“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.
Exhibition of photographic works by John Pearson
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.
Opening reception for Tunnel Vision, a collaborative installation by Frances Berry and Jenny Fine
On view through September 2
Opening reception for the fifth annual Art of the South exhibition, presented by Number: Featuring work by artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC.
The exhibition is juried by Brian Jobe, artist, educator, independent curator, and non-profit co-director of Locate Arts based in Nashville, TN.
The fifth annual Art of the South exhibition, presented by Number:, features works by artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington DC. Juried by Brian Jobe of Locate Arts.
Jazz tribute to saxophonist Michael Brecker featuring Lannie McMillian (tenor sax), Tony Thomas (piano), Austin Bradley (drums), and Scott Reed (bass).
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.
Artist Pinkney Herbert will discuss his work in Distilled: The Narrative Transformed, which will be on view at Crosstown Arts May 26-July 4.
This 30-year survey of Herbert’s work tracks his transition from narrative beginnings through the development of a personal abstract vocabulary that both thrills and seduces the viewer.
A 30-year survey of Pinkney Herbert’s vibrant body of work.
This exhibition tracks Herbert’s transition from his narrative beginnings through the development of a personal abstract vocabulary that both thrills and seduces the viewer.