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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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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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