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#IceBucketChallenge sweeps across MMA staff

Last week, the viral craze infiltrated Museum grounds when Chef Nick Wallace was called out to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign by local restaurateur Jeff Good. He, in turn, nominated MMA Director Betsy Bradley and Director of Media and Public Relations Julian Rankin, who called out Operations Manager Mindy Kunz and Chief Preparator L.C. Tucker. Here is every drop of that sequence.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by MMA

Photographer Milly West in the Mississippi Invitational

Opening November 1, 2014 is the 2014 Mississippi Invitational exhibition, curated by North Carolina-based guest curator Carla Hanzal. The exhibition showcases contemporary artwork from fifteen Mississippians scattered around various regions of the state. Their artwork will hang together in The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions here at the Museum.

Milly West, photographer from Oxford, is one of the fifteen and was recently featured in an article by M. Scott Morris in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Click here to read more about her work and her process.

Find sample work from the other included artists on the exhibition web page here. Admission to the 2014 Mississippi Invitational is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students (includes admission to Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.). FREE children 5 and under, FREE Museum members.

Artwork credit line: Milly M. West, Ignacio at the Table, 2012. digital image, ink-jet print on archival paper.

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Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by MMA

On-site Food Sourcing

As part of initiatives led by Executive Chef Nick Wallace, the Museum is currently in the process of planting herb and produce gardens both in The Art Garden itself and in dormant earth in back of the building. Once they are completed and thriving, these gardens will help supply ingredients for menu items prepared at The Palette Cafe by Viking and also serve as venues for educational programs about sustainability and food access. By utilizing these spaces in the spirit of urban cultivation, the Museum’s chef and kitchen staff hope to advocate for local food and help make the culinary process a source of empowerment for other communities who may themselves have a plot of fertile dirt just waiting to be activated.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage: Edd Lambdin Folk Art

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

Most of the Museum’s collection of folk art is stored in one cabinet, which is both entertaining and terrifying. Every time I open that cabinet I notice something else staring back at me, because most of the art has eyes. One day it’s a gigantic wooden badger, another day it’s an anthropomorphic elephant or a severed cow’s head, and the next it’s a contemporary earthenware face jug. Today it was a monkey riding a two headed horse. The monkey and his steed caught my eye mostly because they are both such bright colors, but also because they look so animated. It seems like they jumped out of a children’s fairytale and right into our vault.

The artist, Edd Lambdin, is a native Kentuckian and started making objects around 1980 both for his own amusement and for his nieces and nephews. Lambdin makes his sculptures out of pieces of wood he finds when he explores the forest, but some elements are...

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Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by MMA