• Short Films: Internet Cat Video Festival

    Feb 14th, 2016
    2:00pm - 5:05pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    See who won this year’s Golden Kitty Award by pawpular vote! You don’t have to be a so-called cat lady to attend this hilarious series, curated by the Walker Art Center. You’ll laugh, cry, and purr out loud!

    All ages.

    Runtime: 65 minutes

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  • Brooks Milongas

    Feb 17th, 2016
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Free - rotunda

    Come solo or bring a friend for tango lessons in the rotunda, followed by dance demonstrations by Memphis Tango.

    Brooks Milongas happens the third Wednesday of each month.


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  • Foreign Film: "Jafar Panahi’s Taxi"

    Feb 17th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:25pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    This lauded slice-of-life movie stars exiled Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi as he poses as a taxi driver in Tehran, in this series of portraits of everyday characters hiring his driving services. Panahi drives a yellow cab through the vibrant streets of Tehran, picking up a diverse—and yet representative—group of passengers in a single day. Each man, woman, and child candidly expresses his or her own view of the world, while being interviewed by the curious and gracious driver/director. His camera, placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio, captures a spirited slice of Iranian society while also brilliantly redefining the borders of comedy, drama and cinema.

    “The Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who is under house arrest and has been banned from filmmaking since 2010 on the grounds of political dissent, starts Taxi, his clandestinely produced film, with a long take of the streets of Tehran, seen through the windshield of a car,” writes Richard Brody of The New Yorker. “It’s a shot that exudes love of the long-unseen face of the city and joy in merely being outdoors—and in moviemaking itself. Panahi is driving the car, pretending to be a cab driver, encountering strangers, acquaintances, and even a relative—and filming the encounters with a dashboard-mounted camera that he passes off as a security device.”

    “Oppression has transformed Panahi’s art,” Brody continues. “Under the pressure of circumstances, he has turned from a classicist into a modernist, while at the same time transforming the very codes and tones of his frame-breaking aesthetic. He puts his face, his body, his voice, his own life into his film as an existential act of self-assertion against his effacement by the regime. Panahi turns the kind of reflexive cinema that, in the United States, would risk critical dismissal as narcissistic into a furious act of political defiance.”

    Director: Jafar Panahi | Iran | 2015 | 82 minutes | Farsi with English subtitles

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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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  • Homeschool Day

    Feb 18th, 2016
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    Free for homeschool families.

    Exploring Our Environment…


    Discover various themes of ecology through art with our February Homeschool Day. Children will enjoy art making activities, a guided tour, and scavenger hunts while parents enjoy our educational family guides.


    Camille Pissarro
    French, 1830-1903
    Printemps A Eragny (Springtime in Eragny), 1886
    Oil on canvas
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon 64.6
    © Estate of the artist


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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Feb 18th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Schilling Gallery

    Misti Rae Holton leads vinyasa yoga practice 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; we recommend that you purchase advance tickets online.

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  • Talk: History of the Chair

    Feb 20th, 2016
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission/Free for Brooks members.

    A DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST EVENT

    Spalding Nix, Atlanta fine arts dealer and sponsor of the popular Culture Club at the Atlanta Design Center, will trace the development of the chair using images from Old Masters, contemporary artists, and work in the Brooks’ collection of decorative arts.


    Unknown Maker, American (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
    Side Chair, ca. 1770
    Mahogany, later silk damask upholstery
    Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust
    2009.5.2
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  • Talk: "Botticelli and Devotional Images: The Workshop and Production"

    Feb 21st, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Free

    Join us for a talk by Michelle O’Malley, Professor of Renaissance Art History at the University of Sussex, UK. 

    Botticelli, like most Renaissance painters, ran a workshop in which he employed his talents and those of his assistants to produce a variety of pictures for public and domestic settings. This lecture looks at how Botticelli deployed his workshop to produce a specific category of pictures: images for domestic devotion, and proposes new ideas about we might assess the possibilities for creativity that existed for assistants in Renaissance workshops.

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  • Live in the Galleries: Escher String Quartet

    Feb 24th, 2016
    10:30am - 12:30pm
    Free.

    Brooks + Concerts International

    The acclaimed, New York-based string quartet, which takes its name from Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole, gives a free performance in our permanent collection galleries.

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  • Oscar Shorts: Documentary

    Feb 24th, 2016
    1:00pm - 3:50pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016. The Documentary Shorts program will be presented in two segments, with a 10-minute intermission in between.

    Program A | Runtime: 87 minutes
    Body Team 12
    Director: David Darg | Liberia | 13 minutes
    Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
    Director: Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy | Pakistan | 40 minutes
    Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

    Last Day of Freedom
    Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman | USA | 32 minutes
    When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

    Program B | Runtime: 76 minutes
    Chau, Beyond the Lines
    Director: Courtney Marsh | USA/Vietnam | 34 minutes
    Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

    Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
    Director: Adam Benzine | USA | 40 minutes
    Thirty years after the release of the documentary Shoah, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

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  • Oscar Shorts: Documentary

    Feb 24th, 2016
    7:00pm - 9:50pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016. The Documentary Shorts program will be presented in two segments, with a 10-minute intermission in between.

    Program A | Runtime: 87 minutes
    Body Team 12
    Director: David Darg | Liberia | 13 minutes
    Body Team 12 is tasked with collecting the victims at the height of the Ebola outbreak. These body collectors have arguably the most dangerous and gruesome job in the world. Yet despite the strain they emerge as heroes while the film explores their philosophy and strength. The story is told on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia through the eyes of the only female member of the team, who reveals the heartbreaking, lifesaving work of removing bodies from loved ones in order to halt transmission of the disease.

    A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
    Director: Sharmen Obaid-Chinoy | Pakistan | 40 minutes
    Every year, more than 1,000 girls and women are the victims of religiously motivated honor killings in Pakistan, especially in rural areas. Eighteen-year-old Saba, who fell in love and eloped, was targeted by her father and uncle but survived to tell her story.

    Last Day of Freedom
    Directors: Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman | USA | 32 minutes
    When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime, he agonizes over his decision; should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. This film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day; veterans’ care, mental health access and criminal justice.

    Program B | Runtime: 76 minutes
    Chau, Beyond the Lines
    Director: Courtney Marsh | USA/Vietnam | 34 minutes
    Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children born with birth defects due to Agent Orange, struggles with the difficulties of realizing his dream to become a professional artist and clothing designer. Despite being told that his ambitions are unrealistic, Chau is determined to live an independent, productive life.

    Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
    Director: Adam Benzine | USA | 40 minutes
    Thirty years after the release of the documentary Shoah, filmmaker Claude Lanzmann discusses the personal and professional difficulties he encountered during the more than 12 years it took to create the work. Lanzmann also discusses his relationships with Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and his teenage years spent fighting in the French Resistance during World War II.

    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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  • Oscar Shorts: Live Action

    Feb 25th, 2016
    11:00am - 12:45pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016.

    Ave Maria
    Director: Basil Khalil | Palestine/France/Germany | 15 minutes
    Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

    Shok
    Director: Jamie Donoughue | Kosovo/UK | 21 minutes
    In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

    Everything Will Be OK
    Director: Patrick Vollrath | Germany/Austria | 30 minutes
    Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

    Stutterer
    Benjamin Cleary | UK/Ireland | 12 minutes
    For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

    Day One
    Director: Henry Hughes | USA | 25 minutes
    On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Feb 25th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Schilling Gallery

    Misti Rae Holton leads vinyasa yoga practice 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; we recommend that you purchase advance tickets online.

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  • Oscar Shorts: Animated

    Feb 25th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016. Please note that the animated short Prologue is NOT suitable for young viewers, as it features graphic illustrated violence and full male nudity. Prologue will be screened as the last entry in the Animated program, and will be preceded by a parental guidance title-card.

    Sanjay’s Super Team
    Director: Sanjay Patel |USA | 7 minutes
    In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

    World of Tomorrow
    Director: Don Hertzfeldt | USA | 17 minutes
    A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.

    Bear Story
    Director: Gabriel Osorio | Chile | 11 minutes
    Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

    We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
    Director: Konstantin Bronzit | Russia | 16 minutes
    Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

    Prologue
    Director: Richard Williams | UK | 6 minutes
    Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams—who is best known for his work as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his unfinished feature The Thief and the Cobbler and Academy Award-winning A Christmas Carol adaptation—has worked on Prologue for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, UK.

    Additional films: If I Was God, Taking Flight, The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, The Loneliest Spotlight, Catch It

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  • Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony

    Feb 27th, 2016
    11:00am - 4:00pm
    Brooks Museum

    The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and Brooks Museum League. The Awards honor exemplary artworks by students in 7th through 12th grades by recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition and providing cash prizes and scholarship opportunities.
    The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards began in 1966 as the Junior Mid-South Exhibition. Since 1989, the Brooks has been proud to partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a national non-profit organization, to host the regional competition and exhibition for Memphis and the Mid-South area.

    Brooks Museum League is an integral part of producing this important exhibition each year. In addition to tremendous financial support, League volunteers spend countless hours ensuring the program is seamless, including planning and coordinating three award ceremonies and a reception for close to 800 students, teachers, and parents.   

    More than 2,500 entries in a wide variety of categories, including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, sculpture, graphic design, film, fashion, as well as senior art portfolios are judged by a panel of judges over the course of several days. Judging for the competition takes place digitally, through a blind adjudication process involving a panel of regional artists, art educators, and other arts professionals.

    Regional winners are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes, are part of the exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, are invited to participate in an awards ceremony at the museum, and have their work sent to New York City for national judging.

    • 11:00 am – 7th and 8th Grades Award Ceremony

    • 12:30 pm – 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades Award Ceremony 

    • 2:30 pm – 12th Grade Award Ceremony 

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  • Oscar Shorts: Live Action

    Feb 28th, 2016
    Noon - 1:50pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016.

    Ave Maria
    Director: Basil Khalil | Palestine/France/Germany | 15 minutes
    Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution.

    Shok
    Director: Jamie Donoughue | Kosovo/UK | 21 minutes
    In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives.

    Everything Will Be OK
    Director: Patrick Vollrath | Germany/Austria | 30 minutes
    Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey.

    Stutterer
    Benjamin Cleary | UK/Ireland | 12 minutes
    For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself.

    Day One
    Director: Henry Hughes | USA | 25 minutes
    On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.

    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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  • Tour: "Wonder, Whimsy, Wild"

    Feb 28th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Included with museum admission/Free for Brooks members.

    Don’t miss your last chance to see Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America! Join us for a guided tour of this outstanding exhibition before it leaves Memphis.

    Reservations are not required. First-come, first-served basis. Tour starts promptly and space is limited.

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  • Oscar Shorts: Animated

    Feb 28th, 2016
    3:00pm - 4:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The Brooks brings back the wildly popular OSCAR nominated short film programs! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2016. Please note that the animated short Prologue is NOT suitable for young viewers, as it features graphic illustrated violence and full male nudity. Prologue will be screened as the last entry in the Animated program, and will be preceded by a parental guidance title-card.

    Sanjay’s Super Team
    Director: Sanjay Patel |USA | 7 minutes
    In Sanjay’s Super Team, the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop-culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.

    World of Tomorrow
    Director: Don Hertzfeldt | USA | 17 minutes
    A little girl named Emily is taken on a fantastical tour of her distant future by a surprising visitor who reveals unnerving secrets about humanity's fate.

    Bear Story
    Director: Gabriel Osorio | Chile | 11 minutes
    Every day, a melancholy old bear takes a mechanical diorama that he has created out to his street corner. For a coin, passersby can look into the peephole of his invention, which tells the story of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to the family from which he was taken.

    We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
    Director: Konstantin Bronzit | Russia | 16 minutes
    Two best friends have dreamed since childhood of becoming cosmonauts, and together they endure the rigors of training and public scrutiny, and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve their shared goal.

    Prologue
    Director: Richard Williams | UK | 6 minutes
    Clocking in at six minutes, Prologue describes an incident in the Spartan-Athenian wars of 2,400 years ago. In it, a small girl bears witness as warriors battle to death. The dialog-free project utilizes natural sounds to complement the intense animation (entirely animated by Richard Williams himself). Williams—who is best known for his work as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, his unfinished feature The Thief and the Cobbler and Academy Award-winning A Christmas Carol adaptation—has worked on Prologue for many years in between other projects. It was finally completed this year at the Aardman Studios in Bristol, UK.

    Additional films: If I Was God, Taking Flight, The Short Story of a Fox and a Mouse, The Loneliest Spotlight, Catch It

    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: "Hockney"

    Mar 2nd, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:50pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    In this definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of a long life. “I’m interested in ways of looking and trying to think of it in simple ways. If you can communicate that, of course people will respond—after all, everybody does look.” His is a long-term one-man campaign against the pessimism of the world, mastering new media—whether acrylic paint or iPad digits—in the search for a picture adequate to his sense of what it is to be alive.

    The film chronicles Hockney's vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood, where his life-long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, ‘figurative artist’) was fully realized. Hockney offers theories about art, the universe and everything. But as he reveals, it’s the hidden self-interrogation that gives his famously optimistic pictures their unexpected edge and attack.

    Acclaimed film-maker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide, remains as charismatic as ever and at 77, is still working in the studio seven days a week.

    Director: Randall Wright | UK | 2014 | 112 minutes

    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: "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict"

    Mar 9th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:40pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    A colorful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.

    In the New York Times, film critic Daniel M. Gold writes, “Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s sleek, entertaining portrait of the collector and gallerist who assembled one of the great troves of Modern art cannot be accused of hagiography. From curators to historians to biographers, art world denizens describe Guggenheim’s flaws and failings: She had no formal training; she used art to promote herself; she was a narcissist. And that’s just in the first five minutes.”

    Continues Gold, “Vreeland has paced her documentary well, a chapter to each era, with hundreds of beautiful images spanning decades of artists, galleries, parties, scenes. She also makes good use of interviews Guggenheim gave to a biographer a couple of years before her death in 1979. On those tapes, she reveals little, but her clipped, rushed manner, so offputting to some, seems reasonable after a lifetime of being underestimated.”

    Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA | 2015 | 97 minutes

    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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