2020 Memphis Flower Show: A Bird’s-Eye View of Memphis

April 3 – 5, 2020
Organized by the Memphis Garden Club, member Garden Club of America

Presented biennially by the Memphis Garden Club, the Memphis Flower Show is one of only eight major flower shows sanctioned by the Garden Club of America.  Flower shows combine artistic vision, horticultural mastery, engineering, and sophisticated craftsmanship to create a brief but brilliant display of beauty.  The 2020 Memphis Flower Show, A Bird’s-Eye View of Memphis, features five divisions of exhibits inspired by Memphis 2020.

The Floral Design division requires participants to interpret works of art (or groups of works of art) into avant-garde floral arrangements. The Horticultural Design division includes horticulture and natural compositions classed into categories of cut flowers, cut branches and foliage, and container-grown plants.  The Botanical Arts division calls participants to embellish an acrylic purse or pair of reading glasses inspired by works in Memphis 2020.  The Conservation Exhibit is devoted to plants indigenous to the Memphis area and educating the public as to our responsibility to protect the native flora. Garden Club of America judges assembled from across the country will judge each division.  The Dixon is grateful to Tay Chafin, Nancy Miller, and Adele Wellford, co-chairs of the 2020 Memphis Flower Show, and Jenne Williams, president of the Memphis Garden Club, for this exciting and beautiful collaboration.


Memphis 2020 

April 12 – July 5, 2020
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

Opening Lecture: Sunday, April 19, 2:00pm
Julie Pierotti, Martha R. Robinson Curator, Dixon Gallery and Gardens

Memphis has long been a national center for innovative cultural production.  That tradition continues today, with visual artists working in a variety of genres and media across our city.  Organized in conjunction with the 2020 Memphis Flower Show, Memphis 2020 celebrates the vibrancy and originality of artists working in Memphis in this third decade of the twenty-first century through more than fifty colorful paintings, prints, sculptures, examples of fiber art, and a special installation work, all by artists who have chosen to call Memphis home and invest in the local arts community. 

The work on view in Memphis 2020 emphasizes color, texture, and scale, but also ingenuity and a sense of place and community responsibility, and offers an exciting look at what’s to come in Memphis in the 2020s.  Come see new work by some of your favorite artists, and discover emerging artists already making their impact on the Bluff City. 

Juan Rojo, Ladybug, 2018; Acrylic on polite mounted on board; Courtesy of Jay Etkin Gallery 


Honoré Daumier and the Invention of French Fashion

April 12 – July 5, 2020
Presented by The Joe Orgill Family Fund for Exhibitions
Organized by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens 

Largely drawn from the Dixon’s own permanent collection, Honoré Daumier and the Invention of French Fashion examines representations of the ever-changing world of French style from the 1840s until the end of the 1870s.  In his almost daily cartoons for Parisian newspapers, Daumier trained his pencil again and again on various trends in men’s and particularly women’s fashions.  From the frock coat and top hat of the male flâneur to the crinoline petticoats favored by the elegant Parisienne, the luxury and impracticality of mid-nineteenth century French fashion were frequently targeted Daumier and his acerbic eye.

In addition to the Daumier lithographs from the popular press, Honoré Daumier and the Invention of French Fashion also features works by Henri Gervex, Jean-Louis Forain, Alfred Stevens, and other artists that speak to fashion trends of the mid-nineteenth century. A highlight of the exhibition will be examples of men’s and women’s costumes from the nineteenth century that will add context and clarity to Daumier’s comedic visual commentary.  Honoré Daumier and the Invention of French Fashion will be accompanied by an intimate catalogue that traces the perception of nineteenth-century French fashion through the work of Daumier and others.

Sponsored by the Fashion Council at the Dixon | Nell R. Levy | Nancy and Steve Morrow | Trish and Carl Ring | Barbara and Lewis Williamson | Gwen and Penn Owen

Afternoon Dress, ca. 1855-1865; Silk taffeta, silk thread; Collection of the Mint Museum, Museum Purchase: Exchange funds from the gift of Mrs. Ashlyn L. Cannon, 2005.36.2a-c


Brittney Boyd Bullock: Signs & Wonders 

April 12, 2020 – June 28, 2020 
Mallory/Wurtzburger Galleries

Native Memphian Brittney Boyd Bullock is a visual artist, textile designer, and leather smith. Her work is informed by her interest in social change and community engagement. In addition to her own artistic practice, Bullock is interested in finding creative and artistic solutions to social problems in underserved communities.

Inspired by a glossary of visual text gleaned from contemporary and historic print culture, Signs & Wonders represents Bullock’s latest explorations of mixed media. The exhibition includes photo collage, block-printing, and stamping, as well as large-scale works that incorporate facets of assemblage and textile design. Through two and three-dimensional examples, Bullock explores the tension between searching and finding, lightness and darkness. Contemplative and personal, her process-driven work interrogates what it means to be in full pursuit of a dream. 

Brittney Boyd Bullock, In Full Pursuit, 2020; Mixed media; Courtesy of the Artist.

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