March 7, 2013 Contact: Leslie Luebbers, Director, Art Museum University of Memphis,
Muted Belles: A Monument to Women of Memphis on Exhibit in AMUM's Caseworks
Art Museum at the University of Memphis (AMUM) is displaying artifacts and images
of the eight women featured on the outdoor sculpture Muted Belles through March 31
in Caseworks, an exhibition space in the lobby of the Communication & Fine Arts Building.
Gail Rothschild created the outdoor sculpture 20 years ago in collaboration with AMUM
and University of Memphis students and faculty. AMUM is revisiting the sculpture during
Women's History Month.
Muted Belles refers to Southern women who could not be considered belles, in the usual
sense because of their race, economic or social position, or politically incorrect
behavior and views. Wrapped around the classical columns are shapes that look like
a cross between bells and hoop skirts (bells and belles). Bells may ring to celebrate
or warn, but these bells are silent. Around the entablature are the names of notable
Memphis women who are insufficiently recognized for their contributions to local history:
Annie Cook, Myra Driefus, Julia Hooks, Alberta Hunter, Suzanne Scruggs, Ida B. Wells,
Juanita Williamson, Frances Wright.
You are invited to test your knowledge of these noted Memphis women through an on-line
game. Visit the Women's History Month displays in Caseworks (CCFA building lobby)
and McWherter Library Rotunda. All submissions must be received by March 31.
You have two options on how to go about taking the 16 question multiple choice Women's
History Month Quiz: The first option is to download the quiz in a word doc format
that will allow you to print out and return to the Museum or fill out on your computer
and email back to the Museum. The second option is to take the two part online quiz.
Your quiz is returned once you have answered the questions in all required fields,
and at that point you are finished and may look for notification the week following
the March 31 deadline.
Editable and printable Version of quiz HERE (FOLLOW RETURN INSTRUCTIONS FOUND ON QUIZ)
or take online now in two required parts (please note that both sections must be completed)
Women's History Month Quiz Part 1
Women's History Month Quiz Part 2