Meet Paul: Chief Preparator at the Brooks

Meet Paul Tracy, Chief Preparator for the Brooks. A preparator works with the registrar and curators to put together an exhibit. From the design and layout to the final installation, Paul is on the scene. Oh, and basically has the coolest job, ever. Here, he explains how -- while he was working at the museum on his fiftieth birthday -- he was transformed by a single work of art: I celebrated my 50th birthday by saying goodbye to the Masterpieces from Museo de Arte de Ponce ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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Venice in Transition: The Memphis Daily News

Stanton Thomas, the Brooks' curator of European and Decorative Arts, was interviewed by Memphis Daily News contributor Jonathan Devin for an article that ran last Friday. In the piece, Stanton compares 18th century Venice to contemporay Las Vegas -- sans all the neon, of course: “Venice was a city in transition,” Thomas said. “It had been famous for almost a thousand years as ‘the most serene one’ because of its unique location, which meant it was pretty much immune to invasions,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 29, 2010
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R.I.P. Jim Marshall, Rock Photographer

When Who Shot Rock opens here on June 26, there will be several examples of Jim Marshall's work included in the exhibition. Unfortunately, Marshall -- heralded by the New York Times as "a photographer whose images of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash and others in the 1960s and ’70s helped define their subjects as well as rock ’n’ roll photography itself" -- won't be around to participate. The groundbreaking artist died overnight on Tuesday in a hotel in New York. He... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, March 25, 2010
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The Sivads of March Are Here

Memphis Flyer reporter Chris Davis did a MONSTROUS job writing the cover story about the Sivads of March in this week's edition: The horror first took control of Memphis television sets at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 1962. It began with a grainy clip of black-and-white film showing an ornate horse-drawn hearse moving silently through a misty stretch of Overton Park. Weird music screeched and swelled, helping to set the scene. A fanged man in a top hat and cape dismounted. His skin... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, March 25, 2010
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R.I.P. Alex Chilton

Everyone at the Brooks is saddened to hear that Memphis musician Alex Chilton died yesterday at the age of 59. Chilton was scheduled to perform at the Levitt Shell on May 15, as part of the iconic power pop group Big Star. The amphitheatre is right in our backyard, and many of us museum employees were looking forward to strolling over after work for a night of incredible, made-in-Memphis music. Today, news, memories and eulogies about Chilton are pouring in from around the world.... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, March 18, 2010
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What's a Grant? Why You Want One, and How to Get It: A Blog from Bob

Meet Bob Arnold, Grants Manager and margarita extraordinaire for the Brooks. Learn more about Bob here . Bob. Let’s start today’s blog entry by dispelling some myths: (1) Frogs cannot give you warts . (2) Serial killers are not using the sound of a baby crying to lure you outside. (3) You can end a sentence with a preposition . (4) Grants are not free money. Of these, number four is perhaps the most shocking, or at least the most widely misunderstood. As Grants... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, March 15, 2010
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