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Kristen Ley | Thimblepress - Mapping a Modern MS

​Kristen Ley, Jackson, Mississippi artist and owner and founder of Thimblepress. This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, April 18, 2016 by MMA

Justin Geurin | Mapping a Modern MS

Justin Geurin moved to Water Valley to teach at the local high school. He served as assistant principal and, briefly, principal at the local high school. Now, after losing his post at the high school for reasons beyond his control, Justin and his family have turned their focus toward building a home within a supportive and vibrant community. Justin still maintains high hopes and commitment to his students. “They can fire me as principal all they want,” he said, “but these are still my kids.”

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, April 16, 2016 by MMA

Deborah Bailey | Mapping a Modern MS

Grenada, Mississippi’s historic downtown square is undergoing an exciting evolution. If you ask Deborah Bailey - New York transplant turned Southern real estate developer - she’ll resist the urge to tell you it’s about bringing the place back to it’s former glory. Instead, it’s a plan to diversify the downtown not with traditional retail but by leveraging cultural, creative, a community-focused businesses and venues. One of the anchors of this vision is First and Green, a combination residence, venue, and gathering space.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016 by MMA

Becoming Rothko - John Maxwell

Mississippi actor John Maxwell reflects on playing the role of modern artist Mark Rothko during New Stage Theatre’s presentation of RED.

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Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by MMA

Chane | Mapping a Modern MS

​Ron Chane Jackson, Mississippi Part of the Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by MMA

Vault Vantage - Degas and Cassatt OR Impressionist Besties

This story is part of our Vault Vantage series, which takes you inside the Museum Vault for a look at works not currently on view.

By Caitlin Podas, Museum Registrar

Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917) Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, 1879-1880 etching (cancelled plate) 13 x 10in. (unframed) Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Museum Purchase. 1966.005

At first glance, this black and white etching doesn’t look like much. Admittedly, when I saw it laying in a drawer in the Vault I couldn’t really tell what it was at first because of the dark color and narrow view point. As I looked closer I detected the silhouette of a lady with an umbrella and her friend sitting on a bench, and perhaps there was art on the wall? Could they be visiting a museum?

Indeed, they were. And the figure was not just a visitor turned model, it was famed impressionist Edgar Degas’ fellow artist and friend Mary Cassatt. Cassatt apparently had posed for Degas “once in a...

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by MMA

Modern Media Invite

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Julian Rankin jrankin@msmuseumart.org | 919-630-0707 DIGITAL PRESS KIT

MEDIA INVITE

Mississippi Museum of Art hosts blockbuster exhibition of 20th century modern masters

Works by more than fifty artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Jackson Pollock

WHAT

Exclusive Press Preview for When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection, the fifteenth presentation of The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series. With works by 52 of the 20th century’s most influential artists, the exhibition illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the century while also exploring Roy R. Neuberger’s significant role as a collector of and an advocate for the contemporary art of his time. On view at the Museum in Jackson from April 9 – October 30, 2016, this presentation marks the first time this collection has traveled from its home at the Neuberger...

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Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by MMA

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