Café Conversations: Interpreting Art Spaces with Dr. Amy Benson, Assistant Professor of English, Rhodes College
04/17/2019, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free map
We will begin the conversation with a discussion about perception and art and then have a chance to explore the museum, asking ourselves questions not only about how we’re responding to individual works, but to context. How does the space—architecture, sound, light—affect the experience. What about curatorial decisions—where has the work traveled from; how is it displayed? And about geology and infrastructure—is the room below ground, above; what’s happening on the other side of the wall, in the rock, the dirt, the water and gas lines? We will gather perceptions and questions and meet back to discuss and widen our sense of what art is and what it can do once it enters a particular space and the mind of a particular viewer.
Amy Benson is a professor of creative writing at Rhodes College and the author of two collections of essays, Seven Years to Zero: Sketches of Art in the Anthropocene, winner of the Dzanc Prize in Nonfiction, and The Sparkling-Eyed Boy, Winner of the Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction. Grab a cup of coffee and invite a friend. Café Conversations are not the same without you!