On view through May 12, 2019
Memphis artist Ted Faiers (1908-1985) is featured in an exhibition of woodcuts, selected from the permanent collection. Faiers is best remembered for his large relief paintings with figures that project off the surface and that are colorful, insightful and satirical; the people are defined by flat shapes and patterns, each relevant to their time. His woodcuts, which span the life of his career, reflect the same inventiveness and approach to form. This exhibition includes prints from his early abstract period in the 1950s as well as his representational art of the 60s and 70s. As in his paintings, his figural woodcuts present powerful observations of the human condition, provide commentary on American social issues, and examine local culture. They also attest to Faiers great affinity for woodworking and his mastery of the medium.
January 26, 2019 – February 24, 2019
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, recognizing their outstanding achievements in a competitive annual exhibition and providing cash prizes and scholarship opportunities.
December 1, 2018 - February 24, 2019
Pioneering American modernist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) conveyed a distinct sense of place with innovative depictions of her surroundings, from stark New Mexican landscapes to New York cityscapes. Yet flowers and plants were subjects that engaged O'Keeffe throughout her career. This landmark exhibition offers a rare focus on 20 of O'Keeffe's depictions of Hawai'i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign.
October 14, 2017 - January 7, 2018
The sculptures of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman and William Zorach embody the vitality and vision of four modern artists who—arriving as immigrants in the United States from the growing turbulence of pre-war Europe—responded to the challenges and excitement of American life with extraordinary creativity.
June 3 - August 27, 2017
To mark the Brooks’ 100th anniversary, our dedicated, generous patrons and support groups have gifted the museum more than 100 spectacular works of art. Ranging from ancient coins to contemporary glass, from paintings to quilts, the exhibition will display all of these gifts in glorious profusion.
April 22 - July 30, 2017
Featuring rarely seen works by major American artists—including James Peale, John F. Peto, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth—this exhibition celebrates the history of still-life painting in the United States.
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.
January 28 - 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.
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.
June 18 - 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.
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.
April 28 - 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.
May 26 - 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.”
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.