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​Narratives of the Land

MS State University

September 1 - October 14, 2017

Ke Francis (born 1945), Untitled (detail), from The Tornado series, not dated. gelatin silver print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase, 1984.050.

Endless Delta sky with telephone poles standing like crosses; remnants of a pier off the Gulf Coast; bottle trees perched in front of a 1930’s sharecropper’s home: these quintessential Mississippi scenes embody what Eudora Welty famously referred to as our “sense of place”. Landscapes evoke the ethos of the time in which they were created, from Hollingsworth’s and Welty’s frank representations of life during the Depression to Ke Francis’ and others’ contemporary fascination with history and memory of the land. Whether nostalgic, critical, or aesthetic, capturing Mississippi’s landscape means capturing its people. We are part of the land, and our history is etched throughout.

Art Gallery in McComas Hall, Mississippi State University | Starkville, 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.