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Ballet Memphis

  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 21st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 21st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 21st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 21st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 21st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 21st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 21st, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 21st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Into the Shadows: New Works by Chelsea Fly

    Feb 21st, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
    Free. Art Exhibit on display
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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 21st, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 21st, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Into the Shadows: New Works by Chelsea Fly

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
    Free. Art Exhibit on display
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

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    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • Trolley Night at Leadership Memphis

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    "Leadership Memphis Gallery 365 S. Main St. Memphis, TN 38104"

    "Join us for Trolley Night! The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery has partnered with Leadership Memphis to display a monthly exhibit open to the public the last Friday of every month. 

    The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery has partnered with Leadership Memphis to display a monthly exhibit open to the public the last Friday of every month. Join us for Trolley Night at the Leadership Memphis Gallery.
    "

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  • Wanderland to Reality

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    An exhibition by Tierra Gibson

    Organized by the artist

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


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  • Jazz in the Box featuring Kevin Bales

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:30pm
    Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138

    7:00pm & 8:30pm

    The hottest little jazz club around is GPAC’s Jazz in the Box! Featuring both new and well-established artists, Jazz in the Box gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with live jazz. Cabaret seating and drinks for purchase make this a perfect way to kick off your weekend. Tickets and information at www.GPACweb.com and 751-7500
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  • Ballet Memphis Spring Mix

    Feb 22nd, 2019
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Ballet Memphis Fly Studio, 2144 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN, 38104

    A colorful and quirky celebration of the Earthly elements around us--$25.00, General Admission seating.

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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

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    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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  • Wanderland to Reality

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    An exhibition by Tierra Gibson

    Organized by the artist

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Into the Shadows: New Works by Chelsea Fly

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
    Free. Art Exhibit on display
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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 23rd, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 24th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 24th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 24th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 24th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 24th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

    Facebook Event

    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 24th, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 24th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Sunday Brunch at the Brooks

    Feb 24th, 2019
    11:00am - 4:00pm
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104

    Treat yourself to Sunday Brunch at Cafe Brooks by Paradox from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. every Sunday. Experience the unique and creative menu, especially created for the museum.

    Cafe Brooks has also just launched a new kids menu! Members of the Brooks Museum receive a 10% discount. Just show your membership card when ordering. 

    Cafe Brooks by Paradox, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 24th, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • Agnes of God

    Feb 24th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

    New Moon Theatre Presents Agnes of God, by John Pielmeier, directed by Pamela Poletti.

    February 8 - 24, 2019.

    Tickets $20.00 Adults, $15.00 Seniors, Students, Military. Agnes of God tells the story of a novice nun Sister Agnes, a twenty-one-year-old nun, is accused of strangling her newborn child and discarding it into the wastebasket in her convent room. Her pregnancy and the birth of the child were kept secret, until Agnes is discovered unconscious and bleeding profusely outside her room. She insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation.

    Cast:  Susan Brindley. Mother Miriam, Mariah Chase. Agnes, Kim Justis. Dr. Livingstone.

    More info 901-484-3467

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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 25th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

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    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 25th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Into the Shadows: New Works by Chelsea Fly

    Feb 25th, 2019
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
    Free. Art Exhibit on display
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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 25th, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 25th, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 26th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

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    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

    More Details
  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 26th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 26th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 26th, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 26th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 26th, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 26th, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


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  • Painting Out Loud Class Series 3

    Feb 26th, 2019
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    1024 S Yates Road, Memphis, TN 38119

    What is Painting Out Loud? 

    Process art, which we call “Painting Out Loud,” is an intuitive method of painting.  The artist paints the internal landscape, capturing his or her energy and emotions in the experience.  The goal is free expression; process painting emphasizes the creative process–not technique, skill or training.  No prior painting experience is necessary.

    Process Art is designed to be

    • facilitated in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

    • free from comparison and critique.

    • focused on the experience rather than the finished product.

    • practiced in silence.

    • a journey into the unknown.

    • an opportunity to inhabit the present moment.

    • a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery.

     

     

    The meeting with yourself that occurs in the painting process is meditation in action.  Painting unencumbered by judgement can create amazing results.  The end product, regardless of the beauty, is intended to mesmerize the artist.  It can be an astonishing experience to see your inner self projected onto a canvas.  

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  • Stax Music Academy Presents 200 Years of Memphis Music

    Feb 26th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Rose Theatre, 470 University Place, Memphis, TN 38152

    To help celebrate Memphis’ bicentennial this year, the Stax Music Academy will present its 8th annual Black History Month show on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at the Rose Theater at University of Memphis. This ultimate musical experience for families will include music from classical and blues to gospel, R&B, and rock and roll.

    The evening show is open to the general public and begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 12, and $80 for a package of 10 tickets. All tickets may be purchased in advance HERE.

    A special youth performance will take place at 10:00am with free tickets for schools and youth programs. They sell out fast so reserve your tickets at melody.barhamstaxmusicacademy.org).

    Come help jus celebrate 200 years of Memphis music and see the artists who’ll be bringing you a new century of soul!

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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 27th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 27th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 27th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 27th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 27th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

    Facebook Event

    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

    More Details
  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 27th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 27th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 27th, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 27th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 27th, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 27th, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


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  • Painting Out Loud Class Series 3

    Feb 27th, 2019
    6:00pm - 9:00pm
    1024 S Yates Road, Memphis, TN 38119

    What is Painting Out Loud? 

    Process art, which we call “Painting Out Loud,” is an intuitive method of painting.  The artist paints the internal landscape, capturing his or her energy and emotions in the experience.  The goal is free expression; process painting emphasizes the creative process–not technique, skill or training.  No prior painting experience is necessary.

    Process Art is designed to be

    • facilitated in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

    • free from comparison and critique.

    • focused on the experience rather than the finished product.

    • practiced in silence.

    • a journey into the unknown.

    • an opportunity to inhabit the present moment.

    • a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery.

     

     

    The meeting with yourself that occurs in the painting process is meditation in action.  Painting unencumbered by judgement can create amazing results.  The end product, regardless of the beauty, is intended to mesmerize the artist.  It can be an astonishing experience to see your inner self projected onto a canvas.  

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  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Feb 28th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Feb 28th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

    More Details
  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Feb 28th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

    More Details
  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Feb 28th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Feb 28th, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

    Facebook Event

    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

    More Details
  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Feb 28th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Feb 28th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

    More Details
  • Film2Fiber

    Feb 28th, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

    More Details
  • “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee

    Feb 28th, 2019
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Memphis Botanic Garden 750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

    “Cosas Diversas/ Diverse Things” - Nature, Animal, and Memphis area photography by Bruce McGee. Bruce is a frequent visitor to Memphis Botanic Gardens when he is not traveling around the world or working as an IT analyst. He has visited 16 countries and speaks several languages. His beautiful photographs display his appreciation for the diversity in the natural and human world. “For me, photography is a way to capture and share a specific moment in time that I have personally appreciated or just discovered.” The opening reception for this enjoyable exhibition will be held on Saturday, February 2, from 2-4- pm. This exhibit will be present in the visitors center of Memphis Botanic Garden February 1-28 , 2019 .

    More Details
  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Feb 28th, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!

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  • Underwater Bubble Show

    Feb 28th, 2019
    5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended, Memphis, TN 38117

    $30 for adults and $20 for students

    Back by popular demand, the Underwater Bubble Show returns to Buckman by way of Latvia and takes audiences below the surface into a majestic world where fantasy becomes reality. UBS incorporates drama, pantomime, dance, puppetry, juggling, aerial arts, acrobatics, contortion, sand art and imagery with the beauty of soap bubbles. Participants of all ages will delight in this colorful, magical utopia that merges science, light and imagination. 

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  • All Together Now Artist Reception

    Feb 28th, 2019
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    74 Flicker Street, Memphis, TN 38104

    Flicker Street Studio presents an exhibition of small scale painting, drawing and sculpture.  The work of 13 artists is presented including Nancy Cheairs, Jim Buchman, Melissa Dunn, Elizabeth Alley, Meredith Olinger and Susan Maakestad.


    More Details
  • Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Mar 1st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Seed Space + Delta Axis present: Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis

    Memphis artist Desmond Lewis and Kenturah Davis (an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra, Ghana) were selected by Delta Axis and Locate Arts/Seed Space to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10
    Panel discussion: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 pm


    About the show:

    Delta Axis and Locate Arts/ Seed Space share a mission to promote contemporary art in Memphis and to connect Memphis to the national arts network. After years of dialogue, a collaboration between the two organizations is emerging in the form of this exhibition. It features an artist practicing in Memphis (Desmond Lewis) and an artist practicing outside of Tennessee (Kenturah Davis). The two artists were selected to exhibit their work together based on their innovative sensitivity to material, their exploration of social and relational content, and the critical acclaim associated with their work.

    This two-person show is one in a series of statewide exhibitions, organized by Locate Arts, that features Tennessee artists and artists from out of state, and partners with a local organization. These exhibitions are leading up to a major statewide event: The TN Triennial, which will be the largest contemporary art exhibition ever to occur in Tennessee. Its impact will be significant, both economically and socially, with an enduring effect, especially on our visual arts community. The TN Triennial will be a celebration of the experience of contemporary art in Tennessee, and will include works by renowned artists from inside and outside of the state. The curator has been selected, important venues are signed up and the dates are set. More information will be released this spring.

    About the artists:
    Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven, and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, sculpture, and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening fall 2019. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA Yale University School of Art.

    Desmond Lewis is a sculptor who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Lewis received his AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA in 2012, BS from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN in 2014, and MFA from The University of Memphis in 2017. Selected group exhibitions include Current Collapse at Ruddell Gallery in 2017 in Spearfish, SD, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery in 2017 in Memphis, TN, Equality Matters at Mildred Cox Gallery in 2017 in Fulton, MO, and The Collective Presents: Liberation at the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College in 2018 in Memphis, TN. Public and private collections include the Penland School of Crafts, Carolina Bronze Sculpture Park, City of Lenoir, NC, City of Hickory, NC, Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center, The University of Memphis, Soulsville USA, NexAir LLC, Skowhegan Parks and Recreation, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. In 2017, He was named one of the 100 Interesting and Influential People of Memphis. Residencies include the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2018), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2018), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2017), and the Vermont Carving and Sculpture Center (2016). Desmond is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. His studio is based in Memphis, TN.

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  • Every American Thing

    Mar 1st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN United States

    Recent works by Lester Merriweather

    Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
    On view: February 15-March 10

     

    Artist bio:
    Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University.

    Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, Diverseworks in Houston, the Contemporary in Atlanta, and Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans. He has also exhibited abroad at the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited locally at Powerhouse Memphis, The Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery, Crosstown Arts and The CMPLX.

    Merriweather served as the Curatorial Director at the University of Memphis for the Jones Gallery and the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art for six years. He served on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. Independent Journal for the Arts where he created the Art of the South Series. He participated in the Collabortory Memphis project. He was also a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel Program. Complex Magazine named him one of Fifteen Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Artworld.

    He currently serves as the Curatorial Consultant for The PPF Art Collection. He is on advisory panels for the CLTV and LocateArts. Merriweather serves as Principal of LJM Studio Memphis.

    Artist statement:

    MANE-MADE (CURIOSITIES)
    Rare Black Narratives.
    We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
    Exaltations + Exactions
    Ideas Relevant to Real People
    (It is Night For Now).

    (Photo)Souvenirs
    (To) Love Me Like They Love
    Or to take away in remembrance
    The Evening Standard
    On Everything.
    They Have Taken Everything.

    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    +
    The Esteemed Desert

    MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
    A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
    Interruptions:
    You’ve Been Here Before
    We’ve Been Here Before
    How Different Things Would Have Been 

    No Sympathy for Kings
    Move up further and further
    Have less people to talk to
    Less Communication
    About that Action 

    No two days are alike.
    Angels Avoiding Sleep

    INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
    #BetterGardensAndJungles
    Interiors Devoid of Race

    The People’s Republic of Memphis
    On Occasion:
    The failures of revolution and the inherent investigation of the colonial sublime

    To then preserve this land;
    That other sublime.
    Arrows Fly (After Words Fail)
    Here Am I 

    Dysmorphic
    Everything happens exactly as it should.

    (Exceptions)
    Just On The Other Side
    Always like it ever Was
    Still Unwelcome 

    I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).

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  • New Work by Coriana Close

    Mar 1st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, Screening Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States

    Video art by Coriana Close

    About the artist:
    Coriana Close was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Photography at The University of Memphis. She has a BA in Cinema Studies with Honors in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and an MFA in Photography from The University of Arizona. Coriana works in both still photography and appropriated layered video. Conceptually her work focuses on social justice, state-sanctioned violence, and the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Her work has been noted in publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, UA News, Athens News, Chronicle Tribune, and the Republican American. She has exhibited and lectured in universities and galleries across the United States.

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  • Recent Acquisitions: Friends of the Brooks Museum of Art

    Mar 1st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis, TN 38104 United States
    Group exhibition curated by Lester Merriweather.
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  • Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition

    Mar 1st, 2019
    All-day Event
    Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar AVe, Memphis, TN 38104

    On View: February 22 – March 17, 2019

    Reception: Friday, March 1, 6-8pm

    Take Note: The Final Faculty Biennial Exhibition celebrates our esteemed faculty both past and present. The work of current faculty and Professors Emeriti converse to showcase MCA’s rich and diverse teaching artists both current and former to create a tangible manifestation of the skills, talents, and creativity driving MCA’s pedagogy over the last 83 years.

    Participating artists:

    Fred Burton

    Martiza Davila-Irizzary

    Don DuMont

    Jean Holmgren

    Eric Huber

    Tom Lee

    Susan Maakestad

    Remy Miller

    Kevin Mitchell

    Michele Noiset

    Bill Price

    Richard Prillaman

    Mary Ruth Pruitt

    Veda Reed

    Bob Riseling

    Dolph Smith

    Katie Benjamin Steed

    Ryan Steed

    Leandra Urrutia

    Heather Wetzel

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    Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. All MCA exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

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  • Science to Art: Photographs and Paintings by Dr. Gopal Murti at Gallery Ten Ninety-One

    Mar 1st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    WKNO Digital Media Center, 7151 Cherry Farms Rd., Cordova, TN 38016

    “You can make an artist out of a scientist but you can’t take the science out of his art”. Come see an amazing display of works by award-winning scientist-turned-artist, Dr. Gopal Murti. You may also visit his website at www.artofgopalmurti.com.

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  • Erin Harmon: Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do

    Mar 1st, 2019
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    3715 Central Ave. Art and Communication Bldg. Rooms 230 and 240; Memphis, TN 38152

    Opening Reception: January 18, 5-7 PM
    Artist Lecture: February 21, 7 PM (Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310)

    Erin Harmon’s work dwells in the twilight zone between painting and sculpture. Filled with longing for places that do not actually exist, contradictions flourish with invocations of both the animated and the arrested, the joyful and the staid, the high and the low. Material and processes become sites for fantasy, illusion, and the interplay between flat and not-flat. The vibrant work in Aggregate Optics of Make-A-Do tinkers with scale to produce environments that we can project ourselves into as landscapes, even while confronting their qualities of un-nature.

    Borne from Harmon’s previous body of painted paper collages, her new work is influenced by techniques common to theatrical painters, a lineage of shapes and images become a trail of breadcrumbs from one idea to another. These materials are scoured, drawn, painted, cut, and recycled over time, one idea begetting another, endlessly self-generating. Whether it be through ceramic, painted muslin, or projection animation (a collaborative video in which Harmon’s gouache-on-paper cut-outs have been animated by artist and musician Kyle Statham), the finished works encapsulate a romance with materials and processes.

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  • Film2Fiber

    Mar 1st, 2019
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    3750 Norriswood Ave, Memphis, TN 38152

    Film2Fiber is an installation in the ArtLab by Judith Dierkes. The artist crocheted old home movies from Memphis in the 50’s into fabric. Film2Fiber is an installation using the fabric to fill a 485 square foot space. Light is a key component in the installation. The installation is in Gallery C of the Art Museum of University of Memphis in conjunction with the 36th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Sunday, February 3 from 3-6 there will be an opening reception. And if your Super Bowl plans prevent you from coming to the reception, the show runs through March 1st  M-S 9-5 at 142 Communication and Fine Arts Building, U of M main Campus.

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  • Orange Mound in October: Melrose Heritage Gallery (Appointment Only)

    Mar 1st, 2019
    Noon - 3:00pm
    Melrose High School, 2870 Deadrick Ave, Memphis, TN 38114

    Orange Mound in October!

    Come Join us on October 19th, from 12-3 for the opening reception of the Melrose High School Heritage room and gallery! Following directly after the Melrose High School Community Breakfast, which starts at 9:00AM and goes until around 11:30AM, The Heritage room will unveil its new exhibit;

    Torchbearers of Excellence: A Tribute to Melrose Alumni

    There will be pieces featured on loan from the Whithers Museum, as well as many never before seen artifacts from Orange Mound's Community and Residents and specialty pieces from community artists for all to enjoy.

    Come and Soak in some Orange Mound History!