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Symbols of History

News Channel 3's Alex Coleman came by this morning to talk to our Chief Curator Marina Pacini about an upcoming auction of "Printed & Manuscript African Americana" by the the Swann Auction Galleries.  Mike Lollar of The Commercial Appeal wrote an article  about it in today's paper. Among the items up for auction ( click here for Swann's full catalogue) are a number of items from the Civil Rights movement, including one of very few surviving copies of the original poster carried by... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, February 22, 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 Andria Lisle at Tuesday, January 26, 2010
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Development Department:How Membership Makes the Difference

Why Membership? We at the Brooks love our visitors. The more people experiencing our collections and activities, the better. We are extremely excited about everything we offer, from art to events, and nothing brings us more joy than to have the community participate in each activity. Visiting the Brooks introduces you to the world of art and gives you a glimpse of all that is going on. One only has to look at our packed Calendar of Events to see that we have something for everyone. ... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, January 11, 2010
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Education Department:Scholastic Awards

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption=" Marionette Doll , Alison Reber, 12th grade, Central High School, Best in Show, Senior Division, 2009"] [/caption] January brings an exciting time to the Education Department at the Brooks when the staff embarks on the annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards. Each year, nearly 2,000 works of art by 7th through 12th grade students from the tri-state area are reviewed by a panel of prestigious jurors. These judges will... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, January 4, 2010
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Department Highlight:Exhibitions

Meet Elizabeth Henschen, Exhibitions intern and research guru! Check out her unique behind-the-scenes take on intern life at the Brooks! "For the past five months as an intern in the Exhibitions Department, I’ve been exploring the process of exhibition making and the Brooks Museum’s role in the Memphis community and beyond. Museums do much more than house incredible works of art; they are the intersection of culture. Psychology, anthropology, politics and economics all play... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, December 21, 2009
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Collection Spotlight: Canaletto

[caption id="attachment_1268" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (Italian, 1697–1768). The Grand Canal from Campo di San Vio, 1730–1735. Oil on canvas. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art."] [/caption] Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, was born in Venice and worked for his father, a successful theatrical scene painter. In 1719 Canaletto traveled to Rome where he probably encountered the work of other artists... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, December 14, 2009
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Development Department:What We Do

Money, money, money. . . How much money does it take to run an art museum like the Brooks? The answer is almost 3 ½ million dollars a year. Where in the world does if come from? Well, the city of Memphis gives us some (12% to be exact) and we have to make or raise the rest. Some of it comes from people having their weddings here. That helps a lot. Some of it comes from admission fees paid at the front desk, sales in the gift shop, film tickets, and profit from lunches sold in the... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, December 14, 2009
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Art and the Community.

Yesterday at the museum, we co-hosted with Indie Memphis musician Stoll Vaughan as part of the David Lynch-presented web series Interview Project . Vaughan played some music, showed a few of the interviews (which I highly recommend everyone check out – a new one is released every three days), and told some stories from the road.  It was a great afternoon.  I mention it because at one point Vaughan (a native of Kentucky, currently living in LA) said something that really hit me.  He said... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Sunday, November 29, 2009
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Bike Safety

FYI, bikers: Bicycle Safety in the Streets Revolutions will be hosting a Bicycle Safety Class this Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Spend a couple hours with fellow bike enthusiasts as they discuss general safety guidelines, specific regulations regarding riding bicycles in Memphis, and overall strategies for getting from point a to point B as safe as possible.  Feel free to bring your questions.  Date : Saturday, November 21 (10:00am-12:00pm) Info : Should I... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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Brooks + Bikes = Happier, Healthier Memphis

Everyday, All of the Time The Brooks wants to send a virtual shout-out to all cyclists and pedestrians, especially those living in and visiting our great city, Memphis. In support of this eco-savvy group, the Brooks offers $1-off coupons to anyone who rides their bike to the museum. This means you family rider, and you cyclocrunk enthusiast. We want and enourage you to go by bike. And this ain't new. We jumped on that train years ago. In addition, we premiered the first... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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