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Kandice Gunning | Mapping a Modern MS

Kandice Gunning has been a student for twenty-six years. Currently, she’s pursuing her Ph. D. in Hydrographic Science, mapping the Gulf’s oysters while living in Bay St. Louis. Her energy propels her studies, as well as her community involvement. Kandice is willing to step into any role that the city needs—dancer, photographer, and florist.

“The creativity [here] is endless; it just goes on and on… I think I’m a Mississippian, an honorary member. They haven’t given me the knighting yet, but I’m expecting that very soon.”-Kandice

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

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Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Alicen Wonderland and Julie Ragusa | Mapping a Modern MS

Alicen Wonderland and Julie Ragusa are the owners of The Mockingbird Café in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After Hurricane Katrina, they both recognized the need for a space where the community could come and heal from tragedy together.

“Mississippi’s home, and this place in particular is magic. And it’s the people that make it so.”-Alicen

“I think this place attracts like-minded people. The Mockingbird and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi attracts like-minded people who celebrate diversity and who really appreciate diversity.”-Julie

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

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Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 by ModernMS

Brian Wilemon | Mapping a Modern MS

Brian Wilemon recently started the Bay Ratz Marching Battery. After his son started percussion, Brian decided to start a drum line with a “punk rock aesthetic.” Children of all ages are a part of the Bay Ratz and liven up parades and events in Bay St. Louis, playing all types of percussion—traditional drums, hubcaps, cigar-box guitars, etc.

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

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Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2016 by ModernMS

Allison and John Anderson | Mapping a Modern MS

Allison and John Anderson own Unabridged Architecture in Bay St. Louis. They look to combine the modern with the historical and to be environmentally conscious.

“There’s a great community spirit here. There’s a great sense of resilience and the ability to recover from the kind of things that happen here, like hurricanes and oil spills. And that’s very inspirational.”-Allison

“Every great place that you go to that’s some sort of built urban environment is kind of a collage. A collage of different people or different thoughts, and all influenced by the climate. It’s a collage over time too, so we feel it’s very important that when we build something that people understand where that fits in kind of that big picture.”-John

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

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Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2016 by ModernMS

Grace and Christian Birch | Mapping a Modern MS

Grace and Christian Birch are based in both Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and New Orleans, Louisiana. They’re striving to integrate the best parts of how people have always lived into a modern world.

“When I tell people we live in Bay St. Louis there’s no scratching your head. They don’t’ ask why. People really love this town.”-Grace

“We have this beautiful old home that we’re sharing that’s been around since the 1880s. It’s just a gorgeous kind of—it lends itself to big center hall. It lends itself with a big garden around to just kind of living more slowly and taking time to enjoy it and be there in that moment.”-Christian

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

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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by ModernMS

Rebekah Wilke | Mapping a Modern MS

“For people who aren’t from Mississippi to understand is that we cast the net wide with people who we love and who we bring into our lives. And I feel that because of the negative press that Mississippi gets everyone thinks we’re very close-minded and we’re set in our ways. And I feel that is the least from the truth because we are the Hospitality state.”-Rebekah, Bay St. Louis

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

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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by ModernMS

Sarah Newton | Mapping a Modern MS

In 2009, Sarah Newton founded Live at Five in Hattiesburg while she was President of the Downtown Association.

“I think for the first time people saw this is cool, this is fun, this is what people do in other towns that we’re not doing. So it’s been a wonderful thing to be able to provide. I mean, all we did was get it together, get the sponsors together, and put it on. And it’s become such a staple in the community that it’s really our civic duty to make sure it sustains.”-Sarah

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

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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by ModernMS

Mississippians on Modern Art

On view through October 30 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection features artwork by more than 50 of the 20th century’s most influential artists. This presentation, the fifteenth in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, marks the first time this collection has traveled from its home at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, since collector Roy Neuberger donated it over 40 years ago.

Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010), one of the twentieth century’s foremost collectors, built a groundbreaking collection of American modern art, the full impact of which is only now being assessed. Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Neuberger acquired work by a remarkable selection of modern masters including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others. Neuberger said of himself, “I have not collected art as an investor would, I collect art because I love it.”

We asked a few fellow Mississippians what they took away from their experiences in the galleries.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by MMA

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