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Jessie Zener | Mapping a Modern MS

Jessie Zener is the co-owner of The Greenhouse on Porter, a local biscuits, coffee, and beer shop in Ocean Springs. Although the Greenhouse fell into their laps, Jessie and Kate, her co-owner, have created a space that is community oriented.

“We set out from the beginning to have an active role in the community, and not just be about biscuits, and not just be about us. But to have an active role in bringing people together and giving a place for people to springboard their ideas and start their businesses.”-Jessie

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

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Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 by ModernMS

Cliff Kirkland | Mapping a Modern MS

Chief of Civic Innovation and Development for the city of Biloxi Cliff Kirkland is working to provide better services at a lower cost to the citizens of the Gulf Coast. His most current project is establishing a fiber optic ring around the Gulf Coast to help provide wireless internet to households of all income levels. Focusing on the potential this will have on education, Cliff hopes that this wireless capability will enrich the lives of those on the Gulf Coast and is an investment in the future.

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

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Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by ModernMS

Vicki Applewhite | Mapping a Modern MS

Vicki Applewhite is the sole owner of Ocean Springs LIVE, a company that brings live music to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Although Ocean Springs already has a thriving music scene, Vicki recognizes the need of helping artists to promote their performances, as well as bringing in outside musicians. With both of these forces at work, Ocean Springs is well on its way to achieving Vicki’s goal—being the live music capitol of the state.

“You have the power to tell your story and get it out there. And it’s critical that you know how to do it, that you try to do it. So, if I thought there was one thing that everybody in Mississippi who had a story to tell could do, it would be tell their story digitally… And in Mississippi, we have compelling content. ”-Vicki

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

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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 by ModernMS

Suzanne Hirsch | Mapping a Modern MS

Suzanne Hirsch prides herself on the opportunities that the Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, Mississippi provides for 11th and 12th grade students across the state. As the Executive Director of MSA, Suzanne can directly see the impact a strong arts education has on the students, as well as the state of Mississippi. The school offers six areas of study: visual arts, theatre, vocal arts, dance, literary arts, and media arts.

“When you watch that, you know that their spirit, their citizenship is going to be what we need as taxpayers, as residents of our state, and I think that the future of Mississippi is going to be very bright because of these young people coming through. It makes me feel really confident in the future of what could be for our students because they’re leaving here very prepared and ready to go.”-Suzanne

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

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Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Cindy Ayers | Mapping a Modern MS

Foot Print Farms is the largest urban farm in the state of Mississippi, and its existence is indebted to Cindy Ayers, the founder of Foot Print Farms. They help train farmers throughout the state to work with communities and help address the issue of food deserts in Mississippi. Established in 2010, Foot Print Farms continues to impact the community with their work.

“We are very different, a unique type of farm. We do a lot of training of young farmers to teach them how to work with communities on how they can grow some of their own food, to help address food deserts here in our state, and especially in our city. So right now I’m excited to be a farmer here in the city of Jackson and to be able to make a difference. And I feel like we are making a difference in our community.”- Cindy

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

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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by ModernMS

Big City Art. Southern Hospitality

When modern art hit the American scene post-War, people didn’t know what to make of Jackson Pollock’s action drip paintings or Mark Rothko’s experiments with color. These pioneers shook the very foundations of academic modes of art making. Now, works by more than fifty of these iconic mid-20th century trailblazers are on view in Mississippi for the very first time. The Museum is the first stop on an unprecedented traveling tour; it’s the first time these works have left their home in Purchase, New York since 1969.

Even now, more than fifty years since the creation of most of the work on view in When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection (through October 30), modern art can feel intimidating. Luckily, there is a unique group of people here at the Mississippi Museum of Art who help to demystify these mythic and experimental artists and artworks.

This group of gallery attendants brush elbows (metaphorically, of course) with the Georgia O’Keeffe paintings and the Alexander Calder mobile and the Willem de Kooning portrait of Marilyn...

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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by MMA

Joe Stradinger | Mapping a Modern MS

Conversation shapes the way Joe Stradinger views the world around him, and in Mississippi, there is an emphasis on conversation through our oral traditions. As businessman, Joe wanted to build a conversation with businesses and their clients, but his vision differs through the desire to reach those who are not looking for a business, event, or institution actively. His company, Edge Theory, is the first conversation-based media business in the state.

“How do we go back to this great asset called conversation? So I think that pushing the grain here where we live in Mississippi. It’s a great way—as you said, lots of people have already said ‘Why not?’ Fred Carl said, ‘Why not?’—and so we said, ‘Why do you have go hire lots of people? And why do you have to go focus on people looking for you? Why don’t you go look for people who are not looking for you?’”-Joe

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

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by ModernMS

#WCW - Georgia O’Keeffe

This week’s #womancrushwednesday goes to the “mother of American modernism,” Georgia O’Keeffe. Take an in-person look at Old Maple Tree and Lake George by Early Moon Rise, two of her pieces at the Museum, on display now through Oct. 30 as part of the Modern Mississippi exhibition.

Born in 1887, O’Keeffe is known for her original impressionist images and is often called the “mother of American modernism”. The subjects of her most well-known paintings are comprised of large-scale flowers, animal skulls and landscapes. O’Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended the Art Students League in New York.

She worked as a commercial artist in Chicago for several years before moving onto public school teaching in the Texas Panhandle. From there, she attended Teachers College at Columbia University and served as a teaching assistant. She eventually earned the title of Art Department Head at Texas A&M.

O’Keeffe had a long-running relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who was 20 years older than she, and the two lived together for quite...

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by MMA

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