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IRIS Film & Tour

  • Brooks Museum 1934 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN, 38104 United States (map)


Memphis Premiere

12:45PM Brunch with Andrea Fenise, Lifestyle Designer

1:15PM Tour begins at with Dr. Stanton Thomas, Curator of European and Decorative Art

2:00PM- IRIS Film

Young Arts Patrons attends the documentary IRIS as a part of the Brooks Films series at the Brooks Museum.  Begin your Sunday afternoon with Brunch and/or Mimosas with Designer Andrea Fenise in the Brushmark Restaurant in the Brooks Museum. Then join YAP members as we go on a private tour of the Brooks Museum  with Dr. Stanton Thomas, curator of European and decorative art, prior to the film's screening.

About IRIS

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”


Director: Albert Maysles
Producer: Laura Coxson, Rebekah Maysles, Jennifer Ash Rudick

Cinematographer: Albert Maysles, Nelson Walker III, Sean Price Williams
Editor: Paul Lovelace

Cast: Iris Apfel, Carl Apfel, Bruce Weber, Billy Apfel, Alexis Bittar, Mickey Boardman, Linda Fargo, Tavi Gevinson, David Hoey

 About the Brooks Films

The Brooks screens award-winning foreign, documentary, cult, independent and classic films, and presents film series, conversations, and exclusive world class cultural programming throughout the year in the museum's Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium.

About Dr. Stanton Thomas

tanton Thomas received his Ph. D. in the subject of Flemish Art from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Oho. As part of his program of study, he spent two years in Leuven, Belgium under the auspices of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap and the Belgian American Education Foundation. He also holds an M.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a B.S. from Truman University. In addition, Dr. Thomas completed the Attingham Summer School Program in 2007. 

After his graduation in 1998, Dr. Thomas was a visiting professor at Case Western for two years. He then held the post of Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Currently Dr. Thomas is the Curator of European Paintings and Decorative Arts at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee.

About Andrea Fenise

A professional stylist since 2005, Andrea has slowly been building her brand, meticulously planning each move and appearing on nationally syndicated shows like Good Morning Memphis as a style correspondent on BET's 106 & Park. Owner of Style Junkie , a pop up boutique that offers stylish women’s accessories at affordable prices, Andrea has used this endeavor as a springboard for her other business ventures: personal image development & lifestyle coaching and workshops, creative consultant to artists and media publications, and recently she began hosting style parties. 

Hard working, dedicated, and humble, Andrea is well on her way to becoming a major player in the fashion industry. Her philosophy is that when you look good, you feel good, and she’s helping women get there, one closet at a time.