Saw this over the weekend, and it's highly recommended -- go with friends, take young people and be prepared to discuss.
In "The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art," the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art presents an exhibition of remarkable pieces that are vital and challenging.
The more than 100 works by African American artists come from private and public collections in Memphis. It is astonishing and as engaging and provocative as anything the Brooks has shown.
Here are some comments by Chris Davis at the Flyer on the show, and here's a story by Fredric Koeppel writing for GoMemphis at The Commercial Appeal.
The exhibition was organized by Marina Pacini, the Brooks' chief curator and curator of American, modern and contemporary art. The show is an intriguing mix of sources, artists and media. It's open until Sept. 2, and you should make the time to go and linger over its rich offerings.
Pictured: CONDITION REPORT, 2000
Glenn Ligon, American, born 1960
Iris print and Iris print with serigraph, 8/20
Collection of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art