Memphis Artists In Real Time
Member Preview Jan. 27-28 | Opening Jan. 29
How do artists navigate conflict in real time?
For Memphis photojournalists Johnathan “Malik” Martin and Andrea Morales, the answer may seem, at first, simple. Their job is to take pictures that tell a story to be used in digital or print journalism. In these examples, viewers experience powerful stories about Memphis during “Safer at Home” and the various crises that ensued after the pandemic began in March through the presidential election of November 2020.
Power and Absence: Women in Europe, 1500 - 1680
Member Preview Dec. 9-10 | Opening Dec. 11
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. Women are represented as untouchable ideals, threatening monsters, enterprising community leaders, ornamental accessories to power, and models of faith. Portraits of men, meanwhile, express their power, talents, or intellect.
Rotunda Projects: E.V. Day - Divas Ascending
Artist E.V. Day has repurposed costumes from the New York City Opera archives to make Divas Ascending, a series of sculptures that transform familiar icons of women’s empowerment and entrapment into new objects that confound conventional readings of these clichés. Using tension to suspend, stretch, and shred garments and to create forms that the artist likens to futurist abstract paintings in three dimensions, Day has created work that transforms rigid symbols into a range of emotions: anxiety, ecstasy, liberation, and release.
American, b. 1967
Manon – Ghost Angel, 2009
Costume of Manon from Massenet’s Manon made of tulle, silk, embroidery and lace worn by Beverly Sills from New York City Opera. Costume suspended with monofilament and stainless steel hardware on steel armature.
©2009, all rights reserved E.V. Day
Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis
Currently on view
Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, painted a mural for the new African art galleries in March 2017. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria.
Carroll Cloar Gallery
Temporarily Closed for Health and Safety
In honor of Carroll Cloar and to commemorate the museum’s hundredth anniversary, the Brooks Museum created a gallery dedicated to his art.
Arts of Global Africa
The arts of Africa are as varied as the continent itself, which encompasses over fifty independent countries and thousands of languages. This diversity is reflected in the exceptional works of art on view, most of which are on long-term loan from the Newark Museum’s extensive African art collection. Bringing together historic and contemporary works in a range of different media, the selection of works presents an expansive vision of Africa’s artistry.