• Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 1st, 2016
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us at the Brooks for a fun, family friendly summer of art and film! Every Wednesday in June and July, a variety of children’s short films will be showing in the auditorium and families will be making art together in our drop-in studio.

    Come in, cool off, and explore our new hands-on family art gallery, Inside Art.

    Please plan accordingly for Wacky Wednesday’s five to one child-to-adult chaperone ratio (five children for every one adult).  Sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Jun 2nd, 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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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 8th, 2016
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us at the Brooks for a fun, family friendly summer of art and film! Every Wednesday in June and July, a variety of children’s short films will be showing in the auditorium and families will be making art together in our drop-in studio.

    Come in, cool off, and explore our new hands-on family art gallery, Inside Art.

    Please plan accordingly for Wacky Wednesday’s five to one child-to-adult chaperone ratio (five children for every one adult).  Sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

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  • Art & A Movie: The Life Aquatic

    Jun 8th, 2016
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    $16/$14 Brooks Membership and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass. Wine and art materials included.

    In the rotunda, you’ll create art, drink wine, and connect with other museum visitors as you play, create, and interact. Afterwards, you’ll attend a related film screening in the museum’s auditorium. 21+.

    Art: Decorate a passport-sized notebook with aquatic-themed washi tape to make a travel journal suitable for your summer adventures on land or sea. Once finished, we’ll give you your very own Team Zissou pencil to track jaguar sharks, plot rescue missions, or keep notations of your favorite David Bowie lyrics.

    Film: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
    Director: Wes Anderson | 2004 | USA | 119 minutes | Rated R

    With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

    Esquire describes The Life Aquatic as “a divisive dramedy about a depressed, over-the-hill deep-sea explorer-documentarian… the black sheep of [Wes] Anderson’s filmography and a commercial flop, an absolute mess, with a meandering plot and cutesy vignettes that teeter toward art-house silliness.” Yet, continues the magazine, “even if The Life Aquatic is scattered, it’s propelled by manic curiosity, unfolding its secrets through multiple viewings.”

    We wholeheartedly agree. With a script co-written by indie darling Noah Baumbach and a cast that includes a melancholic Bill Murray, the unapproachable Anjelica Houston, and supporting parts played by Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett, and Anderson regular Owen Wilson, and a soundtrack of magical David Bowie covers sung in Portuguese by Seu Jorge, we think that The Life Aquatic is worth another visit.

    6 pm art making, 7 pm film screening
    21+

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    $16 / $14 Brooks members & students with valid ID / Free with VIP Film Pass Wine and art-making supplies included.

    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 9th, 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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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 15th, 2016
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us at the Brooks for a fun, family friendly summer of art and film! Every Wednesday in June and July, a variety of children’s short films will be showing in the auditorium and families will be making art together in our drop-in studio.

    Come in, cool off, and explore our new hands-on family art gallery, Inside Art.

    Please plan accordingly for Wacky Wednesday’s five to one child-to-adult chaperone ratio (five children for every one adult).  Sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

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  • Cult Film: Film & Documentary Film: Notfilm

    Jun 15th, 2016
    7:00pm - 9:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett’s lone work for projected cinema was entitled archetypally, Film, and grew from Berkeley’s pronouncement, essi et percipi: “To be is to be perceived.”

    Yet Beckett’s ontological concerns have less to do with the plastic medium than the nature of recorded and projected images. Film is in essence a chase film; arguably the craziest committed to celluloid.

    It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies. The link to cinema’s essence is evident in the casting, as the chased object is none other than an aged Buster Keaton, who was understandably befuddled at Beckett and director Alan Schneider’s imperative that he keep his face hidden from the camera’s gaze. The archetypal levels resonate further in the exquisite cinematography of Academy Award-winner Boris Kaufman, whose brothers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman created the legendary self-reflective masterpiece Man With a Movie Camera (with the latter in the titular role).

    Commissioned and produced by Grove Press’s Barney Rosset, Film is at once the product of a stunningly all-star assembly of talent and a cinematic conundrum that asks more questions than it answers.

    Film will be followed by Ross Lipman’s documentary Notfilm. In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself. Notfilm is a feature-length experimental essay on Film’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

    Film | Director: Samuel Beckett | USA | 1966 | 24 minutes
    Notfilm | Director: Ross Lipman | USA | 2016 | 128 minutes

    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 16th, 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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  • Live in the Galleries: Project1VOICE & Hattiloo Theatre Present "The Colored Museum"

    Jun 18th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership and students with ID.

    In his review of the original 1986 off-Broadway production of The Colored Museum, New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich stated the play’s central question: “How do American Black men and women at once honor and escape the legacy of suffering that is the baggage of their past?” Playwright George C. Wolfe faced this loaded question head-on in his play, embracing its paradoxical nature by creating a work of dramatic art he described as part “exorcism, part party, and wholly satirical.” The purpose of satire is to entertain while simultaneously raising awareness by asking oft-ignored questions, presenting stereotypes for examination, and revealing truth and hypocrisy by dabbling in extremes. In The Colored Museum, Wolfe juxtaposes facets of African-American cultural history, both politically correct and not, which results in a biting comedic exploration of what it means to be Black in America.

    Project1VOICE celebrates the thirtieth year anniversary of The Colored Museum with staged readings that are produced as part of the sixth annual Project1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY and will be presented in association with theater companies, museums and other diverse educational, artistic and social institutions throughout the U.S. The Brooks is proud to partner with Hattiloo Theatre for the sixth annual Project1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY.

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  • Cult Film: Film & Documentary Film: Notfilm

    Jun 18th, 2016
    2:00pm - 4:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett’s lone work for projected cinema was entitled archetypally, Film, and grew from Berkeley’s pronouncement, essi et percipi: “To be is to be perceived.”

    Yet Beckett’s ontological concerns have less to do with the plastic medium than the nature of recorded and projected images. Film is in essence a chase film; arguably the craziest committed to celluloid.

    It’s a chase between camera and pursued image that finds existential dread embedded in the very apparatus of the movies. The link to cinema’s essence is evident in the casting, as the chased object is none other than an aged Buster Keaton, who was understandably befuddled at Beckett and director Alan Schneider’s imperative that he keep his face hidden from the camera’s gaze. The archetypal levels resonate further in the exquisite cinematography of Academy Award-winner Boris Kaufman, whose brothers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman created the legendary self-reflective masterpiece Man With a Movie Camera (with the latter in the titular role).

    Commissioned and produced by Grove Press’s Barney Rosset, Film is at once the product of a stunningly all-star assembly of talent and a cinematic conundrum that asks more questions than it answers.

    Film will be followed by Ross Lipman’s documentary Notfilm. In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history: his embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in his receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonization. The film they made along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset, and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades. Yet the eclectic participants are just one part of a story that stretches to the very birth of cinema, and spreads out to our understanding of human consciousness itself. Notfilm is a feature-length experimental essay on Film’s production and its philosophical implications, utilizing additional outtakes, never before heard audio recordings of the production meetings, and other rare archival elements.

    Film | Director: Samuel Beckett | USA | 1966 | 24 minutes
    Notfilm | Director: Ross Lipman | USA | 2016 | 128 minutes

    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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  • Veda Reed Member Reception & Conversation

    Jun 19th, 2016
    1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Free to Brooks Membership.

    Brooks membership is invited to a reception and conversation with Memphis artist Veda Reed to celebrate the opening of Veda Reed: Day into Night.

    The conversation between Ms. Reed and Brooks Chief Curator Marina Pacini will be introduced by artist Dolph Smith.

    Marcella & Her Lovers will also perform during the reception.

    Free to Brooks Membership.

    Please RSVP before Wednesday, June 15.

    Not a member of the Brooks? Click here to join now.


    Photo courtesy of Memphis College of Art. 

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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 22nd, 2016
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us at the Brooks for a fun, family friendly summer of art and film! Every Wednesday in June and July, a variety of children’s short films will be showing in the auditorium and families will be making art together in our drop-in studio.

    Come in, cool off, and explore our new hands-on family art gallery, Inside Art.

    Please plan accordingly for Wacky Wednesday’s five to one child-to-adult chaperone ratio (five children for every one adult).  Sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

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  • Young Arts Patrons Panel Discussion: The Impact of Globalization on Fashion, Music and Culture

    Jun 22nd, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Young Arts Patrons, a leading-edge Memphis-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel a creative and innovative arts community, presents an inclusive experience that balances creativity and social accountability.

    Join moderator Eileen Townsend and panelists for a public conversation presented in conjunction with the exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, organized by the Newark Museum and on view through September 4.


    Hassan Hajjaj, Luzmira, 2010, Metallic lambda print on Dibond with wood and plastic mat frame. Collection of the Newark Museum. Courtesy the artist and Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York. 

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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Jun 23rd, 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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  • Tour: Renaissance and Baroque Permanent Collection with Brooks Docent

    Jun 25th, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Included with museum admission/Free Brooks Membership and students with ID.

    Join us for an engaging tour of Renaissance and Baroque art in the Brooks’ permanent collection. Both the Renaissance and Baroque periods represent major artistic movements in western art. Using artwork in our permanent collection, we will explore the traditional art materials, themes, symbolism, and innovation to gain a greater understanding of art during this time.

    Reservations are not required but are on a first come, first served basis. Tours begin promptly and space is limited.


    German, Saint Michael, ca. 1430–1460 1450-1480, Limewood, polychromed and gilded , Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Ben B. Carrick, Dr. and Mrs. Marcus W. Orr, Dr. And Mrs. William F. Outlan, Mr. and Mrs. Downing Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Richard O. Wilson, Brooks League in memory of Margaret A. Tate 84.3. 

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  • Wacky Wednesday

    Jun 29th, 2016
    10:00am - Noon
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Join us at the Brooks for a fun, family friendly summer of art and film! Every Wednesday in June and July, a variety of children’s short films will be showing in the auditorium and families will be making art together in our drop-in studio.

    Come in, cool off, and explore our new hands-on family art gallery, Inside Art.

    Please plan accordingly for Wacky Wednesday’s five to one child-to-adult chaperone ratio (five children for every one adult).  Sponsored by Thomas & Betts.

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  • Foreign Film: Francofonia

    Jun 29th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov’s follow up to 2002’s Russian Ark, a single-take visit through St. Petersberg’s Hermitage Museum, is part documentary film, part narrative. The film promotes not just the history of the Louvre or the role of the museum in popular culture, but also the very idea of what it means to be human.

    Variety critic Jay Weissberg states that, “A constant shuffling of layers is one of the film’s hallmarks: It cuts from deathbed photos of Chekhov and Tolstoy to a Skype conversation that Sokurov has with a ship captain, then shifts to the warm glow of 1940-set scenes. In between are lessons on the Louvre’s centuries-long construction; archival footage of Parisians getting on with their lives during the Nazi Occupation; reflections on how portraiture shaped European civilization; and the spirit of Napoleon walking the museum’s grand galleries, occasionally encountering the personification of France, Marianne.”

    “Does it all come together?” Weissberg asks. “Well, yes, if viewers think of the film as a freewheeling poetic essay, highly personal yet captivating. The pic’s core (or perhaps merely the hook?) is the relationship between Jaujard and Wolf Metternich, vanquished and conqueror, and how both men were intent on protecting the Louvre’s treasures. By the time the Nazis rolled into Paris in 1940, almost all the works of art had already been transferred to a series of safer chateaux across France, but the highly cultured, French-speaking German aristocrat would go on to defy his commanders and continue to keep France’s museum holdings protected from deportation to the Third Reich.”

    Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | France | 2015 | 90 minutes | French with English subtitles

    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 30th, 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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