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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 | 3 comments
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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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Activist Photographers of Today

This post was written by Sadie Yankello, Rhodes College Intern, in February 2015. The power of peaceful protest has not been lost. And as we have seen in the exhibition This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, photography is an indispensable means by which these moments–personal, powerful, and historical–can be captured. While we may have moved from film canisters to memory cards, documenting non-violent protest is no less relevant for our... Read More
Posted by Claudia Towell at Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 2 comments
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2014 in Review at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

A look back on a year of exhibitions at the museum Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Interactive Gallery preparation with students from Memphis College of Art We started 2014 with pyramids on this blog and pyramids is how we will end it. Last January we mentioned the Pyramids of Giza  in conjunction with a photography exhibition and how, in 1982, the pyramids were moved closer together (digitally) in a photograph to better fit on the cover of National... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 2, 2015
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ABC: A Museum-School Program does "Rococo Subversive"

Left: Florine Stettheimer, American, 1871 – 1944, Still Life Number One with Flowers (Flowers Against Wallpaper), ca. 1915, Oil on canvas, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Gift of the Estate of Miss Ettie Stettheimer  60.21 Right: Student work from Kingsbury Elementary Last week, Art Builds Creativity (ABC) program participants wrapped their first museum visit of the school year.  Students studied Florine Stettheimer's  Still Life Number... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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