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Guest Blogger Cort Percer Muses on Maquettes

Cort Percer is a freelance writer and event coordinator. He produced the Bicycle Film Festival Memphis 2009 and 2010 at the Brooks. Percer also works at the Peddler Bicycle Shop on Highland and is involved with the Greater Memphis Greenline, Walk, Bike! Memphis, and Revolutions Bicycle Co-op. Follow his blog at fixmemphis.blogspot.com . Teeny Tiny Bike Racks After seeing this article in the Flyer Emily and I made an appointment with the Urban Art Commission to view Gadsby... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, November 6, 2010
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William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005: The Installation!

Our Exhibitions staff stays busy and works hard. I had no clue how much time, patience and work goes into just installing an exhibit. That doesn't even scratch the surface of the entire project. Here is an inside peek at our experts in action. [caption id="attachment_2987" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Chief Curator Marina Pacini and Collections Manager Kip Peterson, discuss the placement of the photographs."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_2996" align="aligncenter"... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, October 12, 2010
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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Saturday, October 9, 2010
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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Saturday, August 28, 2010
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