MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art presents New York-based sculptor Lisa Hoke as the third artist in the museum’s Rotunda Projects series. Her installation Pie in the Sky, designed especially for the Brooks’ rotunda, will be completed Wednesday, Oct. 25 and will be on view June 3, 2018.
Museum visitors are invited to watch Hoke create this dazzlingly colorful and richly textural abstract installation—of plastic cups, cardboard boxes, paper flyers, drink cartons, and molded Styrofoam, all suspended from the rotunda’s dome—beginning today, Wednesday, Oct. 18.
Hoke titled her over-the-top installation Pie in the Sky—reflecting both her aspirations for the work, as well as her fears of expecting too much out of it. This complex, free-form sculpture made of familiar materials combined in unexpected and provoking ways will activate the simple white walls, supports, and dome of the museum’s rotunda.
Hoke will participate in Café Conversations: Consumption & Conservation 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 18. She will give a brief talk about Pie in the Sky before participants move to the Café Brooks by Paradox where she and Keith Cole, director of Wolf River Conservancy, will talk about consumer culture, sustainability, art, and the environment.
A larger conversation between Hoke and site curator Stanton Thomas will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium. Their conversation will explore the motivations and meaning of her work, and how Hoke’s art has evolved throughout her 30-year career. This event is free and open to the public.
The Rotunda Projects series engages visitors with experimental, provocative, and compelling works in a variety of media by internationally recognized and emerging artists.
Rotunda Projects: Lisa Hoke is organized by Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Rotunda Projects: Lisa Hoke is generously sponsored by Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc.
About Lisa Hoke
Lisa Hoke received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been exhibited nationally notably at the Sarasota Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, New Britain Museum of American Art, MASS MoCA, Aldrich Museum, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Serpentine Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The New Museum. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and New Orleans Museum of Art, among others. Hoke is represented by Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NYC.
About the Memphis Brooks Museum
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 about the Brooks and all other exhibitions and programs, call 901.544.6200 or visit brooksmuseum.org.