Opening: David Lusk Gallery

by - February 26, 2016

Please join us as David Lusk Gallery opens its new contemporary art facility at 97 Tillman Street in Memphis on Friday 26 February 2016. The opening celebration begins at 6pm that evening with a group of artworks that specifically showcase the building -- its history and future. The new DLG is located on Tillman between Walnut Grove Road and Poplar Avenue near the heart of mid-town Memphis.

After almost 20 years at a location in Laurelwood, DLG began renovation plans for the Tillman building in June of last year. Eight months later, after a complete gutting of all interior walls and services the new 97 Tillman is a glowing white edifice designed to showcase the Gallery’s nationally recognized contemporary art program.

Working with Nashville and Los Angeles-based architect Jared Bradley, 97 Tillman is now a contemporary white box inside and out. Soaring windows and doorways flood the interior spaces with natural light. The white-cube exhibitions spaces have a quiet and pristine formality. A small sculpture garden sets off the front of the building, while a large courtyard in the back is designed for sculptural installations and gathering. Three long-term DLG artists -- Greely Myatt, Carroll Todd, Tad Lauritzen Wright – created permanent, location-specific artworks for the building.

97 Tillman, built in 1966, originally housed the Oates Gallery, a dealer of modern European artworks. The building itself was a Palladian-styled red brick jewel box that set the standards for local art exhibitions. In the next decade Rena Dewey continued the Oates business while adding local artists to the roster, including Carroll Cloar. In the mid-1980s the building doubled in size for the Zaven Kisch Oriental Rugs business, and until recently it housed Thompson Engineering.

The initial DLG exhibition at 97 Tillman, OPENING, is a paean to the building. Included in the sparsely curated exhibition are works by, Burton Callicott, Ted Faiers, Carroll Cloar and Walter Anderson from the decade when 97 Tillman was built. Works by Maysey Craddock, Tim Crowder, Hans Schmidt-Matzen Veda Reed, and Dwayne Butcher are from the year of the 97 Tillman renovations. All the artists included are important leaders of contemporary art in our region, past and present.

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