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September 2018

Wish Book: Lay of the Land with John Pearson

09/21/18 – 12/02/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Exhibition of photographic works by John Pearson
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 21, 6-8 pm
On view: Sept. 21-Nov. 30
Location: East Gallery & East Atrium
These large-scale, landscape cyanotypes on fabric link the tactile and the visual by committing the photographic process to the physical landscape. Pearson works outdoors on the ground, making 1:1 indexical photographic prints during midday sunlight. In these photographs, view is replaced by elemental record; while the horizon, removed from the composition, becomes the topographic support and source for construction of the images.

Pearson’s intention is not to convey the solely visual appearance of place — in this case, the arid southern California landscape — but rather to invoke a more dynamic experience of place by means of the transformative nature of photography.

Give a Damn! Music + Activism at Stax Records

09/28/18 – 12/02/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

On view: September 28-November 30
Opening reception: Friday, Sept. 28, 6-8 pm

“Give a Damn,” a title taken from the 1970 Staple Singers song, is the culmination of a year-long examination of Stax Records’ commitment to political activism, community engagement, and social justice in the years following Dr. King’s 1968 assassination in Memphis.

This exhibition is presented by The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and hosted at Crosstown Arts. It features never-before-seen artifacts including Isaac Hayes’ 14-foot long custom-made office desk, stage clothing worn by Johnnie Taylor and Isaac Hayes, rare photos and documents, short films, music, and original artwork contributed by Shelby County students.

October 2018

The Moonpie Project presents Taj Francis

10/15/18 – 10/26/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

A new mural by Taj Francis

Location: Crosstown Concourse Plaza

Watch artist Taj Francis paint on the Concourse plaza through Oct. 26. After the mural is complete, it will be displayed in a location to be determined within the Concourse.

The Moonpie Project is an ongoing, rotating mural series curated by Michael Roy in memory of muralist Brad Wells

Organized in collaboration with Crosstown Arts

The Music of Charlie Parker

10/19/18
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz tribute to Charlie Parker featuring saxophonist John Lux

The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.

Doors at 6:30 pm | performance at 7 pm

Music + Activism = Craftivism at Crosstown Arts

10/21/18
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The G.A.D. exhibition features stories of people who used music to make an impact. Here, we recognize the power we have in our hands. No matter what craft items we provide, you will use your hands to make art that makes a statement about something you feel passionately about.
These projects can be political, personal, or purely for fun, and it’s recommended for EVERYONE.

Get Out Screening

10/22/18
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Screening of Get Out, the Academy Award-winning 2017 horror film directed by and starring Jordan Peele, in the Crosstown Arts Theater.

Get a sneak peek of the new Crosstown Arts Theater in this first mic check event. We’re hosting a series of public mic checks to test the sound for film, live music, public speaking, and live theater, and the first one will feature this special Halloween-themed film screening.

Beyond the Woods Opening Reception

10/26/18
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New work by Megan Hurdle
Opening reception: Friday, Oct. 26, 5-8 pm
On view: Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 am-4 pm
Organized by the artist

Spins featuring DJ Superman

10/26/18
10:00 pm – 11:55 pm

A live monthly DJ series at Crosstown Arts
This month: DJ Superman (old-school hip-hop, soul, funk)
$5 (purchase on Eventbrite)
The SPINS series will feature music as diverse as the City of Memphis. Each month, a rotating line-up of DJs will play everything from old-school Hip-Hop and House to Ultra Lounge and Afrobeat. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, come chill. Come hang. Come Party!

Beyond the Woods

10/27/18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

New work by Megan Hurdle

Organized by the artist

Music + Activism = Craftivism at Crosstown Arts

10/27/18
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The G.A.D. exhibition features stories of people who used music to make an impact. Here, we recognize the power we have in our hands. No matter what craft items we provide, you will use your hands to make art that makes a statement about something you feel passionately about.
These projects can be political, personal, or purely for fun, and it’s recommended for EVERYONE.

Crosstown Arts

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