Contemplating Character: Portrait Drawings & Oil Sketches from Jacques Louis David to Lucian Freud

April 22 – June 24, 2018

Dora Maar, French, Born Argentina, 1907 – 1997. Self Portrait Cut in Two by a Razor, ca. 1943. Black chalk. Private Collection.

This exhibition features works from two and a half centuries and includes over one hundred and fifty portraits resulting from the collaboration between the individual who contemplates (the artist), and the subject who exhibits character (the sitter). The featured works display a wide variety of expression ranging from beauty and dignity to wit and satire, profound sadness, and even the macabre. Contemplating Character attempts to broadly answer the question—what exactly constitutes a portrait? 

Made in Dixon

April 8 – 29, 2018

Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries

Made in Dixon returns this spring to fill the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries with the colorful, joy-filled works of art produced through the Dixon’s many educational programs. Led by a dedicated staff, the Dixon’s education programs reach thousands of people each year, including children in their first year of life, school groups, at-risk teenagers, adults of all ages and backgrounds, and seniors with memory care needs. These diverse programs produce remarkable works of art and help bring an appreciation for horticulture and fine art to the entire Mid-South.

Richard Lou: "IN LAK’ECH ALA K’IN," Tú eres mi otro yo, You are my other self

May 6 – July 15, 2018

Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries

With his exhibition "IN LAK’ECH ALA K’IN," Tú eres mi otro yo, You are my other self, Memphis artist, educator, and activist Richard Lou transforms the Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries into a work of art that centers around the idea that we as a human species respond best when we work together, create bridges, and seek common purpose. "IN LAK’ECH ALA K’IN,” Tú Eres Mi Otro Yo, You Are My Other Self is a Mayan concept about community that gives voice to humanity's interdependence. Lou's conceptual centerpiece is to explore this idea of mutuality rather than separateness. 

Coming Up
  • Sunday, Mar 25 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Annual Daffodil Show

    The Dixon and the Mid-South Daffodil Society host...

  • Sunday, Mar 25 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Tours at Two

    Meet in the Catmur Foyer for a docent led tour of...

  • Tuesday, Mar 27 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

    Mini Masters (ages 2-4)

    Join Mini Masters and introduce your little ones t...

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