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Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

On this week's Culture Desk, Brooks Museum curator Marina Pacini offers the inside story on a colorful artwork called "The Family" that still raises eyebrows -- a Pop Art Nativity by the famed sculptor Marisol. The box-like figures, complete with neon halos, have been a conversation-generating part of the permanent collection since 1969.


Hog and Hominy

Today is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!


The Replacements may not have risen to such heights as Wilco, R.E.M., Nirvana or any of the numerous alt-rock bands they influenced, but their music remains a critical favorite in the 1980s' canon. Bob Mehr, music writer at the Commercial Appeal recently penned the band's authoritative biography. Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements lays out in gritty detail the band's most legendary episodes, including getting banned from Saturday Night Live and making a career-highlight album at Memphis' Ardent Studios with producer Jim Dickinson. 


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

On this week’s Culture Desk, Brooks Museum curator Stanton Thomas asks: Was she worth it?

It’s the question that, in retrospect, seems to justify a $25,000 purchase of art work made by the City of Memphis under Mayor Walter Chandler in 1943. At the time, a huge civic debate erupted over the use of public money on fine art. The purchase from a St. Louis art collector included 38 paintings total; among them were works by Winslow Homer, George Inness and the oil on wood panel pictured here by Renaissance master Sofonisba Anguissola.


Leanne McConnell

A wedding photo on Facebook leads to the suspension of two Tennessee Freemasons, sparking debate within one of the country’s oldest secret societies.


Hydration in the Winter months

Feb 24, 2016
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Did you know that our bodies are mostly made up of water?


Jennifer Chandler

National Chili Day is this coming Saturday – February 27!


Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

This week's Culture Desk explores a 1958 photograph from the Brooks Museum's permanent collection.

Taken by renowned Memphis photojournalist Ernest Withers, it captures just one of the many small but collectively important moments in the struggle for civil rights. Museum curator Marina Pacini reveals the photo's history, but also its surprising provenance.


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Vice President Joe Biden visited Memphis today, commemorating the 7th Anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. His whistle stop at Memphis’ Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Rail Project highlighted a $105 million federal grant designed to create jobs and reduce pollution and highway congestion by increasing railroad volume.


The Meaning of Work

Feb 17, 2016

Why do we work?


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