• Wacky Wednesday

    Jul 27th, 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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  • Animated Film: April & the Extraordinary World

    Jul 27th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:45pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    This animated film, based on Jacques Tardi’s graphic novel of the same title, is a riveting sci-fi adventure set in an alternate steampunk universe. Set in circa-1941 Paris, and produced by the team behind the Academy Award-nominated Persepolis, the film tells the story of a family of scientists who are abducted by a mysterious force when on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum. Ten years later, their daughter April, who was left behind and has been carrying on her family’s research in secret, finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy. Undaunted, she and her cat Darwin continue their quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.

    Directors: Sanjay Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci | France | 2015 | 105 minutes | Rated PG

    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

    Jul 28th, 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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  • Yoga Thursdays

    Aug 4th, 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: Hockney

    Aug 5th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:50pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Randall Wright | UK | 2014 | 112 minutes

    In this definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of a long life. “I’m interested in ways of looking and trying to think of it in simple ways. If you can communicate that, of course people will respond—after all, everybody does look.” His is a long-term one-man campaign against the pessimism of the world, mastering new media—whether acrylic paint or iPad digits—in the search for a picture adequate to his sense of what it is to be alive.

    The film chronicles Hockney's vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood, where his life-long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, ‘figurative artist’) was fully realized. Hockney offers theories about art, the universe and everything. But as he reveals, it’s the hidden self-interrogation that gives his famously optimistic pictures their unexpected edge and attack.

    Acclaimed film-maker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide, remains as charismatic as ever and at 77, is still working in the studio seven days a week.

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

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  • Foreign Film: Black Girl

    Aug 10th, 2016
    7:00pm - 8:05pm
    $9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Ousmane Sembène | Senegal | 1966 | 65 minutes

    Black Girl (or “La Noire De” in French) is a stylish black-and-white film by the notable Senegalese director Ousmane Sembène. It stars Mbissine Thérèse Diop and follows the story of a young woman from Senegal who moves to France to work for a rich white couple. The life that main character Diouana sees for herself is very different from the situation she is thrown into. The white couple treat her like a servant and she is cut off from the rest of the world.

    Janus Films calls director Ousmane Sembène “one of the greatest and most groundbreaking filmmakers who ever lived and the most internationally renowned African director of the twentieth century” and identifies Black Girl as a “harrowing human drama as well as a radical political statement- and one of the essential films of the 1960s.”

    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

    Aug 11th, 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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  • Foreign Film: Mr. Turner

    Aug 12th, 2016
    1:00pm - 3:30pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Director: Mike Leigh | UK | 2014 | 149 minutes

    Mr. Turner follows the last 25 years of the renowned English landscape painter J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851). Turner is plagued by the recent death of his father, falls in love with a sea-side landlady and has illegitimate children by a woman named Sarah Danby who he relentlessly ignores. Throughout the course of the film he goes to brothels, ruffles some feathers in the aristocracy, and ties himself to a ship mast to fully capture a snowstorm.  

    The New York Times calls Mr. Turner an “unsentimental portrait of a rare creative soul. But even as it celebrates a glorious painter and illuminates the sources of his pictures with startling clarity and insight, the movie patiently and thoroughly demolishes more than a century’s worth of mythology about what art is and how artists work. You may have had the good fortune to study Turner’s watercolors and martial tableaus up close, to linger over his storms and placid river scenes, but somehow [filmmaker Mike] Leigh makes it all look newly painted, fresh and strange.”

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

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  • Art & A Movie: Exit Through the Gift Shop

    Aug 17th, 2016
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    $16 / $14 Brooks members & students with valid ID / Free with VIP Film Pass

    Director: Banksy | 2010 | UK | 87 minutes

    21+

    First, channel your inner Banksy to decorate a “kidrobot” inspired vinyl rabbit figure while enjoying wine and a DJ in the museum rotunda. Then watch Exit Through the Gift Shop, which tells the story of a French shopkeeper turned amateur filmmaker named Thierry Guetta who starts filming street artists around Paris and begins a search for the anonymous legend Banksy.

    World-renowned British street artist Banksy steps away from his usual politically radical graffiti art and creates his debut film Exit Through the Gift Shop. In the film, Guetta films famous graffiti artists such as Space Invader, Borf and eventually meets Banksy himself.  Exit Through the Gift shop features interviews with the blurred-out face of Banksy and satirizes the modern art world in a tongue-in-cheek and visually stimulating way.

    Jeannette Catsoulis at the New York Times writes, “Spanning almost a decade and several continents, Exit tells of Mr. Guetta’s infiltration of the secretive world of street artists, greased by his cousin, the Parisian artist Space Invader, and a video-camera obsession. Claiming to be a filmmaker, this diminutive Frenchman becomes the unlikely accomplice of a movement whose members have a vandal’s fear of recording devices, accumulating thousands of hours of tape and landing a coveted introduction to Banksy.”

    There has been much speculation about the authenticity of this documentary and some believe it is an elaborate con fabricated by the illusive Banksy. In response to these remarks, Catsoulis at the New York Times writes “Whether acting as a genuine friend or constructing an elaborate long con, Banksy has clearly found a new canvas for his provocations. Scrutinizing the commodification of street art and the lemming-like behavior of many enthusiasts (including those who pay millions for his own work), Banksy mischievously exfoliates the next-big-thing hunger and the posers who pursue it.”

    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

    Aug 18th, 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: Finding Vivian Maier

    Aug 19th, 2016
    1:00pm - 2:25pm
    $5/Free with VIP Film Pass.

    Directors: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel | 2014 | USA | 83 minutes

    Now considered one of the twentieth century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime. Since buying her work by chance at auction, amateur historian John Maloof has crusaded to put this prolific photographer in the history books. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her, as well as acclaimed photographers Joel Meyerwitz and Mary Ellen Mark.

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

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  • Performance: Cities Aviv

    Aug 24th, 2016
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    $10/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID.

    Cities Aviv is the performance project of Memphis sound artist Gavin Mays. With a deconstructed view on old guard expression and contemporary practice, he has garnered critical acclaim for his unorthodox approach that openly defies genre boundaries. Partly due to a sound catalog which shifts between amplified soul, industrious off-punk, and dissonant street rap, Cities Aviv remains a mainstay among progressive circles worldwide. The Brooks will be hosting a special performance of unreleased audio and video from the artist.

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars, organized by the Newark Museum and on view through September 4.

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