A Letter from the director's desk
Dear Supporters and Visitors,
Thanks to all of you who have frequented the exhibitions held at Masonic Contemporary from 2012 to the present. Your attendance is the uttmost reward of the time and energy dedicated to each art show ranging from group survey exhibitions to solo exhibitions.
As you may have noticed, we have been restoring the building's exterior structure with new brick work and a new roof. We now are begining on the interior, which will make for a grand unveiling when reopen to the public with our next exhibition lineup. Art specific improvments include permanent hanging hardware, enhanced daylight balanced LED lighting, and new exhibition space.
In addition, to housing an extensive collection of masonic artifacts curated by Gerald Leek, we home to the official Richard Knowles Estate Collection. As founding director, my dedication remains in administering the Knowles archive and curating contemporary exhibitions.
We look forward to greeting you at our grand reopening in 2018!
All the best,
Founding Director of Visual Arts
We are undergoing renovations and will resume our programming when we reopen late spring / fall of 2018.
Special Artist Spotlight to help raise funds for the Memphis Scottish Rite Foundation on FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017, 8:00 PM.
Come celebrate the new phase of rennovations at Memphis Scottish Rite with a Masonic Contemporary Art Exhibit and musical one night event. Featured spotlight visual artist is Jan Hankins. Art Event free with special painting below on view and listed for 2000.00 including delivery and install in the Memphis area. All of this is for a great cause, so come out and support the arts! Masonic Contemporary contact 901.229.1041 / email event organizer here
Jan Hankins, Urban Pioneers, Oil on vinyl, 1995
The art event is free and open to the public and the music event details are below:
1951 Cowden Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
BLUESHIFT ENSEMBLE CONCERT WITH DAVE SHOUSE AT THE MEMPHIS SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE. FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2017, 8:00 PM.
Featuring the world premier of David Shotsberger’s piece rāg >> kwit for electric guitar and string quartet, recent solo and chamber works for amplified instruments, and cross-genre collaboration between Blueshift Ensemble and experimental sound artist Dave Shouse.
Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary chamber group formed in 2016 based in Memphis and led by flutist Jenny Davis and cellist/composer Jonathan Kirkscey, is presenting their fifth large scale performance at the historic Memphis Scottish Rite Temple on Friday, June 2nd at 8:00 pm. The ensemble will collaborate with experimental sound artist Dave Shouse, and perform other chamber works by Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, Sarah Kirkland Snider, David T. Little, Thea Musgrave, and a world premier of Memphis composer David Shotsberger’s piece for electric guitar and string quartet. The program features a combination of electronic and acoustic sounds, as well as sound/light modification via Dave Shouse.
About Blueshift Ensemble: Blueshift is a Memphis based contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to bringing artists and audiences together through artistic collaboration. By programming both new and existing classical repertoire alongside multi-genre collaborations, Blueshift aims to connect a wider audience to today’s classical music. The ensemble draws upon Memphis’s uniquely diverse musical heritage by combining classical music with popular music genres such as rock, blues, and soul and featuring local musicians, dancers, visual artists, and composers.
Jenny Davis, Blueshift Ensemble Director 901-268-3521 email@example.com
Masonic Contemporary and the entire Memphis Scottish Rite building is undergoing extensive cosmetic and structural renovations, which include a new roof and interior refinishing of select walls and ceilings.
We look forward to unveiling our new 2016-2017 exhibition lineup of featured artists to launch in the fall of 2016!
Thank you for your ongoing interest,
(above) Highlight from James Bockelman's artist talk held at Masonic Contemporary 02/06/2016
For Immediate Release - Circuitous Succession Gallery Presents: James Bockelman - represented artist lecture Location: Masonic Contemporary at Memphis Scottish Rite 825 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 Date/Time: Saturday, February 6th, 1pm-2pm This lecture is free and open to the public. Image Caption: Disturbance, 2016. Oil on paper, 22" X 22" The work of James Bockelman has been represented by Lo River Arts in Beacon, New York and the Karolyn Sherwood Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to exhibiting in numerous group shows throughout the Mid West region, Bockelman’s art was featured in one person exhibitions at the Sheldon Memorial Museum of Art in Lincoln, the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, and the Kunstoffice in Berlin, Germany. Bockelman earned the Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1997, and currently is a professor of art at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where he teaches painting and new media. Titled, These Referents Register, Bockelman's talk will highlight his most recent series of abstract paintings on paper. #masoniccontemporary #jamesbockelman #painting #memphis #circuitoussuccessiongallery #lecture #gallerytalk #artisttalk #talk #abstract #contemporaryart #art #postmodern @masoniccontemporary