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Bright Fields Curator Spotlight - Bruce Levingston

Friday, August 28, 2015

Meet Bruce Levingston, acclaimed concert pianist and Mississippi native, and the curator for this Fall’s celebratory exhibition, Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull. Levingston has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as in concert as a soloist and chamber musician in many international music festivals. His numerous recordings have received notable critical acclaim, and he was recently named the Chancellor’s Honors College Artist-in-Residence at The University of Mississippi.

On view September 26, 2015 - January 10, 2016, Bright Fields, Myra Hamilton Green and Lynn Green Root memorial exhibition series, showcases approximately 100 Hull works in various media, unfolding chronologically as well as thematically. The exhibition showcases sections devoted to Mrs. Hull’s famous still lifes, and contains selected masterpieces from the collections of institutions such as the Wright Art Gallery at Delta State University, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The University of Mississippi Museum, The Johnson Collection, and from many private collections both within and beyond Mississippi. A forthcoming book by the same title – conceived, developed, and authored by Bruce Levingston – is to be published by University Press of Mississippi in conjunction with the exhibition. The book, a complement to the exhibition, is the first thorough examination of Marie Hull’s work since the publication of The Art of Marie Hull in 1975. His book will examine over 200 of Hull’s most important paintings and watercolors and will include state-of-the-art, high-resolution images of these works made especially for this project. It can be pre-ordered and purchased through The Museum Store.

Levingston remarks, “The art of Marie Hull, from her earliest impressionist paintings, to her remarkable, moving series of Sharecropper and African-American portraits, to her later daring, expressionistic landscapes and abstracts, remains one of the most important bodies of work ever created by a Mississippi artist. Then, as now, her paintings challenge the eye, mind and soul to see, think and feel in unique and open ways. Nearly 125 years after her birth, she remains one of the most influential, powerful voices Mississippi has ever produced. Writing this book and curating this exhibition about Marie Hull’s life and work has been a privilege. It has made me not only a better artist, but a better human being.”

Bright Fields is generously sponsored by BancorpSouth, Visit Mississippi, Meredith and Jimmy Creekmore, and Betsy and Wade Creekmore.

Photo by Rick Guy.
Marie Hull(1890-1980), Bright Fields, 1967. oil on canvas. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Mississippi Art Association purchase. 1972.008.