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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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Five Questions with David Appleby

Last Thursday night, The Brooks screened At the River I Stand , a documentary by University of Memphis Professor David Appleby. The film features rare interviews and news footage by local and national stations during the 1968 sanitation workers' strike and the days leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. After the film, Professor Appleby answered a few of the audience's questions.  Here are five questions I asked the Professor in an email the day after the film. ... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Monday, April 14, 2008
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I was recently talking to Jerre Dye of Voices of the South.   He attended a conference last year at which a speaker was discussing the fact that we are exhibiting the signs of being on the verge of an arts renaissance .  He was saying that since the 60’s (the dawn of McDonald’s era), people have wanted everything like fast food.   Make it fast, make it the same.   I don’t want to think, I need to go.   Now, now, now…      But in the past five or so years, things have begun to... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Friday, April 4, 2008
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Confessions of a Graphic Designer

Just thinking about Helvetica makes me want to get down and party! As I was thumbing through my VEER typeface catalog (yes, there is such a thing), I saw the ad for the documentary, Helvetica .  Not only did you get the newly released DVD, but you also got the one of a kind Helvetica coffee mug featuring "light, regular, black, bold" styles of the font, and the Helvetica "love it or hate it" notebook.  (If you can't tell already, I'm the graphic designer at the... Read More
at Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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The Declarator Preparator

The Brooks ' preparator, Richard Gamble, recently had an exhibit at the P&H Cafe titled Glass Eyes Scavenger Hunt.  Every inch of the P&H's walls are wallpapered with memorabillia, art, photos, posters, really anything you can think of, leaving no exposure of bare wall.  Gamble wanted his artwork to be an excuse to pay attention to the environment as a whole; for the other objects on the wall to enter in his work and vice versa, conjuring emotion from a complex sense.   ... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Saturday, March 15, 2008
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A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4 th will mark the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Here in Memphis, every year on the 4th there is a march in honor of Dr. King, but anniversary years are noted more widely throughout the city. The obvious way for the Brooks to participate in the commemoration is through an exhibition.  It seemed to me that the best way to do this is in two parts, a section that details the events and circumstances that lead to the Civil Rights Movement and... Read More
at Friday, January 18, 2008
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Inside Perspectives

Here's a video from our exhibition Perspectives -- contemporary art from a 300 miles radius of Memphis.   .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
Posted by Andria Lisle at Thursday, August 30, 2007
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