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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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle 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 Andria Lisle at Friday, September 6, 2013
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Urban Sketchers; Ghost Stories, Live in the Galleries; a Manifesto

Urban Sketchers is an international group of self-starters committed to documenting their surroundings through the two dimensional "essence". Put it this way: They have a manifesto. Somewhere between the Dogme 95 film-making collective and plein air   painters, lies Urban Sketchers. USK Manifesto: 1. We draw on location, indoors or out, capturing what we see from direct observation. 2. Our drawings tell the story of our surroundings, the places we live and where... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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The Flamingos Have Flown the Coop: Or, One Flamingo Flies Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Public Programs Manager Andria Lisle reflects on Brooks' Art & A Movie program and interviews photographer Susan Segal. Behind the scenes, planning our quarterly Art & A Movie programs, which are part of the larger Brooks Films program, feels a little bit like training a housecat to jump through a fiery hoop. It can be done (see: Moscow Cats Theatre), but it is often a difficult process. First, we have to choose the film and negotiate screening rights. Then we have... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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Ancestry and Identity: Prints by Maritza Davila

Brooks blogger Erin Williams talks to the artist. Maritza Davila, Gallo Mañanero, 2008 Though we live our lives as individuals, the choices we make and the paths we choose are all shaped by the influences of those we let in our world. Our parents, future children and spouses, long lost friends, even politicians can shed light on the ways and means we decide to follow. For artist Maritza Davila, her life has been built like a sturdy home: Her parents laid the foundation, who... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Rome City - Still Eternal

Our Assistant Preparator went to Rome and all we got was this knowledge he dropped. Rome shares a nickname with my birthplace, Lisbon, Portugal, as the "City of the Seven Hills". But this is only one of Rome's several nicknames, and it is world famous by the magnificent title of the "Eternal City".  At the time of Christ's birth, Rome was the most populous city in existence. The capital of an enormous empire, Rome survived the rise and fall of the Imperium, several... Read More
Posted by Andria Lisle at Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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