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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
Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

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
Crosstown Arts, West Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

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.

November 2018

Crosstown Arts Resident Artist Talk

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Crosstown Arts, East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN United States

Crosstown Arts offers multidisciplinary residencies in to visiting and Memphis-based artists and curators, working in any creative discipline including visual and performing arts, music, film, and writing in all genres.
The resident artists discuss their work in a series of monthly artist talks. This month: Rory Golden, Darius Wallace, Jon Crawford, and Jing Niu.

My Magical Manifesto

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Crosstown Arts Theater, 1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

Crosstown Arts resident artist Darius Wallace will present his one-man show, My Magical Manifesto, at the third public “mic check” event at Crosstown Arts Theater. Free and open to the public.


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crosstown Arts, 430 N Cleveland
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

A collection of artwork from the fall 2018 University of Memphis sculpture students
Through a wide variety of materials and conceptual approaches, these emerging artists illustrate their own development and interaction with the themes of contemporary sculpture.
Organized by the artists

Don’t Stop Dancing to the Music! A Conversation with The Bar-Kays

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Crosstown Arts, East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN United States

Join us for a discussion with The Bar-Kays’ Larry Dodson and Winston Stewart. Free and open to the public. Moderated by Memphis radio personality (and Crosstown Arts community outreach coordinator) Porsche Stevens, this freewheeling conversation will include stories from the band’s rich past and much more.

The Music of Herbie Hancock

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crosstown Arts East Atrium, 1350 Concourse Avenue
Memphis, TN United States

Jazz tribute to Herbie Hancock featuring Keenan Shotwell (piano/ keys), Gary Walker (auxiliary keys), Carl Casperson (acoustic/ eletric bass), Paul McKinney (trumpet/ flugalhorn), and James Sexton (drums).

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.

Spins featuring DJ Capital A

10:00 pm – 11:55 pm
Crosstown Arts, The Green Room, 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

A live monthly DJ series at Crosstown Arts

This month: DJ Capitol A (hip-hop, soul, funk)

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!

Call to Artists: Homeward Bound

10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Crosstown Arts, East Gallery, Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

Open call to all artists to address the complex theme of “home.” All mediums encouraged, painting, photography, performance, sculpture, mixed media, video, and sound. Submission deadline: November 24

Crosstown Arts Open House

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Crosstown Arts at Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Avenue, Suite 280
Memphis, TN 38104 United States

After eight years, Crosstown Arts is continuing to help redefine what arts can be in Memphis. Come see the new 70,000 sq ft of multidisciplinary spaces in action at Crosstown Concourse.
All the new spaces — galleries, the Green Room, theater, cafe, Art Bar, Shared Art Making, and artist studios — will be open to the public. Live music, food, drinks, performances, tours, art exhibitions, and more.
Free and open to the public. This event is happening concurrently with the ….

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