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Mississippi Museum of Art presents Picturing Mississippi, 1817–2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise exhibition

The landmark exhibition exploring Mississippi identity, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood. Illuminating the perception and depiction of Mississippi over more than 200 years, the exhibition showcases 175 works by 100 artists who either resided in the state, visited, or lived elsewhere and were compelled to respond to a multiplicity of subjects. From Choctaw objects and sweeping landscapes to portraiture and contemporary work, the exhibition reveals that Mississippi has continuously resonated with artists in powerful ways as lived experience, memory, and imagination.

The exhibition features individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including James Audubon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Hart Benton, George Caleb Bingham, John Steuart Curry, Robert Indiana, and Andy Warhol, alongside works by indigenous peoples, as well as by native Mississippians such as William Dunlap, Sam Gilliam, George Ohr, and Eudora Welty. Other prominent artists with works on view include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Melvin Edwards, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, and Kara Walker.

On view from December 9, 2017‒July 8, 2018, Picturing Mississippi is the sixteenth presentation in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

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George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1877-78. oil on canvas. 26 ¼ x 36 ¼ in.Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.15