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Viking Portraits with Jason Bouldin (VIDEO)

Even on his days off, Mississippi artist Jason Bouldin is pulsing with creative energy. Get out there and make something!

See more of Jason at work: vimeo.com/129477674

Read about the emotional unveiling of his portraits of Civil Rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers: http://www.msmuseumart.org/index.php/blog/entry/Legacy-Preserved

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Posted on Friday, September 1, 2017 by MMA

Art Lab - Exquisite Corpse

At a recent Third Thursday, our new William R. Hollingsworth Fellow in education, Adam Farcus, organized a collaborative drawing station where visitors created Exquisite Corpse drawings. An Exquisite Corpse is a type of drawing game that was created by the Surrealists in the early 1900’s. Drawings are made by multiple people in sequence. Each person’s addition to the drawing is not fully revealed until the drawing is completed. Below are some examples of drawings made by Third Thursday visitors. On each Third Thursday, Farcus leads a different activity as part of the Art Lab pop up studio experience.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by MMA

Big City Art. Southern Hospitality

When modern art hit the American scene post-War, people didn’t know what to make of Jackson Pollock’s action drip paintings or Mark Rothko’s experiments with color. These pioneers shook the very foundations of academic modes of art making. Now, works by more than fifty of these iconic mid-20th century trailblazers are on view in Mississippi for the very first time. The Museum is the first stop on an unprecedented traveling tour; it’s the first time these works have left their home in Purchase, New York since 1969.

Even now, more than fifty years since the creation of most of the work on view in When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection (through October 30), modern art can feel intimidating. Luckily, there is a unique group of people here at the Mississippi Museum of Art who help to demystify these mythic and experimental artists and artworks.

This group of gallery attendants brush elbows (metaphorically, of course) with the Georgia O’Keeffe paintings and the Alexander Calder mobile and the Willem de Kooning portrait of Marilyn...

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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by MMA

Hack the Museum

Photo from MuseumHack.com.

Last weekend, two Museum staffers traveled to New York City for a three day intensive boot camp with Museum Hack, a company whose calling card is irreverent tours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. What began with rogue tours of the museum has now grown into a respected - although still playful and avant garde - leader in engaging museum experiences. Museum Hack also now regularly provides tours of the nearby American Museum of Natural History, just across Central Park from The Met, and has expanded to Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

Julian Rankin with Museum Hack’s Dustin Growick.

At the boot camp, Director of Engagement and Learning daniel johnson and Marketing Director Julian Rankin experienced the tours firsthand. Who knew that Jackie Kennedy played an instrumental role in acquiring and preserving the complete Egyptian Temple of Dendur? The massive structure is housed inside The Met, surrounded by a canal representing the Nile River, flanked by a wall of clear glass that makes it...

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Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by MMA

Dispatches from the Field: Walking (and Painting) to School

Friday, October 23, 2015:

Bike Walk Mississippi, the Jackson Mayors Office, and the Mississippi Museum of Art joined with Poindexter Elementary to celebrate Walk to School Day.

Photo by Arash Ghahramani

The day began with a walk to school when about fifty of Poindexter Elementary’s finest joined with Mayor Tony Yarber and Melody Thortis of Bike Walk Mississippi. They arrived at 8 AM in time to see Mississippi Museum of Art teaching artist daniel johnson getting down to work chalking the outlines for a mural they would complete later that day.

Photo by Arash Ghahramani

Over the next five hours, johnson and volunteers created a hard-edged abstract design of interweaving lines in the school colors of blue, gold and white. At 1 PM the students turned the white space running the length of the wall into a depiction of their neighborhood street.

Photo by Arash...

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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by MMA

Whole Schools Initiative at MMA

Teachers and administrators in the Mississippi Arts Commission Whole Schools program gathered in our BancorpSouth classroom on September 15 and 16 to share resources and learn about opportunities for the new year. Whole Schools Director Andrea Coleman led the training and had the entire group take an “art break” where our Director of Engagement and Learning daniel johnson led them in a printmaking project. Learn more about the Whole Schools Initiative at www.mswholeschools.org, and find current Museum resources for educators here.

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Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by MMA

Social Practice - Museum School Engages on Many Levels

By Director of Engagement and Learning daniel Johnson

Attention is a precious commodity in contemporary society. We lead highly scheduled lives and in between our appointments and events, we are catching up on emails, news and social media. The considerations of social practice not only take note of and mimic the ways we naturally engage our lives, a good work of social engagement layers multiple intentions into each action. Through our Museum School, we recognize the desire to learn about and create art with experienced teaching artists. While the quality of our instruction is primary to the Museum School experience, any time we are bringing people together, we want to make the most of that time. We are building community among individuals who share interests and common geography. We use lessons to increase knowledge of our collection and the legacy of Mississippi artists. At times, we can even engage dialog on local issues meaningful to the participants.

In our Museum Summer School, we are conscious that the teacher-student relationships which are forged over the week can have impacts extending far beyond the experience of the class. Some of our considerations in hiring teachers include representing...

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Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by MMA

daniel johnson’s Aha Moment

​As part of Mutual of Omaha’s “Aha Moment Tour,” MMA Director of Engagement and Learning daniel johnson discusses his Aha Moment, which informs his community art and social practice. This story has to do with an abandoned Westinghouse refrigerator, a Facebook page, children’s toys, and the Pearl River. Take a look and listen.

A few years after this Aha Moment, johnson was the artist chosen to lead our annual C3 participatory art series before he joined the Museum staff full time.

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Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 by MMA