Brooks Outside: Tape Art

May 8 - 24, 2017

The Rhode Island artist collective Tape Art, known for creating over 500 temporary murals installed around the world, ends our centennial celebration with a massive installation on the Brooks’ façade. 



2017 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

January 28, 2017 - February 26, 2017

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and Brooks Museum League. As an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards honors exemplary art by students in seventh through 12th grades.



Red Grooms:
Traveling Correspondent

October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Grooms’s treatment of New York City and Tennessee provides the focus for Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent. The distinct bodies of work reflect time spent in these radically different environments, specifically those that most define him as a person and an artist.


Veda Reed: Day into Night

June 18, 2016 - September 4, 2016

This influential Memphis artist was represented by 28 paintings spanning 1956 to 2016. The emphasis was on her recent luminous paintings of night skies populated with moons, clouds, and shimmering light. These poetic images represent what the artist herself feels are the zenith of her career.



Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars

May 26, 2016 - September 4, 2016

This exhibition showcased Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj and the eclectic group of nine musicians from around the world whom the artist sees as his own personal “rock stars.”




Brooks Outside: RedBall Memphis


April 28, 2016 - May 7, 2016

As part of the Brooks Museum’s centennial, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his world-traveled RedBall Project to Memphis April 28 – May 7. During its performance run in Memphis this fun and provocative installation was strategically placed in ten different sites in the city, personally selected by Perschke during his visit to Memphis in December 2015.



Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America

November 7, 2015 - February 28, 2016

This extraordinary exhibition highlights American folk art from New England and the Midwest made between 1800 and 1925. Among the paintings are portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and allegorical paintings, while the objects include sculptures, commercial signs, furniture, and household objects.  


2016 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

January 30, 2016 — February 28, 2016

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and Brooks Museum League.

60s Cool

October 17, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Ranging from sleek, understated modernism to bold abstraction, this exhibition celebrates art and design from the 1960s—a time of both enormous social upheaval and extraordinary cultural creativity.  

Decorative Arts Trust: A 35th Anniversary Exhibition

October 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Featuring DAT gifts in glorious profusion, the exhibition will include both recent acquisitions such as a rare French Renaissance platter from the workshop of Bernard Palissy and a pair of fine New York Federal chairs, as well as old favorites such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s starkly beautiful Prairie-style chair and Tiffany & Company’s pair of elaborately decorated sterling ewers.  



Surreal Kingdoms

June 6, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Kenneth Wayne Alexander II’s Kingdom series depicts different universes that he has seen through vivid dreams and imagination. In this exhibition of 14 works on digital rotation, color and light stream through open eyes, ears, and mouths, while patterns swirl to an electronic soundtrack created by the artist, also a renowned local hip hop producer.  


The Art of Video Games

June 5, 2015 — September 13, 2015

This ground-breaking exhibition—alive with light, sound, and movement—challenges the boundaries of how we define art by exploring the forty-year evolution of video games. An amalgam of painting, writing, sculpture, music, storytelling, and cinematography, video games offer a previously unprecedented way of communicating with and engaging the viewer. 



This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

February 14, 2015 — May 10, 2015

Exploring the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers, the exhibition dynamically documents the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement.