• 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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  • Documentary Film: Miss Sharon Jones!

    Oct 5th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:35pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Barbara Kopple | USA | 2016 | 93 minutes

    Two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA, American Dream) follows Grammy-nominated R&B dynamo Sharon Jones during the most courageous year of her life. Often compared to the legendary James Brown because of her powerful and energetic performances, Jones is no stranger to challenge. For years her music career struggled as she was kept in the wings by a music industry that branded her “too short, too black, too fat.”

    After decades of working odd jobs, from a corrections officer to a wedding singer, Jones had a middle-aged breakthrough after joining forces with Brooklyn R&B outfit The Dap-Kings. In 2013, on the eve of the release of their much-anticipated album Give the People What They Want, Jones was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

    As she struggles to find her health and voice again, the film intimately uncovers the mind and spirit of a powerful woman determined to regain the explosive singing career that eluded her for 50 years. Ultimately, Miss Sharon Jones! Is a triumphant crowd-pleaser that captures an irrepressible human spirit as she battles back to where she belongs; center stage.

    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Oct 6th, 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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  • Talk: Brooks Museum League presents Ned Canty

    Oct 7th, 2016
    11:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Opera Memphis General Director Ned Canty will speak about why "Opera Doesn't Suck.” He’ll explain how opera sank to the current state it is in in terms of public opinion. 

    Canty will also talk about how the “30 Days of Opera” program was developed and why. 

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  • Cult Film: Multiple Maniacs

    Oct 12th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:40pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: John Waters | USA | 1970 | 96 minutes

    Multiple Maniacs is the second feature-length cult film of director John Waters. This shocking black and white whirlwind of insanity features actors from Water’s own Dreamland acting troupe including Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, George Figgs, and Cookie Mueller.

    In Multiple Maniacs, Lady Divine runs a fetish show called the Cavalcade of Perversion, which is free to the public, but involves a finale in which she robs the audience at gunpoint. When simply holding up the audience becomes too much of a bore for Lady Divine, she resorts to murdering them; this leads to obvious complications as the plot progresses. The lead is portrayed, of course, by the transgendered actress Divine, who appears onscreen as both a sexual rebel and a survivor of sexual assault.

    Filled with countless murders, sex scenes, rape, and the innate shock value that comes with John Waters’ early films, Multiple Maniacs provides a jarring and cutting edge cult comedy that is likely to surprise the most brave of souls.

    This racy film was shot on 16-millimeter film but seldom seen. Restored in 2016 by Janus Films, Multiple Maniacs is newly released to theaters 46 years after its debut. As the Janus Films site explains, “John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theaters at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments. Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore.”

    Must be 21 or older to attend.

    $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

    Oct 13th, 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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  • Documentary Film: Best of Enemies

    Oct 14th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Directors: Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville | USA | 2015 | 87 minutes

    In the summer of 1968 television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.

    Directed with consummate skill by Memphis filmmaker and author Robert Gordon and his Academy Award-winning, Los Angeles-based counterpart Morgan Neville, Best of Enemies unleashes a highbrow blood sport that marked the dawn of pundit television as we know it today.

    Please note that no advance tickets will be sold for our Friday matinee screenings.

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  • Red Grooms Member Reception

    Oct 15th, 2016
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Free to Brooks Membership.

    Join fellow Brooks Museum members for cocktails, conversation, and light hors d’oeuvres at the opening of Red Grooms:  Traveling Correspondentorganized by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.  The exhibition includes approximately 45 examples of Grooms’ signature three-dimensional reliefs, sculptures, installations, prints, and films, spanning 1961-2015.

    Please RSVP here or by calling our Membership Manager at 901.544.6230.

    RSVP

    Free for Brooks Membership.

    Not a Brooks member? Join online at brooksmuseum.org/membership.


    Red Grooms, American (b. 1937), Model for Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel, 1994, Mixed media with lights and motor, Collection of Mary Hevener and Fred Wallach. (C) Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Foreign Film: Persona

    Oct 19th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:25pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Ingmar Bergman | Sweden | 1966 | 83 minutes

    Join us for this fiftieth anniversary screening of the iconic black and white Swedish psychological drama starring Bibi Anderson and Liv Ullmann, which premiered on October 18, 1966. Influencing films such as Woody Allen’s Love and Death, Fight Club, and many more, Persona has made a huge splash in cinema.

    Persona revolves around a famous actress who has stopped speaking and goes to live with a young nurse on a secluded cottage for the summer. Fantasy and reality blur together as the young woman’s personas switch to the alternate woman’s body. Preferred by director Ingmar Bergman to be seen as poetry rather than science fiction, Persona dives deeply into the conscious and subconscious of two troubled women’s minds and the way they cope with their problems.

    Bosley Crowther from the New York Times writes “Indeed, it appears from the way Mr. Bergman begins his film that he wants us to absorb it as experience conveyed through the mechanical techniques of this illusion-creating medium, rather than as transmitted reality. He wants us to understand clearly that we are looking at images that have their own personal connotations, according to the conditioning of the individual viewer.”

    Filmed in soft black and white and featuring mostly close ups of Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann’s faces, Persona showcases the sensitivity, beauty, and even horror of the female mind and soul.

    $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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  • Homeschool Day: Artists from the Region

    Oct 20th, 2016
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    At the Brooks Homeschool Day, students will be able to discover artworks by regional artists in the Brooks’ collection that are newly on display. Explore iconic scenes, compositions, and forms to learn about the significant contribution that artists like, William Eggleston and Carroll Cloar have made to American Art.

    Engage in art-making activities to develop studio skills and create themes inspired by regional culture using fun and varied methods.

    No reservations are required.

    Click here to learn more about the Brooks Homeschool Program.


    Carroll Cloar, American (active in Memphis), 1913 - 1993, The Red Land, 1981, Acrylic on Masonite, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of AutoZone, Inc.  2001.15.103  © Estate of the artist

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Oct 20th, 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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  • "BIG STAR – Isolated in the Light" Book Release Party

    Oct 20th, 2016
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join First Third Books, Big Star drummer Jody Stephens and photographers Michael O’Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay and David Bell for a celebration of the release of BIG STAR – Isolated in the Light. This limited edition photography book chronicles the career of the now-iconic cult band from Memphis and features over 200 color and black and white photographs by artists such as William Eggleston, Michael O’Brien, Maude Schuyler Clay, Carole Manning, David Bell, Stephanie Chernikowski, and David Godlis and historic images from the vaults of Ardent Records.

    Meet in the rotunda for a cash bar beginning at 5:30 pm, followed by a panel discussion in the museum’s auditorium at 6:30, moderated by Bob Mehr, contributor to Isolated In The Light and author of Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements. Mehr, an authority on Big Star, also contributed to the Big Star career retrospective box set, Keep An Eye On The Sky.

    At the end of the evening a book signing will take place in the museum’s Chandler Gallery, where the in-house exhibition Selections from William Eggleston’s Portfolios are currently on view.

    Copies of BIG STAR – Isolated in the Light will be available for sale at the event and for pre-order at www.firstthirdbooks.com. A hardback limited edition is available for $53 and a special edition, including a previously unpublished signed and numbered print from Michael O’Brien and two posters, is available for $98. 

    Free.


    Photograph copyright © by Michael O'Brien. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Documentary Film: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

    Oct 21st, 2016
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Alex Gibney | USA | 2010 | 118 minutes

    Client 9 traces the downfall of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer back to a sex scandal that ended his political career and war against Wall Street. Spitzer was an activist for same sex marriage and immigration reform, subsequently causing him to be on Wall Street’s hit list. In 2008, it came to the attention of the public that Spitzer was a member at the Emperor’s Club VIP where he hired prostitutes at the staggering prices of $1,000 and up an hour. Eliot Spitzer quickly resigned after this scandal.

    As Kenneth Turan at the LA Times writes “As the state's attorney general, [Eliot Spitzer] had become known as ‘the sheriff of Wall Street’ for his willingness to take on powerful and previously untouchable special interests in the financial world. His reputation for personal incorruptibility had led to a victory in the 2006 governor's race with an impressive 69 percent of the popular vote. His campaign slogan: ‘Bring Some Passion Back to Albany.’ While he might have built his image up as a All American do-gooder, Spitzer has some serious skeletons in the closet, which Wall Street made it their mission to surface.”

    Manohla Dargis from the New York Times writes “Mr. Gibney blends his ingredients—talking-head interviews, photographs, news reports, shots of a glittering, jewel-like New York—together in expert fashion, though much of it is familiar, including to readers of The New York Times, which, on March 10, 2008, broke the story that Mr. Spitzer had been linked to a prostitution ring. Two days later the governor—who as the state’s attorney general had overseen the 2004 bust of a prostitution ring—resigned from office.”

    Kenneth Turan again writes “Made with the on-camera cooperation of Spitzer (though not his wife), it is a sad, disturbing and in some ways tragic tale that in its lurid combination of sex and politics, banal hypocrisy and bare-knuckles power, seems very much an American story of our times.”

    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Please note that no advance tickets will be sold for our Friday matinee screenings.

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  • "Les Parisiennes:" Lecture with Anne Sebba

    Oct 22nd, 2016
    10:30am - 11:30am
    Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership and students with ID.

    A DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST EVENT

    New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba will launch her US book tour with a lecture for Decorative Arts Trust to discuss her latest work, Les Parisennes, How The Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation.  

    Sebba, a former Reuters foreign correspondent, poured over memoirs, diaries, and letters, read books, watched films, handled artifacts, and interviewed women who lived through the events to understand how the war changed the lives of Parisiennes and how they adjusted to loss, fear, and hunger under occupation.

    Ms. Sebba was last at Brooks with the release of her biography of Wallis Simpson entitled That Woman

    Included with museum admission.

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  • Classic Film: Vertigo

    Oct 22nd, 2016
    2:00pm - 4:15pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock | USA | 1958 | 130 minutes

    Sinister plot twists, hints of ghosts, and death by bell tower—Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo puts a psychological spin on all things Halloween and kicks off a week of Hitchcock films at the Brooks. This 1958 thriller was named in 2012 the greatest movie of all time by 846 film experts polled in Sight & Sound magazine, which compiles a “100 greatest films” list every decade. James Stewart and Kim Novak star in the mistaken identity classic, which knocked Citizen Kane from the top spot after a 50-year reign. Chock full of psychological complexities, time-shifting plot elements, and the overreaching themes of voyeurism and obsessive love, Vertigo is Hitchcock at his best.

    Critics frequently interpret Vertigo as a map of female Oedipal trajectory or a tale of male aggression and visual control. While the plot is fantastic, we’re equally fascinated by the role of art in the film. For example, artist John Ferran, a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists, created the nightmare sequence experienced by Stewart’s character. The portrait of Carlotta hanging in the Legion of Honor Museum, part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, was painted by Roman artist Manlio Sarra, whose work hangs in a number of museums including the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and and the Museum of Modern Art in Avezzano, Italy. Legendary costumer Edith Head used color psychology to heighten emotion on screen, while animator John Whitney employed a mechanical computer better known as a WWII-era tool to guide anti-aircraft cannons to design the rotating patterns in the film’s title sequence. And Vertigo was the first film to use the dolly zoom, a perspective-distorting camera effect.

    $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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  • Brooks Museum League Fundraiser: "A Century of Fashion Part II"

    Oct 23rd, 2016
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | $45 per person

    Join the Brooks Museum League for its fundraiser “A Century of Fashion Part II” in the Hohenberg Auditorium of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

    The fashion show is coordinated by Brooks League member Babbie Lovett and directed by Mr. Paul Thomas. The fashion review will begin at 2 pm with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception immediately following at 3. Seating begins at 1:30 pm.

    Tickets are $45 per person. 

    Contact jandmconley@comcast.net or 901.212.5489 to purchase tickets.

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  • Classic Film: Psycho

    Oct 26th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:50pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock | USA | 1960 | 109 minutes

    “We all go a little mad sometimes! Haven’t you?”

    Starring Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates and adapted from a Robert Bloch novel loosely based on the case of convicted killer Ed Gein, Psycho, which just might be Alfred Hitchcock’s most superb suspense film, was initially red-lighted by Paramount Pictures until the director agreed to finance the film himself. While most film buffs know that Janet Leigh’s infamous shower scene was shot over a seven-day period and featured 77 different camera angles, few realize that the inspiration for the Bates’ home was Edward Hopper’s iconic 1925 painting House by the Railroad, now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

    $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

    Oct 27th, 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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  • Tea & Tour for Seniors: Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent

    Oct 27th, 2016
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    $3 per person/Free for Brooks Membership.

    Join us for a guided tour of Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent. Afterwards, enjoy tea and treats in the Terrace Room.

    $3 per person/Free for Brooks Members.

    Reservations required by October 35. Please call 901.544.6244.


    Red Grooms, American (b. 1937), Rockefeller Center, 1995, Mixed media construction, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York. (C) 1995 Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Documentary Film: Weiner

    Oct 28th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:40pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Directors: Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg | USA | 2016 | 100 minutes

    Weiner is the story of Anthony Weiner’s campaign for Mayor of New York City in 2013. A mere two years before this campaign, Weiner was forced to resign from his position in Congress from a sexting scandal. This film gets up close and personal with Anthony Weiner, his wife Huma Abedin, and their campaign crew.

    In 2011, Anthony Weiner accidentally tweeted a dirty photo that he meant to send to a young college student. It did not take long for the picture to go viral and cause Weiner to resign. Two years later, Anthony Weiner is running for mayor of New York and has a camera crew filming him.

    Henry Barnes at the Guardian writes “[Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin] thought they would be telling a redemption story. They filmed Weiner in the home and on the stump, campaigning alongside his wife, Huma Abedin (now vice-chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign) to gradually win back the trust of voters.”

    But this film is far from an underdog story. As Weiner campaigns for mayor, it quickly becomes apparent that he is back to his tricks and has not given up his sexually inappropriate tendencies and more scandals ensue.

    The Washington Post writes “After a brief stint at the top of the polls, the endeavor collapses under the fallout from a fresh round of revelations that Weiner had returned to his old ways, using the pseudonym ‘Carlos Danger.’”

    $5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Please note that no advance tickets will be sold for our Friday matinee screenings.

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  • Teacher Workshop: Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent

    Oct 29th, 2016
    9:00am - 1:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Red Grooms is a natural storyteller, imbuing his artwork in rich and detailed narrative.  Through discussion, gallery activities, and art-making, teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about this important Tennessee artist by exploring themes of narrative in the Traveling Correspondent exhibition.

    Free.

    Reservations required: 901.544.6246.


    Red Grooms, American (b. 1937), Local from the No Gas portfolio, 1971, Lithograph in ten colors, Collection of Walter and Sarh Knestrick, courtesy of the Tennessee State Museum. © 1971 Red Grooms  / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • Classic Film: The Birds

    Oct 29th, 2016
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock | UK | 1963 | 120 minutes

    Vacationing in northern California, Alfred Hitchcock was struck by a story in a Santa Cruz newspaper: “Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes.” From this peculiar incident, and his memory of a short story by Daphne du Maurier, the master of suspense created one of his strangest and most terrifying films, which premiered as an invitation-only screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in March 1963.

    The Birds follows a chic blonde, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), as she travels to the coastal town of Bodega Bay to hook up with a rugged fellow (Rod Taylor) she’s only just met. Before long the town is attacked by marauding birds, and Hitchcock’s skill at staging action is brought to the fore. Beyond the superb effects, however, The Birds is also one of Hitchcock’s most psychologically complicated scenarios, a tense study of violence, loneliness, and complacency.

    $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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  • Classic Film: Frenzy

    Oct 30th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:55pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Alfred Hitchcock | UK | 1972 | 116 minutes

    Hitchcock’s penultimate film is also one of his most brutal, as the camera follows the Necktie Killer across London as he stalks and strangles unsuspecting women. The film follows the nefarious doings of a contemporary serial killer likely based on Jack the Ripper and John Christie, as well as circa-1940s “Lady Killer” Neville Heath. Early on, Hitchcock reveals to the audience the murderer’s identity—then takes viewers through twists and turns as another man is taken into custody based on circumstantial evidence.

    Filmed in London’s Convent Garden after Hitchcock spent decades making films in the United States, Frenzy marks a return to form for the cinematic master, who employs gallows humor, brilliant camera tracking (most notably, the shot that links the murder of one hapless victim to the bustling street scenes just outside), and viewer-manipulation as he tells this ghoulish tale.

    $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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