African-Print Fashion Now!
A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style

 February 24 - August 12, 2018

African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style introduces audiences to the dynamic traditions of African dress featuring colorful, boldly patterned printed cloth. The exhibition highlights the interplay between regional preferences and cosmopolitanism that has long flourished on the continent, while highlighting the expansiveness of 21st-century African-print fashion.


Black Resistance:
Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement

February 3 - August 19, 2018

Beginning in the 1950s, Ernest Withers (1922-2007) photographed Black resistance in Memphis—from pickets and sit-ins to court room scenes. Although including earlier protests, this exhibition focuses on and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the events from March 27 through April 8, 1968.


Arts of Global Africa

Currently on view

The arts of Africa are as varied as the continent itself, which encompasses over fifty independent countries and thousands of languages. This diversity is reflected in the exceptional works of art on view, most of which are on long-term loan from the Newark Museum’s extensive African art collection. Bringing together historic and contemporary works in a range of different media, the selection of works presents an expansive vision of Africa’s artistry.

Rotunda Projects:
Lisa Hoke

October 25, 2017 - August 5, 2018

Lisa Hoke (b. 1952) titled this single over-the-top installation in the Brooks rotunda Pie in the Sky - reflecting both her aspirations for the work, as well as her fears of expecting too much. The dazzling complex abstraction is constructed of recycled and repurposed materials.


Drawing Memory:
Essence of Memphis

Currently on view 

Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for the new African art galleries in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria.

Carroll Cloar Gallery

Currently on view

In honor of Carroll Cloar and to commemorate the museum’s hundredth anniversary, the Brooks Museum created a gallery dedicated to his art.