December 9, 2017 - July 8, 2018
The Gertrude C. Ford and The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries
George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1877-78. oil on canvas. Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.15.
Robert Brammer (c. 1811-1853), Mississippi Panorama, circa 1842-1853. oil on canvas. 29 x 36 inches. Private Collection
George Catlin (1796-1872), Mó-sho-la-túb-bee, He Who Puts Out and Kills, Chief of the Tribe, 1834. oil on canvas. Collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.294.
Louis Joseph Bahin (1813-1857), Portrait of George Matthews Marshall, ca. 1853. oil on canvas. Collection of Lansdowne Plantation, Natchez, MS.
Louis Joseph Bahin (1813-1857), Natchez Under the Hill, 1852. oil on canvas. Collection of the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), Hoover and the Flood, 1940. oil on panel. Collection of Morris Museum of Art.
George Ohr (1857-1918), Petticoat Vase, ca. 1898. glazed ceramic. Collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Gift of David Whitney in honor of Frank and Berta Gehry, 2003.012.001.
Bob Thompson (1937-1966), Homage to Nina Simone, 1965. oil on canvas. Minneapolis Institute of Art, The John R. Van Derlip Fund, 89.83 © Estate of Bob Thompson, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.
Noah Saterstrom (b. 1974), Road to Shubuta, 2016. oil on canvas. © Courtesy of the artist.
Randy Hayes (b. 1944), House on Mound (Delta), 2015. oil and photograph on canvas. Collection of Eason and Ellen Leake. © Courtesy of the artist.
Walter Inglis Anderson (1903–1965), Horn Island, 1960. oil on board. 24 ¼ x 60 in. (framed) Collection of the Family of Walter I. Anderson, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, EL 1.03.1.
Benny Andrews (1930-2006), Mississippi River Bank (Trail of Tears Series), 2005. oil on canvas with painted fabric collage. 70 x 50 ½ in. © Estate of Benny Andrews, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.
John James Audubon (1785–1851), Wild Turkey Cock, Hen, and Young, 1826. oil on linen. 47 ½ x 59 ½ in. Collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2013.44.
Danny Lyon (b. 1942), Bob Dylan plays behind the SNCC office, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1963, printed 2002–2008. gelatin silver print. 13 x 8 ¾ in (image). Collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2011.12.27.
Theodor Kaufmann (1814 – 1896), Portrait of Hiram Rhodes Revels (1822-1901), 1870s. oil on mill board. 12 x 10 in. Transfer from Olin Library, Photography Courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 69.170.
Mildred Nungester Wolfe (1912-2009), Portrait of Eudora Alice Welty, 1988. oil on canvas. 39 ½ x 33 ½ in. (framed). Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. NPG.88.163.
Andy Warhol (1930–1987), Triple Elvis, 1963. aluminum paint and printer's ink silkscreened on canvas. 82⅜ x 71⅛ in. Collection of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis, 85.453. © 2017 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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THE 16TH PRESENTATION IN THE ANNIE LAURIE SWAIM HEARIN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION SERIES
The centerpiece of the Museum’s bicentennial initiatives, Picturing Mississippi commemorates and celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi, admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state.
The exhibition follows the evolving story of Mississippi—first shown by foreign-born artists as a place of immense beauty and prosperity. Later, they depicted it as a land laid waste by civil war, farmed by sharecroppers, held in check by segregation, and seared by the struggle for civil rights. They have ultimately shown it to be a place that has found an artistic voice of its own. Art made about Mississippi’s people, places, and events offers a powerful lens through which to understand the state’s history; this visual narrative complements the artifacts and stories in the new Museum of Mississippi History. The visual narrative depicted by Picturing Mississippi complements the artifacts and stories found in the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The opening of Picturing Mississippi coincides with the opening of the two Mississippi Museums, as the result of a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
With approximately 175 works by more than 100 different artists, this exhibition is unprecedented in the history of Mississippi. The works are on loan from private collectors and prestigious national institutions—including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (also a Smithsonian Institution); the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.); the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minn.); the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Ga.); the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth, Texas); the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, Ark.); and the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Texas)—and drawn from the Museum’s own collection.
The exhibition features individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including George Caleb Bingham, Robert Indiana, John James Audubon, Louis Bahin, Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat—as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as James Tooley, Jr.; Eudora Welty; William Dunlap; and Randy Hayes.
Cost: Free and open to the public