Ke Francis and Hoopsnake Press Ke Francis and Hoopsnake Press

January 29 - April 17 | April 23 - July 3, 2022

Ke Francis and Hoopsnake Press

Due South: Ke Francis and Hoopsnake Press

Part I: January 28 – April 17, 2022

Part II: April 23 – July 3, 2022

 

The desire to tell stories is universal. Through storytelling, we can entertain, inform, and connect with one another. The work of Ke Francis (American, b. 1945, Memphis) embodies the rich tradition of story telling in the American South. While Francis is recognized for his work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and photography, this exhibition highlights the artist’s exceptional talent for printmaking and book arts that he produced through Hoopsnake Press. His tales, told through words, images, and occasionally sound, introduce the viewer to a unique cast of characters ranging from Billy Jay, a hot sauce connoisseur, to a walking pet catfish who forgets how to swim. At times moralizing or cautionary, and always entertaining, his work responds to everyday life in all its highs, lows, and the mundane moments in between.

 

Hoopsnake Press in Tupelo, Mississippi, was founded by Francis in 1970, and is run by Francis, his wife, Mary, and daughter, Kerry. There, he writes, designs, illustrates, prints, and binds artist’s books along with a group of seven associated artists, and he frequently collaborates with artists, poets and musicians. Francis studied at the Memphis Academy of Arts(1964–1967) and earned his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1969. His work is exhibited nationally and is held in public and private collections including the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, among many others.

 

The works on paper in this exhibition are light sensitive. To preserve these works long-term, this exhibition will change with new works by Ke Francis and Hoopsnake Press on April 27.

 

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition will be a book reading by Ke Francis followed by a conversation with the artist and Dr. Patricia Daigle, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Date May 4, 2022.

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Ke Francis
Printmaker and Storyteller

Ke Francis

Hoopsnake Press in Tupelo, Mississippi, was founded by Ke Francis (American, b. 1945, Memphis) in 1970, and is run by Francis, his wife, Mary, and daughter, Kerry. There he writes, designs, illustrates, prints, and binds artist’s books along with a group of seven associated artists, and frequently collaborates with artists, poets, and musicians. Francis studied at the Memphis Academy of Arts (1964-1967) and earned his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1969. His work is exhibited nationally and is held in public and private collections including the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, among many others.


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Printmaker and Storyteller

Ke Francis

Hoopsnake Press in Tupelo, Mississippi, was founded by Ke Francis (American, b. 1945, Memphis) in 1970, and is run by Francis, his wife, Mary, and daughter, Kerry. There he writes, designs, illustrates, prints, and binds artist’s books along with a group of seven associated artists, and frequently collaborates with artists, poets, and musicians. Francis studied at the Memphis Academy of Arts (1964-1967) and earned his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1969. His work is exhibited nationally and is held in public and private collections including the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, among many others.


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Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Dr. Patricia Daigle

Patricia Lee Daigle is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She came to the Brooks in December 2021 from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens where she served as Assistant Curator. Prior to this, Patricia was Director of The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art and Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at The University of Memphis from 2015 to 2020. A specialist in twentieth-century American art with an emphasis on race and representation, she received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patricia has organized numerous highly regarded exhibitions including Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin / Shock Layer (2019), Virginia Overton (2018), Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers): The Belhaven Republic (a delta blues), 1793-1795 (2017), and Rodrigo Valenzuela: Frontiers (2016) at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. From 2008-2014, Patricia worked as Curatorial Assistant in Contemporary Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibitions Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood (2014) and Myth and Materiality: Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection,1930-1990 (2013) and contributed to several major exhibitions and publications including Labour and Wait (2013), Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969 (2012), Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective (2011), and Yinka Shonibare, MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman, and Child and Other Astonishing Works (2009).

Dr. Patricia Daigle

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Dr. Patricia Daigle

Patricia Lee Daigle is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. She came to the Brooks in December 2021 from the Dixon Gallery and Gardens where she served as Assistant Curator. Prior to this, Patricia was Director of The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art and Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History at The University of Memphis from 2015 to 2020. A specialist in twentieth-century American art with an emphasis on race and representation, she received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patricia has organized numerous highly regarded exhibitions including Jefferson Pinder: Thin Skin / Shock Layer (2019), Virginia Overton (2018), Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers): The Belhaven Republic (a delta blues), 1793-1795 (2017), and Rodrigo Valenzuela: Frontiers (2016) at The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art. From 2008-2014, Patricia worked as Curatorial Assistant in Contemporary Art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibitions Living in the Timeless: Drawings by Beatrice Wood (2014) and Myth and Materiality: Latin American Art from the Permanent Collection,1930-1990 (2013) and contributed to several major exhibitions and publications including Labour and Wait (2013), Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California, 1951-1969 (2012), Charles Garabedian: A Retrospective (2011), and Yinka Shonibare, MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman, and Child and Other Astonishing Works (2009).

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Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

The American art theorist Linda Nochlin (1931-2017) posed this question as the title of a pioneering article in 1971. This essay was considered one of the first major works of Feminist art history, it has become a set text for those who study art internationally, and it is influential in many other fields.

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? by Linda Nochlin