MEMPHIS, TN – March 22, 2019 – Memphis in May has released the complete lineup of programs and exhibits designed to provide a deeper look into Memphis culture. Exhibits featuring both renown and undiscovered local artists, a Memphis film series, historic walking tours guided by a local legend and more are included.
Sidewalk Walking Tours in Downtown Memphis led by historian Jimmy Ogle
Memphis in May presents a series of 90-minute walking tours on the sidewalks, alleys, parks and plazas of Downtown Memphis that covers all aspects of historical events and places, tall buildings and limitless facts throughout Downtown. All tours are open to the public, free and handicapped accessible.
- Saturday, May 4: 1 p.m. Pinch District; 3 p.m. Civic Center Plaza, Adams Avenue & Judge D’Army Bailey Courthouse
- Saturday, May 11: 1 p.m. The Great Union Avenue Manhole Cover & History Tour; 3 p.m. Beale St. and Memphis Heritage Trail
- Saturday, May 18: 1 p.m. Court Square & Surroundings; 3 p.m. South Main Historic District
Architects of the World Lecture Series in partnership with AIA Memphis: David Basulto
- David Basulto, founder and Editor-in-Chief of ArchDaily speaks on Memphis’ place in global architecture beginning with a 6 p.m. reception followed by the 6:30 p.m. talk May 7 at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The talk is free.
Visions of Memphis showcases the original artwork honoring the city made by the finalists from the artist open call May 1-31 in the Goodwyn Gallery at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.
Currents is an exhibition of artwork with Mississippi River themes by local artists Pam Cobb and Marc Rouillard on Display May 1-31 at the Jay Etkin Gallery.
Salvage: Reclaiming Memphis’ Black Aesthetic is an exhibit that explores the relationships between music, art, and creativity and the pain and trauma associated with racism, economic inequity, education disparities and over-policing of black Memphians on display May 1-June 8 at the National Civil Rights Museum. Curated by CLTV The Collective, “Salvage” will also exclusively exhibit work from local black artists that have not yet been displayed in the city.The exhibit is free with museum admission.
The Art of Beale Street Music Festival contains 16 original works of art by George Hunt commissioned by the Beale Street Music Festival on display for the first time in one exhibit May 1-31 at the Pink Palace Museum. The exhibit is free with museum admission.
The Story of Memphis Water teaches about the water cycle and Memphis’ sand aquifer and more from an exhibit co-curated by the University of Memphis' Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research on display May 1-31 at the Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island. The exhibit is free with museum admission.
The International Paper Children’s Salute to Memphis art exhibit is on display May 1-31 at the Children’s Museum of Memphis. The exhibit is free with museum admission.
“Bringing the World to Memphis…” is a retrospective display of the award-winning education program of the Memphis In May International Festival, the nation’s largest festival of its kind, on display April 15-June 15 in the Vasco A. Smith Administration Building of Shelby County Government. Admission is free.
SALUTE TO MEMPHIS CINEMA
In collaboration with Indie Memphis, and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, films will be screened each week in May.
Hustle & Flow directed by Craig Brewer
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at MALCO Paradiso; General Admission $10
The Firm produced by Michael Hausman and a special Q&A with executive producer Michael Hausman
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at MALCO Paradiso; General Admission $10
N-Secure written and produced by Julius Lewis and a special Q&A with writer/producer Julius Lewis
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the MALCO Studio on the Square; General Admission $10
MicroCinema: Memphis Women in Film
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at Crosstown Arts. The event is a pay-what-you-can.
Superstarlet A.D. directed by Mike McCarthy
Wednesday, May 22 at the MALCO Studio on the Square; General Admission $10
Forty Shades of Blue directed by Ira Sachs
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the MALCO Ridgeway Four; General Admission $10
CULINARY ARTS OF MEMPHIS
Each weekend in May, a celebrated culinary artist in Memphis will create a special “Salute to Memphis” themed menu. Check back in April for dates and prix fixe menu details.
Participating chefs include Chef José Gutierrez at River Oaks Restaurant; Chef Kelly English at Restaurant Iris; and Chef Andreas Kisler at The Capriccio Grille, The Peabody.
Memphis Bicentennial Gala
The City of Memphis’ celebration gala will be held on the official 200th anniversary of the city’s founding: Wednesday, May 22 at the FEDEXFORUM. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. For table and ticket information visit Eventbrite.com
CELEBRATE MEMPHIS Memphis’ Largest Community Celebration takes place 3 p.m. May 25 at Tom Lee Park. The event is FREE, and family-friendly featuring Memphis talent on five stages, Memphis food in the Eat901 Food Court, an attempt at the World’s Longest Picnic Table, the city’s first public lighted drone show over the Mississippi River followed by the Mid-South’s Largest Fireworks Show and more.
2019 Festival Dates:
Beale Street Music Festival: May 3-5
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 15-18
2019 Great American River Run: May 25
Celebrate Memphis: May 25
About Memphis in May
Memphis in May is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs in 2018 contributed more than $137.7 million annually in economic impact to the community, fostered civic pride, promoted awareness of Memphis’ heritage, and built international relationships and understanding through education.
Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 206 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For. The Beale Street Music Festival was named one of the World’s Top Festivals by Fest300 and made Forbes’ list of “5 Underrated Music Festivals You Should Attend.” In 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.
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