upcoming events

Mar 24, 2019


Tale of a Tapestry

 Less than a quarter century before King Henry VIII abolished the Catholic Church in England and dissolved the monasteries, church officials in Canterbury commissioned a set of six magnificent tapestries to hang above the choir of Christ Church Cathedral. They were among the very few pre-Reformation choir tapestries woven for an English church and are the only examples in existence today. Dr. Rosamund Garrett, Brooks' new Curator of European and Decorative Arts, will recount the epic tale of war, revolution, and multiple thefts that marked the 600-year journey of this important art from Kent to Provence. This fast-paced tale, the subject of her PhD research, will include Garrett's tips for transporting a ladder on the Paris Metro.

This program will mark the first public presentation by Dr. Garrett since she moved from London to Memphis to join the Brooks staff. She will also share her upcoming plans for the European art collection and introduce us to her first acquisition for the museum, an early sixteenth century panel painting of one of the three Wise Men, the black king Balthazar, now on view in the Moss Gallery.
This presentation is an addition to the previously announced DAT program calendar. Offered on Sunday afternoon, the lecture is open to the public and free with Museum admission. Join us in the Rotunda after the presentation for coffee and dessert. Please come and bring a friend.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum, Sunday 2 PM

Contact: Gail George

Apr 14, 2019

Gavin Duke

Today's Garden with Landscape Architect Gavin Duke

Gavin Duke, partner in the prestigious landscape architecture firm Page/Duke, will be at Brooks on Sunday, April 14th, at 2:00, to discuss some of his signature landscape and garden designs. Raised in the rural Ozark Mountains, Duke began at an early age of put his ideas on paper—sketches inspired by the surrounding woodlands, craftsmen, and farmers. His passion to create has continued throughout his life. Now, he combines landscape architecture with other arts to design gardens and living environments for people, plants, and animals.

This presentation is free with museum admission and open to the public. Please come and bring a friend. 

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, Sunday 2 PM

Contact: Gail George

Apr 18, 2019


Behind The Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household

 Despite the castles, crown jewels, and other trappings of the monarchy, English royals has many of the same issues as average people. They eat, entertain their friends, and worry about money. Henry VIII tripped over his dogs. George II threw his son out of the house. James I had to cut back on his alcohol bills. The great difference, however was that royal families had much more domestic help—people who ran the machine that is the Royal Household. In his talk Adrian Tinniswood OBE will uncover the reality of five centuries of life at the English court, taking us on a remarkable journey from one Queen Elizabeth to another. Tinniswood will describe the power struggles and petty rivalries that historically dominated court politics. He will also talk about the shifting idea of the monarchy today, and how their support network still serves as an interface between sovereign and the public. His witty social history of royal life will offer a tour of England's grandest households while commenting on the ever present tension between the throne room and downstairs.

Adrian Tinniswood's visit is a part of Royal Oak Foundation's spring lecture series. Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to be a stop on his tour of select cities.

The Thursday evening lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. Come at 6 PM and enjoy a glass of wine and conversation before the lecture begins at 6:30. Please come and bring a friend.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 6:30 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

May 7, 2019

Beverly Hall

Annual Meeting

 This year's Annual Meeting will take us to the historic Beverly Hall at 1560 Central Avenue. This event welcomes Decorative Arts Trust members at all levels to meet new board members and to learn the plans for fall programming.

The Colonial Revival mansion known as Beverly Hall is a prized historic landmark owned by Dr. Ben Wheeler. This splendid home built in 1905 was designed by Kentucky architect W. J. Dodd and constructed by the local firm of Joes and Furbringer in what is now the Central Gardens area. Its first owner christened it "Greenwood" but it was renamed "Beverly Hall" in 1913 by its second owner Mrs. Lelia Robinson Boyd in honor of her paternal grandfather, William Beverly Robinson. There were eight further owners, including one who left it mostly vacant for 20 years, before being purchased by Ben Wheeler.  Wheeler undertook massive restoration efforts over a period of almost a decade.

Come at 6:30 to tour the house and join on the patio for a light supper, drinks, and entertainment.

RSVPs are required. Please email Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com by May 3rd to let us know you will join the fun. If you do not have access to email, you may call 901-272-0797 and leave a message.


Location: 1560 Central Avenue

Contact: Nancy Willis

May 11, 2019

Ray Booth

DAT Brings Ray Booth to Art By Design

Decorative Arts Trust will team with ArtsMemphis to provide a glamorous finale to Art By Design, the wildly successful fundraiser now in its fourth year. You'll want to join the festivities for a Champagne Brunch with featured speaker interior designer Ray Booth.

Booth is a partner in the prestigious McALPINE firm and divides his time between New York and Nashville. Trained as an architect, he is known for his distinctly elegant spaces that exude modernism while reflecting a sense of place and history. Whether in a new home or one with a history, Booth applies a fresh vision for today's living. His work has received notice in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Veranda magazines.

Ticket price is $125. You'll be greeted at the entrance with champagne and a signed copy of Ray Booth: Evocative Interiors. You may take in the more than twenty designer vignettes or sip champagne while perusing the book before brunch is served.


Watch this space for more information and tickets.

Location: Pipkin Building, Mid-south Fairgrounds off East Parkway

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

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