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Formal Explorations: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection

Gumtree Museum of Art, Tupelo

December 2017 - March, 2018

Evert Witte (Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1951 - ), Tribute Dinner (detail), 2013, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, courtesy of the Jane Crater Hiatt Artist Fellowship, 2013.082.

Many Mississippi artists feel an inherent need to tell a story, and it is human nature to try to find meaning in recognizable imagery. However, though narrative art has long been the foothold of visual representation for Mississippi’s artists, there are several who have explored the non-objective realm. These artists, like Dusti Bongé, Andrew Bucci, and Millie Howell are prime examples of artists whose work was aligned with the tenets of Modernism and the exploration of color and form. Instead of shying from abstraction, the works in this exhibition show Mississippi artists’ affinity towards using their media to express emotion, invoke universal themes, and focus on the form of their compositions.

Free to the public.

Gumtree Museum of Art | 211 Main St, Tupelo, MS

This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities. Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art and made possible through the support of the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

About Art Across Mississippi:

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art curates exhibitions from its collection for twelve host venues across the state. These exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists - past and present - including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Marie Hull, Hystercine Rankin, and Sulton Rogers, among many others. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities provides residents throughout the state with an opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities, to reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts, and to contemplate the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various points between May 2017 - May 2018. These traveling presentations are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, a landmark exhibition more than 135 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Museum in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi will be on view Dec. 9, 2017- July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.