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Mississippians on Modern Art

On view through October 30 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection features artwork by more than 50 of the 20th century’s most influential artists. This presentation, the fifteenth in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, marks the first time this collection has traveled from its home at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York, since collector Roy Neuberger donated it over 40 years ago.

Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010), one of the twentieth century’s foremost collectors, built a groundbreaking collection of American modern art, the full impact of which is only now being assessed. Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Neuberger acquired work by a remarkable selection of modern masters including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others. Neuberger said of himself, “I have not collected art as an investor would, I collect art because I love it.”

We asked a few fellow Mississippians what they took away from their experiences in the galleries.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by MMA

Ron Feder | Mapping a Modern MS

Ron Feder views himself as fortunate. Through a successful law practice, Feder and his wife gained the resources to pour into arts programs on the coast, specifically in Ocean Springs.

“Art is another means of storying telling through the eyes of the creator… I’m a lucky guy trying to give back… The duty of the living is to keep on living, but to honor those that inspired us.”-Ron

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Toby Barker | Mapping a Modern MS

After seeing the needs of Mississippi, Toby Barker decided to stay and contribute to the city of Hattiesburg. It has been nine years since he made that decision and was elected to be a State Representative, and Toby has worked with women and minority workers, as well as small business entrepreneurs.

“There are lots of examples, not only of private entrepreneurs, but social entrepreneurs who get involved in causes, who are doing things differently and who can really provide us a place, a certain dynamic nature to it that I think can really be powerful… I think we have that here.”-Toby

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by ModernMS

Matthew McLaughlin | Mapping a Modern MS

Coalesce Jackson is a collaborative working space in downtown Jackson. Offering traditional and collaborative office spaces, Coalesce wants to build community and creativity throughout Jackson.

“We called it Coalesce—a lot of people have asked us why we chose that name—the definition of that word is to come together and to form one community, and that kinda resonated with us.”-Matthew

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by ModernMS

Lance Harris | Mapping a Modern MS

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, Mississippi was the main ceremonial center in the seventeenth century. Lance Harris works at the Grand Village as Site Director and strives to bring awareness to the history of the site and the Natchez Indians.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by ModernMS

Robert St. John | Mapping a Modern MS

Robert St. John is an award-winning restauranteur, chef, and cookbook author. He opened his first restaurant, The Purple Parrot Café, in 1987 and has been changing the food scene of Hattiesburg since.

“Food builds community. I mean, food is the connective tissue that we carry, especially in the South, through everything. We share a meal, and then we share ourselves of that meal.”-Robert

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 by ModernMS

Phil Orton | Mapping a Modern MS

After being struck by how poorly the environment has been treated, Phil Orton, based in Hattiesburg, decided to make a change in his life. Using solar panels for electricity, driving an electric car, and giving others access to renewable energy, Phil is working for a better Mississippi.

“What I’m doing won’t change the world, I understand that, but if a thousand of us did it, it might change the world a little bit or make things a little better… I think what we need to do is to try and put mechanisms in place that will clean that up and make life better for future generations.”-Phil

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative

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Posted on Saturday, September 17, 2016 by ModernMS

Nkrumah Frazier | Mapping a Modern MS

Nkrumah Frazier is the Sustainability Officer for Hattiesburg, and in addition to that, Nkrumah works with a non-profit, Wild South, as the Mississippi Outreach Coordinator. His work aims to encourage people to be good stewards of our natural resources, as well as to form a connection to the land.

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 by ModernMS

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