• Documentary Film: The Silence of Mark Rothko

    Dec 11th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    "He wanted the viewer to step into the painting. What he aimed for was not a consumption of art, but a dialogue. He thought that art could transform the public."

    —Annie Cohen-Solal, Mark Rothko biographer

    Painter Mark Rothko is best known for imposing canvasses that eschew representation in favor of pure color and texture—using them to express fundamental human emotions. In The Silence Of Mark Rothko, we visit Rothko's studio at 22 Bowery in New York, and go to Florence's Museo di san Marco, where the monastic work of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico deeply influenced Rothko's mission to create environments and not just paintings. In The Hague, filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra introduces us to curator Franz Kaiser of the Gemeentemuseum, as his team installs the works for the first major Rothko exhibit to be held in Holland in 40 years.

    The film includes thoughtful, engaging commentary from experts including Rothko's biographer, Annie Cohen-Solal, and conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro (who speculates on whether splotches of paint on the studio floor may have been Rothko's). Fittingly though, for a film about a painter whose greatest works evoke both silence and emotion, The Silence Of Mark Rothko lingers on paintings and locations—using architectural shots, interiors and streetscapes to link Rothko's work to the world he inhabited.

    Featuring works from his early mythological period, his classic color field paintings, his later “Black on Grey” pieces, and the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the film is a unique artistic biography that provides a heightened level of intimacy and familiarity with its subject's work through carefully chosen visuals and interviews. Interspersed throughout are readings from the painter's writings by his son, Christopher—passages that illuminate and bring immediacy to Rothko's work and philosophy.

    Director: Marjoleine Boonstra | Netherlands | 2016 | 52 minutes

    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Tickets

    Tickets are available online until 2:30 pm the day of the screening or 2:30 pm on Friday for weekend matinees. Tickets are also available at Visitor Services, or by calling 901.544.6208 during regular business hours. Unsold tickets are also available in the rotunda immediately preceding a screening.

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  • Documentary Film: Call Her Applebroog

    Dec 14th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:15pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Renowned underground filmmaker Beth B captures this poignant and intimate portrait of her mother, painter, sculptor and filmmaker Ida Applebroog, whose work often explores the themes of gender, sexual identity, violence and politics. The film documents Applebroog’s groundbreaking work and her dramatic struggle to overcome adversity as a woman who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish household by an immigrant father who only wanted to have sons.

    A cathartic story of self-realization which depicts the act of art-making as a life-saving parachute, Call Her Applebroog depicts the artist, who is now in her 80s and archiving her work, as she looks back at decades of expression through creative practice. For Applebroog, art represents the possibility of growth and self-preservation, and her work repeatedly broaches those power struggles that are ever-present in human relationships.

    Director: Beth B | USA | 2016 | 70 minutes

    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Tickets

    Tickets are available online until 2:30 pm the day of the screening or 2:30 pm on Friday for weekend matinees. Tickets are also available at Visitor Services, or by calling 901.544.6208 during regular business hours. Unsold tickets are also available in the rotunda immediately preceding a screening.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Dec 15th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Pay what it's worth.

    Misti Rae Holton leads a vinyasa yoga class in our breathtaking Schilling Gallery every Thursday.

    Bring your own mat and a towel or small blanket.

    Due to the proximity of art, no water allowed. Limited class size.

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  • Feature Film: On the Road

    Dec 16th, 2016
    1:00pm - 3:20pm
    $5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    This adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal novel, directed by Walter Salles and executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola, is based on the years Kerouac spent traversing 1940s-era America with Neal Cassady and other Beat Generation figures, including Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs.

    The story itself remains a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation told against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and drug use. The narrator, Sal Paradise, and his friend Dean Moriarty, hit the American highways between 1947 and 1950,traveling by bus, hitchhiking, and automobile from the east coast to such far-flung locales as San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver, and Mexico City.  The book influenced an entire generation of musicians, poets and writers, including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jim Morrison, and Hunter S. Thompson.

    Previous attempts to bring On the Road to the silver screen failed, including a 1957 deal Kerouac nearly made with Paramount Pictures, which reportedly included Marlon Brando in the lead role of Dean Moriarty. Years later, Coppola made multiple attempts at adapting the book with Brad Pitt and later, Colin Farrell in the same role. Ultimately, Coppola handpicked the Brazilian-born Salle, director of The Motorcycle Diaries, to take the helm.

    When the final product was released, reviews were mixed, and the film grossed a scant $744,296 domestically. Nevertheless, it stands as an interesting example of a great work of literature that was difficult to adapt—and perhaps should never have been adapted—to the screen.

    Director: Walter Salles | USA | 2012 | 137 minutes | Rated R

    $5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Please note that no advance tickets will be sold for our Friday matinee screenings.

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  • Upstander Film Series: At the River I Stand

    Jan 4th, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    At the River I Stand chronicles the 1968 AFSCME sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tracing the tumultuous events that unfolded here over two fateful months. What began as a local strike by AFSCME sanitation workers for human dignity and a living wage eventually captured national attention and drew Dr. King to Memphis, along with the assassin who would kill him. It was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement and the national struggle for racial and economic justice.

    At the River I Stand was awarded the 1994 Erik Barnouw Award for Best Documentary by the Organization of American Historians. The documentary brings into sharp relief issues that remain urgent by examining the connection between economic and civil rights, debating strategies for change, and illuminating the fight for dignity for all working people.

    Directors: David Appleby, Allison Graham & Steve Ross | USA | 1993 | 56 minutes

    Free.


    Facing History and Ourselves is proud to partner with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in presenting the Upstander Film Series in January 2017. Every Wednesday night, the museum will show a film that celebrates stories of individuals that have embraced the challenge to speak out, stand up for others, and make decisions that help create positive change in our world. Following each screening, Facing History and Ourselves will facilitate a discussion with the audience and the creative minds behind the films.

     

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Jan 5th, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Pay what it's worth.

    Misti Rae Holton leads a vinyasa yoga class in our breathtaking Schilling Gallery every Thursday.

    Bring your own mat and a towel or small blanket.

    Due to the proximity of art, no water allowed. Limited class size.

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  • Art Therapy Information Session

    Jan 8th, 2017
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us to learn about the profession and practice of art therapy.

    The Brooks’ Art Therapy Access Program art therapists, Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR and Sarah Hamil, LCSW, RPT-S, ATR-BC will introduce you to the history, treatment goals, unique benefits, and settings in which you may find and/or utilize an art therapist.

    Participants interested in becoming an art therapist will also learn about the education and training needed to become a credentialed art therapist.

    Reservations are recommended.

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