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1,440 Hours of Viewing: Looking at art with Brooks Museum Guard Lilian Woods

Gallery Security Officer Lilian Woods has been working at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art since last December. That's thirty-six weeks at 40 hours a week, which roughly (art school math) equals 1,440 hours on her feet–and when the galleries are not full of visitors, looking at art. Her favorite piece is  Light of the Incarnation by Carl Gutherz. Smart choice for a Brooks' employee: It was Gutherz who first committed the idea of an art museum in Memphis' Overton Park to... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Four people who should take the SLR workshop

Molly Kennedy, whose business specializes in portraits and lifestyle shots, is leading a workshop all about digital SLR photography at the Museum on November 16. Brooks Blogger Erin Williams posed a series of different photography situations to her, and got great responses as to why everyone from the new dad to the travel ‘round the world retiree would benefit from her teachings. There is a lot going on in there..... Olympus E-30 DSLR Camera with Zuiko Digital ED 14-54mm F2.8-3.5... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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War Photographer W. Eugene Smith

National World War II Memorial, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo taken by Kmf164 on December 6, 2005. W. Eugene Smith is best known for his uncompromising photo essays of the battlefield, prisoners-of-war, and U.S. Marines. Working for Life Magazine , Smith photographed the front lines of World War II and was injured several times before being unable to return to the field. The Walk to Paradise Garden , the W. Eugene Smith photo on view at the Brooks as part... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, November 11, 2013
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What’s the big deal about touring the Brooks in 3D?

Membership Manager Dr. Genevieve Hill-Thomas explains how 3-D glasses are relevant to the museum's permanent collection. Dr. Stanton Thomas gives his stereoscopic analysis Since American Paper Optics was kind enough to donate 3D glasses to the museum, what else could we do but organize a member’s tour through the permanent collection that uses these optical devices? Gimmicky? Perhaps. Ironic? Definitely! Regardless, we’ll explore the science of art and optics throughout... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Rhodes CODA Stages Takeover Of Brooks' Instagram Account

Rhodes College senior Annie Herman on her plans to mobilize Memphis' Spanish-speaking community–online and off. Do you “Instagram”….or have you always wanted to learn?  I hope you will join me this Saturday November 2 nd at the Brooks for the Día de los Muertos Community Day celebration.  My name is Annie Herman and I am a fellow at the Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA) at Rhodes College. The Center aims to foster leadership, vision, and... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Let's Build Some Visual Literacy: Conversation with Coriana Close

In a conversation with blogger Erin Williams, the 29 year-old Ohio native let us in on her influences, thoughts on if film photography will forever be a thing of the past, and why it takes more than a cell phone camera to call yourself a true photographer. Coriana Close When it comes to explaining why artists do what they do, sometimes the best points of view can only be understood by a fellow artist. Coriana Close , photographer and assistant professor at University... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, October 21, 2013
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Altars Made By Students and Teachers

Maritza Davila stopped by on the 19th to give her Memphis College of Art students a tour of her show, Ancestry and Identity: Prints of Maritza Davila.  We already ran an interview with her here in which she discussed her familial subject matter, but anyone who showed up for class (or was emboldened to audit for a day) was treated to vignettes of her process and anecdotes that would bring a tear to your eye. The most novel of which inspired a print featuring her mother,... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, September 28, 2013
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All aboard, now.

Alayna Van Dervort courtesy of LUMA Foundation A train-turned “kinetic light sculpture” with a curated passenger list is somewhere between Kansas City and Santa Fe by now. Station to Station ,  brainchild of experimental artist Doug Aitken and sponsored by Levi’s deep pockets, is “a nomadic happening”. And whatever is happening will happen in a total of ten cities across the country, through the efforts of the multi-media artists on board and the general public meeting up with... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Interview with Jimmy Davis: O' Brother Where Art Thou?

Brooks Blogger Erin Williams talks to Jimmy Davis about Memphis, music and where to call home. Jimmy Davis will lead an O' Brother Where Art Thou? sing-a-long at the Brooks on Saturday, September 14. Anyone can say that they have seen a movie, but it’s the true fans who shush those who are speaking, talk back to the screen, and even proceed to sing along when their favorite melody comes up. In the folk-music laced film O' Brother Where Art Thou? the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Elusive and Hostile Butterflies

If monarch butterflies are conspicuously absent from your image feed, it's not for their lack of flying  (he he...sorry, it's Friday)...at least not in Memphis. Since the summer started to end, Overton Park has been overcome with these majestic creatures (black and yellow, black and yellow) and it has been my lunchtime, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon break's mission to capture a couple as they dance around each other.   .embed-container { position: relative;... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, September 6, 2013
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