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Chef’s Eye - Gather Up Y’all

By Nick Wallace, Executive Chef

In this installment of Chef’s Eye, I wanted to share an artwork with you that exemplifies the way I view food. As it starts to get warm outside, that means more outdoor events and more people coming together to enjoy the venues and street corners and spaces in the city (like the Food Truck Festival and Live at Lunch! and all the events in The Art Garden that are coming up here at the Museum). For me, this piece by Miriam Weems speaks to the power of food to fuel community activity. Painted in 2001 of a scene from Jackson’s Jubilee Jam, a popular event in past years, it showcases the role that food and fellowship play in almost every gathering and celebration.

I can tell - when I extrapolate this narrative of the painting in my mind - that this celebration started with food. Even though the music seems to be at the center, the food stalls and vendors on the periphery anchor the...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by MMA

#EngagedDesign - “The Dress”

By MMA Graphic Designer, Amanda Lucius

The Dress.

You know the one. The Dress we couldn’t escape a few weeks ago. The one that took over our Facebook feeds and morning news shows. The Dress that, through screen and optic variants, could change color depending on who looked at it. Or when they looked at it. Or on what screen they looked at it.

Personally, I was tired of hearing about The Dress when it took over my Twitter feed during the two-hour finale of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. I didn’t care about the world having a lesson in Color Theory 101. I wanted to know who killed the pregnant, sorority girl.

So I was really annoyed when we were still talking about The Dress into the next week. It was cultivated through our insta-everything lifestyle. Meme-culture strikes again. It’s an interesting social experiment that sends marketing professionals into a frenzy of cracking the “make it viral” code.

It grew the way most memes grow: shared, re-shared,...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 by MMA

Two Civil War Soldiers Lost in Time (stop motion)





​In conjunction with our current exhibition, Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection, the Museum is playing host to an unexpected duo. Two pint-sized Civil War soldiers, Reginald Longfellow and Wilbur Musketsmoke, played stowaway in the artwork shipping crates and are now spending their days exploring MMA. Follow their exploits on social media with the hashtag #reggieandwilbur, and catch up, below, on their journey so far.

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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 by MMA

“Museum May I ... touch the art?”

By MMA Registrar Caitlin Podas, and Graphic Designer Amanda Lucius

Sadly no. Unless an artist or exhibition explicitly states that you can touch the objects, please be respectful of the art’s personal boundaries. Help us keep the artwork in good condition for future generations to enjoy!

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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 by MMA

#MMAminimalist - “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

For the past few years, the Museum and Crossroads Film Society have partnered on an outdoor film series in The Art Garden, Screen on the Green. The series is back again this year, with new titles, and now, new posters, courtesy of Graphic Designer Amanda Lucius. The first movie of Spring is Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which will be shown on Thursday, March 19 in conjunction with Museum After Hours. We hope to see you there, and we hope you enjoy the first of our #MMAminimalist movie posters. Look for them around town, and after the date passes, snatch them up for your collection!

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Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 by MMA

Internship Discovery

By Raquel Araujo

My name is Raquel Araujo and I am an intern at the Mississippi Museum of Art for the 2015 spring semester. I’m a senior studio art major concentrating in photography and I attend Jackson State University. My goal is to attend a graduate program dealing with either museum studies or curatorial practices. Since I started interning at the museum in January I’ve had a lot of positive experiences and I’ve learned so much. So far I have had the opportunity to shadow school tours, help with displays and labels, learn about condition reports, and I’ve also had the opportunity to learn more about The Mississippi Story collection as well as artist Marie Hull.

Marie Hull, An American Citizen, 1936. Oil on Linen. 30 x 25.5 in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of Dr. Blair E. Batson, Jackson, MS. 2009.153

I am currently furthering my research on Marie Hull and her portraits. I am very interested in her choice of subject matter as well as the decision to add an aesthetic tension to her portraits....

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Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by MMA

C3 Spring Break Culmination!

It’s the final week of our 2015 C3 community art project, Looking Forward to Happiness! Join us during Spring Break for these following C3 events:

C3 Spring Break Workshops Tuesday, March 10 - 10 AM and 2 PM It’s the final week of our 2015 C3 community art project, Looking Forward to Happiness! Come to create during two C3 Model Making and collage workshops at 10 AM and 2 PM with artists from The HannaBerry Workshop. The C3 studio will be open during regular Museum hours for collage designing and assembling. Enjoy lunch at The Palette Café by Viking and watch the 2015 C3 installation unfold before your eyes on the BankPlus green in The Art Garden. For more information on this year’s C3 project, click here. Cost: Free to the public, lunch available for purchase

C3 Spring Break Workshops Wednesday, March 11 - 10 AM and 2 PM It’s the final week of our 2015 C3 community art project, Looking Forward to Happiness! Come to create during two C3 Model Making and collage workshops at 10 AM and 2...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MMA