Coming to America:
Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, 1914 - 1945

October 14, 2017 - January 7, 2018

The sculptures of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman and William Zorach embody the vitality and vision of four modern artists who—arriving as immigrants in the United States from the growing turbulence of pre-war Europe—responded to the challenges and excitement of American life with extraordinary creativity.



100 Gifts for 100 Years

June 3 - August 27, 2017

To mark the Brooks’ 100th anniversary, our dedicated, generous patrons and support groups have gifted the museum more than 100 spectacular works of art. Ranging from ancient coins to contemporary glass, from paintings to quilts, the exhibition will display all of these gifts in glorious profusion.

A Feast for the Eyes:
200 Years of American Still-Life Painting from the Hevrdejs Collection

April 22 - July 30, 2017

Featuring rarely seen works by major American artists—including James Peale, John F. Peto, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth—this exhibition celebrates the history of still-life painting in the United States.

Brooks Outside: Tape Art

May 8 - 24, 2017

The Rhode Island artist collective Tape Art, known for creating over 500 temporary murals installed around the world, ends our centennial celebration with a massive installation on the Brooks’ façade. 



2017 Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards

January 28 - February 26, 2017

The Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards is an annual juried student exhibition presented by the Brooks and Brooks Museum League. As an affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards honors exemplary art by students in seventh through 12th grades.



Red Grooms:
Traveling Correspondent

October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Grooms’s treatment of New York City and Tennessee provides the focus for Red Grooms: Traveling Correspondent. The distinct bodies of work reflect time spent in these radically different environments, specifically those that most define him as a person and an artist.


Veda Reed: Day into Night

June 18 - September 4, 2016

This influential Memphis artist was represented by 28 paintings spanning 1956 to 2016. The emphasis was on her recent luminous paintings of night skies populated with moons, clouds, and shimmering light. These poetic images represent what the artist herself feels are the zenith of her career.


Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars

May 26 - September 4, 2016

This exhibition showcased Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj and the eclectic group of nine musicians from around the world whom the artist sees as his own personal “rock stars.”



Brooks Outside: RedBall Memphis


April 28 - May 7, 2016

As part of the Brooks Museum’s centennial, New York artist Kurt Perschke brought his world-traveled RedBall Project to Memphis April 28 – May 7. During its performance run in Memphis this fun and provocative installation was strategically placed in ten different sites in the city, personally selected by Perschke during his visit to Memphis in December 2015.


Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America

November 7, 2015 - February 28, 2016

This extraordinary exhibition highlights American folk art from New England and the Midwest made between 1800 and 1925. Among the paintings are portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and allegorical paintings, while the objects include sculptures, commercial signs, furniture, and household objects.  


Decorative Arts Trust: A 35th Anniversary Exhibition

October 10, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Featuring DAT gifts in glorious profusion, the exhibition will include both recent acquisitions such as a rare French Renaissance platter from the workshop of Bernard Palissy and a pair of fine New York Federal chairs, as well as old favorites such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s starkly beautiful Prairie-style chair and Tiffany & Company’s pair of elaborately decorated sterling ewers.