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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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis at Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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From the School of Myatt

We've got a new show up this week.  From the School of Myatt: Benton Moss and Kathleen Studebaker is being put on in conjunction with Greely Myatt: And Exactly Twenty Years (also known affectionately as "Greelypalooza"). Greely, for those of you who aren't familiar with the man, is a sculptor and University of Memphis professor, whose work and commitment to the arts in Memphis is being celebrated with an unprecedented city-wide exhibition (besides the Brooks, there are seven other... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, October 15, 2009
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New Masterpieces Installation Video

Check out our newest installation video by local talent Joshua Beckmeyer:   .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Read More
at Sunday, October 4, 2009
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Big Day for the Masterpieces Installation

Such a great day on the Masterpieces installation front.  The rest of the crates for the show arrived, and it turned out to be some of the gorgeous Pre-Raphaelites.  I was curious why they arrived separately from the others, so I tracked down Museo de Arte de Ponce’s Associate Curator Richard Aste, who couriered the paintings here to Memphis.  He tells me that the major British works from the Museo (like their signature piece Leighton's Flaming June ) are actually travelling through Europe... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, September 25, 2009
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