Projects & Exhibitions
Images posted were either part of or featured in the listed exhibition.
Presented by The Collective (CMPLX)
Jan. 11 thru Feb. 1
“Lineage” would bring together artists who have laid the ground work for black art in this city and young emerging artists to bring together multiple generations of black art. The exhibition was curated by Grace Stewart and Lawrence Matthews.
A Black arts renaissance takes center stage as a bevy of artists, artisans and supporters, gather in the historically Black neighborhood of Orange Mound to celebrate the opening of The Complex (CMPLX), a gallery space built by The CLTV in Memphis, Tennessee.
The CLTV is a commune of Black creators who are continuing the rich, creative legacy embedded within the city’s framework. Their goal is to position their art as an outlet to express the joy, the fear and frustration of living while Black in America, Memphis and beyond.
Location: Crosstown Arts West Gallery
On view: Dec. 14-Jan. 27
Group exhibition addressing the complex theme of “home.” A place of home has very different meanings to all of us. Sometimes it is a memory, a sense of place, a person, a dream, a certain chaos, a metaphorical anchor, a roof over our heads.
“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Location: Memphis College of Art
A For Freedom Initiative
On view: October 12 – November 4
Curated by Lester Julian Merriweather
In partnership with the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, A•GEN•CY: A Home in the World is an exploration of what it means to be a free person of color within the current experiment of American democracy. The intention of A•GEN•CY is to examine two pillars of the For Freedoms platform: Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.
For Freedoms is a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. In a world where there can be potentially narrow expectations concerning how artists of color address the construct of race in historical terms, this exhibition takes a different approach. The works in A•GEN•CY express ideas around the freedom to be a person of color living in a viscerally racialized America. A•GEN •CY examines ways people of color thrive in a moment where the concept of race is used as a weapon against them.
"A History of Strange Fruit", Screen Print U of M Printmaking Workshop.
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
On view: October 8 - November 9, 2018
Reception: October 12, 5-7 PM
Here and Now: Printmaking and the Political Present is an exhibition of prints by Memphis-based artists exploring social issues of our contemporary moment. Artists include Maritza Dávila, Vanessa González-Hernández, Nelson Gutierrez, Lawrence Matthews, Carl Moore, Joel Parsons, Jennifer Sargent, and Yancy Villa-Calvo.
Master printmaker Maritza Dávila has led artists in a series of workshops formulating concepts and producing the prints on view. Artists explore topics such as gentrification, climate change, gun violence, queer politics, immigration, education, and non-violent protest in their work.
The exhibition runs concurrently with Freedom of the Press: Posters from Progressive Print Shops, 1960s-1990s, an exhibition organized by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles, California.
Carl E. Moore "Going Day By Day"
Matthew Hasty "Radiance"
Show opens October 3 - 27
Reception, Friday October 5, 2018, 6 - 8pm
“Going Day by Day” is an investigation of work and series created between 2013 and 2018. This period is reflective of work that is experimental, personal and socially driven based on specific concepts and themes. The goal is to show that by combining artwork from different series, the work still maintains a consistent ongoing narrative. I try to create non-sequential stories of daily life within the black community by placing the characters in possible past, present or future situations.
“Going Day by Day” is a representation of how we live and what it takes to live from day to day in a world that’s become very complex and unstable as it relates to our Freedoms.
October 1, 8 and 17, Sponsored by the Brooks Museum and Memphis College of Art, Memphis TN
October 6, Sponsored by The University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, Jackson, TN
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. We produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms Federation encourages new forms of critical discourse. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.
ABOUT FOR FREEDOMS
For Freedoms Federation is a sponsored project of Artadia, a non profit arts service organization. Contributions to For Freedoms are tax-deductible and support educational programs, exhibitions, and partnerships with museums and other not for profit organizations. For Freedoms Federation is supported by The Quiet Fund, The Surdna Foundation, The Bromley Foundation, Open Box, VIA Art Fund, The Westridge Foundation, The Muriel Pollia Foundation, the For Freedoms Advisory Committee, and many generous individuals.
Curated by Karlota Contreras-Koterbay and Karen Sullivan
Diverse and Beautiful: African American Art in TN and Appalachia
September 6 to 28, 2018, Tipton Gallery
Performance of ‘Madam C.J. Walker’, from slave to first African American woman millionaire by storyteller and musician Valarie Houston during the reception and festival
Sponsored by the ETSU Student Activities Allocation Funds & partnership with the Language & Culture Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, School of Continuing Studies, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Johnson City Public Library, and select public schools in the East TN region.
The exhibition explore the politics of hair and its nuanced roles in the negotiation of identity and race. The artists invited employ hair as agency, either as subject matter or media, as intentional element in their reinvestigation of African American historical narratives, with conscious effort for self-representation, and to reconnect to their cultural heritage to reveal the mechanisms of marginalization, stereotyping and construction of identity towards more empowered future.
Memphis College of art will host it's final Alumni Biennial Exhibition
On View: May 26 – July 15 in Rust Hall.
The exhibit will be juried by a panel of three creative leaders – Julie Pierotti, Curator at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Grace Stewart, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Metal Museum, and Dolph Smith, MCA Professor Emeritus.
Closing Reception: Friday July 13, 2018
On exhibit: "We the People", Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 48, 2018.
For "Life, Liberty and The
Pursuit of Happiness!"
Jewish Community Center, May 1 - 31, 2018
“For Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, reflects multiple themes and concepts that directly or indirectly take place in the black community. The show title addresses everyone’s right to the idea of the American Dream, the right to Equal Justice and the ability to provide for our family. This should apply to everyone.
6560 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38138
"And Justice For All"
Gallery 130 . Meek Hall . University of Mississippi
January 19 - February 22, 2018
The exhibition “And Justice for All” is an ongoing discussion about inequality, discrimination, illegal search and seizure, and police shootings in the black community. This is also paralleled by rampant black on black violence that can be attributed to years of systemic racism, a flawed justice system and the incarceration of minorities for little or no crimes for which they are given extended prison sentences. The result has been a reduction of the black family dynamic and the growth of single parent households.
The University of Mississippi
Meek Hall, Rm. 232
University, MS 38677
On exhibition doing the play "Fences"
The work in the show "Good Neighbors" is indirect reference to the play "Fences". The paintings represent characters that you would find living and working in your neighborhood. The approach for this work was too develop images that only dealt with most important or needed information to create a narrative about the characters and the scene. There is no background, so the paper serves as the base for these decal like images.
Organized by Artist Link of Memphis
The Play "Fences" and the exhibition
On view January 19 - February 4, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am – 5 pm
Box Office: 901.682.8323
Curator Talks, performances, and opening reception on
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2-5 pm in Crosstown
Crosstown Arts' new space in the Crosstown Concourse (Suite 280).
Exhibition runs through January 14.
Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response is a multidisciplinary project organized by visual culture historian Dr. Earnestine Jenkins and artist Richard Lou in collaboration with Crosstown Arts. Through this project, local artists collectively explore intersections of race and systemic violence through the lens of cultural expression.
Featuring work by artist teams:
Jamin Carter and Mary Jo Karimnia
Andrea Morales and Terry Lynn
Lisa Williamson and Lurlynn Franklin
Yancy Villa and Lawrence Matthews
Jamond Bullock and Cat Pena
Karina Alvarez and Carl Moore
Jin Powell and Jesse Butcher
Agustin Diaz, Brittney Bullock and Brenda Joysmith
Photo by Cindy Putnam McMillion
The Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration is given annually by Metropolitan Bank and Butler Snow LLP to an outstanding visual artist. The award is named in honor of Emmett O'Ryan, a founding Board Member of Metropolitan Bank.
Nominees are selected by a committee comprised of members of the Artist Advisory Council and members of the community.
Award recipients are selected by Metropolitan Bank in concert with leaders of the Artist Advisory Council - an initiative of ArtsMemphis that aims to strengthen our visual arts community through individual grants and professional development programs.
Carl E. Moore, a local visual artist, best known for his vivid, high-contrast paintings, is the recipient of the seventh annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration. This award is presented by ArtsMemphis and generously sponsored by Metropolitan Bank, in partnership with Butler Snow. It is given each year to a local artist whose work demonstrates creative and civic leadership within the Memphis arts community.
ArtsMemphis President and CEO Elizabeth Rouse noted that “Carl was selected based on his decades of making outstanding work, along with his service to the Memphis community, ranging from his volunteer work at Caritas Village to his work as an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis.” Moore is widely recognized for helping to strengthen the local artist community and for mentoring emerging artists. He has curated over 80 shows and his work has been displayed at numerous venues including the L. Ross Gallery, the Dixon Gallery, and Crosstown Arts.
Much of Moore’s work is focused on challenging racial and ethnic stereotypes. His subjects are often shown in moments of peril or distress, sometimes in urban environments, and he frequently uses a bold graphic style, with thick, arresting lines that call to mind commercial illustration. “I’m very honored to be a nominee and recipient of the Emmet Award,” Moore said. “This award means a great deal to the art community, as a whole, because it lets artists know that they are being recognized in a city so rich with talent. Art should be for everyone, accessible to everyone, and without limitations.”
Special thanks to Metropolitan Bank and the Emmett O'Ryan family for their continued support of the Arts.
Orange Mound Gallery
2232 Lamar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
The title of the show is "The Black Experience" The Rebirth of Black History Month. The focus of the show is to redefine the meaning of Black History Month. Although we've had a black president for 8 years, and created historical achievements and accomplishments in the black community like in the arts, the Olympics, and entertainment. We still don't celebrate Black History Month beyond the use of predictable images and icons like Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther King (Which is understandable), George Washington Carver and Rosa Parks. We would like the show to celebrate our history old and new. We want to highlight the lives of everyday people as being part of our history.
Jamond Bullock, Lurlynn Franklin, Dani Harris, Chuck Johnson, Terry Lynn, Lawrence Matthew, Lester Merriweather, Carl E. Moore, Angela Myers, Darlene Newman, Frank Robinson, Eso Tolson and Jason Williams.
Curated By: Carl E. Moore
"A Mothers Pain", 24 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas. 2017
January 13 - 27, 2017
This one-of- a-kind event is a collaborative fundraising exhibition in which local artists are coming together to express their support for the immigrant community through their work. A percentage of all artwork sold will benefit the Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, and Latino Memphis’s Derechos Immigration Program. Money raised will provide matching funds for a grant from The Assisi Foundation enabling the creation of a Joint Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator who will recruit and manage volunteer lawyers working with the Mid-South’s immigrant population for the three organizations.
The Pinch was founded in 1980 as the Memphis State Review by William Page. In its first few years, the journal published such well-known writers as Robert Bly, Phillip Levine, Mary Oliver, Robert Penn Warren, and Margaret Atwood.
In 2005 the journal transitioned into The Pinch and expanded its focus on creative nonfiction. During this time, The Pinch also became notable for its logo and award-winning covers, which were designed by Gary Golightly, the Graphic Design Program Coordinator at the University of Memphis Art Department.
The Pinch is a bi-annual literary journal produced entirely by the students of the University of Memphis MFA Program and English Department. As always, all submissions' fees and other support go toward funding our annual contest, our contributors, and our production costs. For more info about the Publication and it's complete history, click here.
Artwork: [T] "Black Male Gaze", 36 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas. [B] "Child of Color", 12 x 9 Acrylic on Canvas Panel.
I wanted my paintings for the tiny show to be reflective of or have the composition of a Polaroid photograph. The images are direct and composed to fix a small space with objects and people trying to fix into this 6 x 6 square. I tried to maintain a level of simplicity within the paintings to balance out for the size restriction. My work usually focuses on the use of negative space and how it interacts with the foreground and background characters. I manage take this process and develop Polaroid moments, where you're seeing events as they happen.
< ---- "Man on the Street", 6 x 6, Acrylic on Panel
Rain, 16 x 20,Acrylic on Canvas
Circuitous Succession Epilogue lll marks the third installment of the epic survey exhibitions curated by Jason Miller within the circa 1909 Scottish Rite Building. This series includes household-name artists from the southern region, as well as select artists of international renown. With each installment Miller works to unify the artworks in communion with the three story space of the Memphis Scottish Rite Building. This is a celebratory event and precursor to upcoming and continued renovations that will lead to the dedication of a permanent contemporary art gallery and masonic collections museum on the entry level floor near the grand dinning hall. The CSE shows have opened in October for the past three years–making it an annual fall event that is becoming an institution open free to our community at large.
Sponsored by the Memphis Downtown Commission, the show is part of a series of exhibition featured through January 2017. The show consist of 4 contemporary artist displaying various topics.
Housing Crash #3, 48 x 48,Acrylic on Masonite.
The exhibition highlights the works of twenty-six artists from across the nation and abroad, whose works are focused on relevant key political and social issues.
The art forms on display in the Politics and Power exhibition are as diverse in subject matter as they are in size and media—from psychologically charged paintings, ecological sculptural models; to tiny situations and wall size installations. All of the works on display are seen through the lens of the artist and reflect their own personal political experiences. With bold voices, these artists have positioned their works in current subjects that strategically engage the viewer in a critical examination of political, social, and economic topics as varied as: climate change, political leaders, surveillance, gun control, food security, racial injustice, corruption, and a plethora of other controversial issues surrounding our upcoming presidential election.
The exhibition was curated by Virginia Walsh and will be on view through Saturday, November 26, 2016. For more information regarding Politics and Power or the Ann Street Gallery, contact Virginia Walsh, Director at (845) 784-1146, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.safe-harbors.org/events/politics-and-power/
New work and previous work that focused on African Americans moving through every day life and performing daily routines that affect how they live, work and survive.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis College of Art presents the 2016 Biennial Alumni Exhibition, on view May 20–Aug. 6 in the Hyde Gallery of the Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. A reception will be held Friday, July 29 from 6–9 p.m. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to select artists at the reception.
The exhibition features work from 28 alumni and former students of the college, in media ranging from sculpture and abstract paintings to installations and video projections.
The show investigates attitudes, stereotypes and expectations of the definition of Manhood in the last 50 years. "The Man Show" examines the role of the male figure in today's society as changes take place in the family social structure, the workplace, politics, gender roles and belief systems in our everyday life.
Cultural attitudes due to immigration, the increase in single parent households and the debate of equal pay, for women and minorities have questioned the meaning of fairness in a male dominant society. This also extends to the incarceration and homicide rate among minority groups and the acceptance of alternative lifestyles that have created households headed primarily by either a male only or female only parent structure.
Timothy Andrews, Eli Gold, Jan Hankins, Jed Jackson, Chuck Johnson, Richard Lou, Terry Lynn, Kevin Mitchell, Jason Miller, Carl E. Moore, Tom Murry, Nick Pena`, Michael Stanley, Mathew Thomas.
Curated by Carl E. Moore & Melissa Farris
Some Things are just Black and White
Rhodes College Curation in Context Class is honored to present “Some Things are Just Black and White”, by Memphis’ Carl E. Moore. Known for his bold flat colors and hard edged acrylic paintings, Moore uses exploded images and figures to capture current social and economic conditions of everyday life. His use of simple shapes, vibrant colors and bold lines create a dialogue between the work and the viewer.
The drawings range from representational sketches to abstract experimentation, using graphite, charcoal, cut paper, and color pencil. The title of this show is more about interpretation than the use of medium. The answer to some situations can be black or white, wrong or right, hot or cold.
This event is made possible by the help of Rhodes College Clough-Hanson Gallery and Rhodes College Art Department and sponsored by CODA Rhodes.
Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic
What does it mean to be engaged, active, and awake to the world around you? Artists in Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic address pressing social and political issues including racism, gender discrimination, environmental crisis, cultural tradition, media stereotypes, and other concerns through the lens of their own experiences. “The political” is not always what you would expect—within the work, there are voices of critique, uncertainty, humor, and hope.
Change Agents: Personal Art as Political Tactic was developed by a team of PEA student curators as a way to extend conversations on identity, social constructions, and political convictions, and to activate the gallery as a space for discussion and reflection.