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2011-2012 Advance Exhibition Schedule
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A Feast for the Eyes

Dec. 10, 2010-June 5, 2011

Curated by Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art

Images of food and dining—whether kitchen scenes, still lifes of vegetables fresh from the garden, or people gathered around the table for a meal—have been popular subjects for millennia. They are found on the walls of ancient tombs, scattered along the edges of painted medieval manuscripts, and everywhere throughout our own world. To some extent, themes of food reflect a purely visual appeal. The texture, rich color, and forms of fruit or game present artists with the opportunity to explore surfaces, tones, and geometry. To the viewer, images of food, dining, and restaurants not only hold visual appeal, but also suggest the more sensual pleasures of touch, smell, and taste. No less popular over time are pictures showing the preparation, serving, and consumption of food. Such images likewise present both artist and viewer with complex textures, forms, and compositions, as well as the kitchen and dining table’s more sensual offerings. Ranging from raucous feasts to solitary meals, artists use these themes to explore emotions, social problems, underlying religious themes, visual abstractions, or simply to capture the pure joy of eating, whether alone or in company. Drawn from the Brooks’ permanent collection, these works were selected for their variety, technical excellence, and of course, their visual appeal.

(Extra)Ordinary: The Story of Documentary Photography and the American South

Jan. 8-April 10, 2011

Curated by Megan Jackson, Summer 2010 Curatorial Intern

Between 1935 and 1941, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) hired photographers to traverse the South and capture images that wove a visual narrative of Depression-era culture and socioeconomics. Twenty-three FSA photographs from the Brooks’ collection will hang adjacent to a selection of 1970s and 1980s works by William Christenberry and William Eggleston.
Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

Jan. 29-Feb. 13, 2011

Curated by the Education Department

Deep Impressions: Willie Cole Works on Paper

Feb. 12-May 8, 2011

Curated by Marina Pacini, Chief Curator

Organized by Patterson Sims


This exhibition of approximately 40 prints, drawings, and photographs by Willie Cole (b.1955) encompasses works from 1979 to 2010. Although best known as a sculptor, Cole has made a series of works on paper that incorporate ironing boards, hairdryers, and shoes, among other industrial products. He reproduces and manipulates these objects, imbuing them with several levels of meaning, ranging from purely formal beauty to addressing economic, racial, and political issues. For example, he uses irons—some of which he found and some which were given to him by his grandmother who was a domestic worker—to burn patterns into paper. The resulting images can evoke African sculpture, scarification, and slave ships while also referencing his family history. The exhibition provides an overview of the work of this internationally recognized, award winning artist.

Memphis Collects: A Taste for China

March 26-June 12, 2011

Curated by Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Arts

Including a diverse selection of objects ranging from fine porcelain to a jade mummy suit, A Taste for China draws on private and public collections to explore the West’s centuries-long fascination with Chinese art and culture.
Monet to Cézanne/Cassatt to Sargent: The Impressionist Revolution

July 16-Oct. 9, 2011

Organized by the High Museum of Art and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Since the emergence of Impressionism in 19th century Paris, the avant-garde movement has never failed to intrigue, challenge, and beguile the viewer. Breaking away from more traditional methods of painting, these artists took their canvases outdoors, and captured light-filled and colorful images of daily life, landscapes, and people. This exhibition, drawing upon the collections of the renowned High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and the Brooks itself, comprises masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, and Camille Pissarro, as well as works by major Post-Impressionist artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. In addition, the show will include paintings by Americans who fell under their influence, such as Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and John Singer Sargent. Featuring over 70 works—ranging from expansive canvases to intimate watercolors—the exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience the revolutionary beauty of the Impressionists and the artists they inspired.  

Nonconnah and Pisgah Forest Pottery (Tentative Title)

Aug. 7-Nov. 13, 2011


Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

Winter 2011 
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States

Spring 2012


American Folk Art

June 9-Sept. 2, 2012

Organized by the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont


All information is subject to verification and change.



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