Brooks Museum receives donation of 75 works by Black artists

When the Memphis Art Museum opens its doors in 2025 in Downtown Memphis, it will include a set of 75 donated works created by Black artists.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art said that an anonymous donor gave the museum the works featuring local, national and international artists. Mediums represented include painting, photography, video and sculpture.

“This gift places our museum’s collection of work by Black artists in an entirely new category, and we are excited to make these works central to the museum experience when we move to the riverfront in a few years,” Zoe Kahr, Brooks Museum executive director said via press release.

The artists in the donated collection include Kevin Beasley, Sanford Biggers, Jarvis Boyland, Sheila Pree Bright, Kevin Brisco Jr., Brittney Boyd Bullock, Jordan Casteel, Dominic Chambers, Ariel Cobbert, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, Richard Jamal Echols, Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Derek Fordjour, Vanessa German, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Chuck Johnson, Keyezua, Hew Locke, Rick Lowe, Roberto Lugo, Rahn Marion, Lawrence Matthews III, Carl E. Moore, Ebony Patterson, Catherine Elizabeth Patton, Jared Small, Frank Stewart, Jasmine Watson, D’Angelo Lovell Williams and Ernest Withers.

Three works in the donated collection are currently on view at the Brooks Museum’s “Black American Portraits” exhibition, which closes Sunday, Jan. 7.

They are Jarvis Boyland’s “Expectations,” Derek Fordjour’s “Highstep Double” and Catherine Elizabeth Patton’s “Unveil I” from the “Study I: Sexuality, Sensuality, and Self” series.

Other works in the collection can be viewed in the Brooks Museum’s “Art of the African Diaspora” and “In the Moment: Art from the 1950s to Now” exhibitions.

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