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On becoming a museum docent: 5 Things I Learned About Art From Children

Art is so much more than just art: It can be science, culture, motion, and history, as well as color, line, and shape. Young children naturally think like artists, and their imagination is at its peak during their early development as students. Yet educators struggle with ways to develop and instill creative and critical thinking skills—crucial tools that his generation needs to utilize their creative impulses in educational and civic pursuits. As a docent at the Memphis Brooks... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, May 2, 2014
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Top 5 Reasons to Be "Uncorked"

Well, there are at least 15 reasons right here.... Early each Spring, Brooks Uncorked marks the unofficial beginning to the heartiest portion of the Memphis Wine + Food Series (MW+F). In case you are unfamiliar, MW+F is the major fundraising effort supporting the museum's education and community outreach programs. Following Uncorked, the MW+F spring season hosts a dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, a Private Winemaker Dinner at Spring Creek Ranch, and the ... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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This is What "Soulful" Means

Harding Academy junior Anna Rogers won a Silver Key for photography in this year's Mid-South Scholastic Exhibition.  The awards ceremony is Saturday, February 1st, starting at 11 am.   Anna Rogers, Soulful, Harding Academy, Silver Key Award, Photography Art has always been a hobby of mine. In elementary school if I wasn't getting in trouble for talking during class, I would get in trouble for doodling. I received my first digital camera when I was in the fifth... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 31, 2014
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Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

Elesha Newberry, Associate Director of Education at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, shares her thoughts on the Mid-South Scholastic Art Exhibition. Esme Perkins, I Can Feel A Difference, White Station High School, winner of the Painting Award, Senior Division The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and the Brooks Museum League are proud to present the 49th Annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards, open through February 23rd at the museum. This competition, open to all 7-12... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, January 25, 2014
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Facing Change: Art Therapy Access Program

Facing Change: Art Therapy  is the culmination of a year’s worth of art therapy collaborations at 4 partner sites around the city. Karen Peacock and Sarah Hamil are the two art therapists who have worked with the participants to provide a meaningful outlet of self-expression.  The resulting exhibition consists of 70 masks that represent each participant. Art therapist Karen Peacock shares some thoughts and details, below: In 2013, four community... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, January 17, 2014
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2013: A Year In Art

This makes an awful lot of the Brooks' 'B' on the page right now... As a tidy lens of sorts, the Brooks looks back on 2013 with the  Brooks Calendar  at hand. This reinvented bimonthly museum guide debuted a little over a year ago with a lamp from  The Brilliance of Tiffany: Lamps From The Neustadt Collection  on its cover, an exhibition that lit Brooks’ galleries as 2012 turned 2013. Although these lamps were originally products of America’s Gilded Age, the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, January 13, 2014
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Winterfest '13

LED ears, in preparation for the >mancontrol< performance Patty Carreras, aka Lil' Elv-y   A Gingerbread house too well done to eat Santa was here, as a guest, but he made time to pose with fans. Best (Head)Dressed! Neville Holding Court, with Dreidel Navy Band Mid-South Santa Wars This little one took advantage of the only time we will allow jumprope in the museum. It's... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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Couples Who Art Each Other

Frida and Diego, Johns and Rauschenberg, Pollack and Krasner, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, Lee Miller and Man Ray, ... these names are familiar to us as famous art couples. But what about Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Herb and Dorothy, Cutie and the Boxer? Through exhibitions and films, and with a little serendipity, the Brooks is currently celebrating three couples who have immersed themselves in the arts: Two power couple... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Mythological Creatures from Grahamwood Elementary

Grahamwood Elementary's CLUE class visited the Brooks on Wednesday, November 20th for a day of art-making and viewing related to Greek mythology. Their itinerary included stops at the Greco-Roman Torso of Pan,  1st century B.C.E. - C.E. 2nd century; The Slaying of Medusa, ca. 1680 and The Massacre of the Children of Niobe , ca. 1680, both by Luca Giordano; and several "everyday" items from the Greco-Roman world, such as Mirror, with Scene of Venus Victrix , 2nd... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, November 21, 2013
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#MemphisShared

Janie Peacock, 9th grader at Hutchison School, chimes in on what #MemphisShared means to her. Follow her @peacockjanie Flashback to six years ago, when taking a picture required pulling out the two-inch deep camera. The film held a limited amount of room for photos, so after taking a few pictures you had to deliver the film to a store specially made for printing photos. Then you waited a few days for the order to come in. Taking a photo required a lot of effort, and therefore... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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