Art is good for the soul, and despite the pandemic closures, Memphis art institutions have adapted to make sure you still get to see all of the beautiful things. From the comfort of your own home, you can browse through countless museum and art collections and keep yourself occupied with social media challenges and coloring pages—plus, there are a couple of spots that have re-opened the the public! Whether you’re keeping your distance or ready to get out and about, there are many ways you can continue to support local art institutions.
Music is art in and of itself, and Stax Museum is preparing to get back to business so you can learn more about the greatness of Stax artists. They’ve set their re-opening date for June 18 with limited hours of operation until the 27th—but by July 1, they’ll return to their regular hours of operation.
Check out their official statement to see how they plan to keep visitors safe.
Crosstown Arts’ physical location is currently closed, but they still have resources online that are top notch. Their newly launched Against the Grain platform features the incredible concerts of local musicians like Jordan Occasionally and Adrienne Park, and they also have a number of videos that feature local painters, quilters, muralists, exhibits, and more. Be sure to stay up to date on their plans for reopening their galleries, the Art Bar, cafe, and Shared Art Making by following their social media.
The Dixon officially re-opened to members on June 9th, but they are also offering many online exclusives at the moment. In honor of National Art Museum Day, they released their 2019 exhibition Eye to Eye: A New Look at the Dixon Collection. In addition, their website also features Dixon at Home where you can try out backyard sensory play for babies, put your painting skills to the test with their watercolor techniques, and download new Zoom backgrounds with their virtual backgrounds. Overall, the Dixon is working to make their gallery even more accessible during the pandemic. Whether you’re interested in viewing a gallery or wanting to try a new activity, the Dixon has you covered.
Be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates.
The Withers Museum and Gallery is now open by appointment for groups of 10 or less with 24-hour notice. This means that after a temperature check and with your mask on, you can view their photographic collection that features one million images covering the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis Music, Negro Baseball Leagues, Beale Street, Memphis History & Politics, and African-American Social Life. In addition to this appointment-only reopening, their digital archive of Memphis history will remain accessible online. With just a few clicks, you’re able to search through different locations, times and subjects.
Follow the Withers Collection on Instagram for any updates.
This downtown gallery is open by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday. However, they are still featuring their digital exhibition Form and Figureswhich features work by Elizabeth Ekpetorson, Beatriz Manteigas and Chigozie Obi. For an extra special experience, check out their viewing room for more information about the exhibition and each piece. Be sure to stay tuned for Art Village’s next online exhibition (Gabriel Eklou) coming in July 2020.
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Tune in to WKNO this afternoon around 3:40pm for Checking on the Arts with Kacky Walton. We were originally scheduled to talk about the May gallery show…instead we chatted about economics, the Memphis Flyer’s Coloring Book, and making lemonade when a pandemic gives you only lemons. As we had to chat by phone again, no photo of us together…so here is some of Alisa Free’s “lemonade” from a postponed workshop in NoLa with Aimee Farnet Siegel that has gone virtual. Enjoy…and stay safe everyone!
L Ross Gallery is ready to see your fun masks (from a distance, of course). They’re now open from 11am to 3pm Thursday through Saturday, and they’ll be displaying works from their family of artists. If you aren’t ready for an in-person visit, they’ve made exhibitions like Salon de Résilience available online where you can also check out the work of all of their featured artists. If you’re feeling artistic, let those creative juices flow by participating in their Doodling Around project!
Learn more and see their latest doodling opportunities on Instagram.
The Brooks hasn’t opened their doors yet, but they are offering an abundance of virtual activities for you to participate in. Like L Ross Gallery, the Brooks is offering coloring pages that you can print and color at home. Also, if you haven’t seen their Still Life Challenge on social media yet, check it out, and give it a whirl. Like many others, they’ve gone digital with their online collection that you can sift and search though as you please.
We’re not sure when the Brooks will re-open, but we’ll be patiently waiting for them to make a comeback. Keep an eye out on their Instagram for that announcement.
The David Lusk Gallery is currently offering two online exhibitions: Carlyle Wolfe Lee’ Zinnias and Alex Lockwood’s Still Life. Both of these collections will be available for viewing until the end of June. The gallery also has two upcoming exhibitions that you can stay up-to-date on through Instagram.
P.S. While you’re on their Instagram, be sure to check out their InstaTV section for everything from artist interviews to their Pandemic Puppet Theatre.
Starting June 11, the Metal Museum is back, and ready to show you how cool metal-smithing can be! They’ve outline how they are keeping visitors safe here—but for those of you are still weary of venturing out, don’t fret! They are offering plenty of virtual tours to keep you occupied until you’re ready. Each of virtual tour features an exhibition page where you can get to know the work and the artist a little more—plus their website also boasts a digital experience page with quarantine activities such as art challenges, activity sheets and how-to videos. Oh, and they’ve got a driving tour opening up online soon.
Be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates.
As of May 18, the Robinson Gallery is open by appointment only. From celebrity photographs and fashion photography to images from Jack Robinson’s personal life and travels, there’s much waiting for you to see. The gallery is also offering a membership to their image database online where you can browse through all of the photos and get an in-depth look into Mr. Robinson’s life for free.
This local gallery is still closed to walk-in traffic, but they are currently offering a free, 20-minute FaceTime walkthrough of their shop for you to explore all that they have to offer. Their website also features an online shop with items such as prints, puzzles, crafts, candles and more which can be scooped up via curbside pickup.
Located downtown in the FedEx Forum, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is back and open for business. Until the end of June, Shelby County residents can enjoy a comprehensive Memphis music experience at half the price (view details). At this downtown music museum, you can learn the history behind everything from rural to soul music. Throughout June, the museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10AM to 5PM.
Check out their Facebook for more information and fun music facts.
The Rock ‘n’ Soul’s sister museum, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, is also back and ready for visitors. This museum, located on Beale, explores influential musicians from Memphis. Interested in browsing their inductees online? Check out their website to see which musicians have made it into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Or, visit the museum to see rare video performances, memorabilia and interactive exhibitions.
Follow them on Facebook for updates!