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​More than Meets the Eye: The Art of the Mississippi Blues

E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center, Greenville

September 8 – October 20, 2017

William Ferris (Vicksburg, MS, Februay 5, 1942 - ), Otha Turner, Gravel Springs (detail), 1970, archival pigment print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, Chapel Hill, NC, 2009.097.

An aura exists throughout the Mississippi Delta where rampant poverty and a contentious past have given way to some of the most soulful and rich music in America. This exhibition will showcase photographers such as William Ferris, Birney Imes, and Jack Spencer, whose images of blues musicians, juke joints, and the surrounding Delta offer a dynamic view of the birthplace of American music. More than documentary, these artists attempt to capture life and leisure in the Delta, which is not always accessible to outsiders.

Free to the public.

Hosted by the Greenville Arts Council:

EE Bass Cultural Arts Center | 323 S Main St, Greenville, MS

This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities. Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and made possible through the support of the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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 135 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.