apexart Franchise: Memphis Social

Date(s) - 05/10/2013–05/18/2013
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Hyde Gallery at Nesin Graduate School

Event Description

Memphis Social, presented by apexart in New York.
organized by Tom McGlynn, Beautiful Fields collective

Friday, May 10 – Saturday, May 18
Exhibition at Memphis College of Art’s Hyde Gallery, Nesin Graduate Center (477 S. Main)

Friday, May 10, 5–8 p.m.
Grand Opening at Hyde Gallery

For a complete list of events, performances and exhibitions and descriptions of each, visit the Memphis Social site.

Exhibitions on view through May 18 at multiple sites in Memphis: The Hyde Gallery at the Memphis College of Art, The Cotton Museum, Marshall Arts, Crosstown Arts, and Caritas Village Community Center

Featuring work and projects by more than 50 artists including Kara Walker, Doug Ashford, Greely Myatt, Virginia Overton, Tracey Moffatt, William Pope.L, Joe Fyfe, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Aviva Rahmani, Tim Rollins, Kara Rooney, Jack Robinson, Mark Tribe and Chelsea Knight, Lester Merriweather, Stewart Home, Alex Dipple, Dwayne Butcher, Haley Morris-Cafiero, David Sandlin, Bullet Space and the U-Dig Dance Company

Memphis Social is an exhibition and performance event that hopes to broaden the definitions of a socially engaged art happening. Memphis is a place that becomes universal in its specifics. The wider world knows the importance of Memphis as the birthplace of the Blues; yet locally, the blues still live there. Its being the location of Martin Luther King’s assassination is important to the wider public, but locally, the struggle for racial and class equality still continues. Such specifics of time and tide that comprise a place like Memphis get freighted downriver and into common knowledge, until the city itself becomes a larger, more universal metaphor, like Woodstock or Gettysburg, Waterloo or Bethlehem.

Memphis Social is not ostensibly about Memphis, but the city as a determined social environment plays a big part in providing a rich ground for some of the social/aesthetic directions in the exhibition. Through specifically oriented performances and artwork, Memphis Social will not attempt to recreate “the city” or re-enact “the social” but will deeply consider the idea that different interpretations of society still exist, in both specific and universal ways.

For more information please contact Cybele Maylone at cybele.maylone@apexart.org.

Hyde Gallery Hours
Wednesday–Saturday: Noon – 4 p.m.
Extended hours on Trolley Nights (last Friday of each month): 6–9 p.m.