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If I Can Dream Recap

The Brooks enjoyed an energetic opening reception for the If I Can Dream exhibition on view in the Education gallery until September 16, 2012.  The exhibition is a result of an international art contest in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. The artworks, selected by a professional panel of judges, were created in response to the quote “If I Can Dream.” This inspirational tune marked the rebirth of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, August 12, 2012
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Mandy Maxwell Realizes Her Dream in Brooks Exhibition

[caption id="attachment_4281" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mandy Maxwell with her painting, Great Heights.[/caption] Growing up as a young artist in Arkansas, just across the bridge from Memphis, the Brooks Museum has always been sacred to me. It was the first and only place for me to see the works of my artistic heroes in person. To have one of my paintings hanging in the Brooks has been a long-time goal of mine, and this year it finally happened. [caption id="attachment_4282"... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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The Brooks Welcomes Elesha Newberry, Our New Tour Coordinator!

Wacky Wednesdays , tours for children and adults , Family Day s: as the new tour coordinator, I’ve already gotten a chance to experience the wide range of programs the Brooks offers during the summer. Last Friday, I was able to take part in my first Art for Lunch , which consisted of a tour of The Soul of a City exhibit and then lunch at the Brushmark. Tagging along on the tour, I learned about the exhibit from one of our volunteer docents, and having lunch with the group, I got to meet and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, August 5, 2012
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The Museum's History: The Brief Version

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was established in 1912 and opened for viewing in 1916 after Mrs. Samuel H. Brooks donated $100,000 for the construction of the museum in honor of her late husband. While first maintained by the Memphis Park Commission, leadership changed to the hands of the Arts and Sciences Commission in 1970, which reported to the mayor. Not until 1983 did the museum change its name from the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Inc., and shortly... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, August 2, 2012
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Fashion Illustrator Kris Keys Takes on Art & a Movie

We were fortunate to have Memphis-born, London-based fashion illustrator Kris Keys visit the Brooks last Thursday. Keys sketched the participants in our most recent Art & a Movie program, which featured clock making followed by a screening of the 2010 documentary film Thunder Soul . Working against a soundtrack provided by DJ Leroy Trenton, museum goers sorted through stacks of old 45 rpm records that were donated by Goner Records and Shangri-la Records. Once they found the perfect 45,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Proposal at the Brooks and She Said Yes! This Job Rocks-Literally!!

Matt Horton just proposed to his girlfriend at the Brooks! Congrats to the happy new engaged couple! Matt came into the museum earlier today to set up the ring in a case. He then came back to the museum with his girlfriend and another couple in tow. He nervously paid admission (I didn't know if I should charge him or not, but I had to!), but he couldn't find his credit card! He finally found it, and then the four of them wandered through the galleries. Then, they... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, July 15, 2012
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The Brooks is on Pinterest

Check out our brand new Pinterest page packed full of great DIY ideas, exhibitions being built and taken down, staff favorites, inspiration and more! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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Family Day:The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art

We had an incredibly fun family day on Saturday, June 23 to celebrate The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art . Kids of all ages enjoyed several creative art-making activities, including a community weaving inspired by Sonya Clark’s Woven Combs . Artist Anthony Lee did a demonstration of his collage/painting techniques, and he even had a young visitor as for his autograph! Hattiloo Children’s Theatre showcased an updated, contemporary performance of ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, July 7, 2012
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What Does a Curator Do? Reflections from Our Summer Exhibitions Intern, Morgan Dowty

A few short weeks ago, if you asked me what a curator does, I would have tip toed around my answer and ended up with something like, “uh, well they arrange art in a meaningful way.” Which is definitely true… but there’s so much more behind that process than I ever imagined. As my second semester of college rolled around this past January, I began to wonder what my summer would look like. At school, my interests had changed and deepened, and I had been pulled into a love for art history. ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, June 25, 2012
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Pics from The Soul's Opening Weekend!

Lucky you, here's a preview! To check out all the pics from this weekend, click here to see our Flickr page! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, June 15, 2012
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