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#DunlapDetails Vol. 4

If you’ve visited the Museum, you’re probably familiar with William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape that greets visitors from its home in Trustmark Grand Hall. It’s one of our ongoing and free public exhibitions. Because of the sheer size, some of the painting’s details aren’t readily apparent from a distance. Here’s another in our series called #DunlapDetails, where we take closer looks at the many small paintings within the whole. Next time you visit, find and share your favorite corner.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage: Sam Gilliam

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

I have no shame in telling you that I get distracted very easily. Especially when I have to work in the Vault. If I’m trying to find a storage location for a new acquisition I inevitably get distracted by every other artwork that already exists in that space. It’s a constant internal dialogue of, ‘Ooh I didn’t know we had this artist! I wonder what else we have by them. I must find out this very minute and then find each piece.’ I was recently comforted to find out that I am not the only person this happens to.

Last week I was in the Vault with Beth Batton and Roger Ward, two of our curators, looking at artworks for an exhibition scheduled for next year. As we perused the racks Roger noticed a piece that I had previously overlooked. Before we knew it all three of us were thrown off track and fully absorbed with the artwork (which had nothing to do with the upcoming exhibition).

The artwork that we were looking at...

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Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage: The O’Keeffe Comes Home

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

Artifact loans are one of my favorite things about working in museums. Lending artifacts, or in our case artworks, to other institutions allows people from all over the world to view pieces that they may never have been able to see otherwise. A couple weeks ago, the Museum’s Georgia O’Keefe painting returned to the Museum vault after travelling on loan for about a year. The Old Maple, Lake George was a part of an exhibition organized by the Hyde Collection of Glens Falls, NY entitled Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George. The painting began its journey in May 2013 in Glens Falls, NY where it was on display with fifty-seven other paintings by O’Keefe.

From New York, our painting went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and finished out the exhibition tour in San Francisco, California. I got to go to San Francisco to oversee the de-installation of our painting at the deYoung Museum, which...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by MMA

New to #TheMississippiStory - Lyle Peterzell

Another of the recent additions to The Mississippi Story is this post-Katrina photograph by the late artist Lyle Peterzell. Come see it for yourself along with other new art in this exhibition of work from our permanent collection. The Mississippi Story is free and open to the public.

Image credit line:

Lyle Peterzell (1957-2012), After Katrina no. 18, 2005. inkjet print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Gift of the artist. 2010.036.

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Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 by MMA

#DunlapDetails Vol. 3

If you’ve visited the Museum, you’re probably familiar with William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape that greets visitors from its home in Trustmark Grand Hall. It’s one of our ongoing and free public exhibitions. Because of the sheer size, some of the painting’s details aren’t readily apparent from a distance. Here’s another in our series called #DunlapDetails, where we take closer looks at the many small paintings within the whole. Next time you visit, find and share your favorite corner!

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Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by MMA

The Mississippi Story - Evert Witte

New to the walls of The Mississippi Story is a painting by artist Evert Witte. Witte received the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship as part of the 2011 Mississippi Invitational exhibition. This artwork, Tribute Dinner, was created in 2013 and directly influenced by the artist’s travels abroad made possible by the Hiatt Fellowship.

“In 2011 I received a travel and research fellowship from the Jane Crater Hiatt Foundation through the Mississippi Museum of Art,” Witte said. “By April of 2012 I found myself crossing the Tiber on a daily basis to study Rome’s abundance of Renaissance art. I did this not as an art historian but as a time traveling apprentice, re-evaluating contemporary painting in its western birthplace… To be able to see the art and architecture up close and in context was a revelation and changed my relationship to the art.

“In my work I am exploring interconnectedness and the process of painting. By simplifying mark making, color choice and construction, and emphasizing and making visible the human hand, I am trying to touch on the physical and...

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Posted on Friday, May 23, 2014 by MMA

New Art in The Mississippi Story

From time to time, artworks from the Museum’s collection are rotated in and out of The Mississippi Story exhibition. New artworks routinely come on view, freshening up the walls and adding nuance to the exhibition’s artistic narrative. Recently, one such piece was brought out of the storage vault and is now on view to the public.

Harry Calvin Ward’s Krewe of Chicoupoula combines acrylic and collage inspired by the artist’s time living in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. These images are “drawn from memories of my formative years in Bay St. Louis,” says the artist. “These fictionalized remembrances are personal icons that evoke a sense of the time, place, and culture that have shaped my perspective.”

Contained in the piece is a small photograph of 1930s Mardi Gras from the artist’s personal photo album. The name, Chicoupoula, is derived from the Indian settlement that later became the town of Bay St. Louis after being settled by the French in 1699. The Krewe of Chicoupoula...

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Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014 by MMA

Museum hosts Reunion of the families of artist and donor of the Four Freedoms

Last month, descendants of Mildred Nungester Wolfe, artist of the Four Freedoms, and Arlean and Benjamin McClellan Stevens, Sr., the couple who commissioned the piece, gathered together to see the installation at the Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum) for the first time. The Four Freedoms, now on view in the public corridor at the Museum, is a four paneled mural inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech.

Those in attendance represented three generations of the two families; some traveled from as far away as Dallas, Texas. It turned into a reunion of sorts, at the core of which was the impressive mural, now part of the Museum’s permanent collection thanks to the generous gift of Daisy McLaurin Stevens Thoms, Benjamin McClellan Stevens, Jr., Henry Nicholson Stevens, and William Forrest Stevens, the children of Arlean and Benjamin McClellan Steven Sr. The children and grandchildren of the donors joined the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Mildred Nungester Wolfe (1912-2009), including Mike Wolfe, of North Carolina, and Elizabeth “Bebe” Wolfe, who carries on their mother and father’s art-making tradition...

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Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by MMA

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