Several schools are having their winter break and parents have kids who are at home, or have some time off work themselves. If you’re looking for an outing or just want to get the kids out of house for a couple hours, spend a day at the Brooks Museum!
Here are four must-see artworks during your visit:
Light of the Incarnation by Carl Gutherz - You can find this painting on the entry level in the 19th century American Art gallery. This painting depicts the birth of Christ seen from the perspective of angels above. You can't miss this holiday favorite since it measures more than six feet tall by more than 9 feet wide. Click here to read another blog post about Light of the Incarnation.
American (b. Switzerland),1844-1907
Light of the Incarnation (Lux Incarnationis), 1888
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart
Snowflake Table attributed to John Scholl - This winter-themed sculpture can be found on the lower level in the special exhibition, Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America, until February 28, 2016. This piece was found in a barn, along with several others, by an antique dealer who called them his celebrations, according to American folk art collector Barbara Gordon.
attributed to John Scholl (1827-1916)
White pine, wire, and paint
Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection
Lumiere de Minuit by Yaacov Agam – This abstract piece is the favorite artwork of many visitors to the Brooks Museum! The artist calls this type of painting an “agamomorph.” It’s made to create the optical illusion of movement as viewers change their position in relation to the artwork. Dubbed the father of kinetic art, Agam also designed what is officially known as the world’s largest Hanukkah menorah, a 4,000 pound, 32-foot tall steel sculpture located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 59th Street in New York City.
Israeli, b. 1928,
Lumiere de Minuit, 1973
Oil on metal
Gift of Mr. Irving Harris, Mr and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jack A Belz, Mr and Mrs Ira A. Lipman, and Brooks Museum Purchase 83.17
Winter by Wheeler Williams - This sculpture is found in the Marble Gallery on the lower level of the museum, take a left from the staircase or a right if you take the elevator and head toward the Education Gallery. The other seasons can be found outside the museum and are made of Carrara marble and stand more than six feet tall. In 1962, Williams donated the smaller-scale bronze model of Winter to the museum. This model was created in 1934.
Bronze with Chinese gold patina
Gift of the Artist 62.13
Continue your Brooks Museum visit by browsing through unique gift ideas at the Museum Store. You’re sure to find a gift for someone on your holiday shopping list! Finish your museum visit by having lunch at The Brushmark Restaurant, which is the only Memphis eatery with a panoramic view of beautiful Overton Park.
The museum is free and open from 10 am until 8 pm on Wednesdays. The Brooks is open on Christmas Eve, but is closed on Christmas Day. Click here to find museum hours and ticket prices.