Memphis, TN – Feb. 4, 2019 – Kick off the new exhibit, “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” during a free Community Opening Day noon to 5 p.m. March 3 at Pink Palace Museum. The exhibit will be on display March 2-October.
Admission to the Making Memphis exhibit is free. The event will feature performances throughout the day highlighting Stax Music Academy, Danza Azteca Memphis an ingenious Mexican dance group, Opera Memphis, Ekpe Abioto African drumming and Playback Memphis performing an interactive one -hour theater performance about “Identity and Heritage” in Memphis, one of the exhibit themes.
Tables will be hosted by 15 local organizations providing information about their mission, services and activities.
The “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” bicentennial exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past, present, and form the basis for our future. The exhibit illustrates how the threads of Memphis history form a larger story, or web of history. The five major exhibit threads are Heritage and Identity, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Migration and Settlement, Art and Entertainment, and Geography and the Environment.
Each theme is represented by one of five freestanding color-coded structures (pods) that represent its theme as one thread of history. A color-coated cable (corresponding with the pod’s color) will run to the other pods, physically and symbolically connecting them. The intertwined cables create a dramatic web along the ceiling.
The exhibit is truly a community event as it will feature community-curated display items chosen by visitors. Visitors can vote for their favorite artifact remotely or at an iPad in the exhibit. Selections will rotate monthly. Objects with the most votes go on display the following month.
Pink Palace Family of Museum’s other properties including the Lichterman Nature Center and Mallory-Neely Historic House will have special exhibits for Memphis’ bicentennial as well.
For more information, visit www.memphismuseums.org.
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