• An Entertaining Evening With Julia Reed

    Sep 27th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Buckman Auditorium, St. Mary's School, Walnut Grove at Perkins Extended

    A DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST EVENT

    Julia Reed, known for her witty raconteur style of presenting, is sure to be a crowd pleaser once again.

    Doors open at 6:15 for all who want to arrive early &  enjoy a glass of wine with fellow audience members before the 7pm presentation by Reed, author and contributor to Elle Decor and Garden and Gun Magazine. Appreciated for her distinctly Southern take on entertaining, Reed will draw from her latest book, Julia Reed's South, Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long.

    A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Reed began working at Newsweek as an intern in 1977 before going on to become Contributing Editor and columnist there. She left Newsweek to become Contributing Editor at Vogue where she remained for 20 years. She writes regularly for the NY Times, Conde Nast Travel and the Wall Street Journal.

    Decorative Arts Trust was fortunate to welcome Reed a number of years ago to a sold-out crowd. Her book will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

    Admission is $25.

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  • Artist@Work: Jonathan May

    Sep 28th, 2016
    4:00pm - 7:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Residencies bring writers, poets, playwrights, and other creative professionals to the museum galleries, where they work on projects in public view. Our inaugural Artist@Work resident, poet Jonathan May, will be at the Brooks the last two weeks of September. Ask at Visitor Services to see if he’s present in the galleries during your next visit to the museum.

    May will be in the galleries today from 2 to 4 pm.

    Jonathan May grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. A queer writer, he lives and teaches in Memphis, where he uses poetry therapy to help people with eating disorders. His work has appeared in [PANK]Superstition ReviewDuendeOne, and Rock & Sling; new work is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine Review and Bear Review. He recently translated the play Dreams by Günter Eich into English. Read more at memphisjon.wordpress.com.

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  • Figure Drawing

    Sep 28th, 2016
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Free, or $5 donation to use museum supplies.

    Join artist and teacher Juan Rojo every other month to draw from a clothed model in museum galleries.

    Whether you’re an experienced artist or trying figure drawing for the first time, you’ll enjoy spending the evening drawing with others at the Brooks.

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  • Documentary Film: Eva Hesse

    Sep 28th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:25pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Marcie Begleiter | USA | 2016 | 82 minutes

    In the 1960s, German-Jewish born artist Eva Hesse was making quite a splash in the New York City art scene. Known for her abstract drawings and sculptures particularly in the media of fiberglass, latex, and plastic, Hesse is associated with the Postminimalist art movement. These days, her work is held by major museums such as the Pompidou and MOMA.

    A.O. Scott at the New York Times describes Eva Hesse as “Marcie Begleiter’s conscientious and moving documentary.” Eva Hesse, he says, “tells the full story of its subject’s tragically foreshortened life, but it focuses on those years of artistic emergence, a period of rapid development and furious productivity, with few parallels in the history of art. Hesse herself is both a ubiquitous presence in the film and something of a specter—an animating spirit and a ghost haunting the frames.”

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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

    Sep 29th, 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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  • Vin-A-Que

    Sep 30th, 2016
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    Vin-A-Que: The art of wine + swine

    Celebrate Memphis’ culinary heritage and experience traditional and unique barbecue with a bohemian picnic on the Brooks plaza.
    We'll have featured wines and specialty drinks from our friends at
    Buster's and
    Ghost River beer. Enjoy live music from Mark Edgar Stuart and a silent auction under the stars. Design your own flower crown with Holliday Flowers and Events.

    Valet will be available for $5.

    Tickets are $75 each.

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    The following restaurants are participating in Vin-A-Que:
    Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
    Babalu Tapas & Tacos
    Bounty on Broad
    Charlie Vergos Rendezvous
    Central BBQ
    Garibaldi’s Pizza
    Interim Restaurant & Bar
    Jim 'N Nick's BBQ
    Memphis Pizza Café - Overton Square
    MEMpopS
    Mosa Asian Bistro
    One & Only BBQ
    Payne’s Bar-B-Que
    Peabody Memphis
    Sweet Grass

    Watch our Memphis Wine + Food Series Manager Lindsey Hedgepeth's appearance on WMC Action News 5.

    Meteorologist Andrew Kozak - Timeline | Facebook


    Vin-A-Que Host Committee
    Alayne & Paul Arbogast
    Stephanie Beliles
    Elaine Hartog
    Lauren & Andrew Patterson
    Natalie & John Rauscher
    Shibahn & Stephen Rodda
    Caley & Josh Spotts
    Grace & Ryan Skertich
    Cecilia Walker

     


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  • Experimental Film: River of Fundament

    Oct 1st, 2016
    11:15am - 5:30pm
    $22/$15 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass

    Director: Matthew Barney | USA | 2014 | 5 hours 50 minutes

    In 2007, Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler began a new collaborative project inspired by American author Norman Mailer's 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, set in pharaonic Egypt. The project was conceived as a nontraditional opera with a series of one-time-only live acts performed across the American landscape over a five-year period. This opera developed as a film titled River of Fundament, which combines documentation of the three live acts with scenes set in a reconstruction of Norman Mailer's brownstone apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

    Barney and Bepler reimagine Mailer as his own protagonist who reincarnates three times in three different bodies by magically entering the womb of his wife Hathfertiti. In his attempt at rebirth, Norman must endure the departure of his soul's seven mythological states: the ren or secret name; the sekhem or power; the khu or light; the ba or spirit; the ka or double; the khabit or shadow; and finally the sekhu, or remains. With each incarnation the undead Norman emerges from a river of feces that runs beneath his Brooklyn Heights apartment and enters his own wake.

    Imagined as a memorial gathering attended by figures in the New York literary world, the wake takes place inside the Mailer apartment as it is ferried down the river. Guests eulogize Mailer and offer condolences to his widow, while musicians tune and begin play their instruments. Norman's widow and a chorus of guests contemplate the soul's journey as a series of recitatives. As the evening wears on, the wake gives way to a scene of carousing and revelry, in which characters from Ancient Evenings play out their incestuous struggles for power and their insatiable appetite for pleasure as the music gains momentum. Each incarnation of Norman joins the wake for a time, haunting the guests and challenging the ancient undead figures of gods and demigods. He endures two rebirths but fails to be reborn a third time, thus ending his attempt to ascend to a higher, more powerful state. Barney and Bepler have adopted critic Harold Bloom's suggestion that Ancient Evenings was a thinly-disguised allegory for Mailer's literary ambition. The powerful pharaoh Usermare evokes the spirit of Ernest Hemingway and engages Norman's three incarnations in a struggle for dominance.

    In a parallel narrative, River of Fundament replaces the body of Norman with the body of an automobile in the American landscape. Three generations of American cars act as vehicles that carry the narrative: a 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial (known for its crashworthiness) is transmogrified into a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (known as the last high-performance engine of the original muscle-car generation) and finally into a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (known for its tireless service in the U.S. government fleet).

    The automobiles' story begins with REN, a live performance staged at a car dealership in south Los Angeles. A 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial undergoes its first death and is prepared for rebirth as a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The second performance, KHU, unfolds along the River Rouge and Detroit River. KHU brings the Chrysler back to its birthplace Detroit, a city rich in minerals, iron, and limestone, built upon the vast expanses of salt beds beneath Michigan. KHU sees the Chrysler Imperial dismembered and melted in five monumental furnaces. BA, the final live act, takes place at locations along New York City's East River, culminating in a battle at a dry dock in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At the conclusion of BA, the automobile is further transformed into the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.

    Set amid the American landscape, River of Fundament uses the language of modern industrial processing and recycling to tell the story of its automobile protagonist, alongside characters deployed from CREMASTER 3 (the Entered Apprentice and Entered Novitiate) and the Egyptian pantheon activated by Mailer (Osiris, Isis, Set, Nephthys, Horus, Anubis, and Khepera). The mythologies inherent to these characters are met at each site with a set of local mythologies, symbolisms, and indigenous musical traditions as diverse as Native American, American, Mayan, and Celtic. Each performance employs local talent, while the set of characters inherent to CREMASTER 3 and Egyptian mythology continue to evolve and reappear, pervading the transformation of the automobile protagonist as it endures the seven soul states toward the journey of its three embodiments.

    Sculpture is generated with each transformation of the automobile. The recurring motif of a graduated ascent to power is articulated in the material language of the metals and minerals that take form in sculpture. Base elements—zinc, sulfur, iron, copper—give way to yellow metal alloys—bronze and brass—that emulate, but fail to reproduce, the quality of gold.

    River of Fundament is characterized by musical performances directed according to the logic of the narrative: the story unfolds sculpturally, cinematically, and musically. Bepler uses speech and ambient rhythms as compositional elements, in addition to more traditionally-scored arias and recitatives. Sounds inherent to the landscape or action become part of the musical texture of the film, such that the setting itself becomes a musical instrument. The site-responsive nature of the music is also developed through the use of musicians, both professional and amateur, whose performances further establish a sense of place in each scene.

    Primarily excerpted from Mailer's Ancient Evenings, the libretto also includes historical rites from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and The Pyramid Texts, along with texts from American authors Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William S. Burroughs, offering a confluence of meditations on the timeless concerns of mortality and regeneration.

    Cast includes David Amram, Matthew Barney, Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle, Ellen Burstyn, Dick Cavett, Madyn G. Coakley, Paul Giamatti, Milford Graves, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Joan La Barbara, Fran Lebowitz, John Buffalo Mailer, Jonas Mekas, Aimee Mullins, Stephen Payne, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Salman Rushdie, Elaine Stritch, James Toback, and Lawrence Weiner.


    Presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival and distributed on behalf of the artists by International Film Circuit, River of Fundament screens at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

    Screenings begin at 11:15 am each day. Tickets are $22, $15 for Brooks members and students with valid ID, and free for VIP Film Pass holders. There will be two 20-minute intermissions during each screening. No refunds; not recommended for viewers under 18.

    Advance ticket sales ended at 2:30 pm on Monday, September 26. Tickets will be available in the rotunda beginning at 10 am on Saturday, October 1.


    River of Fundament may be too graphic for some viewers. The film intertwines literature, history and mythology with the contemplation of the fundamental human drives that have continuously propelled civilizations. Explicit scenes depict sex, violence and bodily functions. The film runs nearly six hours long with two 20-minute intermissions. No refunds will be offered. To prepare for the experience, we recommend watching the trailer here and visiting Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament website.

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  • Experimental Film: River of Fundament

    Oct 2nd, 2016
    11:15am - 5:30pm
    $22/$15 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass

    Director: Matthew Barney | USA | 2014 | 5 hours 50 minutes

    In 2007, Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler began a new collaborative project inspired by American author Norman Mailer's 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, set in pharaonic Egypt. The project was conceived as a nontraditional opera with a series of one-time-only live acts performed across the American landscape over a five-year period. This opera developed as a film titled River of Fundament, which combines documentation of the three live acts with scenes set in a reconstruction of Norman Mailer's brownstone apartment in Brooklyn Heights.

    Barney and Bepler reimagine Mailer as his own protagonist who reincarnates three times in three different bodies by magically entering the womb of his wife Hathfertiti. In his attempt at rebirth, Norman must endure the departure of his soul's seven mythological states: the ren or secret name; the sekhem or power; the khu or light; the ba or spirit; the ka or double; the khabit or shadow; and finally the sekhu, or remains. With each incarnation the undead Norman emerges from a river of feces that runs beneath his Brooklyn Heights apartment and enters his own wake.

    Imagined as a memorial gathering attended by figures in the New York literary world, the wake takes place inside the Mailer apartment as it is ferried down the river. Guests eulogize Mailer and offer condolences to his widow, while musicians tune and begin play their instruments. Norman's widow and a chorus of guests contemplate the soul's journey as a series of recitatives. As the evening wears on, the wake gives way to a scene of carousing and revelry, in which characters from Ancient Evenings play out their incestuous struggles for power and their insatiable appetite for pleasure as the music gains momentum. Each incarnation of Norman joins the wake for a time, haunting the guests and challenging the ancient undead figures of gods and demigods. He endures two rebirths but fails to be reborn a third time, thus ending his attempt to ascend to a higher, more powerful state. Barney and Bepler have adopted critic Harold Bloom's suggestion that Ancient Evenings was a thinly-disguised allegory for Mailer's literary ambition. The powerful pharaoh Usermare evokes the spirit of Ernest Hemingway and engages Norman's three incarnations in a struggle for dominance.

    In a parallel narrative, River of Fundament replaces the body of Norman with the body of an automobile in the American landscape. Three generations of American cars act as vehicles that carry the narrative: a 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial (known for its crashworthiness) is transmogrified into a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (known as the last high-performance engine of the original muscle-car generation) and finally into a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (known for its tireless service in the U.S. government fleet).

    The automobiles' story begins with REN, a live performance staged at a car dealership in south Los Angeles. A 1967 Chrysler Crown Imperial undergoes its first death and is prepared for rebirth as a 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The second performance, KHU, unfolds along the River Rouge and Detroit River. KHU brings the Chrysler back to its birthplace Detroit, a city rich in minerals, iron, and limestone, built upon the vast expanses of salt beds beneath Michigan. KHU sees the Chrysler Imperial dismembered and melted in five monumental furnaces. BA, the final live act, takes place at locations along New York City's East River, culminating in a battle at a dry dock in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. At the conclusion of BA, the automobile is further transformed into the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria.

    Set amid the American landscape, River of Fundament uses the language of modern industrial processing and recycling to tell the story of its automobile protagonist, alongside characters deployed from CREMASTER 3 (the Entered Apprentice and Entered Novitiate) and the Egyptian pantheon activated by Mailer (Osiris, Isis, Set, Nephthys, Horus, Anubis, and Khepera). The mythologies inherent to these characters are met at each site with a set of local mythologies, symbolisms, and indigenous musical traditions as diverse as Native American, American, Mayan, and Celtic. Each performance employs local talent, while the set of characters inherent to CREMASTER 3 and Egyptian mythology continue to evolve and reappear, pervading the transformation of the automobile protagonist as it endures the seven soul states toward the journey of its three embodiments.

    Sculpture is generated with each transformation of the automobile. The recurring motif of a graduated ascent to power is articulated in the material language of the metals and minerals that take form in sculpture. Base elements—zinc, sulfur, iron, copper—give way to yellow metal alloys—bronze and brass—that emulate, but fail to reproduce, the quality of gold.

    River of Fundament is characterized by musical performances directed according to the logic of the narrative: the story unfolds sculpturally, cinematically, and musically. Bepler uses speech and ambient rhythms as compositional elements, in addition to more traditionally-scored arias and recitatives. Sounds inherent to the landscape or action become part of the musical texture of the film, such that the setting itself becomes a musical instrument. The site-responsive nature of the music is also developed through the use of musicians, both professional and amateur, whose performances further establish a sense of place in each scene.

    Primarily excerpted from Mailer's Ancient Evenings, the libretto also includes historical rites from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and The Pyramid Texts, along with texts from American authors Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and William S. Burroughs, offering a confluence of meditations on the timeless concerns of mortality and regeneration.

    Cast includes David Amram, Matthew Barney, Chief Dave Beautiful Bald Eagle, Ellen Burstyn, Dick Cavett, Madyn G. Coakley, Paul Giamatti, Milford Graves, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deborah Harry, Joan La Barbara, Fran Lebowitz, John Buffalo Mailer, Jonas Mekas, Aimee Mullins, Stephen Payne, Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Salman Rushdie, Elaine Stritch, James Toback, and Lawrence Weiner.


    Presented worldwide on behalf of the artists by Manchester International Festival and distributed on behalf of the artists by International Film Circuit, River of Fundament screens at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

    Screenings begin at 11:15 am each day. Tickets are $22, $15 for Brooks members and students with valid ID, and free for VIP Film Pass holders. There will be two 20-minute intermissions during each screening. No refunds; not recommended for viewers under 18.

    Advance ticket sales ended at 2:30 pm on Monday, September 26. Tickets will be available in the rotunda beginning at 10 am on Saturday, October 1.


    River of Fundament may be too graphic for some viewers. The film intertwines literature, history and mythology with the contemplation of the fundamental human drives that have continuously propelled civilizations. Explicit scenes depict sex, violence and bodily functions. The film runs nearly six hours long with two 20-minute intermissions. No refunds will be offered. To prepare for the experience, we recommend watching the trailer here and visiting Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament website.

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