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10 TO WATCH: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is in the middle of its 100th birthday celebration and Emily Neff is determined to make it unforgettable. The museum’s executive director will tell you it’s one of the region’s great cultural assets and she wants the entire community involved.

The centennial started last April with the first in its new Brooks Outside program — the 15-foot high RedBall Project that popped up all over town. Another new series is the Rotunda Project of installations by important world artists. Major exhibitions included works by acclaimed Memphis artist Veda Reed and currently pieces by Red Grooms whose work, Neff said, “is refreshing, smart, fun and witty.” Gallery spaces have been renovated and expanded (currently with works by Carroll Cloar and William Eggleston) and made more family friendly with the innovative Inside Art space.

“Some 20,000 school children come through Brooks every year,” Neff said. “We’re the gateway for them to learn about art.”

For 2017, the effort continues, with Neff hoping the first thing you see coming through the doors is a work of art that “will make you gasp or sigh or take you by surprise.”

As for Neff, she said she’s already planning for the next 100 years. 

Story by: Jon W. Sparks
Photo by: Troy Glasgow
Posted: 2/21/2017 7:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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