• Foreign Film: Lost and Beautiful

    May 31st, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Two major distinctions set apart Pietro Marcello’s Lost and Beautiful from other recent foreign films: The director shot the film entirely on expired 16mm stock, and the film began as a documentary then transformed into a feature film when its subject unexpectedly died.

    Marcello originally planned a film about Tommasso Cestrone, a Campanian shepherd known as the “Angel of Carditello” because he played caretaker to the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello. Cestrone suffered a heart attack and died mid-filming, leaving Marcello to reimagine the story as fantasy. He does so by introducing Pulcinella, the traditional commedia dell’arte masked figure, as a character who is summoned from the afterlife to protect Cestrone’s abandoned buffalo calf, Sarchiapone. Together, man and beast, embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist. The final product brings echoes Au Hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson’s 1966 masterpiece about the exploitative lives of a shy farm girl and her beloved donkey.

    From Film Comment: “The tale that grows is a slim, wandering one, as Pulcinella leads the animal to a suitable home. Lost and Beautiful, which some critics have connected to the lineages of both Pasolini’s neorealism and Italian painting, finds cinematic force in its fanciful telling—from the arresting iconography of Pulcinella’s black carnival mask and white togs, to the use of a reflective voiceover for the buffalo, to the free interpolation of news footage concerning the castle, to the storybook agrarian landscapes. Kicking off with POV camerawork for the buffalo and the amusing and estranging introduction of Pulcinella in an elaborately art-directed afterlife, the film sets its strange fairy tale into motion with bracing and heedless dedication.”

    Director: Pietro Marcello | Italy | 2015 | 87 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

    Jun 1st, 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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  • English Goldsmiths and the Entrepreneurial Tradition: A Lecture by Ellen Alcorn

    Jun 3rd, 2017
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership.

    A Decorative Arts Trust Event

    Despite a relatively weak tradition of formal training or court patronage, English silversmiths were endlessly resourceful in forging new markets, finding skilled workers and adapting stylistic models from across Europe and Asia. They were part of a creative culture that embraced independence, diversity and enterprise, issues that resonate profoundly in America today.

    Ellen Alcorn will discuss the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the British decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the outstanding collections of silver and placing them in the context of British design history.

    Alcorn is a curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was previously a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Consulting Curator for the Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 7th, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Come to the Brooks for a fun, free, family friendly summer of art and film!

    Join us each Wednesday in June and July for art-making in our drop-in studio and a variety of short films for children.

    To book groups of 10 or more, please contact the tour coordinator at 901 544 6215.

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  • Documentary Film: Burden

    Jun 7th, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    The always-provocative artist Chris Burden’s work consistently challenges ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures, and scientific models. Burden guaranteed his place in art history in 1971 with a period of often dangerous and at times stomach-churning performances. After having himself shot, locked into a locker for five days, electrocuted, and crucified on the back of a Volkswagen Beetle, Burden reinvented himself as the creator of truly mesmerizing installations and sculptures, from a suspended gigantic flywheel that seemingly spins on its own to an assemblage of antique streetlights rewired for solar energy and illuminated outside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    In Burden, Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey look at the artist’s works and private life with an innovative mix of still-potent videos of his ‘70s performances, personal videos and audio recordings, interviews with friends, fellow students and colleagues; critics’ comments; and latter-day footage of his Topanga Canyon studio; all peppered with his thoughts and musings through the years.

    Directors: Timothy Marrinan and Richard Dewey | USA | 2017 | 88 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

    Jun 8th, 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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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 14th, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Come to the Brooks for a fun, free, family friendly summer of art and film!

    Join us each Wednesday in June and July for art-making in our drop-in studio and a variety of short films for children.

    To book groups of 10 or more, please contact the tour coordinator at 901 544 6215.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Jun 15th, 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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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 21st, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Come to the Brooks for a fun, free, family friendly summer of art and film!

    Join us each Wednesday in June and July for art-making in our drop-in studio and a variety of short films for children.

    To book groups of 10 or more, please contact the tour coordinator at 901 544 6215.

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  • Banned in Memphis: Cabin in the Sky

    Jun 21st, 2017
    7:00pm - 8:40pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid id/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    In 1943, the year that Cabin in the Sky was released, Memphis film critic Lloyd Binford “ruled that city and county movie screens could depict blacks only in roles of subservience,” according to Allyson Hobbs’ A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life. “During the same year,” continues Hobbs, “the Memphis Board of Censors passed a resolution that ordered that ‘no moving picture shall be exhibited… in which an all negro cast appears or in which roles are depicted by negro actors or actresses not ordinarily performed by members of the colored race in real life.’”

    The all-star Hollywood adaptation of a Broadway play, Cabin in the Sky features a veritable who’s who of African American performers, leading off with Ethel Waters, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Butterfly McQueen, and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. The musical, VIncente Minelli’s first feature, was the fourth all-black film from a major studio since the advent of sound. The plot centers around the battle for the soul of hapless gambler Little Joe, who is wounded in a barroom brawl. Both Lucifer Jr. and God’s General want Little Joe, while his wife Petunia, prays for him to have a second chance at life so he can enter the kingdom of heaven.

    For African Americans, Cabin in the Sky represented a half-step forward and two full steps back. As curator/critic Harry Heuser notes in his article “A [Third-Class] Cabin in the Sky,” “Whose fantasy is this? Pressing social issues such as poverty and illiteracy among African Americans are comically exploited in a story concerning a notorious player in pursuit of the American dream who cannot even decipher the letter that notifies him as a Sweepstakes winner.  It is faux folklore in which black folks perform their parts according to a set of white stereotypes.  Through its primal plot of good versus evil, this other Cabin not merely proposes a moral code for black Americans but endorses their subservient role in society.”

    The film was clearly not a message movie, yet the spectacular performances of Waters and Horne in particular make for important viewing despite the heavy-handed script. Memphians finally got to decide on their own whether Cabin in the Sky was worth the price of admission in 1955, when Jet Magazine reported that the 88-year old Binford greenlighted screenings of three old all-black films: Hallelujah, which was shot in Memphis, Green Pastures, and Cabin in the Sky. Binford, Jet reported, “said he objects to movies showing Negroes and whites as ‘social equals.’”

    Writer, filmmaker and producer Willy Bearden will introduce Cabin in the Sky and lead a short discussion after the screening.

    Director: Vincente Minelli | USA | 1943 | 98 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.


    Banned in Memphis is an ongoing series of film screenings highlighting work banned from Memphis theaters by Lloyd Binford, the head of the Memphis Censor Board for 28 years. Regarded as “the toughest critic in America,” the former railway clerk turned insurance executive was notorious for his views on white supremacy, womanhood, and outsider views of the American South. Binford banned films with African American stars or unsegregated scenes, films that featured violence or teenage rebellion, and even film that he disliked because of the personal conduct of the actors rather than the content of the script.

    Upcoming screenings in the series include:

    The Outlaw, introduced by author and archivist Vincent Astor.

    Wednesday, July 12 | 7 pm

     

    Stromboli, introduced by author and columnist Richard Alley.

    Wednesday, August 23 | 7 pm

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  • Cancelled: Yoga Thursdays

    Jun 22nd, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Pay what it's worth.

    Class is cancelled for this week and next Thursday, June 29.

    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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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 28th, 2017
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Come to the Brooks for a fun, free, family friendly summer of art and film!

    Join us each Wednesday in June and July for art-making in our drop-in studio and a variety of short films for children.

    To book groups of 10 or more, please contact the tour coordinator at 901 544 6215.

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