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

Historic Jefferson College, Natchez

Feb 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.

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.

Free to the public.

Historic Jefferson College | 16 Old N St, Natchez, MS | Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

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 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.