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Mannequin Challenge Holiday Edition

Museum staff came together to help install the final pieces of our annual Bethlehem Tree exhibition. The 18th century Italian figures did such a good job posing that we had to join them!

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Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016 by MMA

Experiencing the Mississippi Delta through art

The Mississippi Delta is known for fertile soil, wide-open fields, summer heat and bountiful harvests of beans, corn, sweet potatoes and cotton. Maybe no other region in America holds the historical, creative, musical, culinary, and cultural value as does the Mississippi Delta – and that value comes through loud and clear in works created by Delta artists.

As we journey through The Mississippi Story, the free exhibition of work from the Mississippi Museum of Art’s permanent collection, you’ll find photos, renderings, sketches and oil paintings reminiscent of the Delta’s heart and soul.

One of the collection’s most well-known pieces, Still Life: A Season of the Moment, by Glennray Tutor, depicts a photorealistic version of mason jars stocked full of items like pickles, beans, peas and other southern staples. Some of Tutor’s earliest photorealistic paintings also include mason jars. In a 2012 interview with the Jackson Free Press, Tutor said of the jars - “It gave me a subject. I didn’t know I could paint something like that—with all the glass reflections and...

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Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016 by MMA

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New Collectors Club - “Mid-Century Masterpieces: American Watercolors from the Collection”

The MMA New Collectors Club began in 2005 for Museum members who love art and want to learn to care for it. It is also for those who want to meet artists, see their studios and get sneak peaks at new work. The club also serves as a way to support new collectors by stimulating interest in contemporary art and involving both new and experienced collectors in the Museum. Today, club members continue to meet monthly at artists’ studios, collectors’ homes, or at the Museum for guided tours.

In the April meeting, members participated in a group tour of Mid-Century Masterpieces: American Watercolors from the Collection, 1920-1970 led by Chief Curator Roger Ward. Members experienced thirteen beautiful watercolor paintings rarely seen outside of the Museum’s vault, but are currently on display in The William B. and Isabel McCarty Foundation Gallery.

“The distinguished watercolors range in date from about the third quarter of the 19th century up to the present day,” commented Ward. He highlighted works from the first half of the 20th century, during the careers of Hull and...

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Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Sam Gilliam

Abstract Color Field painter, Sam Gilliam, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1933, growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he received an MA in painting at the University of Louisville in 1961. In 1980, he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the University of Louisville and another in 1990 from Northwestern University. The use of geometry, vibrant colors and texture, plus the expressive manipulation of paint, is a common theme he uses in much of his work.

Sam Gilliam, Birds Not Flying, 2005. acrylic on birch with piano hinges. 53.25 x 48.50 x 2.5 inches.

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Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Alan Flattmann

Credit Line: Alan Flattmann, Morning Light, 1973, oil on canvas, 37 x 51. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey B. Heidelberg, Jr.

Alan Flattmann is a Regionalist painter. His work, acclaimed for its execution and strong design, has been nationally recognized as a sensitive and important portrayal of the South. He has established a reputation as an exceptional artist with such prestigious awards as the international Elizabeth T. Greenshields Memorial Grant, and has had numerous exhibitions in national and international showings.

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Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Bill Ferris

William Ferris (born 1942), Touch, 1968. gelatin silver print. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art

The couple Photographed is Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Mabam from Batesville, Mississippi in 1968. Find this and many more depictions of Mississippi life in The Mississippi Story exhibition.

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Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Jack Kotz

This is one of MMA’s five Jack Kotz Cibachrome prints taken throughout Mississippi during the late 1980’s. They are part of the Museum’s Southern photography collection and a 1998 gift from the Mississippi artist William Dunlap.

Credit Line: Jack Kotz (born 1961), Kelly on the Porch, Webster County, Mississippi, 1989, chromogenic color print.

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Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by MMA

Mississippi Story Mondays - Randy Hayes

Randy Hayes was born and raised near Clinton, Mississippi and this Southern heritage has had a strong influence on his works. Hayes uses realistic, figurative imagery to ensure that his works are accessible to a broad public. This drawing—with its strong, pastel colors set against a black background is typical of Hayes’ approach. Eudora Welty and William Eggleston are both Southerners whose photographs are also included in this exhibition.

Exhibited: Mississippi Museum of Art, Grand Traditions: Permanent Collection in Context, August 17- October 27, 1996

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Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 by MMA

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