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Brooks Announces Major Acquisition Bequest

Untitled weaving by Eva Bernhardt / Eva Bernhardt in her studio Throughout the ages the path of the weaver has been the path of true civilization… there where the loom is waiting, the night of savagery is over. The quote is from the brochure for The Path of the Weaver , an exhibition mounted at the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery (as the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art was known at the time) in 1978. Among the individuals given a prize was Eva Bernhardt—it was just one of many... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, November 24, 2014
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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Announces Search to Identify New Director

Esteemed Phillips Oppenheim Firm to Lead Search Memphis, TN (September 25, 2014) — Nathan Bicks, President of the Board of Trustees of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, announced today that a search committee has been formed and that the Phillips Oppenheim firm of New York City has been selected to lead the search for the new Director of Memphis Brooks Museum, replacing Cameron Kitchin, who leaves the position on September 26. The search committee is chaired by Lisa Kranc,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Meet Marisol Photo Booth

Saturday was Community Day at the Brooks; the theme "Meet Marisol" was complete with a photobooth for visitors to recreate Marisol's Mi Mama Y Yo in any way they see fit. Here are the results: [gallery type="square"... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Announces Departure of Cameron Kitchin

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees announces the departure of Cameron Kitchin, who has been director of the institution for the past 6 years. Kitchin has been named Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum ; he will begin his new position there on October 1. Nathan Bicks, Chairman of the Brooks’ Board of Trustees, upon announcing Kitchin’s departure, noted "He's a very smart and talented individual—and he is well ensconced in the leading theories of museum management. He's a... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Alien! Exploring Identity with Latino Memphis

Can you see it? Alien: Exploring identity, is on view in the Brooks' Education Gallery through September 21 With the help of local painter Yancy Villa Calvo and her husband Mauricio Calvo, the Brooks presents an exhibition of Latino student artwork, and Spanish versions of the Marisol audio guide and exhibition text. In conjunction with the exhibition  Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper ,  the Education Department of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, July 11, 2014
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Hank and Asha Filmmakers Share Their Top Travel Movies

Filmmakers Julia Morrison and James E. Duff call New York City home, but were living in Prague when they made their film Hank and Asha. In it, a girl named Asha, who is studying abroad in Prague for a year, and a boy named Hank, a filmmaker and lonely new transplant to New York City, develop a video correspondence-based friendship. They hope the film inspires audiences to travel to both locales, but in the meantime, in the spirit of cinematic armchair travel, here are five of their... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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From Cave Art to Post Modernism: Thinking in Curlicues

“Most of my life I’ve thought in straight lines. It seems to me that artists think outside the box and in curlicues," Rebecca Barton, DDS, on what being a Brooks docent taught her. What a treat it’s been to be involved with the Brooks Docent Program . After having retired from a career in dentistry I was actively seeking some “fun” projects in which to engage.  I’ve always enjoyed art but was quite unsophisticated in the history and techniques involved... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Interview with Finding Vivian Maier Editor and Associate Producer Chris McKinley

Documentary Finding Vivian Maier follows the recent discovery of photographer Vivian Maier—described as “part Mary Poppins, part Weegee”—and her exceptional body of work.  The film has received quite a bit of attention since its March release; what people seem to find in Finding Vivian Maie r is an affinity for the artist, or more accurately the photographs she took (which, as it happens, were often of herself). The public would never know Maier... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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FOUND! Sculptures "Inspired by Marisol" in Downtown Memphis

The Tom Lee Art Transport Co. One could consider Marisol a great post-war American artist obscured by history. Working in New York throughout the 1960s, her contemporaries were the famous avant-garde artists we know today–definitively–as either Pop or Abstract Expressionist. But Marisol's mixed-media sculptures were neither. Although her work was popular, critically acclaimed, and respected amongst her peers, it could not be neatly categorized. And as she shifted themes into the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, May 29, 2014
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The Cloar Catalogue: Crossroads of Memory

Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art and exhibition curator for The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South , weighs in on the origins of the exhibition catalogue, out now and available at the Museum Store. Every once in a while I get involved with a project that really seeps into my psyche—which is how it was with the Carroll Cloar exhibition project. Although I grew up in Northern Missouri, far from the Arkansas Delta, there was... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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