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​Eudora Welty’s Women

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Port Gibson

August 1 - September 9, 2017


An installment of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

The photographs taken by Eudora Welty (1909-2001) more than years ago are a testament to the endurance of people during the Great Depression and to Welty’s abilities as a photographer. This exhibition takes 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 her ability to capture real moments in life. 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.

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.

Mississippi Cultural Crossroads | 507 Market Street, Port Gibson

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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 has curated exhibitions from its permanent 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 the opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities and reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts while contemplating the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various locations between May 2017 and 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 is now on view through July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Bicentennial exhibitions created by the Mississippi Museum of Art are supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and the state of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support is provided by