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Mary Lovelace O’Neal returns to Jackson

This Sunday, internationally acclaimed painter Mary Lovelace O’Neal returns to Jackson, where she grew up in her early years, to moderate a panel discussion about art responding to the Civil Rights Movement. In this past video piece by producer Stan Isaacson, the artist discusses the mysteries of her creative process.

“Freedom in Mississippi Series” discussion about art responding to the Civil Rights Movement Sunday, June 29, 2014 3 PM Mississippi Museum of Art, Trustmark Grand Hall Three distinguished guest panelists discuss American art that responded to or that was created during the Civil Rights Movement. With the perspective of having participated in the Movement, these scholars are in the unique position to talk about activist art in the context of 1960s American art. Internationally acclaimed painter Mary Lovelace O’Neal moderates the panel discussion; O’Neal is Professor Emerita from the University of California at Berkeley. The panel also features art historian and Howard University Professor Emeritus Floyd Coleman, Ph.D. and Akili Ron Anderson, who is an artist and a professor of art at Howard University. This program is generously...

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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 by MMA

Author Deborah Solomon to Speak on Norman Rockwell

“I’m very excited about my first trip to Mississippi,” writer Deborah Solomon said. Author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), she’ll be visiting the Museum on Sunday, June 22 at 3 PM to speak about Rockwell’s artistic portrayal of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s (followed by book signing at The Museum Store).

Currently on view at the Museum is the exhibition, Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi, at the center of which is a painting Rockwell made of the three Civil Rights workers, Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, who were killed in Neshoba County, Mississippi in summer of 1964. As a historian, Solomon knows well the history of Freedom Summer, but she is also connected to it through her own upbringing. “Michael Schwerner was from Pelham [New York], and his mom taught at New Rochelle High School. And that’s where I grew up, in New Rochelle,” said Solomon. “So all of that reverberated...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by MMA

Freedom Summer Featured Artwork

Over the next few week’s, we’ll be featuring a number of photographs from Freedom Summer 1964 that are part of a larger exhibition now on view at the Museum, “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.” See the collection of more than 150 photographs for yourself and be a part of our commemorative events this month.

Tamio Wakayama, Indianola, Mississippi, 1964. photograph, copyright © the artist.

After the Ku Klux Klan burned this cross in front of a Mississippi Delta Freedom House, a civil rights worker transformed it with a painted message.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by MMA

Sneak Peak - Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi

Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

On June 21, 1964, civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were brutally murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Several months later, LOOK Magazine commissioned an investigative article about the incident entitled “Southern Justice,” and painter Norman Rockwell was asked to provide an illustration for the article. Over the course of five weeks, Rockwell intensively studied the circumstances of the murders, made many preliminary drawings, photographs, a preparatory oil sketch, and the finished painting entitled Murder in Mississippi. This exhibition presents the iconic masterpiece in the context of many related works and thus illuminates the artist’s creative process. Cost: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students (includes admission to This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement). FREE Children 5 and under. FREE Museum members.

Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Local presentation of this exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Stein Mart, Sanderson Farms, Sally and Dick Molpus...

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Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 by MMA

#VaultVantage: The O’Keeffe Comes Home

By Caitlin Podas, Registrar

Artifact loans are one of my favorite things about working in museums. Lending artifacts, or in our case artworks, to other institutions allows people from all over the world to view pieces that they may never have been able to see otherwise. A couple weeks ago, the Museum’s Georgia O’Keefe painting returned to the Museum vault after travelling on loan for about a year. The Old Maple, Lake George was a part of an exhibition organized by the Hyde Collection of Glens Falls, NY entitled Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keefe and Lake George. The painting began its journey in May 2013 in Glens Falls, NY where it was on display with fifty-seven other paintings by O’Keefe.

From New York, our painting went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and finished out the exhibition tour in San Francisco, California. I got to go to San Francisco to oversee the de-installation of our painting at the deYoung Museum, which...

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Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 by MMA