On 11 October 2017, we held a panel discussion at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art with contemporary artists, Ghada Da and Basmah Felemban to discuss their work and participation in Desert to Delta, Tennessee’s first large-scale contemporary art exhibition from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on show at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.
The discussion was led by AMUM Assistant Director and exhibition co-curator, Edmund Warren Perry Jr, and Stephen Stapleton, Director and Founder of Edge of Arabia and CULTURUNNERS, led the discussion. Perry also discussed his recent travels to Saudi Arabia where he explored the emerging Saudi contemporary art scene.
AMUM opened in 1981 and continues to host temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and culture alongside selections from our permanent collections. Since 1994, the visiting artist series has brought innovative contemporary projects to Memphis. Artists from the Mid-South, New York, Chicago, Great Britain, Germany, The Czech Republic, and Russia have designed site-based installations that include community and student participation. Egyptian antiquities and African art are exhibited in galleries dedicated to these collections.
Our collections of Egyptian antiquities and African art are exhibited in dedicated galleries and periodically updated with new themes. Students and scholars work with art, objects and archival materials from our diverse collections researching individual works and developing exhibitions. The 19th century to present-day print/drawing collection includes several strengths: the work of Samuel H. Crone, Carroll Cloar's lithographs, Épinal prints depicting Napoleon Bonaparte's life, Beth Van Hoesen's preparatory drawings and prints, and Andy Warhol's polaroids, prints and silk screens.
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