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Symposium | "Bringing Forward the Past: Art, Identity, and the American South"

Friday, February 16, 2018 to Saturday, February 17, 2018

5:30 - 8 PM Friday; all day Saturday

The Mississippi Museum of Art and the Center for Art & Public Exchange present an interdisciplinary symposium that brings together artists, curators, scholars, and the public to explore issues related to identity, race, indigeneity, trauma, and memory. Using the bicentennial exhibition Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise as a lens through which to consider historical conceptions of Mississippi, as well as the larger South, this symposium will engage artists and scholars who are translating this history into new, multi-dimensional narratives and who are helping to chart a new path forward.

The culminating event for the symposium will be a free public concert presented by Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens, a 2017 recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, is a genre-defying musician whose current and past projects—including the Carolina Chocolate Drops—blend American roots music, folk traditions, contemporary edge, and her own history into renditions that speak to dynamic identity in the American South. With her banjo and unmistakable vocals, Giddens’ recent Freedom Highway re-animates slave narratives from the 1800s and explores African-American experiences from the last century, including those of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (VIEW FULL SCHEDULE)
Friday, February 16, 2018
5:30-8 PM | Keynote address: “Vision + Justice: Art and Activism in a Contested Democracy” by Dr. Sarah Lewis (Reception to follow.)

Saturday, February 17, 2018
9-10:15 AM | Panel I: Place in Contemporary Practice
10:30-11:45 AM | Panel II: Trauma and Memory
Noon-1 PM | Lunch + Conversation
1-2 PM | Art + Conversation in the Galleries
2:15- 3:30 PM | Panel III: Race, Space, and Abstraction in the American South
3:30-4:30 PM | Concluding Conversation + Reception
7 PM | Rhiannon Giddens in Concert NOTE: THE CONCERT IS NOW STANDING ROOM ONLY

PANELIST BIOGRAPHIES

The bicentennial symposium and concert are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

NOTE: K-12 educators in attendance will receive .7 CEU credit hours.

This event is sponsored by Ellen and Eason Leake and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Rhiannon Giddens appears in concert with support from Maison Weiss and Caroll, Warren, and Parker. Our hotel sponsor is The Westin Jackson.