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The Brooks Museum Joins Outings Project + Party on The Plaza

The Brooks Museum is taking pieces of art from their gallery walls into the streets as part of the Outings Project, a collaboration with French artist and filmmaker, Julien de Casabianca. 

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Dubbed the “Robin Hood of Street Art”, Julien de Casabianca, has installed murals in more than 50 cities around the world, as part of his Outings Project. Now the renowned artist is bringing his talents to Memphis, installing art on the exterior of the Brooks Museum. To commemorate the unveiling of the new outside exhibition, Brooks Outside: The Outings Project, the museum will host a Community Day celebration on Friday, September 28.

Attendees can enjoy music, food trucks, art-making, and a host of other activities, all while marveling over pieces of pretty amazing art. At 6:30 PM, de Casabianca will complete the installation on the museum’s façade followed by a talk in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium at 7 PM.

“Brooks Outside is a great way to engage the community with art from our collection beyond the walls of our building. Artist Julien de Casabianca wants people to know that his talk on Friday is more like stand up comedy than lecture. He’s a street artist by trade so his stories are sure to be fun, engaging and informative for all.”

Kathy Dumlao, Director of Education and Interpretation (Brooks Museum)

Photo: Brooks Museum

The purpose of the Brooks Outside: Outings Project is to take figures off the gallery walls, putting them at street level on weather-worn corners, alley walls, and abandoned buildings. By the end of the week de Casabianca is set to have completed 17 “life-sized” installations and 3 “monumentals.”  So far seven temporary installations have already been placed throughout the city.

See below for locations and selections of art:

  • Café Ole, 959 S. Cooper St.
    • Winslow Homer, Reading by the Brook, 1879, Oil on canvas , 15 7/8 x 22 3/4 in. (40.3 x
      57.8 cm), Memphis Park Commission purchase 43.22
    • Currently on view in the Davis Gallery
  • Gloco Iron, 1709 Lamar Ave.
    • Carroll Cloar, Historic Encounter Between E. H. Crump and W. C. Handy on Beale
      Street, 1964 Casein tempera on Masonite, 28 × 44 in. (71.1 × 111.8 cm), First
      Tennessee Bank National Association LI.2017.3
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • Whitten Bros. Hardware, 2909 Park Ave.
    • Wilford Conrow, Maser-El-Din Hoja, 1916, Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 20 1/8 in. (64.8 x
      51.1 cm)
      Gift of the Artist 34.5 © Estate of the artist
    • Not currently on view.
  • 2734 Park Ave.
    • Carroll Cloar, Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog, 1965, Casein tempera on
      Masonite, 23 x 33 3/4 in. (58.4 x 85.7 cm) Frame: 28 3/4 x 39 5/8 in. (73 x 100.6 cm),
      Brooks Fine Arts Foundation purchase 65.17
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • Newby’s, 539 S. Highland St.
    • Henri Harpignies, River Scene, 1897, Oil on canvas, 26 1/4 x 32 1/4 in. (66.7 x 81.9
      cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss, 59.30
    • Currently on view in the Brooks League Gallery
  • University of Memphis Art Building, 3715 Central Ave.
    • Arthur Bowen Davies, Autumn Bower, 1907, Oil on canvas, Anonymous loan,
      LI2012.196
    • Currently on view in the Davis Gallery.
  • 600 S. Perkins St.
    • Abbott H. Thayer, Gladys, ca. 1915, Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm), Gift of
      Mr. Francis M. Weld 44.1
    • Currently on view in the Davis Gallery
  • 2571 Broad Ave.
    • Carroll Cloar, Windy Corner in Vera Cruz, 1951, Casein tempera on Masonite.18 x 24
      in. (45.7 x 61 cm), Gift of Mr. Charles Ray Griffin 66.11
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • 2574 Frayser Blvd.
    • Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Saint
      Benardino of Siena, ca. 1450, Tempura on wood panel, 23 x 16 ½ in. (58.4 x 85.7 cm),
      Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 61.198
    • Currently on view in the Moss Gallery
  • 472 N Watkins St.
    • George Luks, The Fortune Teller, ca. 1920, Oil on canvas, 43 5/8 x 38 7/8 in. (110.8
      x 98.7 cm), Memphis Park Commission purchase 54.2
    • Currently on view in the Davis Gallery
  • 381 N. Main St.
    • Richard Wilson, Tivoli: Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna, ca. 1763-1767, Oil on
      canvas, 37 x 49 1/2 in. (94 x 125.7 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morrie A. Moss 59.26
    • Currently on view in the Schering-Plough Gallery
  • 52 S. Front St.
    • Jack Grue, Old Man River, ca. 1940, Tempera on masonite board, 36 3/4 x 26 7/8 in.
      (93.3 x 68.3 cm), Purchased through funds donated by friends of Jack Grue, 56.275 ©
      Estate of the artist
    • Not currently on view
  • Kudzu’s, 603 Monroe Ave.
    • Leon Bonhomme, La Femme en vert (The Woman in Green), 1909, Oil on paper
      board, 30 3/4 x 23 7/8 in. (78.1 x 60.6 cm), Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase;
      funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Duggins, 2007.26
    • Currently on view in the Brooks League Gallery
  • Memphis Plating Works, 682 Madison Ave.
    • Robert Henri, Cori with Cat, 1907, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
      Memphis Park Commission purchase 54.1
    • Currently on view in the Davis Gallery
  • 1600 S. Lauderdale St.
    • Carroll Cloar, Historic Encounter Between E. H. Crump and W. C. Handy on Beale
      Street, 1964 Casein tempera on Masonite, 28 × 44 in. (71.1 × 111.8 cm), First
      Tennessee Bank National Association LI.2017.3
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • 945 E. McLemore Ave.
    • Carroll Cloar, Wedding Party, 1971 Acrylic on Masonite, 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm),
      Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds 73.24
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • Playhouse on the Square, 66 Cooper St.
    • Carl Gutherz, Picnic on the Seine, 1885, Oil on canvas, 21 5/8 x 28 7/8 in. (54.9 x 73.3
      cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart 87.10
    • Not currently on view

Monumentals:

  • 62 E.H. Crump Blvd.
    • William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Au pied de la falaise (At the Foot of the Cliff), 1886,
      Oil on canvas, 43 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (109.9 x 66.7 cm), Bequest of Morrie A. Moss 93.4
    • Currently on view in the Brooks League Gallery
  • 154 G.E. Patterson Ave.
    • Carroll Cloar, Wedding Party, 1971 Acrylic on Masonite, 28 x 40 in. (71.1 x 101.6 cm),
      Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds 73.24
    • Currently on view in the Cloar Gallery
  • 3177 Summer Ave.
    • Luca Giordano, The Slaying of the Medusa, ca. 1680, Oil on canvas, 40 x 135 in. (101.6
      x 342.9 cm), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon 57.111
    • Currently on view in the Schilling Gallery
  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave.
    • Katherine Augusta Carl, Portrait of Bessie Vance, ca. 1890, Oil on canvas, 48 1/8 x 34
      in. (122.2 x 86.4 cm), Gift of Mrs. Samuel Hamilton Brooks, 16.4
    • Not currently on view

All of the artwork will be displayed through November.

The Community Day, “Party on the Plaza” will take place Friday, September 28 from 5 PM to 7 PM. Join the event page here for updates.

For more info about the Brooks Outside: Outings Project, visit the museum’s website.