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DAT gifts item belonging to Memphis' first mayor to Brooks Museum

Blog written by Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European & Decorative Art This impressive pitcher—one of the Decorative Arts Trust ’s most recent gifts to the Brooks Museum—belonged to Marcus Brutus Winchester, first mayor of Memphis (1796-1856). Winchester was Memphis’ mayor from 1827 until 1829. His intertwined initials appear in the beautifully engraved monogram, providing a focal point for the piece’s remarkably elaborate decorations of flowers, scrolls, beading, stylized... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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Give back to the Brooks on Giving Tuesday

There’s a day for giving thanks and several days to find your holiday shopping deals. Do you know about the day to give back? People around the world participate in Giving Tuesday, which happens the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and you can join them. Show your support of Brooks Museum and help us inspire others to give during the holiday season.  Change your Facebook and Twitter profile photo on Giving Tuesday to show your support of the Brooks Museum and the power of... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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A Brooks Perspective from a Memphis College of Art Intern

Blog written by Ashley Lulo, Fall 2015 Marketing Intern The Brooks Museum is a really neat museum, especially for students and teachers at Memphis College of Art. Due to the Brooks proximity to Memphis College of Art, it is a great asset to our studies. For many of our art history courses, especially our freshman year art history courses, we are required to visit a museum and write about works in the time period we are working. The Brooks has many works from a large range of time periods... Read More
Posted by Marketing Intern at Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Memphis artist discusses new form of surrealism – NOVI art

 Artist Kenneth Alexander discussed his new form of surrealism called NOVI Art during a gallery talk at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Thank you to everyone who came out to my Gallery Talk today at the @brooksmuseum! I'm humbled to be part of a great historical part of memphis. I was able to talk more in depth about my new art style and gained a lot of positive reviews from my concept and aesthetics! My exhibit will be up until November 1st!... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Local artists collaborate for Brooks Museum mural installation

Credit: Instagram user @schoolboy_hubes *Blog post written by marketing intern Eric Jones from Rhodes College.* Buggin' & Shruggin': A Glitched History of Gaming Culture brings three local artists together under one roof to birth one consuming piece of two-dimesional genius. For this collaboration, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art commissioned Michael Roy (Birdcap Shruggin’), Brandon Marshall (Nosey), and Lance Turner (Crackers) for what is described as, “the brain... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, August 7, 2015
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Winners announced of Art of Minecraft Design & Build Contest

*Blog post written by marketing intern Eric Jones from Rhodes College.* This summer, Brooks Museum challenged all Minecraft fanatics to design and build the world's coolest and most creative art museum. We received a resounding response: 251 entries across three age categories, including over 200 entries from ages 12 and under. Three judges,  The Art of Video Games  site curator Dr. Stanton Thomas and artists Michael Roy ( Buggin &... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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The Art of Video Games plays on at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

  The entrance to the Art of Video Games exhibition at the Brooks Museum. (Source: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art) (MEMPHIS, TN) – Have you ever considered Pac-Man or Super Mario Brothers art? A new exhibition visiting the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is stretching the “traditional” definition of art. The Art of Video Games  is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum that explores the evolution of home video games during the past 40 years. Home... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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Shine Your Light on the World: Sonic Visionaries in African American Music

This post was written by Zandria F. Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, The University of Memphis ; Blogger, New South Negress ; and author of  This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South  (University of North Carolina Press, 2014) March participants sing during a Deacons of Defense march through Bogalusa. Song was the glue that helped hold the civil rights community together. It fostered courage in... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Brooks + Memphis Urban League Young Professionals

The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering underserved communities. It began in 1910, when Dr. George Edmund Haynes and Ruth Standish Baldwin–a Black man and White woman–found themselves both “deeply concerned about the health and welfare of the African-American migrants,” They started the Committee on Urban Conditions among Negroes (CUAN) in New York City, for those who moved north to escape segregation but did not... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, March 7, 2015
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This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Standing (top row L-R ) Chester Collins, Elaine L. Turner, Gwen Glover, David M., Ed Smith, TC Heard Seated (L-R) Johnnie R. Turner, Grace Austin Meacham Several local community members who were active in the Civil Rights Movement attended the opening of the exhibition, including these LeMoyne students who protested the segregation of the Brooks Museum in 1960. On February 1, 1960, four Black students refused to leave a Woolworth’s lunch counter after being denied service. Over 24... Read More
at Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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