Memphis in May Exhibit, SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis' Black Aesthetic @ The National Civil Rights Museum
The Museum is partnering with The CLTV (Collective) and Memphis in May to own and celebrate narratives often ignored in the mainstream visual story. The CLTV has curated SALVAGE: Reclaiming Memphis’ Black Aesthetic, a visual art exhibition that exclusively premieres original work from Memphis-based African-American artists including Amber George, Le Marquee La Flora, Lester Merriweather, Cheeto Ryan, Mia Saine, Siphne A. Sylve and Eso Tolson.
Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community
The Pink Palace’s bicentennial exhibit examines the legendary events and iconic Memphians who have made this city what it is. Rather than a linear overview, the exhibit is structured as a web of stories around five themes: Geography and the Environment, Migration and Settlement, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Art and Entertainment, and Heritage and Identity. Rather than going from event to event, the idea is to show intersections and influences in Memphis’ past. The exhibit is also designed to directly involve the community, with curated display items chosen by visitors. Click here for more information on this exhibit and other bicentennial exhibits.
Romare Bearden: Vision and Activism @ The National Civil Rights Museum, State of Tennessee Gallery
Romare Bearden: Vision and Activsm presents examples of Bearden’s influences as an artist of social conscience and action. Romare Bearden (1911–1988) recognized as one of the most important visual artists of the 20th Century, countered racial stereotypes with images drawn from history, literature, and the free world of his imagination.
Our Faith, Our Story @ Hattiloo Theater, 5:30pm-7:30pm
This event features Pastor J. Lawrence Turner, Minister Anthony Mohammed, and Sadio. This film and theatre series at the Hattiloo celebrates 400 years of African-American history. Reservations can be made by emailing Elizabeth Baines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Crandall: The Myth of Perpetual Summer @ Novel, 6pm
The Myth of Perpetual Summer is a fully imagined coming-of-age novel both heartbreaking and inspiring. Tallulah James is as endearing as she is indelible, a worthy heroine to anchor this story of family dysfunction, social unrest, and a girl’s journey to womanhood. Crandall will deliver a talk about her book. A book signing will follow! Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
Chanelle Benz: The Gone Dead @ Novel, 6pm
A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father’s life and death. Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country. Benz will discuss her book and a book signing will follow! Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
Daniel Brook: The Accident of Color: A Story of Race in Reconstruction @ Novel, 6pm
By revisiting a turning point in the evolution of America's racial system, The Accident of Color brings to life a moment from our distant past that illuminates the origins of the racial lies we live by. Brook will deliver a talk about his book and a book signing will follow! Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
Michael Croley: Any Other Place @ Novel, 2pm
Any Other Place is a story collection of immense power. Croley masterfully gathers disparate worlds through his sympathy and generous grasp. As the characters approach their truths of home, family, and duty, we witness the gorgeous possibility of what ordinary men and women seek--love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Ace Atkins: The Shameless @ Novel, 6pm
The Quinn Colson series from New York Times–bestselling author Ace Atkins wins more fans with every installment -- a testament to Atkins’ rightly praised characters, pacing, muscular prose, moral complexity, and profound sense of place. Called “one of the best crime writers at work today” (Michael Connelly) and “the Deep South’s true detective” (Men’s Journal), Atkins takes the series to new depths of corruption and depravity, and new heights of investigative prowess and heroism, with its ninth volume, The Shameless. Join Atkins at Novel for a book talk and signing! Check out Novel’s events calendar for more events!
“Sankofa” Film Screening @ Hattiloo Theater, 5:30pm-7:30pm
This film and theatre series at the Hattiloo celebrates 400 years of African-American history. Reservations can be made by emailing Elizabeth Baines at email@example.com.
Audacity Fest @ Cooper Young
A Cooper-Young gathering around travel and culture with an element of environmental sustainability in a series of events that include panel discussion, entertainment and smaller break-out gatherings.
Shelby County Bicentennial @ Shelby Farms Park
This event will mark the closing ceremony of the city’s bicentennial of Shelby County’s formation. The event will feature an emphasis on the county’s six suburban cities and towns.