• Brooks Outside: RedBall Memphis

    Start: Apr 28, 2016
    End: May 7, 2016
    Memphis, TN

    As part of the Brooks Museum’s centennial, New York artist Kurt Perschke will bring his world-traveled RedBall Project to Memphis April 28 – May 7. During its performance run in Memphis this fun and provocative installation will be strategically placed in ten different sites, personally selected by Perschke during his visit to Memphis in December 2015, between 11 am and 6 pm each day.

    Click here for the official RedBallProject.com website.

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  • Party for the Century

    May 7th, 2016
    Noon - 7:00pm
    Brooks Museum

    Join us as we celebrate our 100th anniversary for a day-long celebration of this historic milestone, kicking off a year of innovative and engaging programming. 

    The museum will be open and free to all for live music, art-making, cake, and surprises – all highlighting our renowned world art collection and creative year-round programming. 

    Click here to download the schedule of events.

    Five food trucks will be at Party for the Century: Cariflavor, Hot Mess Burritos, 4Dumplings, Parker's Concessions, and Millie's Garden.

    On the Plaza

    Join us at 2 pm when beloved Memphis entertainer Joyce Cobb leads us in singing "Happy Birthday," followed by the UT Martin Percussion group. 

    The Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins and Don Bryant perform at 5 pm.

    A special sculpted birthday cake made by Sprinkle Me Silly will be featured.

    Inside the Galleries

    Opera Memphis is helping us celebrate with a performance at noon inside the Moss Gallery.

    At 1 pm, Memphis Symphony Orchestra will play Baroque music in our Baroque Gallery.

    See Hattiloo Theatre perform in the galleries at 5 pm during our party.

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  • Rotunda Projects: Yinka Shonibare MBE

    May 7th, 2016
    All-day Event
    Brooks Museum

    Set in the museum’s central rotunda, this series of exhibitions features avant-garde, contemporary art installations by major and emerging world artists. Ranging from cutting-edge sculpture to expansive textiles, and featuring materials as diverse as recycled plastic bottles or antique globes, Rotunda Projects will engage museum visitors with experimental, provocative, compelling works.

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  • Classic Film: "Battleship Potemkin"

    May 11th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:15pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    One of the most influential silent films of all time, Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece presents a dramatized version of the 1905 mutiny aboard a Russian battleship. Eisenstein wrote the film as a tool for revolutionary propaganda, editing the film to produce an emotional response so that viewers would feel sympathetic towards the rebellious sailors. Battleship Potemkin proved shocking to international audiences for its use of graphic violence, and was banned in several countries, including, at times, the U.S.

    Throughout Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein tests his theories on film editing, most famously in the scenes depicting the massacre of civilians on the Odessa steps. In reality, the massacre never took place; inserted for dramatic effect, it has become the most influential scenes in the history of cinema, inspiring homages by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), Brian De Palma (The Untouchables), Laurel and Hardy (The Music Box), and many more. Painter Francis Bacon was also profoundly influenced by Eisenstein’s images, particularly the shot of the nurse wearing broken glasses, captured in open-mouthed scream. The image has appeared in many of Bacon’s paintings, including Abstraction from the Human Form and Fragment of a Crucifixion.

     Director: Sergei Eisenstein | Soviet Union | 1925 | 75 minutes


    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 Milongas

    May 18th, 2016
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Free - rotunda

    Come solo or bring a friend for tango lessons in the rotunda, followed by dance demonstrations by Memphis Tango.

    Brooks Milongas happens the third Wednesday of each month.

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  • Outflix Film: "Carol"

    May 18th, 2016
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    $7 Admission / Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Shaped by Todd Haynes’ deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material, The Price of Salt by novelist Patricia Highsmith. In this adaptation, Therese, a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, meets Carol, a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol’s spouse begins to raise questions about her fitness as a mother.  

    Carol received a ten-minute standing ovation at its premiere during the Cannes Film Festival, netting over 180 industry and critics nominations as well as six Oscar nominations, including nods for Blanchett and Mara. The omission of Carol from other Academy Award categories, such as Best Picture and Best Director, prompted considerable media discussion about the organization’s perceived indifference toward LGBT-centric films.

    Director: Todd Haynes | USA | 2015 | 118 minutes | Rated R  


    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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  • The Grand Artisans' Dinner

    May 20th, 2016
    6:30pm - 9:30pm
    The James Lee House

    Taste cuisine from acclaimed chefs with expert pairings and wines from Schramsberg, Chappellet, Justin, and Rock Wall Wines


    • Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy and Porcellino's

    • Ryan Jenniges, chef de cuisine of Catherine and Mary's

    • Chad Harrison, chef de cuisine of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

    • Tandy Wilson from City House, Nashville

    • Sal Avila from Prima, Nashville

    • Levon Wallace from Cochon Butcher, Nashville

    • Kayla Palmer from Porcellino's

    Selections from local artist Matthew Hasty will be on view at the James Lee House during the month of May. The artist has generously agreed to donate 40% of all proceeds from the sales at this venue to the Memphis Brooks Wine + Food Series.

    This event is SOLD OUT.

    Get tickets to the Grand Auction here.

    *Your Artisans' Dinner reservation includes complimentary admission to the Grand Auction on May 21.

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  • Grand Auction

    May 21st, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    Tasting: 5 pm
    Live Auction: 6 pm

    Our friends from Schramsberg, Chappellet, Justin and Rock Wall Wines will join us under the tent at the Brooks for a truly Grand live auction of 50+ lots as we celebrate the museum's centennial and the patrons who will launch us into the next century in grand fashion.

    Tickets $150

    Reserved Tables of 12: $1,800


    You can also buy individual tickets and tables  by calling Memphis Wine + Food Series Manager Lindsey Hedgepeth at 901.544.6209. 

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  • Art Therapy Information Session

    May 22nd, 2016
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    Please join us to learn about the profession and practice of art therapy.

    The Brooks’ Art Therapy Access Program art therapists, Paige Scheinberg, MS, ATR and Sarah Hamil, LCSW, RPT-S, ATR-BC will introduce you to the history, treatment goals, unique benefits, and settings in which you may find and/or utilize an art therapist.

    Participants interested in becoming an art therapist will also learn about the education and training needed to become a credentialed art therapist.

    Please RSVP here.

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  • Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Preview

    May 25th, 2016
    5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free.

    The Brooks invites everyone to a preview party for Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, featuring one of the most intriguing artists working today, music by Amerigo Gazaway and Artistik Approach, a cash bar, and a conversation with the artist at 6:30 pm.

    Organized by the Newark Museum and on view from May 26 to September 4, Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars explores world culture via photography and videography, as presented by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj.

    The exhibition includes My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, a video installation that pays tribute to an international group of musicians and singers who have inspired the artist personally, a related series of photographs, and a site-specific immersive environment designed by the artist to evoke the color and atmosphere of a contemporary souk. A vibrant fusion of high and low culture, the salon offers visitors a gathering space with furniture made from recycled materials and an installation of everyday consumer goods.


    Hassan Hajjaj
    Mr. Toliver, 2010
    Metallic lambda print on Dibond with wood and plastic mat frame
    Collection of the Newark Museum

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  • 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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