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​Narratives of the Land

Mississippi State University | Starkville

September 1 - October 13, 2017

Ke Francis (born 1945), Untitled (detail), from The Tornado series, not dated. gelatin silver print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase, 1984.050.


An installment of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

Endless Delta sky, telephone poles standing like crosses, remnants of a pier off the Gulf Coast, bottle trees perched in front of a 1930s sharecropper’s home: quintessential Mississippi scenes that embody what Eudora Welty famously referred to as our “sense of place.” Landscapes evoke the ethos of the time in which they were created, from William R. Hollingsworth’s and Welty’s frank representations of life during the Great Depression to Ke Francis’ and others’ contemporary fascination with history and memory of the land. Whether nostalgic, critical, or aesthetic, capturing Mississippi’s landscape means capturing its people. We are part of the land, and our history is etched throughout.

Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery at Mississippi State University in Starkville

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This exhibition is part of Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities.

About Art Across Mississippi

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art has curated exhibitions from its permanent 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 the opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the Museum’s permanent collection in their own communities and reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts while contemplating the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Art Across Mississippi exhibitions are on view throughout the state at various locations between May 2017 and May 2018. These traveling presentations are companions to Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise, a landmark exhibition more than 175 artworks interpreting the state’s rich artistic legacy over two centuries, brought home to the Museum in Jackson. Picturing Mississippi is now on view through July 8, 2018 at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Mississippi Museum of Art and its programs are sponsored in part by the city of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Bicentennial exhibitions created by the Mississippi Museum of Art are supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and the state of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support is provided by