Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Ofrendas: Student-made Altars

    Start: Oct 3, 2015
    End: Nov 15, 2015
    Education Gallery

    Honoring the spirits of the deceased, El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is celebrated annually in Mexico, the United States, and Latin American countries on November 1st and 2nd. On these special days, it is believed that the souls of the dead come back to commune with the living. Families prepare for their loved ones’ return by creating ofrendas, or altars, adorned with photographs of the deceased, candles, flowers, and colorful papel picado, in their homes. The altars can also include the favorite foods and drink of the deceased and other items enjoyed during his or her lifetime. In addition to the altars, families celebrate by visiting cemeteries to adorn the graves of loved ones and celebrate their lives with dancing, feasting, and music.

    In conjunction with the Brooks’ celebration of El Dia de los Muertos, the museum invites students at local schools to create altars in memory of people who have died and are important to the students. Working together with their teachers and peers, the students create altars in memory of those who have passed.

    If you would like to learn more about this holiday, you can find it here. 

    Altar from the 2013 Ofrendas: Student-made Altars exhibition
    Altar dedicated to Trayvon Martin
    Whitney Achievement Elementary, Teachers: Lurlynn Franklin and Sheila Sewell, Class: 5th Grade Section 5-02

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  • 60s Cool

    Start: Oct 3, 2015
    End: Jan 17, 2016
    Brooks Museum

    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.  It includes works by Ted Faiers, Yrjö Kukkapuro, Paul Evans, György Kepes, and Henry Easterwood. 

    Ted Faiers
    American (b. England, active in Memphis), 1908-1985
    Lydia, 1961
    Oil on canvas
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Bequest of Julie Isenberg 87.20.1
    © Estate of the artist

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  • Decorative Arts Trust: A 35th Anniversary Exhibition

    Start: Oct 10, 2015
    End: Jan 10, 2016
    Brooks Museum

    Since its founding thirty-five years ago, Decorative Arts Trust has acquired ever-more spectacular works for the museum’s permanent collection—from Medieval to Modern, from furniture to faïence. Featuring all of these 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. The exhibition will also reveal DAT’s commitment to strengthening key areas of the collection. For instance its acquisitions of Southern objects boast not only regional ceramics and quilts, but exceptional examples of Tennessee and Kentucky sugar furniture. Likewise DAT has richly expanded the museum’s holdings of fine silver to include works ranging from a wonderful pitcher marked by Memphis silversmith James Merriman to an art nouveau inkstand by Gorham & Company. Comprising over 100 splendid objects, the exhibition celebrates DAT’s enormous success in not only directly acquiring objects, but by encouraging private donations from groups and individuals.

    School of Bernard Palissy
    French, ca. 1510 – c. 1590
    Decorative Platter, ca. 1560
    Lead-glazed earthenware, molded, with applied decoration
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of the Decorative Arts Trust 2013.14

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  • Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America

    Start: Nov 7, 2015
    End: Feb 28, 2016
    Brooks Museum

    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. These works were made by minimally trained or self-taught artists in rural areas and did not reflect the academic models of artistic taste in the urban centers of the East Coast. Yet, because of the large number of professional and amateur artists who created folk art in the years following the Nation's founding—and the sheer quantity of art they produced—folk art was the prevalent art form in the United States for more than a century. While these objects were long excluded from fine art galleries, they have been taking their place in museums across the country, helping to produce a fuller picture of America’s artistic creative diversity. The artworks range from The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity attributed to Edward Hicks and witty carved dentures created as a trade sign for a dentist to a beautifully decorated painted chest by an unknown German artist.

    This exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.

    The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity
    attributed to Edward Hicks (1780-1849)
    Oil on canvas
    Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

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