Who knew? Paul Tudor Jones II, the big-shot New York investor and native Memphian, collects waterfowl decoys. And his isn't just any collection: As befitting a man of his reach and means, his set of antique decoys is among the finest in the world. "The Art of Deception: Waterfowl Decoys from the Private Collection of Paul Tudor Jones II" will be at the Brooks Museum through October 29th. As chairman of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and director of the Everglades Foundation, Jones has made natural conservancy one of his prime endeavors. His decoys have never before been publicly displayed.
The exhibit runs in conjunction with the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, the entries for which are on display at the Memphis College of Art (MCA) through October 7th, when the winner will be announced. The contest is a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and it is one of the most successful natural-conservancy projects in American history. Since the program's inception in 1934, more than $700 million has been raised to secure more than 5.2 million acres of habitat. Duck stamps aren't used for postage but rather serve as a hunting license and for admission to National Wildlife Refuges where there is an entrance fee.
On Saturday, September 30th, there will be a free family day at MCA with duck-calling lessons, arts performances, kids' art activities, and an appearance by the city's celebrity fowl, the Peabody ducks.
In addition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the collaborative events are co-hosted by Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited in partnership with the Greater Memphis Arts Council.
"The Art of Deception" at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art through October 29th
Federal Duck Stamp exhibit Family Day at the Memphis College of Art, Saturday, September 30th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.