380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Tuesday - Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM
noon - 5 PM
The photographs that were made by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) over eighty years ago are a testament to the endurance of people during the Great Depression and to Welty’s abilities as a photographer. This exhibition will take a closer look at the women who caught her eye, from carefully-posed and stoic figures to candid shots of everyday life during the Great Depression. One of Welty’s strengths as a photographer was being able to capture real moments in life, and she photographed women, men, and children sympathetically and unerringly. Though she did not necessarily show a preference towards women as her subjects, many of her most iconic photographs feature women and groups of women. Their sense of community went in tandem with their independence and strength during the Great Depression, perhaps reflecting Welty’s own foray into the professional world during a time of uncertainty and unrest.
Free to the public.
Artwork: Eudora Welty (1909-2001), Old midwife (Ida M’Toy), Jackson, 1936 negative, contemporary print. gelatin silver print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase, with funds from Mary Mhoon Endowment, 1981.250. Copyright ©Eudora Welty, LLC; Courtesy Eudora Welty Collection – Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.
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.