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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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis 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 Karen Davis at Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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Ghost in the Museum?

[youtube=] While the museum world and paranormal groups brace wait to see if the now famous spinning statue at the Manchester Museum will "lose its magical power" once it's moved to a different pedestal, the Brooks would like to take the opportunity to share our own specter conjectures. The unique, read: explainable, thing about Manchester's paranormal occurrence was that it only happened during the day. As museum... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, July 12, 2013
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It's A Cloar, Cloar Summer

Artist Mandy Maxwell of Earle, Arkansas shares her thoughts on the Brooks Museum taking Summer of Cloar on the road in our June 29th event, Bike to Cloar.  The Brooks has done some very impressive things this summer to promote both regional and southern art. When it comes to art in the Delta, no one does it better than Carroll Cloar. Each of his masterpieces captures the romanticism and magic that only a true southern native could achieve. Those who've seen his work can't help... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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Goodbye Angel

The Angels and Tomboys exhibition is now closed and it has been a week since we relinquished our 19th-Century adolescents to the world, bidding adieu on Mother’s Day. We hope you had a chance to see them – painted, printed, and sculpted; they really were a crackerjack group of girls. Together they told the story of how the arts establishment in America came to be, while charting the emergence of children’s and women’s rights. Most did so anonymously, with their identities cloaked in a... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Angels & Tomboys & Truants & Divas & Men

[caption id="attachment_5091" align="alignnone" width="375"] "Well, it was lovely to see you all, but it has been a long journey - I think I will retire to my pedestal for the night." [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5092" align="alignnone" width="500"] "Paul and Luis! I'm in good hands." [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5093" align="alignnone" width="375"] "No, that can't be right- it's 35 1/2 x 29 x 18 inches, 450 pounds. Firm. It is a bit chilly in the galleries... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Monday, April 15, 2013
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You Can Go Home Again

Guest Blogger Erin Williams on Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey In the quarter-century that I have spent in and around the city that I refer to as my second home - the place where I spent more summers, weekends, holidays, weekdays and all the days in between with my extended family, not once had the time ever been taken to go to the Brooks Museum. That time ended yesterday. I was automatically tickled at the intricately placed yarn bombs as I walked up the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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Angels and/or Tomboys or Both or Neither: Girlhood in the 21st-Century

[caption id="attachment_4932" align="alignnone" width="761"] It's called a 'knit bomb'.[/caption] A group known as the Memphis Knit Mafia rallied last month to weave a 21st-Century response to the Brooks’  Angels & Tomboys  exhibition around the walkways, architectural elements, and pedestals punctuating the Museum’s outdoor plaza. From MKM’s call to action, fellow Memphian knitters came forth; trafficking tote bag after tote bag chock-a-block vibrant swatches of knit work... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Thursday, April 4, 2013
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