Category: art

Meet the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee!

Meet the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee, a group of teenagers from local high schools that will meet once a month throughout the school year. What’s the goal? The Brooks museum is interested in developing a teen program and the committee will help us determine what it should look like. We will test some of our ideas and some of theirs. Activities will include gallery tours, art making, and workshops with professional artists. In the spring, the committee will plan and execute... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, September 28, 2012
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The Tennessee Arts Commission: A Who, What, When and Why to the Arts

Last week, the Brooks was proud to host a quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Arts Commission. The TAC is one of our major supporters, and you may have seen their logo on our website and our promotional materials. But what is the TAC, exactly, and what do they do? An agency of the Tennessee state government, The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 “to stimulate and encourage the presentation of performing, visual and literary arts throughout the state and to encourage public... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, December 27, 2010
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Home School at the Brooks!

Home School at the Brooks is a program offered through the Education department where we set aside four days of the year for students that are home schooled to come to the museum and have a docent-led tour and participate in a studio activity. For our last home school session of 2010, held in November, we focused on a collection of three special exhibitions that comprise our Picturing America tour: William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005; Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction; and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, December 18, 2010
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Maggie Exner the Magnificent

Maggie works as On-Call Admissions Coordinator and in the catering department at the Brooks. When she's not at work (rare), she's plugging away creating new forms both sculpturally and two-dimensionally. Typically, my work explores themes of human experience in particular environments through the form of drawing. In my drawings I create strange environments that are reminiscent of the real world but heavily animated. These become the playing grounds for imaginative characters that... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, August 30, 2010
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Exhibitions Department: Behind-the-Scenes

Did you ever want to know how an exhibition is set up? Or wonder what everyone's doing behind the closed doors of an upcoming show? Kip Peterson, Collections Manager/Registar here at the Brooks, finally shines some light. Kip is not only super smart, but she's also really funny and nice. Read on -- I guarantee pure enjoyment. Ever wonder what happens once an exhibition has finished its tour? Well, Mr./Ms. Art Lover, many months of planning go into the take down, or de-installation, of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, July 19, 2010
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John Salvest: The Finished Consumo Ergo Sum

This time equipped with kneepads (a quick fix to the many hours spent on the floor assembling his art), John Salvest arrived at the Brooks last Thursday to complete his installation of Consumo Ergo Sum . I, once more, came armed with a camera and questions for the artist. As a follow up to curiosities triggered during our previous meeting, I asked, “Does your art prompt the collection of objects like bottle caps, or do you accumulate the items first and afterward conceive the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, June 14, 2010
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Bicycle Film Festival 2010 Recap

Thank you so much to all who came out this weekend and helped support the Brooks and Bikes! Check out more pics on Flickr ! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, May 28, 2010
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Development Department:How Membership Makes the Difference

Why Membership? We at the Brooks love our visitors. The more people experiencing our collections and activities, the better. We are extremely excited about everything we offer, from art to events, and nothing brings us more joy than to have the community participate in each activity. Visiting the Brooks introduces you to the world of art and gives you a glimpse of all that is going on. One only has to look at our packed Calendar of Events to see that we have something for everyone. ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, January 11, 2010
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Art and the Community.

Yesterday at the museum, we co-hosted with Indie Memphis musician Stoll Vaughan as part of the David Lynch-presented web series Interview Project . Vaughan played some music, showed a few of the interviews (which I highly recommend everyone check out – a new one is released every three days), and told some stories from the road.  It was a great afternoon.  I mention it because at one point Vaughan (a native of Kentucky, currently living in LA) said something that really hit me.  He said... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, November 29, 2009
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Big Day for the Masterpieces Installation

Such a great day on the Masterpieces installation front.  The rest of the crates for the show arrived, and it turned out to be some of the gorgeous Pre-Raphaelites.  I was curious why they arrived separately from the others, so I tracked down Museo de Arte de Ponce’s Associate Curator Richard Aste, who couriered the paintings here to Memphis.  He tells me that the major British works from the Museo (like their signature piece Leighton's Flaming June ) are actually travelling through Europe... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, September 25, 2009
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