooms, American (b. 1937), Model for Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel, 1994, Mixed media with lights and motor, Collection of Mary Hevener and Fred Wallach. © 1994 Red Grooms   You can also listen to Red Grooms talk about creating... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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A Squirrel Tail

Every detail of Inside Art came about because of thoughtful decisions the Inside Art team felt would inspire young museum goers and their families. However, one object stands out, quite literally - a larger-than-life fuzzy squirrel tail. What makes this handmade squirrel tail special is that it was once the Halloween costume of Jack Carter Mix, now 11 years old. When we found a picture of the tail online, we knew we had to have it for Inside Art, because the tail mirrored a squirrel... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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