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November 2017

Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response

11/12/17 – 01/14/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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. Conceived to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ell Persons’ very public murder by members of the Memphis community through the act of lynching, the project was further inspired by recent events to memorialize lynching sites in the broader Memphis community in an effort to bring about greater understanding of racial oppression and violence in the South.

Lavender’s Landscape

11/12/17 – 01/14/18
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Anthony Lee
Latex and Urethane on Panel, Triptych, 2017

Composing a triptych, these works by artist Anthony Lee are a continuous, long-scale, lavender tonal gradient, equal in light value but demonstrating the effect of desaturation. Viewed from left to right, it begins as  intense lavender, and then through gradation it finishes into its grey equivalent. This adds a fourth-dimensional sense of movement or transfer within the works, allowing the viewer’s eyes to calmly experience the space in the works as they seemlessly shift color.

December 2017

M.T.A. Art Show

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Live painting | poetry | artwork | food and wine
Hosted by Tosha the Artist

Impossible Language

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Impossible Language is ending its run. The final installment of the monthly poetry series will feature readings by Emma Bolden, Christian Anton Gerard, and Heather Dobbins.
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It’s a Hustle Holiday 2

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You know that networking is an important part of your arts practice. Hustle makes it fun to get to know your local community. Expect silly games and sillier prizes. Special host: Eso Tolson.

Hustle: professional development for artists is a free program organized by ArtsMemphis, UrbanArt Commission, and Crosstown Arts.

Holiday Happy Hour at the Cleveland St. Flea Market

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Stop by the flea market for cookies and holiday punch! Then take care of your last-minute holiday shopping while you’re there.

January 2018

Art/Race/Violence: Artist + Community Conversation

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Conversation with artist teams Lisa Williamson and Lurlynn Franklin; Carl Moore and Karina Alvarez; Brittney Bullock, Agustin Diaz, and Brenda Joysmith; co-curator Richard Lou, and Professor Holly Yu. Moderated by Dr. Earnestine Jenkins. 

Open Crit

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crosstown Arts’ Open Crit series, organized in partnership with ArtsMemphis, is a monthly critique event where visual artists are invited to bring new and/or in-progress studio work for critical feedback and group discussion particular to each artist’s practice. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Art/Race/Violence: Panel Discussion

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Panel discussion featuring Shahidah Jones, Antonio De Velasco, and Tom Carlson (as of Nov. 7).


8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Intergalactic sounds of the African disapora featuring J. Mack, Spekulate the Philosopher, Lady Celest, Jayvee the Prince, and DJ Space Age.

Crosstown Arts