Thursday, September 10, 2020
This blog post will be the first in a series that examines the relationship between museums and archives. In this series, we will look at who the archives gatekeepers are, how the Brooks is diversifying and re-examining our own archives, and most importantly, how we steward forgotten or overlooked histories.
When a museum staff member thinks of the word stewardship, we often think of our donors and members. Stewardship is a word I am constantly reflecting on as the museum’s Donor...
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Thursday, August 13, 2020
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is fortunate to have a fantastic team of docent volunteers who lead the museum’s school tours, guiding students in grades pre-Kindergarten through twelve through the museum’s galleries to engage with art and build 21 st century skills. These dedicated volunteers participate in seven months of in-depth training to get started as a docent, meeting twice a week for two-and-a-half hours a day to learn about the history and processes of art, tour...
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
When I first began collecting art, the primary group of artists I patronized were the ones I grew up with at Memphis College of Art. We spent countless late nights creating work together while laughing or listening to music on the top studio floor of our dormitory at Metz Hall. After our mandatory year-end reviews, which were the last stop to pass on to another year of school, we’d organize an art trade or we’d sell a large piece for as little as $50, because we never...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
While we've all been practicing social distancing and staying "safer at home," many of us have also picked up or expanded our creative practices – from trying new recipes in the kitchen, to planting a new garden, to writing and making art. The ability to explore those creative practices is perhaps one of the silver linings in this storm of change and uncertainty. Perhaps those practices are also things that we should continue to make time and space for, even as...
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
What is an art museum without open doors to welcome visitors and members? This is a question that staff at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has grappled with since the museum’s closure on March 16. The first few weeks were jarring as we all collectively adjusted to working from home. I sat in on webinars, talked through weekly staff meetings with my colleagues, and worked to move all programming online. When we think of an art museum, we don’t think of visiting our favorite painting...
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Thursday, July 2, 2020
In Loving Memory
Last week, the Decorative Arts Trust and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art lost one of its dearest friends, Dr. Walter Robert Brown, or "Bob" as he was known to everyone fortunate enough to make his acquaintance.
Bob Brown was one of the most distinguished, beloved, and admired citizens of Memphis: unfailingly gallant and gentlemanly; truly generous and kind; a connoisseur of the decorative arts, especially those of Jacobean and Stuart England; a...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
It’s not too late to join in on 2020 Wacky Wednesday “at home!” We’re only half way through this summer’s series and there are five more free, pdf lesson plans coming your way in July (release dates: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29).
Click here to sign up for free today by completing a brief registration form!
Week FIVE Feature Film : “Omelette” by Madeline Sharafian
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Friday, June 19, 2020
In honor of Juneteenth, the Brooks asked several black creatives based here in Memphis to share what the holiday means to them, and more broadly, their views on the role of art and cultural institutions at this time. The selected individuals -- categorized as “the collector,” “the arts advocate,” “the artist,” “the curator” and “the leader” -- differ in their perspectives and approaches, but are all united in their belief in the power...
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Friday, May 29, 2020
UPDATE June 26, 2020 - It’s not too late to join in on 2020 Wacky Wednesday “at home”!
We are pleased to introduce this summer’s FREE Wacky Wednesday “at home” program!
NEW! SUMMER 2020 - Join us for some Wacky Wednesday fun from home! We've got you covered with customized discussion guides, art-making ideas, and conversation starters to engage your learner in arts enrichment and media literacy learning opportunities at home.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
While we've all been practicing social distancing and staying "safer at home," many of us have also picked up or expanded our creative practices – from trying new recipes in the kitchen, to planting a new garden, to writing and making art. The ability to explore those creative practices is perhaps one of the silver linings in this storm of change and uncertainty. Perhaps those practices are also things that we should continue to make time...
at Thursday, May 21, 2020