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FILM: Visioneers

Thursday, July 16 | 7:30 pm If you're into supporting Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum, then you'll love our next film. Visioneers , a movie about exploding people, demands of its viewers a certain experience in the common workplace. Featuring actor Zach Galifianakis from this summer's comedy, The Hangover , Galifiniakis plays a character named George Washington who, although has notable symptons of combustion, ignores them and tries to go on with his life. His... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, July 13, 2009
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Experience the Excitement of the Harlem Renaissance at the Brooks

The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, 1963 – 2000 On view June 20 – September 6, 2009 Experience the bold, bright excitement of the Harlem Renaissance this summer at The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Brooks is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition The Prints of Jacob Lawrence, 1963-2000 on Saturday, June 20. Jacob Lawrence (1917 – 2000) was one of the most prominent American painters of the twentieth century. His youth was spent in New York City, where he attended... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, June 12, 2009
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Film:Black Magic

Sunday, June 21, 3:00pm Presented in partnership with True Story Pictures and Reel Conversations, the Brooks Museum will screen Black Magic , a feature film about civil rights issues seen through the history of basketball. A film about a sport only on the surface, Director Dan Klores looks into the past with the eye of the future and questions the public, past and present players and coaches, and political officials, about why historical black colleges are not fully or even... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, June 8, 2009
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Film: Hunger

Thursday, June 4, 7:30 pm The Brooks and Indie Memphis partner to screen this intense and emotional debut feature film from Turner Prize-winning visual artist Steve McQueen . Winner of the coveted Camera D’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival , Hunger tells the history of the Irish Republican Army and their fight to reclaim rights from their government. In 1971, Irish officials used the Special Powers Act to initiate a raid on Republican areas to arrest members of the IRA ,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Botero at the Brooks

In a little over a week, the Brooks will be opening a new exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Fernando Botero .  It's going to be a really exciting exhibition, and we hope that you'll come out!   If you have never seen Botero's work, imagine if Velasquez painted in the style of Diego Rivera .  He takes the human form and exaggerates its proportions to the point of absurdity.  The result?  Gigantic, quirky, round figures awash in hyperreal color that submit a darkly... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, October 8, 2008
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Rare Works on Display in Around TN

Around Tennessee, 1820 - 1920 , a new exhibition of rare works from the Midsouth, is opening on Saturday at the Brooks .  I got a chance to go behind the scenes to see the installation of it yesterday.  There are some really beautiful pieces in there, including fine furniture, paintings, quilts, and early silver.              The Brooks' Associate Curator Stanton Thomas was telling me that the antebellum  silver is especially considered rare because... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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An Education in Rock

Tucked away somewhere in my closet is a t-shirt designed with " The Clash " logo. But, I have to be honest that until doing research for our upcoming "rockumentary" film about The Clash frontman Joe Strummer , I knew nothing about the band. I suppose this proves that not only am I pathetically devoted to fashion trends, but I am also a lot less cool than I would like to think. While researching the band, I found that I should be embarrassed in my lack of knowledge of The Clash. In... Read More
at Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Sacred Oysters, Holy Toast: Vik Muniz and the Art of the Miraculous

       On a chilly spring morning in 2004, a modest shrine began to grow in the shadow of Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway.  Local faithfuls swarmed to the grimy wall of the underpass, where the Virgin Mary had supposedly materialized in the form of a ghostly gray stain.  In a matter of days, the phenomenon had drawn the attention of flashbulbs and live video feeds, and suddenly this largish salt deposit was national news.  The cameras drew more... Read More
at Thursday, May 15, 2008
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Community Mural Program

Post written by: Kathy Dumlao In March, students at Sherwood Elementary School and Campus School were excited to complete a Community Mural Program. The mural at Sherwood Elementary School was painted by a group of fifth-grade students, and the mural at Campus School was completed by students from the sixth-grade. The participants were selected through a writing activity where they wrote about why they thought there should be art in their school and how they thought art could... Read More
at Friday, April 25, 2008
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Ryan Rowlett: Flew the Coop

Ryan Rowlett , who interned for Brooks' Exhibitions Department this semester, sat down with me to discuss interactive media, LA flight, communal functions and his upcoming project at Odessa this Friday. Below is the flyer Rowlett designed for the installation. LM: In our previous conversations you mentioned leaving home and heading to LA to work for Element Skateboarding Company in 1999, right after high school graduation. You also mentioned this was the time when your... Read More
at Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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