Tape Art Crew Returns to Create More Public Art Installations in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Art lovers from Memphis and the Mid-South will soon experience more Tape Art installations Sept. 13-16 with public murals, workshops and a community-collaborative project at specifically-chosen sites in Memphis.

The Rhode Island-based artist collective known as The Tape Art Crew created a temporary massive mural in May 2017 on the museum's façade for the finale of the museum’s centennial celebration. The museum also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Memphis Brooks Wine + Food Series, the museum’s premier fundraising endeavor, in May. Dollars raised from this series goes to education programs that make art accessible to children and adults across the Mid-South. 

A popular auction item during May’s record-breaking Grand Weekend was the chance to collaborate with Tape Art founder Michael Townsend and creative director Leah Smith on a mural at a site of the buyer’s choosing.

This summer the auction buyers worked with Townsend and Smith to come up with subjects for murals that will live in the chosen spaces for one week. After that, the mural will be removed, formed into a ball, and placed on view at the Brooks, along with photographs of the mural and the names of their donors.

The following is the list of locations where the Tape Art Crew will be working:

Wednesday, Sept. 13:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public Mural at The Orpheum Theatre

Sponsored by Joanna and Josh Lipman

Thursday, Sept. 14:

8:30-11 a.m. Workshop & Presentation at Christ Methodist Day School

Sponsored by Sarah and David Thompson

3:30-7 p.m. After-school workshops at Carpenter Street Art Garden

Sponsored by Elizabeth Rouse, ArtsMemphis

Friday, Sept. 15:

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public Mural at nexAir in Crosstown Concourse

Sponsored by Maggie and Milton Lovell

Saturday, Sept. 16:

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Community collaborative project in Tower Courtyard at Overton Square

Sponsored by Mary and Bob Loeb

The Brooks appreciates the donors who made these projects possible: Joanna and Josh Lipman; Sarah and David Thompson; Elizabeth Rouse; Maggie and Milton Lovell; and Mary and Bob Loeb.

For more information, visit www.brooksmuseum.org.

About the Tape Art Crew

The Rhode Island-based artist collective Tape Art Crew is known for creating over 500 temporary murals installed around the world, including reactions to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and the 2013 earthquake in Fukushima, Japan, and in Memphis capped the museum’s centennial celebration with a gigantic installation on the Brooks’ façade. Like Tape Art installations at the New York Aquarium, the Worcester Art Museum and Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize, the Memphis artwork was intentionally temporary. Hundreds of people joined in the removal process during the Tape Art Finale in May 2017.

Mission

Founded in 1916 and located at 1934 Poplar Ave. in historic Overton Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is home to Tennessee’s oldest and largest  major collection of world art.  More than 10,000 works make up the Brooks Museum’s permanent collection, including works from ancient Greece, Rome and the Americas; Renaissance masterpieces from Italy; English portraiture; American painting and decorative arts; contemporary art; and a survey of African art. The Brooks Museum enriches the lives of our diverse community through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs that reflect the art of world cultures from antiquity to the present.

For more information, call 901-544-6200 or visit www.brooksmuseum.org.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010