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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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Artist Wayne White: The Anti-Guru

[caption id="attachment_4908" align="alignnone" width="3216"] “I can tell you from being around them; famous people are insane. Celebrity really is for crazy people.”[/caption] On Sunday, March 17th, the Brooks had the pleasure of hosting multi-media artist Wayne White. Originally from the wellspring of artistry of the American South, White is currently living on the west coast and in the loving arms of the art world for his “word paintings”. If this doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, March 22, 2013
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New in Genre

Before Dub Step, there was Surrealism. Old School Hip Hop, appearing way after the French New Wave (and the Southern Gothic novel), was preceded by German Expressionism. And then there was the crime novel and slapstick comedy. Don't worry, this is not to forge a trajectory; only to exhibit the all-encompassing umbrella of genre . From the general to the painstakingly specific, we have genre. Now, if you were say the above list is actually composed of subgenres , you would be right. But... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Saturday, February 23, 2013
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Internet Cat Video Festival

Taking a cue from the Walker Art Center's most popular blog post of 2012 , we decided to premier our refreshed blog design with a photo recap of the Internet Cat Video Festival (which cunning readers realize, was a cue from the Walker as well).     .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0;... Read More
at Friday, February 22, 2013
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Gingerbread Workshop Photos!

Our gingerbread house workshop was a huge hit! I walked down to the studio to take a peek and it smelled so good-just like icing and candy! To find out more about similar upcoming events, check out our Brooks Events page! Check out more pics on our Flickr page ! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, December 21, 2012
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Brooks Teen Advisory Committee Meets Memphis artist George Hunt

Last week the Brooks Teen Advisory Committee met with Memphis artist George Hunt for a workshop at the museum. The group worked with their own ideas in the style of the artist and everyone went home with a finished work of art. We are in the process of gathering feedback from the committee to use when planning artist workshops for teen audiences in the future! Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, November 25, 2012
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Zahra Nazari: Intern Extraordinaire

[caption id="attachment_4556" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 05#18 Acrylic on Canvas 53x94.5 2012[/caption] My Brooks internship began when I was an international graduate student from Iran attending the Memphis College of Art in painting. I had been searching for an opportunity that would be connected to the art world in Memphis and also help me to learn new skills. I was very interested in the Brooks Museum because I felt it could be an environment that introduces me to the... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Sunday, November 18, 2012
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Dia de los Muertos: Recap

On Saturday, October 27th, the Memphis Brooks Museum was open, and very much alive, to a day of festivities spirited in the Mexican tradition of celebrating the dead. The families of Memphis' Latino community and art enthusiasts alike filled the Brooks, honoring Dia de los Muertos with face painting in the Renaissance galleries, skeletons reanimated through sculpture on the lower level, and outside on the terrace - several stunning performances from local Latinos preserving their heritage... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Friday, November 9, 2012
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The End of an Era: Kathleen's Going Away Party

Karleen Gardner is Director of Education at the Brooks, and just received a new job in Minnesota. While we are all very proud and excited for her, she will be greatly missed. To send her off, we celebrated at Earnestine and Hazel’s with soul burgers, cupcakes  and many great memories. It is ironic that we just posted about Greely Myatt’s cake sculptures because guess what Karleen was given for her parting gift? Check out her Greely Myatt slice from the Brooks! [caption... Read More
Posted by Karen Davis at Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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