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Fashion Mimics Art: An Urban Insight

Anyone who has ever met me once knows that I LOVE clothes. I'm not picky-I'll shop anywhere, but I frequent Urban Outfitters quite a bit. As the Memphis readers might know, we don't have one here (yet), so I peruse their website in search of reasonably priced treasure. As an Art History graduate and museum employee, I also LOVE art and all things creative. So when I stumbled upon tee shirts with Barbara Kruger , Egon Schiele (my personal favorite artist) and Keith Haring imagery, I not... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, October 3, 2010
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Exhibitions Department: An Insight Into Ideas

[caption id="attachment_2928" align="alignright" width="252" caption="A peek at one of the carefully preserved and beautifully bound books by Toof and Co. to be included in the exhibit; private collection. "] [/caption] One thing I have learned working in the museum profession for many years, dealing with so many amazing art objects, is that one idea always leads to another, one project always points the way to many more. And as it happens, the project I am working on right now, an... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, September 24, 2010
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Riddle Me This: What do Brooks Members do When They're Not at the Museum?

They put on their best dresses and ride in the Midnight Classic! Check out Brooks member, Michael Hoots, as he participates in full form for the annual ride to benefit Meritan . Hoots started riding for exercise after an injury, but his good-deed riding didn't start here. Hoots also participates in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride to End Aids , a 7 day ride from San Fransisco to LA. He had his amazing red dress made for the ride and he said, "he wanted something that represented Memphis". ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, September 11, 2010
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A Great Moment at Work (For Real!)

When you work the front desk at any organization, you meet a lot of different people. Especially when that job is in the South. Folks love to chat in the South. A couple came into the museum today and the husband joked that the woman would get the senior rate in a couple of weeks. Having just celebrated my birthday a few days ago, I knew she was a fellow Virgo, and went on to tell her that we had the best sign (i'm biased, but right). I asked her husband what his sign was, mainly... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, September 4, 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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Moving on Up: A Brooks Employee Graduates!

The Brooks Museum wants to congratulate Susan, our On-Call Admissions Coordinator, on her recent graduation! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Education Department: Art Therapy

Through the Art Therapy Access Program, the Brooks recently partnered with the Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program (SCRCP), a program of the Department of Child Services at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. SCRP supports children who are not living with their parents by providing therapeutic activities, family advocacy, educational workshops, and caregiver respite. The Brooks’ collaboration included sessions with a registered art therapist, Karen Peacock, as well... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, August 23, 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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Consumo Ergo Sum: The Intern and The Artist

Meet Meg Jackson, Exhibitions Intern for the summer! Read on to find out more about interning at the Brooks, plus gain an inside look at the upcoming John Salvest exhibition. Come see him work with your own eyes before the installation is complete! Enthusiasm, ambition, and gratitude—each have proven the norm in the last two weeks as I began my summer internship for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Last Friday morning, these sentiments were joined by a profound... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, June 8, 2010
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