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​Southern Gothic: Spiritual Sites and Evocative Spaces in Mississippi Art

Historic Jefferson College | Natchez

February 1 - March 15, 2018

Jack Kotz (1961- ), Heaven & Hell, Mathiston, Mississippi (detail), 1987, cibachrome print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of William Dunlap, 1999.003.


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

There’s no middle ground between God and the Devil in Mississippi, to paraphrase Richard Grant in his account of living in the Delta. To outsiders, Mississippi is alluring; there is a fascination with the deeply spiritual South whose history mingles throughout raucous juke joints, decaying prisons, and countless places of worship. Artists like John McCrady, Jack Spencer, and Lea Barton seem to revel in these mythic “middle grounds” that encapsulate the sometimes surreal and mystical spaces throughout Mississippi.

Historic Jefferson College | 16 Old North Street, Natchez | Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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This exhibition is free and open to the public.

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 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