Thursday, Feb 21
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visual Arts Exhibit: See Me, Hear Me, I am Human By, Jin Powell
Thursday, Feb 21
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday, Feb 22
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, Feb 22
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Collage Dance Collective: RISE
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.
Recent works by Lester Merriweather
Opening: Friday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm
On view: February 15-March 10
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.
Rare Black Narratives.
We forget they’re human (The Consumptives).
Exaltations + Exactions
Ideas Relevant to Real People
(It is Night For Now).
(To) Love Me Like They Love
Or to take away in remembrance
The Evening Standard
They Have Taken Everything.
The Esteemed Desert
MOVING THE TRUTH INTO POWER.
A Pronounced Event in a Fragile Moment.
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
About that Action
No two days are alike.
Angels Avoiding Sleep
INTERIORS DEVOID OF RACE
Interiors Devoid of Race
The People’s Republic of Memphis
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
Everything happens exactly as it should.
Just On The Other Side
Always like it ever Was
I am in search of I examine the connection(s) between colonialism and modern-day capitalism throughout visual culture(s).
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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 .
Visual Arts Exhibit: See Me, Hear Me, I am Human By, Jin Powell
Free and open to the public! GPAC’s ArtSavvy events are a fun way to enhance your knowledge and increase your understanding of the artists, art forms and cultures of the performances presented on the GPAC stage. Events include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, films and interactive gallery experiences.
Explore an interactive gallery experience with visual artist Jin Powell and her exhibit titled See Me, Hear Me, I Am Human. Participants will take a guided tour of the gallery while exploring her inspirations and current techniques for creating art, including bamboo pens. Jin Powell is a sculptor, painter and drawer currently living in Memphis, TN.
February 1 – March 3
In the Lobby Gallery
5:30 – 7:30pm
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!
Misti Rae Holton leads a vinyasa yoga class in our breathtaking Schilling Gallery every Thursday. Bring your own mat and a towel or small blanket.
Due to the proximity of art, no water allowed. Limited class size. Pay what it's worth.
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.
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.
Mary Ruth Pruitt
Katie Benjamin Steed
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.
"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.
An exhibition by Tierra Gibson
Organized by the artist
7:00pm & 8:30pm
RISE showcases the company's sheer athleticism and emotional conviction through powerful, historically inspired performances. The program includes Kevin Thomas' iconic Rise ballet alongside the premiere of In the Mirror of Her Mind choreographed by Christopher Huggins and audience favorites like Dying Swans. RISE also features the company's professional dancers performing alongside Collage's dance stars of tomorrow.
A colorful and quirky celebration of the Earthly elements around us--$25.00, General Admission seating.
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
Listen to a gallery talk led by Museum staff on topics including current exhibitions and works from the permanent collection.
We will meet in the lobby of the main building before the talk begins.
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
A colorful and quirky celebration of the Earthly elements around us--$15.00, General Admission seating.
MBAA JAZZ-A-FIRE LIVING LEGEND SERIES
OPENS 2019 WITH
THE LEGENDARY TEMPREES!
The Memphis Black Arts Alliance has been delighted to present some of the BEST artist in the Greater Memphis area and beyond at Jazz-A-F!RE, held Every 4th Sunday of the month from 4-7pm at the Beautiful Brinson's Restaurant & Lounge, located at 341 Madison Avenue, Downtown Memphis. This year, beginning February 24th, we continue celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Memphis area Living Legends with non-other than THE TEMPREES!!!
The Temprees, originally from Memphis, TN, are a celebrated American Soul Vocal Trio from the legendary STAX Records acclaim! Jasper “Jabbo” Phillips, Harold “Scotty” Scott and DeJuan “Del” Calvin met in junior high school, becoming friends that sang their way to signing with STAX! The group has produced four albums and scored a series of hits such as My Baby Love, Explain It To Your Mama, and the ever famous Dedicated To The One I Love, which scored #17 on Billboards Top R&B Hits! After original member, Jasper Phillips, passed in 2001, the group brought in Jerry “JC” Calvin and has continued their legacy, singing before hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide!
Memphis Black Arts Alliance’s Jazz-A-F!RE is hosted by the Spectacular Cequita Monique along with the cool sounds of Prime Cut Trio, as they usher us into the land of Smooth Jazz! Our Living Legends Honorees croon us further up the road and then we end the evening by inviting you, our audience, to join the band on stage in our BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument) full-out jam session! There is nothing in the city like Jazz-A-F!RE!
Come Join Us on Sunday, February 24, 2019 as we welcome and honor the Magnificent Legendary TEMPREES at Memphis Black Arts Alliances Jazz-A-F!RE, beginning at 4pm, at Brinson’s Restaurant & Lounge Downtown, 341 Madison Avenue! For Information and Tickets, call, 901-948-9522 or visit our website at www.mbaafirehouse.org. Don’t Miss It – Get Your Tickets Today!
We gather at the garden each Tuesday during the school year from 3p.m. until 5p.m. We work with children from Cornerstone Prep and Lester Middle School on take home art projects and permanent art installations.
egister here to volunteer or contact Megan at 319-981-0380 or [email protected] to learn more!
"Talk About It Tuesday” is a monthly panel discussion with Q & A designed to bring people from the local community together to inspire discussion about the significant impact of cultural history in movements for economic and social justice.
Our goal is to bring people from the local community together to give them inspiration for what our non-profit organization is hoping to achieve through education and engagement. We want to promote discussion about the significant impact of cultural history in movements for economic and social justice. We are committed to raising history awareness, which we hope will also raise funds and donations that can contribute to future exhibits from the archive of more than 1.8 million images of the iconic internationally renowned photographer Dr. Ernest C. Withers."
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.
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!
$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.
A night of high school drama — full of stories, selfie confessionals, viral gratitude, and multi-media adventures that celebrate the everyday heroes transforming America’s high schools. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit local non-profit organizations. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $19.