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MS Invitational Guest Curator Hits the Road

By Carla Hanzal, Guest Curator of the 2014 Mississippi Invitational

Guest Curator Carla Hanzal is currently touring the studios of Mississippi artists all across the state, narrowing down who will be included in the 2014 Mississippi Invitational, opening in Fall 2014.

Over the course of four days I covered a broad sweep of the southern to middle part of Mississippi, traveling nearly 1000 miles with Deputy Director Roger Ward. We started at the coast, visited two artists, glimpsed the ocean, felt the humidity of the sea air and journeyed northward. Painters, sculptors media artists and photographers were among the artists we visited. Some had returned to Mississippi after long spans of time away, some had relocated to the state after Katrina, and some had lived in the state for the majority of their lives. The spring landscape speeding by the window provided an added bonus as the new crops were well underway and vibrant green. Wisteria cloaked brown trees and the dogwood and redbuds were just beginning to bloom. I saw swamps, cypress knees, and the amazing...

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Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by MMA

Old Time Photography with Artist Euphus Ruth

Come with us as we travel to the Mississippi Delta home of photographer Euphus Ruth, whose collodion wet plate photography hearkens back to the processes of centuries past.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by MMA

Core Sample Road Trip Part 5 - Final Chapter

In January of 2014, daniel johnson of Significant Developments, LLC and MMA staffer Julian Rankin embarked on a statewide road trip to spread the word about the C3 Participatory Art Project, Core Sample. Here is part four of that journey. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with this year’s C3 project, click here. Look at past blog entries to see Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the trip and learn more about the evolution of this project. Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC is made possible through support from Alternate ROOTS.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by MMA

A Wall to Tell Our Stories

As part of This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, community members are invited to submit their own mementos to A Wall To Tell Our Stories, an in-gallery component that helps us commemorate our shared history through family photos, news clippings, objects, and ephemera. Do you or someone in your family have a memory from this time, an object, a photograph or an idea that you would like to share with us, as we try to bring down the “walls” that have separated us, and as we build a common future together? Email scans of photos, items, or memories for addition to the Wall to Carol Peaster at cpeaster@msmuseumart.org, or bring them by the Museum to be scanned and add them yourself (you keep the original).

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Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 by MMA

Core Sample Road Trip Part 4 - Headed South

In January of 2014, daniel johnson of Significant Developments, LLC and MMA staffer Julian Rankin embarked on a statewide road trip to spread the word about the C3 Participatory Art Project, Core Sample. Here is part four of that journey. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with this year’s C3 project, click here. Look at past blog entries to see Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the trip and learn more about the evolution of this project. Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC is made possible through support from Alternate ROOTS.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by MMA

This Light of Ours with Curator Kathleen Varnell

This week, we took at sneak peak at This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement with MMA curatorial associate Kathleen Varnell. The exhibition of 157 black and white photographs is on view March 7 - August 17, 2014 and includes work from nine activist photographers who were themselves willing participants in the Movement as it raged in the South during the 1960s. The images preserve some of the most historically significant moments and events of that time, but they also encapsulate the humanity of the activists and residents, white and black and otherwise, who helped chart a new course for the modern South.

At the entrance to the galleries.At the entrance to the galleries.

“I think it’s gong to be a beautiful show,” said Kathleen. “And the time I’ve spent in here with these photographs just makes me realize how intense that time period was. Although I was born and living during that era, I did not experience any of this that we see here in these images....

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Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 by MMA

#DunlapDetails Vol. 1

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!

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by MMA

Core Sample Road Trip Part 3 - Clarksdale

In January of 2014, daniel johnson of Significant Developments, LLC and MMA staffer Julian Rankin embarked on a statewide road trip to spread the word about the C3 Participatory Art Project, Core Sample. Here is part three of that journey. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with this year’s C3 project, click here.

Look at past blog entries to see Parts 1 and 2 of the trip and learn more about the evolution of this project.

Core Sample, a work of Significant Developments, LLC is made possible through support from Alternate ROOTS.

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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by MMA

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