Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

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Frozen in Motion

In partnership with Creative Aging Memphis, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art hosted a sculpture workshop for senior adults to exercise their creativity, explore new artmaking processes, and create their own three-dimensional artwork.

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Elvis by Judy Bilbrey
Elvis by Judy Bilbrey

Oct 7 - Jan 8

Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak's Designs for Opera and Ballet

Calling all wild things, mischievous children, and lovable characters! Come to the Brooks and be transported from page to stage to faraway places...

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Maurice Sendak, 'Diorama of Moishe scrim and flower proscenium (Where the Wild Things Are),' 1979-1983, watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite pencil on laminated paperboard. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.103:69, 70, 71.
Maurice Sendak, 'Diorama of Moishe scrim and flower proscenium (Where the Wild Things Are),' 1979-1983, watercolor, pen and ink, and graphite pencil on laminated paperboard. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation. The Morgan Library & Museum, Bequest of Maurice Sendak, 2013.103:69, 70, 71.

New Acquisition

Memphis on the Mississippi (Ode to Tom Lee)

To further build Memphis' Art Collection, the Brooks has commissioned the Memphis-based artist Carl E. Moore to create a work inspired by our soon-to-be new location Downtown on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Carl E. Moore, 'Memphis on the Mississippi (Ode to Tom Lee)', 2022. Acrylic on canvas.
Carl E. Moore, 'Memphis on the Mississippi (Ode to Tom Lee)', 2022. Acrylic on canvas.

June 10 - January 9, 2023

Monika Grzymala

Grzymala’s work challenges the very definition of drawing and the nature of categorizing artworks - where does drawing end and sculpture begin? What are drawings made from, and how do we experience them?

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Monika Grzymala, Line, London, 2016
Monika Grzymala, Line, London, 2016

Through February, 2023

Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Thankful Poor

This work is one of the artist's last known “genre” paintings—images that depict everyday or ordinary domestic scenes—before he transitioned almost exclusively to religious scenes.

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Henry Ossawa Tanner, American, 1859 - 1937, 'The Thankful Poor', 1894, oil on canvas
Henry Ossawa Tanner, American, 1859 - 1937, 'The Thankful Poor', 1894, oil on canvas

January 4 - August 29

Art of the African Diaspora

As conversations around the African Diaspora shift and evolve, so too will this display, aided by the museum actively acquiring works that reflect these varied, global experiences.

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Currently on view

Power and Absence

This reimagining of the Schilling Gallery explores the representation of women in Europe from around 1500 to 1680, known as the Renaissance and Early Baroque period. Most of the works in this room have been made by men.

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Sofonisba Anguissola, 'Self-Portrait', 1560, oil on wood panel, Memphis Park Commission Purchase, 43.11
Sofonisba Anguissola, 'Self-Portrait', 1560, oil on wood panel, Memphis Park Commission Purchase, 43.11

January 22 - February 20, 2022

Mid-South Scholastic

Since 1989, the Brooks has been proud to partner with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the national non-profit organization which organizes the nation’s oldest and largest student art competition, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, to host the regional competition and exhibition for Memphis and Mid-South area.

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Adele Ferguson, 'Pax'
Adele Ferguson, 'Pax'

October 9 – November 7, 2021

Dia de los Muertos: Student Altar Exhibition

This month-long exhibition in the education gallery features ofrendas (altars) designed by Mid-South students, a Monarch butterfly collaborative art-making activity, and stories behind some of the iconic symbols that represent this celebration of life.

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September 18, 2021 – January 9, 2022

On Christopher Street

Mark Seliger, a well-known photographer, has captured striking portraits of some of the transgender residents of New York City’s famed Christopher Street. This will be the first time this body of work will be shown in a museum, and it is the first transgender-focused art exhibition the Brooks has ever organized.

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Portrait by Mark Seliger
Portrait by Mark Seliger

On view through January 9, 2022

Mona Hatoum: Misbah

Mona Hatoum (b. 1952, Beirut, Lebanon to Palestinian parents) is considered one of the most significant artists of her generation. Hatoum's sculptures and installations often re-imagine everyday objects to engage with issues of gender, race, and conflict.

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June 5 - August 29,2021

Persevere and Resist

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Elizabeth Catlett, 'I am the Black Woman', 1947
Elizabeth Catlett, 'I am the Black Woman', 1947

April 16 - May 2 2021

Brooks Outside: Pour Me Another

Operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, LA-based Ball-Nogues Studio brings you 'Brooks Outside: Pour Me Another.'

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Ball-Nogues Studio
Ball-Nogues Studio

January 27 through June 27, 2021

Memphis Artists in Real Time

These pictorial accounts reveal both the acute distress on our community and moments of deep humanity that offer hope for the future. What Martin and Morales capture, how they capture it, and what they are thinking as they capture it, is examined here and in their own words.

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Photograph by Johnathan “Malik” Martin
Photograph by Johnathan “Malik” Martin

January 23 - February 21, 2021

Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

Every year, the Brooks is honored to host what some artists have called the "championships for our young artists": the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards. The exhibition at the Brooks brings you the winning works in varied media by the Mid-South’s brightest and best student artists, featuring more than 135 artworks.

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Amellia Hausmann, Colorful Breeze (Painting)
Amellia Hausmann, Colorful Breeze (Painting)

Opens on November 23rd

The Human Zoo by Kent Monkman

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Kent Monkman, The Human Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Museum Purchase. 2022.7a-e
Kent Monkman, The Human Zoo, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Museum Purchase. 2022.7a-e

January 27 - May 7, 2023

Tommy Kha: Eye is Another

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Tommy Kha, 'Eye is Another', 2022-23, Inkjet prints on Photo Tex, dimensions variable
Tommy Kha, 'Eye is Another', 2022-23, Inkjet prints on Photo Tex, dimensions variable

January 20 - February 19, 2023

2023 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

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Amellia Hausmann, 'Colorful Breeze' | Hutchison School 2022 Senior Best-In-Show
Amellia Hausmann, 'Colorful Breeze' | Hutchison School 2022 Senior Best-In-Show

March - June 2023

Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative

Through her breathtaking and visceral paintings that weave the tales of West African Yorùbà religion, Greco-Roman mythology, and Christianity with artistic techniques of European Old Masters, Rosales rewrites the narrative from her perspective in a way that bridges the vastest of oceans and collapses the passing of millenia

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Harmonia Rosales, Migration of the Gods, 2021 Oil with iron oxide and 24 karat gold leaf on Belgian linen mounted on wood panel 36 × 72 in. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 2022.2
Harmonia Rosales, Migration of the Gods, 2021 Oil with iron oxide and 24 karat gold leaf on Belgian linen mounted on wood panel 36 × 72 in. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Museum purchase, 2022.2

September 1, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Black American Portraits

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Amy Sherald, An Ocean Away, 2020, oil on canvas, 130 × 108 × 2 1/2 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of Robert Iger and Willow Bay, © Amy Sherald, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, photo by Joseph Hyde
Amy Sherald, An Ocean Away, 2020, oil on canvas, 130 × 108 × 2 1/2 in., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, promised gift of Robert Iger and Willow Bay, © Amy Sherald, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, photo by Joseph Hyde

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