• Tour of Brooks' LGBTQ artwork by Virginia Solomon

    Feb 22nd, 2017
    6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Explore how art and sexuality overlap with University of Memphis Art History professor, Dr. Virginia Solomon, including how art might allow us to explore different ways to think about sexuality in works from the Brooks' collection.

    Dr. Solomon is the assistant professor of Contemporary Art History in the Department of Art. Solomon’s research interests include contemporary art, curation, gender studies, queer theory, visual culture, subcultures and alternative forms of politics.

    No reservations are required. Limited to 30.

    Free.

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  • Oscar Shorts: Documentary

    Feb 22nd, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    For the 12th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on February 10th. With all three categories offered—Animated, Live Action and Documentary—this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)!

    A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

    The Documentary Shorts program will be presented in two segments, with a 10-minute intermission in between.

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    Joe’s Violin – dir. Kahane Cooperman, USA, 24 minutes
    During a drive to donate musical instruments to public schools, 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for more than 70 years. The instrument goes to the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, where young musician Brianna Perez is inspired to become friends with her benefactor.

    Extremis – dir. Dan Krauss, USA, 24 minutes

    At the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, palliative care specialist Dr. Jessica Zitter treats terminally ill patients. As she and her team provide the best possible care, they try to help the patients and their loved ones make critical, often heartbreaking decisions.

    4.1 Miles – dir. Daphne Matziaraki, USA, 22 minutes
    Synopsis: Kyriakos Papadopoulos, a captain in the Greek Coast Guard, is caught in the struggle of refugees fleeing the Middle East and traveling the short distance from the coast of Turkey to the island of Lesbos. Despite having limited resources, the captain and his crew attempt to save lives during the immense humanitarian crisis.
     
    Watani: My Homeland – dir. Marcel Mettelsiefen, 39 minutes

    Four young children live with their mother and father, a Free Syrian Commander, in a warzone in Aleppo, Syria. After their father is captured by ISIS, the children flee with their mother to Goslar, Germany, in a years-long journey that will test them all as they try to find a safe home in a foreign country.

    The White Helmets – dir. Orlando von Einsiedel, 41 minutes
    In the chaos of war-torn Syria, unarmed and neutral civilian volunteers known as "the white helmets" comb through the rubble after bombings to rescue survivors. Although they have already saved more than 60,000 lives since 2013, these brave first responders continue to place themselves in danger every day.

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    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

    Feb 23rd, 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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  • Tea & Tour for Seniors: American Art in the Brooks Permanent Collection

    Feb 23rd, 2017
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    $3 per person/Free for Brooks Membership.

    Enjoy a leisurely tour of American Art in the museum’s collection, conducted by a knowledgeable docent, followed by tea and treats in the Terrace Room.

    $3 per person/Free for Brooks Members.

    Reservations required by February 20.

    Please call 901 544 6244 to reserve your spot.


    Thomas Hart Benton, American, 1889 – 1975, Engineer's Dream, 1931, Oil on panel, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds  75.1. © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts / UMB Bank Trustee / VAGA, New York, NY

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  • The Gentleman's House: Presentation by Dr. Stephen Hague

    Feb 25th, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission.

    A DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST EVENT

    Hague's presentation will discuss the architecture, landscapes, gardens and furnishings of several Georgian houses with illustrations from his most recent book The Gentleman's House in the British Atlantic World 1680-1780.

    Dr. Stephen Hague serves currently on the faculty of the History Department at Rowan University.

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  • Black History Month Screening and Discussion of 13th

    Feb 25th, 2017
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    This extraordinary film by Ava DuVernay centers on the language of The 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which abolished slavery, but simultaneously provided the structure for black people to be imprisoned with impunity.

    DuVernay connects America's dependance on the enslavement of black bodies to our present, providing a searing argument that mass incarceration and police involved shooting are but an extension of our violent racial past. 


    Sponsored by The Shelby County Public Defender and the Ben F. Jones Memphis chapter of the National Bar Association. 

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Mar 2nd, 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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  • Elizabeth Rouse: Powering Authentic Culture, Empowering Authentic Communities

    Mar 3rd, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    A Brooks Museum League Presentation

    Elizabeth Rouse took over the top leadership position at ArtsMemphis on January 1, 2015.  She has served ArtsMemphis since 2006 in several critical roles, including Chief Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer, demonstrating a complete organizational knowledge.  During her tenure in development, Ms. Rouse successfully managed yearly fundraising budgets of around $2.5 million.

    In her most recent role as COO, Rouse strengthened local arts organizations by further streamlining ArtsMemphis' grant-making process, as she facilitated 10 grant programs.  She currently oversees a grant portfolio, which last year, awarded 200 grants to 69 organizations and 28 individual artists, totaling $2.95 million in funding.  Ms. Rouse's quick rise within the organization is a testament to her leadership internally and externally as an advocate and passionate supporter of the Memphis arts community.  A native of Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, she is a graduate of Leadership Memphis.

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  • The Art of Collecting

    Mar 8th, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    You are invited to a dynamic roundtable discussion around the topic of excellence in art collecting.

    Panelists include the founder of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Alice Walton; former NBA player Elliot Perry, and philanthropists Pitt and Barbara Hyde.

    What are the benefits of strong collections-building in your community, your state and your region?  How do collections and art museums have a direct impact on their communities?  

    This signature event is part of the Brooks’ year-long centennial celebration.

    Limited seating is available. First come; first serve.


    Kevin Beasley

    Untitled (Panel 6), 2016

    Resin, acoustic foam, wood, house dresses

    Photo: Jean Vong

    Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Mar 9th, 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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  • ChalkFest

    Mar 11th, 2017
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join local artists in transforming the Brooks Plaza into a colorful canvas at this exciting annual festival. 

    Enjoy a live musical performance by Jeff Hulett on the plaza and dance performances by Ballet on Wheels in the rotunda. Watch artist Victor Ekpuk while he paints a new mural in the Brooks galleries, and join him for a gallery talk at 1 p.m. 

    Invite your friends and bring the whole family for a fun day of art-making, games, exploring the galleries, and more!
     
    Admission is free.
    Bring your own chalk or buy a box from us for $3.
    Please leave your furry friends at home.

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  • Art & A Movie: David Bowie

    Mar 15th, 2017
    6:00pm - 9:15pm
    $16 / $14 Brooks members & students with valid ID / Free with VIP Film Pass

    In the rotunda, you’ll create art, drink wine, and connect with other museum visitors as you play, create, and interact. Afterwards, you’ll attend a related film screening in the museum’s auditorium. 21+.

    Art: Use needle, thread and special David Bowie-inspired fabrics to create your own Prayer Flag for Bowie.

    Film: The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Director: Nicholas Roeg | 1976 | UK | 139 minutes

    In the newly restored fortieth anniversary re-release of this 1976 cult classic, the late David Bowie portrays Thomas Jerome Newton, an extraterrestrial whose home planet is suffering from an extreme drought. His mission to find water brings him to Earth, where he finds love with hotel worker Mary-Lou (Candy Clark) and befriends Dr. Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn). With Buck Henry as Oliver V. Farnsworth, a patent attorney who assists Newton in his quest. All too often seen in washed-out copies, this remastered version of the uncut director’s version allows Roeg’s dazzling visuals to be seen as they were meant to be.

    Art historian and University of Memphis professor Virginia Solomon will introduce the film and host a pre-screening discussion with Memphis artist, filmmaker and Bowieologist John Michael McCarthy. Super 8 footage from Bowie’s September 24, 1972 concert at Memphis’ Ellis Auditorium will also be screened before The Man Who Fell to Earth begins.

    6 pm art-making, 7 pm film screening                

    $16 / $14 Brooks members & students with valid ID / Free with VIP Film Pass

    Wine and art-making supplies included.

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  • Homeschool Day: Places: Landscapes, Cityscapes, & Waterways

    Mar 16th, 2017
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    During our Homeschool Days, families can choose from a variety of activities: scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, a drop-in art-making activity and docent-led tours at 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. 

    This month’s session will explore the diversity of landscapes and cityscapes in the museum’s collection.


    Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian, 1697 – 1768, The Grand Canal from the Campo San Vio, 1730-1735, Oil on canvas, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 61.216.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Mar 16th, 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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  • The Garden and Culture, Lecture by James F. Caughman

    Mar 18th, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission.

    A DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST EVENT

    James F. Caughman looks at the development of European gardens from the High Renaissance through the 18th century.

    His presentation will explore not only the garden but furniture, architecture and fine art during the Golden Age of Creativity.

     

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  • Documentary Film: The Space in Between: Marina Abramovic

    Mar 22nd, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    A mixture between road movie and spiritual thriller, the documentary brings an unprecedented approach of the intimate creative process of one of the most important artists of our time.

    Marina Abramovic travels through Brazil, in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration,  experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process. The route is comprised of poignant encounters with healers and sages from the Brazilian countryside, exploring the limits between art and spirituality. The film features healing sessions with the medium John of God in Abadiania, herb healers in Chapada dos Veadeiros, spiritual rituals at Vale do Amanhecer in Brasilia, the strength of religious syncretism in Bahia, ayahuasca in Chapada Diamantina, shamanic processes in Curitiba and energy of crystals in Minas Gerais. This external trip triggers in Abramovic a profound introspective journey through memories, pain and past experiences.

    The Space in Between: Marina Abramovic had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

    Directors: Marco Del Fiol & Gustavo Almeida | Brazil | 2016 | 86 minutes

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    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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