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Say Wyatt? The Artist Speaks Vol. 1

Wyatt Waters tells vignettes of his time painting in Italy. Here is the first in the ongoing series. An Italian Palate: Paintings by Wyatt Waters is on view at the Museum through January 12, 2014.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by MMA

Home Court

One of the Museum’s newest affiliates is the United States District Court in Oxford, Mississippi. David Crews, Clerk of Court for the Northern District, has helped spearhead an effort to bring art into the everyday lives of the hundreds who visit the courthouse. “Chief Judge Mills and I were visiting one day,” said Crews, “and I commented on how drab and barren our walls were. He agreed, and we jointly decided to see if we could lure some artwork into the courthouse.” The exhibition now on view (until December) and open to the public is Close to Home: Photographs by Eudora Welty. It consists of photographs from the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Courthouses are often places of immense anxiety. Those there for civil and criminal cases and their families aren’t usually that happy to be in those chairs. In a small way, the exhibitions of artwork outside the courtroom help to break down that dispiriting environment and provide a welcome distraction from the proceedings within the courtroom. “People are under some stress, so it’s nice for them to able...

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Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 by MMA

New Collectors Club Visit to The Wolfe Studio

Last night, the New Collectors Club visited the The Wolfe Studio in Jackson to see how the business of art is being carried forth as the years continue to roll on. Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe currently runs the studio started by her parents, Karl and Mildred Wolfe, over sixty years ago. About a dozen part or full time area artists help run The Wolfe studio, hand making Wolfe’s signature and individually unique ceramics.

Many thanks to The Wolfe Studio for opening their doors. For more information on how to be a part of the New Collectors Club and take advantage of these studio visits, click here.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by MMA

Musician David Moore at MMA (VIDEO)

Rosedale musician David Moore at the Museum’s monthly Unburied Treasures program.

The full program featured artwork a pre-Columbian ceramic piece from the Museum’s Collection (gift of Sam Olden), accompanied by the featured book, Mirrors of Clay: Reflections of Ancient Andean Life in Ceramics from the Sam Olden Collection by Yumi Park with introduction by Sam Olden and with photography by Eric Huntington (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). Yumi Park Huntington, Ph.D. discussed her interdisciplinary study of pre-Columbian ceramics and David Moore, guest musician, explained and demonstrated the musical instruments he creates and shared an original composition relative to the historical input from pre-Columbian musical cultures. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council. Cost: Free to the public

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Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by MMA

Musician David Moore - Unburied Treasures

By Julian Rankin, Director of New Media

This Wednesday​‘s Unburied Treasures program features a Pre-Columbian ceramic piece from the Museum’s collection. As part of the program, Rosedale musician David Moore will demonstrate his own indigenous Mississippi music, with roots in the same traditions that characterize the Pre-Columbian music of so long ago. Like the Pre-Columbian ceramics themselves, Moore’s hand crafted instruments are works of functional art, and his percussive and improvisational style hearkens back to musical pathways of many native cultures.

I first met Moore in college when traveling through the Delta. His artwork, original music, and instrumentation are uniquely Mississippi-made, with a recognition of the shared influences from peoples and pathways around the globe. It will be a perfect compliment to the lecture portion of the program, which also promises to celebrate the cultural exchange that embodies Southern art. We look forward to seeing you there!

Unburied Treasures Wednesday, October 16, 20136:00 pm to 7:30 pm Mississippi Museum of Art, Trustmark Grand Hall 5:30 PM cash bar; 6 PM program “Unburied Treasures:...

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Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 by MMA

VSA Artists Commune with the Old Masters

We loved having the VSA artists come to visit earlier this week. They are wonderful neighbors and a vital part of our neighborhood and the Jackson arts community. -Julian Rankin, Director of New Media, Mississippi Museum of Art The below is an excerpt from: News for the VSA Community Art Group, Parents, and Care Givers September 4, 2013 Yesterday, the Mississippi Museum of Art treated the Community Art Group to a tour of its blockbuster summer show, Old Masters to Monet, which included French paintings representing three centuries. I think I can speak for all of us fortunate enough to attend when I say it was thrilling to see some of the best artwork in the world. I was proud not only of your conduct, but your interest in and appreciation of this collection of work. Your comments and questions to our tour guide were thoughtful and insightful. Now I don’t have to worry about how you would act if I fly us all to Paris to tour the Louvre. Or maybe we’ll just go to Belzoni and go through the...

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Posted on Thursday, September 5, 2013 by MMA

George Mitchell Reflects on Rosa Lee

By George Mitchell, Photographer and Guest Blogger

The person my wife, Cathy, and I spent the most time with during our time in the Hill Country was probably Rosa Lee Hill. That is partly because her niece, Jessie Mae Hemphill, lived just over the hill from her, and I decided to interview two who had played with Sid Hemphill—the grandfather, say, of the Mississippi Hill Country Blues. Then they took me to see a third, Ada Mae Anderson, whom I also decided to interview. As a matter of fact, this photo of Rosa Lee and me, was shot by Cathy, if I remember correctly, just after we had eaten a meal cooked by Jessie Mae, and just before they took me to see Ada Mae. So we spent a lot of time with the three Hemphill women, especially with Rosa Lee, since she was the first one I interviewed, and she was with us when I interviewed the others. I also made recordings of Rosa Lee at Jessie Mae’s because Rosa Lee’s house had no electricity.

I dedicated...

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Posted on Monday, August 5, 2013 by MMA

Causey Cato: Inviting Discovery

Causey Cato of Starkville is one of thirteen artists in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational.

What does being the youngest artist in the 2011 Mississippi Invitational mean to you? What do you think it says about the direction of contemporary Mississippi art and artists?

It is challenging to be a young person who is interested in pursuing art in the career sense. However, Mr. Sirmans and everyone involved with the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Invitational made me feel that I, as a young person, mattered. I believe they wanted young unknown people represented as a way of saying Mississippi is proud of and supports her contemporary art and artists.

You said in the exhibition catalogue that you “discovered several things about myself” while creating the sculpture in the Invitational. How does this practice of discovery factor in to your art-making?

Discovery is one of the things I value the most about...

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Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by MMA

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