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We Need to Talk

02/10/17 – 02/25/17
10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Crosstown Arts Gallery
422 N. Cleveland St.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

An open call exhibition of break-up art and artifacts submitted by more than 40 local artists.

Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 5-8 p.m.
Exhibition on View: February 10-February 25


Sometimes, love ends. Romantic relationships, familial relationships, relationships with places, our former selves, or even really, really great pieces of pizza — they all have to end. These relationships tend to be hard to let go of. Whether the break-up was genial, terrible, or downright awful, most people have an object, memento, or souvenir of each broken relationship that they just can’t throw away. These mundane objects are transformed into totems of memory, becoming the holy tangibles of a relationship ceased. This exhibition focuses on those objects and their stories and aims to offer one final bit of catharsis. Or at least a final chance to say … “Boy, Bye!!!” 

The idea for this exhibition is drawn from the Museum of Broken Relationships, which has two locations in Los Angeles and Zagreb, Croatia. The museum website states: “The original concepts of an artist ex-couple in the midst of their own breakup, whom wondered what people did with objects that had been meaningful in their relationships. In 2006, they had their first exhibition and the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. They opened their permanent museum in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010, and a follow-up museum has also sprung up in Los Angeles, California.”

Crosstown Arts has organized this exhibition to coincide with The Break Up Show 6, taking place at The New Daisy Theater on Saturday, February 11th. During the opening reception of “We Need To Talk” on Friday, February 10th, The Break-Up Show cast will be performing a free and open-to-the-public dress rehearsal of The Break Up Show 6 next door at 430 N. Cleveland.

Some work may be listed for sale. Crosstown Arts does not take a commission.


Participating Artists:

Nanette Freeman
Beth Edwards
Erica Qualy
Ethel Floon
Hannah Chipman
Richard Fudge
Carrie Schule
Marilyn League
Bryan Martin
Katie Lothrop
Britynn Davis
Christine Shapiro
Demar Jones
Terri Weaver
Jamond Bullock
Jonathan May
Temple Faux Daniels
Robin Jayne Henderson
Ethan Taylor
Raquela Adams
Andri Alexandrou
Bria Johnson
Caolinn Golden
O. Gustavo Plascencia
Christy
Judith Dierkes
Spencer Durden
Jeremiah Matthews
Melinda Posey
Brent Gaia
Darren Floyd
Matt Christy
Danielle Sumler
Margaret Henderson
Sarah Dorou
Chelle Ellis
Amber George
Nathan Parten
Jana Wilson
Bianca Phillips


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