380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
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noon - 5 PM
Sulton Rogers (Oxford, MS, 5/22/1922 - 4/5/2003, Oxford, MS), Two Blues Singers (detail), 1989, wood and paint. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of Warren and Sylvia Lowe,1994.051.
This exhibition addresses the aesthetic influences of both folk art and Modern art on African American artists in the 20th century. These objects, chosen from the Mississippi Museum of Art’s permanent collection, include a variety of media yet are centralized around the notion of identity and self-representation. Artists like Gwendolyn Magee, Elizabeth Catlett, and Betye Saar took an activist approach in their art by using a vernacular voice to send their strong messages. Clementine Hunter, Mose Tolliver, and Sulton Rogers were self-taught artists whose styles are representative of the traditional folk art and whose roots are present in the work of Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence. Finally, others, like Mark Gail and Roland Freeman, eschewed the folk aesthetic altogether through their choice of photography, a medium elevated to the fine arts due to its aesthetic capabilities. Though these works span almost eighty years, each artist’s aesthetic voice takes control of the figural representation of African Americans that for too long was overlooked and under-represented.
Free to the public.
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.