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

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

10 AM-until

The Mississippi Museum of Art presents 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 public concert presented by Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens, a recent 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.

Both the symposium and public concert are free, but registration is required.
Registration information and event schedule are forthcoming.
The symposium is sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.