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A Social Art: Mississippi Art in the Early 20th Century

Meridian Museum of Art

Feb 9 - March 23, 2018

William Steene (Syracuse, NY, 1888 - 1965, Biloxi, MS), Tea Leaves (detail), not dated, oil on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of Better Painter. 1968.017.

After the Civil War, the major cities in Mississippi struggled to recover economically. By the early 1900s, Jackson and Biloxi were beginning to see some revitalization and, as a result, art societies and museums began to be established throughout the state. Perhaps as a reaction to the devastation of war, much of the art produced by Mississippians during this time skirted political issues. However, as artists began to look inward and produce art of and about their state, a Renaissance of sorts began to emerge. These artists were inspired by major artistic trends occurring in Europe and New York, yet their desire to depict the people and land around them was a significant step in Mississippi’s creative industry. Works by Marie Hull, William Hollingsworth, Caroline Compton, and many other Mississippi favorites will be featured in this exhibition.

Free to the public.

Meridian Museum of Art | 628 25th Ave, Meridian, MS | Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

About Art Across Mississippi:

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art curates exhibitions from its collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists - past and present - including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities provides residents throughout the state with an opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities, to reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts, and to contemplate the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various points between May 2017 - May 2018. These traveling presentations are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, a landmark exhibition more than 175 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Museum in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi will be on view Dec. 9, 2017- July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.