Category: Collection

Mythological Creatures from Grahamwood Elementary

Grahamwood Elementary's CLUE class visited the Brooks on Wednesday, November 20th for a day of art-making and viewing related to Greek mythology. Their itinerary included stops at the Greco-Roman Torso of Pan,  1st century B.C.E. - C.E. 2nd century; The Slaying of Medusa, ca. 1680 and The Massacre of the Children of Niobe , ca. 1680, both by Luca Giordano; and several "everyday" items from the Greco-Roman world, such as Mirror, with Scene of Venus Victrix , 2nd... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, November 21, 2013
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What is Provenance and Why Does It Matter?

This past May I attended a Provenance Seminar at the National Archives in Washington D.C. funded, in part, by a grant from the Kress Foundation. Before I worked in museums, provenance was not a word I was familiar with, but since I have come to realize all of the legal and ethical issues associated with it. Provenance is the history of the ownership of an object as it passes through time. Some objects have rather lengthy, illustrious histories. They may have been owned by royalty, barons,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Meghan Wilcox: Reflection of an Internship

Last semester my passion for the arts and desire to work within the field were strengthened tremendously. Looking back, I can honestly say that I owe a great deal of this heightened fervor to my time spent at the Brooks Museum. During my internship I learned a lot about the inner-workings of museums, their relationships with other institutions, and the public in general. This experience has opened my eyes to a side of the “non-profit” sector which I had not seen before. As a result of this... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 14, 2011
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Development Department: Fashion vs. Culture

Diane Jalfon is the Director of Development and a strong, determined woman. A piece of advice: read her perspective and learn from her wisdom. Oh, and wish her a happy birthday, too! I was driving home the other day listening to my friends at WKNO slog through their bi-annual pledge drive with a mix of admiration and sympathy. It’s admirable that season after season they summon an amazing amount of energy and optimism to reach their fundraising goals. But I’m sympathetic to the difficulty... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Who Shot Rock and Roll: The De-installation Photos!

Ever wondered about all of the rules of the trade when dealing with artwork? Well, i don't know all of those rules, but I'm great with a camera! Check out these photos of the de-installation of Who Shot Rock. Chief Preparator Paul Tracy, Assistant Preparator Louis Giberson, and Collections Manager Kip Peterson carefully prepare the artwork for shipping. The Preparators are removing the images from the wall, and Kip is checking the books. This is an image of one of the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, October 9, 2010
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Become a Docent at the Brooks!

Brooks is looking for a few good guides! Would you like to learn more about art and share your knowledge with others? If yes, please read on! Founded in 1965, the Brooks Docent Program was established by the Brooks Museum League. Serving thousands of visitors each year, Brooks docents engage their audiences with the artwork on view and foster the development of visual and creative thinking skills, often providing the first contact many children and adults have with the visual arts.... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, June 2, 2010
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Getting to Canaletto by Curator of European and Decorative Art: Stanton Thomas

It's been four years and about two months since I started working on the Canaletto project. I actually began it before I even arrived in Memphis to take a position at the museum. Our former director, Kaywin Feldman, called me at my home in Cleveland, Ohio, and told me that the Brooks was planning a Canaletto exhibition. And she told me that it was going to be my project, and that I needed to write a portion of a funding grant. She had sent me files on the Brooks' great painting... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, February 27, 2010
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Exhibitions Department:Close Encounter

This blog entry was written by Louis Giberson, Assistant Preparator and museum extraordinaire "In my short time at the Brooks I have learned countless things. I have learned about handling, installing, packing and crating art objects, to mention a few. One of the greatest things about my job is shipping and receiving artwork. I get to learn how to construct crates built to international shipping standards and am challenged to craft each crate to precisely fit each work of art. ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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