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In this installment, we highlight artist Dusti Bongé, who was born in Biloxi in 1903. Sometimes called “Mississippi’s earliest Modernist painter,” Bongé originally aspired to be an actress. Her raw talent in painting was noticed by her artist husband, Archie, when she used his paints to create an artwork as a means of apologizing for a lovers’ quarrel. She continued painting, though she never pursued classical training. After Archie died in 1936, Dusti Bonge took over his studio as well as his job as rent collector for the Southern Shell Seafood Factory. On her walks through the camps collecting rent, she carried her sketchbook, and some of her work during this period was directly inspired by the scenes she saw, like the painting below.
You can find Dusti Bongé‘s work on view in The Mississippi Story, along with artwork by her son, Lyle. The two works pictured here were gifts to the Museum’s collection from The Dusti Bongé Foundation in Biloxi, who helps preserve...
Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 by MMA
By Caitlin Podas, Museum Registrar
If you ever find yourself engaged in conversation with a museum registrar, ask them what their favorite room in the museum is. Chances are, they will tell you their favorite place is the storage room. Storage is a magical place for several reasons. It offers type-A personalities, as most registrars are, a place where they can organize the collection to their heart’s content; it is often the cleanest room in the whole museum; and most importantly, it is where all the treasures of the museum are kept. Unfortunately, it is also one of the places that few other people get to see. Through our blog series, Vault Vantage, our visitors can get a glimpse into the storage vault and see objects that are not typically on view.
As a new employee at the Mississippi Museum of Art, I especially love exploring storage because every time I open a drawer or pull out an art rack I find something new and sometimes unexpected....
Posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 by MMA
In our new blog series, #ArtAroundUs, we find visual arts examples beyond the Museum’s walls. This week, we’re staying relatively close to home, as we spotlight Souvenir of Mississippi, the sprawling artwork by Randy Hayes that marks two of the entryways to The Art Garden. Next time you visit, take some time to examine these photographs for yourself, and think back to the memories and images that make up your own souvenir of the state. As you go out into the world, hashtag and share your photos of visual art with us on Twitter and Instagram, @MSMuseumArt.
Here’s what the artist has to say about this incredible installation.
“Every year, for more than twenty years, I have photographed the Mississippi landscape. Souvenir of Mississippi combines a few of those photographs into a single, imaginary road trip through Mississippi, from the Tennessee border, through the Hill Country, the Delta, River Towns, Central Mississippi, and the Piney Woods to the Gulf of Mexico....
Posted on Friday, May 2, 2014 by MMA
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 with the #DunlapDetails hashtag!
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by MMA
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. In a new series called #DunlapDetails, we take closer looks at the many small paintings within the whole. Next time you visit, find and share your favorite corner with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #DunlapDetails hashtag!
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by MMA
Artists’ jobs are to interpret the world around them, so for any topic, subject matter, or holiday, there is bound to be some art made about it. Here is one such piece by Douglas Bourgeois, entitled Blue Christmas, that is especially appropriate this time of year. Curator of the Collection Beth Batton unearthed this example from the Museum’s permanent collection.
“Because the viewer knows it’s Christmas, there is a joyful expectation,” said Batton. “But the title, Blue Christmas, and the body language of the subject offers the possibility that the holidays can also be lonely and melancholy day for some. The experiences are different for each individual.”
We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays, and if you find yourself sprawled out on the bed like the man in Blue Christmas, may it be from overeating or the exhaustion of spending quality time with family and friends.
Douglas Bourgeois (born 1951), Blue Christmas, 1981. oil on canvas. 14 in. x 14 in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of George Febres...
Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MMA
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
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 by MMA