We are on hiatus . . .
But we will be back!

Carole Manning, American, 1951 - 2010, The Memphian, 1972, Color photograph; 2010 reprint from original negative,
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Carole Manning and Michael Manning 2011.8. © Estate of the artist

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has a proud and distinguished film program that has served the Memphis community for 65 years. We will continue programming but only after we take this opportunity, following the departure of Andria Lisle, our much-beloved Associate Curator of Film and Public Programming from the Brooks, to assess the program in the context of Memphis’ vibrant film community and our own public programming.

Last April, many of you responded to a survey that Andria circulated and compiled into a report that is guiding our next steps. To those of you who responded, thank you! We appreciate your words of encouragement, support and enthusiasm, and candid assessments of how we can do better.

After we have further conversations with film programmers, continue to do research and development based on your initial feedback, and fine-tune our technical needs, we will be ready to re-launch.

The moving image is an art form that plays an important role in the art museum. As the medium evolves, we aim to provide high-quality film-going experiences. These experiences will continue to be enhanced through pairings with art exhibitions or artworks, and by special appearances by filmmakers, critics, and scholars. As it has been since 1952, our goal is to inspire appreciation of film as an art form; to promote the idea that viewing film as a shared experience has inherent value; and to help cultivate the next generation of moviegoers.  

Please bear with us while we do this important work, and keep in touch!


Emily Ballew Neff
Executive Director
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art