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Let's Build Some Visual Literacy: Conversation with Coriana Close

In a conversation with blogger Erin Williams, the 29 year-old Ohio native let us in on her influences, thoughts on if film photography will forever be a thing of the past, and why it takes more than a cell phone camera to call yourself a true photographer. Coriana Close When it comes to explaining why artists do what they do, sometimes the best points of view can only be understood by a fellow artist. Coriana Close , photographer and assistant professor at University... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, October 21, 2013
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Altars Made By Students and Teachers

Maritza Davila stopped by on the 19th to give her Memphis College of Art students a tour of her show, Ancestry and Identity: Prints of Maritza Davila.  We already ran an interview with her here in which she discussed her familial subject matter, but anyone who showed up for class (or was emboldened to audit for a day) was treated to vignettes of her process and anecdotes that would bring a tear to your eye. The most novel of which inspired a print featuring her mother,... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, September 28, 2013
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Interview with Jimmy Davis: O' Brother Where Art Thou?

Brooks Blogger Erin Williams talks to Jimmy Davis about Memphis, music and where to call home. Jimmy Davis will lead an O' Brother Where Art Thou? sing-a-long at the Brooks on Saturday, September 14. Anyone can say that they have seen a movie, but it’s the true fans who shush those who are speaking, talk back to the screen, and even proceed to sing along when their favorite melody comes up. In the folk-music laced film O' Brother Where Art Thou? the... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Elusive and Hostile Butterflies

If monarch butterflies are conspicuously absent from your image feed, it's not for their lack of flying  (he he...sorry, it's Friday) least not in Memphis. Since the summer started to end, Overton Park has been overcome with these majestic creatures (black and yellow, black and yellow) and it has been my lunchtime, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon break's mission to capture a couple as they dance around each other.   .embed-container { position: relative;... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, September 6, 2013
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Urban Sketchers; Ghost Stories, Live in the Galleries; a Manifesto

Urban Sketchers is an international group of self-starters committed to documenting their surroundings through the two dimensional "essence". Put it this way: They have a manifesto. Somewhere between the Dogme 95 film-making collective and plein air   painters, lies Urban Sketchers. USK Manifesto: 1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. 2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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Ancestry and Identity: Prints by Maritza Davila

Brooks blogger Erin Williams talks to the artist. Maritza Davila, Gallo Mañanero, 2008 Though we live our lives as individuals, the choices we make and the paths we choose are all shaped by the influences of those we let in our world. Our parents, future children and spouses, long lost friends, even politicians can shed light on the ways and means we decide to follow. For artist Maritza Davila, her life has been built like a sturdy home: Her parents laid the foundation, who... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Ghost in the Museum?

[youtube=] While the museum world and paranormal groups brace wait to see if the now famous spinning statue at the Manchester Museum will "lose its magical power" once it's moved to a different pedestal, the Brooks would like to take the opportunity to share our own specter conjectures. The unique, read: explainable, thing about Manchester's paranormal occurrence was that it only happened during the day. As museum... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, July 12, 2013
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Goodbye Angel

The Angels and Tomboys exhibition is now closed and it has been a week since we relinquished our 19th-Century adolescents to the world, bidding adieu on Mother’s Day. We hope you had a chance to see them – painted, printed, and sculpted; they really were a crackerjack group of girls. Together they told the story of how the arts establishment in America came to be, while charting the emergence of children’s and women’s rights. Most did so anonymously, with their identities cloaked in a... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Angels & Tomboys & Truants & Divas & Men

[caption id="attachment_5091" align="alignnone" width="375"] "Well, it was lovely to see you all, but it has been a long journey - I think I will retire to my pedestal for the night." [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5092" align="alignnone" width="500"] "Paul and Luis! I'm in good hands." [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5093" align="alignnone" width="375"] "No, that can't be right- it's 35 1/2 x 29 x 18 inches, 450 pounds. Firm. It is a bit chilly in the galleries... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, April 15, 2013
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You Can Go Home Again

Guest Blogger Erin Williams on Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey In the quarter-century that I have spent in and around the city that I refer to as my second home - the place where I spent more summers, weekends, holidays, weekdays and all the days in between with my extended family, not once had the time ever been taken to go to the Brooks Museum. That time ended yesterday. I was automatically tickled at the intricately placed yarn bombs as I walked up the... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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