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Museum After Hours - On the Verge

Thursday, February 16, 2017

5:30 PM - until

This month, we partner with Verge JXN, a free participatory and interactive Spring art festival held in Jackson. Join us for a sampling of interactive projects from local artists, including "Mr. Picasso Head" and "mini Monster Jam", where participants create action paintings using paint, remote-controlled trucks, and a kiddie pool. Get outside your comfort zone and step out to the verge!

Also during the evening: Chef Nick Wallace hosts his monthly 'sipp Sourced pop up dining experience; artist Gerard Howard gives An Artist's Look tour of the 2016 Mississippi Invitational; Dr. Igor Iwanek, an award winning composer and performer formerly on the faculty of MIT in Boston and now at Jackson State University, presents a relaxing evening sound meditation; stop by the Art Lab to create inventive drawings in a Surrealist style through a rubbing technique known as frottage; and more.

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. These family-friendly events feature one-night pop up exhibitions, pop up dining experiences, and combinations of live music, outdoor movies, games, and more. Each month has a new theme and a new story. The Museum Store and exhibition galleries remain open until 8 PM for shopping and exploring. Sponsored by Hertz Investment Group and Capital City Beverages. Cost: Free to the public.

SCHEDULE:

ART
5:30 PM - until: Pop up installation of interactive art with Verge JXN
5:30 PM - until: Art Lab
7:30 PM An Artist's Look gallery tour and talk with Gerard Howard
Until 8 PM: Galleries open late, including the 2016 Mississippi Invitational!

FOOD and DRINK
5:30 PM - until: ‘sipp Sourced with Chef Nick Wallace pop up dining
5:30 PM - until: Cash Bar

PLAY
5:45 PM: live music and dance by the Mississippi Improv Alliance
6:30 PM: Music and Mysticism with Dr. Igor Iwanek in Yates Community Room
6:45 PM: Alex Fraser, Jackson Folk/Alt Country artist, live in Trustmark Grand Hall
Until 8 PM: Shopping in The Museum Store





Closed Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Museum will be closed Christmas Day.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Museum will be closed Thursday, 11/28 Thanksgiving Day. We will be OPEN Friday, 11/29.

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Begins in The Museum Foyer

FREE

Gallery Talk

Friday, January 24, 2020

Begins in The Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars.
This event is free and open to the public

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

FREE, registration required
Art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition with art therapist Susan Anand. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.
Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FREE, registration required
Art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition with art therapist Susan Anand. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.
Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Art in Mind

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FREE, registration required
Art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition with art therapist Susan Anand. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.
Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Begins in The Museum Foyer

FREE

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.
Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Art Nights

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Art Nights is a monthly evening series that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, music, and dialog.
This event is free and open to the public.
Generously sponsored by Baker Donelson

Guided Tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

EXHIBITION TICKET REQUIRED

Gallery Talk

Friday, January 10, 2020

Begins in The Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars.
This event is free and open to the public.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.
Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Music in the City

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, New JXN performs in our Trustmark Grand Hall.
This event is free and open to the public.

Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Cape Art & Coffee

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Museum Foyer & Galleries

The Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) leads this opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served. This month, Rukia Lumumba will discuss her work as a community activist dealing with the school-to-prison pipeline and healing the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement.
The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley Arant.

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Begins in The Museum Foyer

FREE

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, December 21, 2019

FREE

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Begins in The Museum Foyer

FREE

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, join us as we read The Friend Ship by Kat Yeh and illustrated by Chuck Groenink, make new friends, and create a nautical craft. Please dress for mess!
This event is free and open to the public.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, join us as we read Great Dog, look at Family with Pets by Sulton Rogers in the galleries of New Symphony of Time, and create our own pet portraits. Please dress for mess!
This event is free and open to the public.

Power APAC Performance

Friday, December 20, 2019

Exhibition Ticket Required
The Power APAC Dance Department will perform an original routine in the galleries of Nick Cave: Feat, inspired by the work on view.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, December 20, 2019

FREE
This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, we’ll be reading Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney, spending time with winter scenes in the Museum’s collection, crafting for the holidays, and decorating a cookie! Stay after the event to see Power APAC Dance Department perform an original piece in the galleries of Nick Cave: Feat.

Art in Mind

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

FREE, registration required
Art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition with art therapist Susan Anand. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.
Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Guided Tour of New Symphony of Time

Saturday, December 7, 2019

begins in The Museum Foyer

FREE

Cape Art & Coffee

Saturday, December 7, 2019

FREE
The Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) leads this opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This month, members from the Museum’s Community Advisory Council will share their experience serving on the council.

The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley.

Gallery Talk

Friday, December 6, 2019

FREE
Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with art on view for a 30-minute discussion led by Museum curators, educators, local artists, and scholars. Featuring work in New Symphony of Time, this talk by Dr. Miranda Freeman will explore the ways in which artists contribute and reshape Mississippi's cultural history. As William Faulkner writes, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi," Dr. Freeman will highlight select works in the exhibition that examine and challenge Mississippi's identity and constructed narrative.

Downtown Holiday House

Thursday, December 5, 2019

FREE
Join us downtown for a massive holiday open house featuring a interactive Christmas Tree Trail, the Keep Building Jackson exhibit, Santa Claus, food trucks, a holiday artisan market, and more!
For more Details visit Downtown Holiday House on Facebook HERE

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

FREE, registration required

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. To register, email smainlay@aol.com.
Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Music in the City: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

5:45 PM

FREE

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Parish Choir sings classic holiday music. Come early to enjoy The Museum Store’s Holiday Open House, and stay for the music, cookie decorating, crafts, and more.

Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches by G & J Catering available for purchase

Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

CAPE Land & Power: The Summit

Sunday, November 17, 2019

10 AM - 9 PM

Lafayette County, Mississippi

The Museum's Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) presents Land & Power: The Summit, a multi-programmatic engagement presented by Lafayette County residents exploring the relationship between land and power. This day-long series of programs is the culmination of one of CAPE's 2019 W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded Place-Based Artist Residencies. Mississippi artist daniel johnson worked collaboratively with individuals and organizations in Lafayette County over the course of this year to develop this program.

Land & Power: The Summit will take place over the course of the day with general attendance public programs in the morning and evening and a registration only program in the afternoon. All programs are free.

This series of programs will begin at 10 AM at the Whirlpool Trail (South Campus Rail Trail) with “Belonging to the Earth,” an opportunity to connect with the land with local herbalist, gardener, and organizer Lydia Koltai. From 1-7 PM, registered attendees will participate in a series of concurrent programs culminating with a shared meal focused on locally produced foods at the Gordon Community & Cultural Center. The evening will conclude with a reception at Burns-Belfry Museum for the opening of the exhibition, Black Presence in Lafayette County.

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT

The Museum Store Holiday Open House

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

11 AM - 7 PM

Get ready to stuff those stockings during this day of bubbly champagne, scrumptious samples, and delightful products by Mississippi artisans and entrepreneurs. Gift-wrapping is free with purchases, and Museum members receive 10% off everything in the store!

Beginning at 4 PM, meet some of The Museum Store’s most creative vendors, including jewelry designer Jo Patterson; Carlie Hogan and her Galexie Glister glitter gel for face, body, and hair; Paul Meek of Morton, Miss., crafter of wooden duck and turkey calls; Jamie Faulkner of Let It Be Yours Jewelry; feather painter Elaine Maisel; the fine folks from Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee & Tea Co. and FEAST Specialty Foods; and the ladies of Kay & Renee Collectibles.

At 5:45 PM, the parish choir from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral will fill the halls with the joyful sounds of Christmas classics for a special holiday edition of Music in the City. Bring the kids for cookie-decorating and crafts and leave with hearts overflowing with the holiday spirit.

The occasion will also mark the opening day of our newest exhibition, Under the Winter Sky: Watercolors by William Hollingsworth, Jr, a selection of 14 of the late Mississippi artist's characteristic watercolors, which share the theme of having been painted in the winter months of the last few years of the painter’s short life.

Throughout December, stop by and take in the dazzling light display in The Walker Garden designed and generously provided by McCall Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance. (Remember, we’ve extended our hours to 7 PM Tuesday through Thursday!)

Gallery Talk | Jeffrey Wolf

Friday, October 18, 2019

11:30 AM - Noon

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars. Jeffrey Wolf, producer and director of the feature-length documentary Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts will discuss the work and life of Bill Traylor in front of the artist's Untitled (Black Dog with Red Tongue) and play short films on James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas and Elijah Pierce.

Jeffrey Wolf’s first introduction to Bill Traylor came in 1982’s Black Folk Art in America exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. As the director and producer for Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, Wolf says the film “strives to broaden our understanding of this period of transformation, a time when black people prospered as business professionals in Montgomery, in spite of living through fear and volatility of Jim Crow South that impacted daily life. Traylor created his own visual language as a means to communicate and record the stories of his life. Traylor’s art is the sole body of work made by a black artist of his era to survive.”

Bill Traylor’s Untitled (Black Dog with Red Tongue), c.1940, is a work in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The Museum will display and showcase his work during the Art on Film screening of Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts at Museum After Hours on Thursday, October 17, and the gallery talk by Jeffrey Wolf. Artwork by James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas is now on view in New Symphony of Time.

This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT JEFFREY WOLF
Jeffrey Wolf made the acclaimed documentary, James Castle: Portrait of an Artist, an award-winning film that delves into the life and creative process of the artist James Castle, as told by family members, artists and members of the deaf community. Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts is Wolf’s second feature-length documentary. He has also made short films about the following artists: James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas, Martin Ramirez, Elijah Pierce, and Gregory Van Maanen. Wolf is recognized for his film work with prominent directors such as Arthur Penn, Sidney Lumet, David Grubin, John Waters, Ted Demme, and Lasse Hallström. Films include The Ref, Beautiful Girls, Holes, and Life.

Final Day to View “Pappy Kitchens: The Saga of Red Eye the Rooster”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

noon - 5 PM

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 30, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

1 - 2:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins MMA educators in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Museum After Hours | Music in Motion

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30-8:30 PM

Every third Thursday, the Museum opens its doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi’s creative community! Museum After Hours is a family-friendly mix of one-night pop-up exhibitions, live music, films, art-making activities, games, and more.

This month’s pop-up exhibit showcases the lively work of artist and musician Don Jacobs. Enjoy the live, genre-bending tunes of Inasense, (DJ MissiHippian and vocalist Deja Samuel), catch Power APAC’s dance department mini-performances in the galleries, make a mask like artist Nick Cave at the Art Lab table, learn more about the Mississippi School of the Arts from some very special guests, and grab a seat for the final fall installment of our Art on Film series: Finster.

After Hours bonus: At 5 PM, James Meredith will lead a conversation about exploring the Constitution and citizenship through art focused on Mildred Wolfe’s Four Freedoms, and at 7 PM, play the power board game, Curious Questions for Curious Citizens, with Michael Harris and artist daniel johnson.

FREE ADMISSION
Featured food truck: T & M Dogs

SCHEDULE
5-6 PM - Explore the Constitution and Citizenship through Art
5:30-8 PM - Pop-up exhibition feat. Don Jacobs
5:30-7:30 PM - Art Lab | Decorate a mask like artist Nick Cave
6:30-7:30 PM - Live music by duo Inasense
6:30-8:30 PM - Art on Film presents Finster
7-7:15 PM - Small gallery dances performed by Power APAC
7-8 PM - Play the Power Board Game: "Curious Questions for Curious Citizens"


Museum After Hours performances are generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, through its Music First Program, with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is generously sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

Art in Mind I

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins MMA educators in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu. Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 16, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, November 15, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, we’ll be reading Just add Glitter by Angela Terlizzi and Samantha Cotterill, gazing at Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” and creating our own glittery works of art. Please dress for mess!
This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery Talk | Dr. Redell Hearn

Friday, November 15, 2019

11:30 AM - Noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars. Featuring The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights, this talk will be lead by Dr. Redell Hearn and explore how the quest for social justice in one era inspired freedom of expression that continues today. Excerpts from songs that correspond to the exhibition will be played and discussed in relationship to the artwork on display.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Organized by Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Museum and Tougaloo College, The exhibition and its programming are components of the Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership between the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Art Nights | Culinary Connections

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

5:45 PM program

FREE

Art Nights is a monthly evening series that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, music, and dialog.

For this month, get a taste of the culinary arts as the Museum invites local chefs and bakers to respond to works of art in New Symphony of Time. The program features D.J. Baker of Esculent, Robert Raymond of Sunflower Oven, and Cody Cox of Urban Foxes. Join us as we learn about their process, the art that inspired them, and sample their culinary creations.

Cash bar opens at 5 PM.

Generously sponsored by

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 9, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:30-2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.
Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Music in the City | Impromptu Piano Trio

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

5:45 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, violinist Stephen Redfield, cellist Alexander Russakovsky, and pianist Theresa Sanchez perform as the Impromptu Piano Trio. FREE ADMISSION

Generously sponsored and organized by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 2, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

CAPE Art & Coffee | Tonja Murphy

Saturday, November 2, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

The Museum Foyer, Galleries

The Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) leads this opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This month, author and youth advocate Tonja Murphy shares how the work in Nick Cave: Feat. can be a tool to create conversations with youth, and how it serves to impact her work.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley.


Gallery Talk | Dr. Louwanda Evans

Friday, November 1, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

In the Galleries

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars.

Join Dr. Louwanda Evans, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Millsaps College, and Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Museum and Tougaloo College as they discuss perspectives from which to view Glenn Ligon’s Condition Report, exploring thematic parallels in the journey of protest signs demanding social justice during the Civil Rights Movement first held by hand, then worn around the neck, to the Nick Cave's trademark human-shaped sculptures—called soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—created as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago.

This program requires the purchase of an exhibition ticket for Nick Cave: Feat.. Purchase your ticket in advance HERE.

Art on Film | Finster

Thursday, November 21, 2019

6:30 PM

Yates Community Room

Using the medium of film, the Museum explores the stories of the artists and art on view in its new ongoing permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time. This month, Art on Film presents Finster, a feature-length documentary film by Ava Leigh Stewart about the “grandfather of the Southern Folk Art movement” that colorfully shows how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects.

WATCH THE TRAILER

FREE ADMISSION
The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

OPENING DAY | The Prize

Thursday, October 10, 2019

11 AM - 7 PM

Icons of the Permanent Collection Gallery

ON VIEW OCTOBER 10, 2019 - FEBRUARY 9, 2020

"The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights" is a visual—and lyrical—offering of how the quest for social justice in the era of Civil Rights continues to inspire freedom of expression today.

The ground-breaking television series "Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985," tells the story of how “ordinary people with extraordinary vision redeemed democracy in America” by holding the government accountable for adhering to its moral obligation to recognize the humanity of all citizens. The steadfast calls for access to the “prize” of full citizenship issued by African Americans during the era are fossilized in the silence of black and white photography. The responses, however, came in the form of creative expressions that included the combination of colorful rhythm and rhyme.

When used in song lyrics, call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases where the second is heard in response to the first. In the mélange of African cultures that influenced US culture, call and response was practiced from public gatherings to private rituals, and it is these traditions that provided a sense of community, solace, and inspiration for songs and lyrics that became the impetus for an enduring social justice movement. The Prize revisits the “call” represented in sketches drawn from original photographs taken by Tracy Sugarman (1921-2013) in Mississippi during the summer of 1964, and the “response” which is represented in song lyrics ranging from the iconic 1956 rendition of “Eyes on the Prize” by Alice Wine, to the 2018 “This is America” by Childish Gambino, inspired in part by Fannie Lou Hamer’s 1964 rhetorical question, “Is this America?”. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

Organized by Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Museum and Tougaloo College, this exhibition and its programming are components of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership between the Museum and the College supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

OPENING DAY | Nick Cave: Feat.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

10 AM - 5 PM

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) produces work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A deeper look reveals that they speak to issues surrounding identity and social justice, specifically race, gun violence, and civic responsibility. His trademark human-shaped sculptures—called soundsuits because of the noise made when they move—began as a response to the beating of Rodney King by policemen in Los Angeles more than 25 years ago. As an African-American man, Cave felt particularly vulnerable after the incident, so he formed a type of armor that protected him from profiling by concealing race, gender, and class. Along with broadcasting an increasingly urgent call for equity, Cave wants his art to spark viewers’ imaginations and aspirations.

ADMISSION
$15/Person
$13/Advance Purchase until October 25
$13/Seniors & Groups of 10+
$10/College Students with School ID
Free for *Members. Not yet a Member? Join HERE TODAY!
Free Admission for children under the age of 5
Free Admission for K-12 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays thanks to Feild Cooperative Association & BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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OPENING WEEKEND

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019
5:30 PM - *MEMBERS’ OPENING PANEL DISCUSSION - Moderated by publisher Kimberly Griffin, the opening panel will feature artist Nick Cave, former Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance, and former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson in a discussion of how the themes of race, gun violence, and civic responsibility explored in Cave’s artwork impacts their own work in the community and the lives of black boys and men.

6:30 PM - *MEMBERS’ OPENING RECEPTION

*Non-members who wish to attend the members’ opening panel and reception or view the exhibition on opening weekend will receive 10%-off the price of a Museum membership. (10%-off membership extends through, Sunday, 10/27.)

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This exhibition is organized by the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of this exhibition in Jackson, Mississippi, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation with additional support from Busby Companies.

Opening Panel Discussion for “Nick Cave: Feat.”

Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Moderated by Kimberly Griffin, Associate Publisher of the Jackson Free Press, the opening panel discussion for the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat, will feature artist Nick Cave, former Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson, and former Jackson Police Chief and candidate for Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance, in a discussion of how the themes of race, gun violence, and civic responsibility explored by the artwork on view, impacts their own work in the community and the lives of black boys and men.

*Non-members who wish to attend the members’ opening panel discussion and reception, or view the exhibition on its opening weekend will receive a 10% discount on any Museum membership package through Sunday, October 27, 2019.

ABOUT NICK CAVE
Art professor and performance artist Nick Cave was born February 4, 1959 in Fulton, Missouri. As a student at George Washington Carver School in Fulton, Missouri and at West Junior High School in Columbia, Missouri, Cave showed creativity and artistic ability at a young age. Graduating from Hickman High School in 1977, he enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute where he continued to express himself through both visual art and performance art. In 1979, Cave met Alvin Ailey and spent that summer and several summers thereafter in New York, New York studying with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, he designed displays for the department store, Macy’s, and worked professionally as a fashion designer, while continuing his passions as an artist and dancer. Cave earned his M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1988. Joining the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, after his graduation from Cranbrook, Cave has built a reputation as an educator and performance artist, especially with his ritualistic costumes called “soundsuits.”

ABOUT HARVEY JOHNSON, JR.
Harvey Johnson’s career in public service has spanned more than 40 years; he has worked at the federal, state and local levels of government, as well as in the non-profit sector. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Tennessee State University, and a Master of Arts degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Tougaloo College. Johnson has been a member of the American Society of Public Administration since 1977, and has served two terms as a Council member of the Mississippi Chapter; he received the Chapter’s Local Public Administrator of the Year citation in 1984. In 1997, Johnson made history by being elected Jackson, Mississippi’s first African-American Mayor. In 2001, Jackson voters again chose Johnson for a second four-year term as Mayor of Mississippi’s Capital City. He was elected to a third term in 2009, making him the longest-serving mayor under the City’s mayor-council form of government, which was instituted in 1985. He left office in June of 2013.

Johnson has served on numerous national, regional and local boards and commissions, including serving as President of the National Conference of Black Mayors, a Member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Council, and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of National Urban Fellows for 25 years, serving as secretary for 11 years. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a life member of the NAACP. Johnson is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. He is a charter member of 100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc., where he has served as a mentor for middle school boys since 1993; and he currently serves as Chapter President. Johnson has served as an Assistant Professor, Director of the Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer, and founding Director of the Center for University-Based Development at Jackson State University. Most recently, he served as a consultant to the Institute of Government at Jackson State, where he taught leadership development courses and coordinated a training program for local elected officials.

ABOUT LEE VANCE
Lee Vance is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a lifelong resident of Hinds County. Educated in the Jackson Public School system, he is a 1976 graduate of Lanier High School. He is also a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in Mass Communications. In 1987, he graduated from the Jackson Police Department training academy. This was the beginning of a 30 year career with JPD. During that time, Vance served in many different positions. Such as Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Acting Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief. In July of 2014, Mayor Tony Yarber named him acting Police Chief. Later that year in October, Mayor Yarber named him Chief of the Jackson Police Department. Chief Vance served in this position until his retirement in December of 2017. During his tenure, Chief Vance received numerous awards and recognitions. Vance is currently running for the office of Hinds County Sheriff.

ABOUT KIMBERLY GRIFFIN
Kimberly Griffin is the Associate Publisher, also known as the VP of Business and Revenue, for the Jackson Free Press. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women and the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves on the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Board, The Mississippi Boy Choir Board, as chair of the Greater Jackson Chamber Ambassadors, and Fundraising Chair of the Junior League Jumble. She is also a member of the Rho Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and president of the Capital Area Sunset Rotary. That list makes people assume a lot of things about her. That mostly works to her advantage. She is an auntie, a decent cook, and an avid traveler. She's not fond of small talk and wants every conversation to be important. She loves black people, and she loves Southern people; sometimes those loves collide, and sometimes they coexist.

Nick Cave: Feat. is a ticketed exhibition. PURCHASE TICKETS
This exhibition and its programming are sponsored by the Ford Foundation, with additional support from Busby Companies.

Family Day | Movement Makers

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9 AM - noon

Be a movement maker! Join us for this fun-for-the-whole-family day of art-making, music, story times, writing activities, and dance as we explore the galleries.

SCHEDULE:
9 AM: "Dance with a Hat" with the Power APAC Dance Department
An interactive, improvisational dance game/performance designed by Bethany Philipp that invites the audience into the process of creating a dance.
9:30 AM: Story Time - Just Add Glitter by Angela Diterlizzi & Samantha Cotterill
10:30 AM: Story Time - Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by James E. Ransome
11 AM: Red Flame Hunters All Youth Indian Tribe Mardi Gras Dancers
11:30 AM: Story Time - Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure by Eva Chen and illustrated by Derek Desierto

ONGOING ACTIVITIES:Creating art with with felt, beads, tissue and other materials, building hand dancer "soundsuits" like Nick Cave, art-making with the Millsaps Art Department's Art Club, and creative learning with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL)

Featured food trucks: Taqueria La Reata, Family Concessions, and Learah's Southern Desserts

FREE | Dress for mess!

SPECIAL OFFER: Get a FREE copy of The Four Dog Blues Band, or How Chester, Boy, Dog in the Fog, and Diva Took the City by Storm with any $10 purchase in The Museum Store. Free gift wrapping with any purchase. Remember ... Members receive 10%-off purchases!


Art on Film | “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts”

Thursday, October 17, 2019

6:30 PM

Yates Community Room

Using the medium of film, the Museum explores the stories of the artists and art on view in its new ongoing permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time. This month, ART ON FILM presents Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a feature documentary film that explores the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography.

Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama. Using historical and cultural context, the film is designed to bring the spirit and mystery of Traylor’s incomparable art to life. After the Civil War, Traylor continued to farm the land until the late 1920s. Aging and alone, he moved to Montgomery and worked odd jobs in the thriving segregated black neighborhood. A decade later, in his late 80s, Traylor became homeless and started to draw and paint, both memories from plantation days and scenes of a radically changing urban culture. Traylor devised his own visual language to record the stories of his life, translating an oral culture into something original, powerful, and culturally rooted. He made well over a thousand drawings and paintings between 1939-1942. Traylor witnessed profound social and political change during his life spanning slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration. The transcendent surprise is while Traylor kept to himself leading an unassuming life, he was nurturing a remarkable creative gift that would not be expressed for decades. Tap dance, evocative period music and spoken word are used in dramatic and surprising ways in the film, balanced with archival photographs and footage, insightful perspectives from Traylor family members, and Traylor’s striking drawings and paintings, to reveal one of America’s most prominent artists to a wider audience.

Following the screening, participants will hear from the film’s producer and director, Jeffrey Wolf.

FREE ADMISSION
The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

ABOUT FILMMAKER JEFFREY WOLF
Jeffrey Wolf made the acclaimed documentary, James Castle: Portrait of an Artist, an award-winning film that delves into the life and creative process of the artist James Castle, as told by family members, artists and members of the deaf community. Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts is Wolf’s second feature-length documentary. He has also made short films about the following artists: James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas, Martin Ramirez, Elijah Pierce, and Gregory Van Maanen. Wolf is recognized for his film work with prominent directors such as Arthur Penn, Sidney Lumet, David Grubin, John Waters, Ted Demme, and Lasse Hallström. Films include The Ref, Beautiful Girls, Holes, Life, among others.

Live@Lunch! Tiger Rogers

Friday, October 18, 2019

11:30 AM - 1 PM

The Art Garden and C Spire Stage

Take a midday break and enjoy this series of FREE outdoor concerts by Mississippi musicians, as they take to the C Spire stage in The Art Garden each Friday in October and May.

Featured performer: Tiger Rogers
Featured food truck: Jerk Town

ABOUT TIGER ROGERS
Thomas Jefferson Rogers, jr., aka Tiger Rogers, has had a fascination with art and music since he was a child. While in the sixth grade, Rogers' father gave him a brand new Yamaha alto saxophone for beginner's band. His first instructor was Wayne Miller, an oboe player with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Wingfield High School in Jackson in 2000, he enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi and majored in Music Performance, with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. Tiger studied jazz under the direction of Larry Panella. Rogers has opened for Marty Stuart and performed at the Mississippi Grammys with the Williams Brothers, Nanette Workman, Charlie Pride, Eddie Cotton, Dorothy Moore, Pinetop Perkins, and Cassandra Wilson. He was the youngest inductee to the Mississippi Jazz foundation (2011) and received that year's Aspiring Jazz Artist award. He currently performs with the B.B. King's All Stars Band on Holland America Line's international cruises.

Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

12:30 - 2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.

Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, October 26, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event free and open to the public.

Live@Lunch! Daniel Houze

Friday, October 25, 2019

11:30 AM - 1 PM

C Spire Stage in the Art Garden

Take a midday break and enjoy this series of FREE outdoor concerts by Mississippi musicians, as they take to the C Spire stage in The Art Garden each Friday in October and May.

Featured performer: Daniel Houze
Featured food truck: Crooked Letter

ABOUT DANIEL HOUZE
Daniel Houze is bona fide "country boy" from Meridian, Mississippi, steeped in the soulful, earthy traditions of the countryside. He has performed on stages as diverse as Sucarnochee Review and FloraBama, and opened for Jeff Bates. Houze’s newly released single, “Tequila Rose,” is currently available on Spotify, iHeartRadio, and iTunes.

Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, October 18, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and story time. This month, we’ll be reading A Quieter Story by Liza Woodruff, exploring the galleries to look at artwork with animals, and creating our own sculptural animals out of Model Magic and mixed media.
This event is free and open to the public.

Museum After Hours | Inktober Returns

Thursday, October 17, 2019

5:30 - 9 PM

FREE ADMISSION


Every THIRD THURSDAY, the Museum opens its doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi’s creative community! Museum After Hours is a family-friendly mix of one-night pop-up exhibitions, live music, films, art-making activities, games, and more.


This month, INKTOBER RETURNS with the annual showcase of sketchbooks and drawings by artists who participate in the Inktober “31 Days, 31 Drawings” Challenge. We’ll also have pumpkin painting in The Art Garden, a costume contest, live music by Pink Palaces, the next installment of our Art on Film series, Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, and a special THEATER ON THE GREEN performance of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth by B.L.U.E. Light Underground. NEW THIS YEAR: the Jackson Chalk Walk Festival, a collaboration of local artists, including organizer Eli Childers, and Very Special Arts. Artists will create works of art on the sidewalks surrounding the Arts Center of Mississippi, Thalia Mara Hall, and the Museum throughout the afternoon and evening.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:30-8 PM — Pop-up exhibition of Sketchbooks of Inktober participants
5:30-7:30 PM — Art Lab: Pumpkin Painting
6-7 PM — Live Performance from the Mississippi music duo, Pink Palaces
6-8 PM — Free face-painting by SnapHappy’s Tawny Minton
6:30-8:30 PM — Art on Film presents Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
7-7:30 PM — Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society Costume Contest
7:30-9 PM — THEATER ON THE GREEN: B.L.U.E. Light Underground presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Until 8 PM: The Museum Store and galleries open late


FOOD & BEVERAGES
Food trucks in The Art Garden: Double Yum, Family First Concessions & Taqueria LaReata
Cash bar available at 5 PM


2019 MMA INKTOBER CHALLENGE
Get into the spirit with MMA’s Inktober Challenge by following the provided prompts. Complete 16 daily drawings, drop off your sketchbook at the Museum on Wednesday, October 16, for exhibition in the pop-up showcase at Museum After Hours on Thursday, October 17, and receive a new sketchbook! Remember to take pics of your drawings every day and share them on social media with the tag: #MMAInktoberChallenge

DOWNLOAD DAILY DRAWING PROMPTS


Questions? Contact Christina McField at cmcfield@msmuseumart.org or 601.960.1515


Museum After Hours performances are generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, through its Music First Program with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is generously sponsored by the Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival.

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

1-2:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.

Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Art in Mind I

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.

Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, October 12, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Live@Lunch! CJ Meaders

Friday, October 11, 2019

11:30 AM - 1 PM

C Spire Stage in the Art Garden

Take a midday break and enjoy this series of FREE outdoor concerts by Mississippi musicians, as they take to the C Spire stage in The Art Garden each Friday in October and May.

Featured performer: CJ Meaders
Featured food truck: Jerk Town

ABOUT CJ MEADERS
CJ Meaders is a local musician who daylights as an Episcopal priest. His music covers everything from 90s pop to recent Indie Rock with a dab of original tunes tossed in the mix. He learned his trade at Camp Bratton Green, leading campers in riotous musical incantations worthy of Lord of the Flies. His greatest claim to fame was opening up for Afroman at the original Mugshots in Hattiesburg. Thankfully, things have slowed down for him since then.

Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

Art Nights

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Galleries

Art Nights is a monthly evening series that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, music, and dialog. This month’s program will focus on Mississippi’s natural environment, investigating artistic representations of our surroundings with photographer Christina McField and musician John Applegate, in the comfort of the galleries of New Symphony of Time.
This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT CHRISTINA MCFIELD
Mississippi native Christina McField obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Mississippi State University. With an evolving creative eye, her talent as a fine arts photographer, curator, painter and sculptor, have not gone unrecognized. McField is known as a great asset to popular creative spaces such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, where she is the Philanthropy and Membership Manager and Museum After Hours programs manager. With efforts to expand her knowledge of the arts, Christina became the first travel photographer for travel company Wander Roam Travel and continues to showcase work in exhibitions every year. "Through my photo series 'Where Time Stands Still,' I  expose hidden treasures found on various back roads throughout Mississippi. I travel the state of Mississippi to seek out historic, forgotten places, and preserve their history and memory through the art of photography. The series of objects and places punished by time uncover the beauty, preservation, mystery and nostalgia in each scene. Every artifact holds years of meaning and purpose. As you explore, the untold stories of highs and lows unfold before you in a mix of time."

Generously sponsored by Baker Donelson

Guided Tour of Exhibitions n View

Saturday, October 5, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

CAPE Art & Coffee | Dr. Redell Hearn

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10 - 11:30 AM

Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Center, Tougaloo College

The Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange (CAPE) leads this opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space.

This month, Art and Coffee enjoys a change of venue when Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College, gives participants a private tour of the Tougaloo College Art Gallery in the Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center on Tougaloo's campus.

Dr. Hearn will share details of the curatorial process for collections sharing between the Museum and the College,and discuss the upcoming exhibition at the Museum, The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights, which features artwork from the Tracy Sugarman Collection at Tougaloo College.

This event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served.

The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley Arant.

Live@Lunch! Rod Smoth

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:30 AM - 1 PM

C Spire Stage in The Art Garden

Take a midday break and enjoy this series of FREE outdoor concerts by Mississippi musicians, as they take to the C Spire stage in The Art Garden each Friday in October and May.

Featured performer: Rod Smoth

Generously sponsored by Brown Bottling Co./Pepsi

ACRI Lecture Series Presents Harry Allen

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:30 - 8 PM

In the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center Auditorium, Tougaloo College

FREE

The fourth offering of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative (ACRI) lecture series—a series intended to provide a collective understanding of the influence of social causes on artists, and of artists, on historical events—features Harry Allen, a pioneering photojournalist of the early hip-hop movement. Allen will share his presentation, Shooting the Enemy: My Life in Pictures with the People Who Became Public Enemy, which uses his photographs to highlight major links between some of the most popular hip-hop music created in the 1980s and the creative activism of the 1960s. Shooting the Enemy provides documentation of hip hop’s rise and the early stages of supergroup, Public Enemy, and includes candid images he captured of the influential hip-hop group prior to their recording career.

The ACRI Lecture Series is a component of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a multi-year partnership between Tougaloo College and the Mississippi Museum of Art, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

ABOUT HARRY ALLEN
Harry Allen has written about race, politics, and culture for nearly 30 years and has been published in VIBE, The Source, The Village Voice, and The New York Daily News. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Billboard, Harvard Design Magazine, Mojo, and is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). As an expert covering hip-hop culture, Allen has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and has appeared on National Public Radio, MTV, VH-1, CNN, and the BBC. From 2003-2015, He hosted radio station WBAI-NY's NONFICTION, an arts show featuring interviews with guests as varied as Hayden Planetarium head Neil deGrasse Tyson, sculptor Richard Serra, Black Panther Party activist Kathleen Cleaver, and director John Landis. Allen lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife, Zakiya.


Fall Teachers’ Workshop

Friday, September 27, 2019

Galleries & Classrooms

Join us for this engaging workshop featuring hands-on learning with local artists and Museum education staff. Don’t miss this opportunity to earn .6 CEUs at no cost to you! Lunch will be provided. Register now! Space is limited to 20. To register, contact Merry Barnes at mbarnes@msmuseumart.org or 601-965-9909.

Gallery Talk | Lance Wheeler

Friday, September 20, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars. For this talk, Curator of Interpretation for the Two Mississippi Museums Lance Wheeler will speak on ancestry and memory in New Symphony of Time.

This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
LANCE WHEELER currently serves as Curator of Interpretation for the Two Mississippi Museums located in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, he earned a BA in History with a focus on American slavery at Belmont Abbey College and MA in History with a concentration in Museum Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a public historian, Mr. Wheeler realizes the importance in engaging patrons, not only through facts and dates, but also through personal stories and relativity to current events. Lance believes that museums should be seen has resource centers that allow the community to share their voices and gives individuals the historical connections they need to understand how the past has shaped the present and will shape the future. In his words, “Museums are more than buildings that hold artifacts and the stories of those before us, museums are places that take the visitors on a spiritual journey that bridges the past with the present and beyond.”

An Evening for Educators

Thursday, September 12, 2019

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Classrooms and Galleries

Meet our dynamic Education staff and college-age Teaching Fellows, tour the Museum's newly reinstalled permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time, which features artwork by and about Mississippians, learn more about our upcoming workshops for CEU credit, network with fellow educators, learn about our teacher resources, and explore our school tour and studio options for your students! If you have little ones in tow, send them off to create a work of art in the studio with a Museum instructor while you gather inspiration for your classroom. Complimentary light refreshments will be served.
This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Educators who pre-register for this event will be entered to win a prize raffle. Please sign up and encourage your co-workers to sign up too! To register, contact Merry Barnes at mbarnes@msmuseumart.org or 601-965-9909.

Art Nights

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

5:15 cash bar/5:45 PM program

Galleries of "New Symphony of Time"

Art Nights is a monthly evening series that brings the humanities to life through art, literature, music, and dialog. Through conversation and a spoken-word performance, this month’s program focuses on the poem at the heart of the new permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time—Margaret Walker’s “This Is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time.” This edition of Art Nights will be recorded and distributed as the first in a series of four "Let's Talk Jackson: ART" podcasts, a collaboration with the Jackson Free Press. Host Maisie Brown will guide the conversation with writer Dr. RaShell Smith-Spears, curator Elizabeth Abston, and poet Jeffery Caliedo, and invite guests to participate in a brief Q&A.

Art Nights is generously sponsored by Baker Donelson.

*5:15 cash bar/5:45 PM program
This event is free and open to the public.

CAPE Art & Coffee

Saturday, September 7, 2019

10 AM - 11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Art and Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This month, Dr. Robert Luckett, Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, will share the life story of poet Margaret Alexander and highlight her significant contributions to the literary community.
This event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served.

Generously sponsored by Gibbs Travis PLLC

The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley Arant.

Gallery Talk | Old Favorites, New Contexts

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators as well as local artists and scholars.

In thinking through how to reinterpret the Museum's permanent collection for the exhibition New Symphony of Time, the curatorial team incorporated classic Mississippi works of art into new and different contexts. Join curator Elizabeth Abston as she talks about several of these “old favorites,” including Marie Hull’s Sharecroppers, John McCrady’s Rural Symposium, and Theora Hamblett’s Walking, Meditating in the Woods.

This event is free and open to the public.

Art in Mind II

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.

Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

12:30 - 2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.

Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Music in the City | Nicolas Ciraldo

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

5:45 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, classical guitarist Nicholas Ciraldo performs an eclectic and virtuosic mix of music for solo guitar.

NICHOLAS CIRALDO is a leader among his generation of American classical guitarists. At the start of his career, he won awards and reached high levels at the Tredrez-Locquemau International Guitar Competition (France), the Gaetano Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition (Italy), the GFA Solo Guitar Competition (USA), the Portland International Guitar Competition (USA), and the MTNA Guitar Competition (USA). Ciraldo now enjoys numerous performances throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, playing in such venues as the United States’ Jordan Hall, Germany’s Berliner Dom, and Brazil’s Teatro José Maria Santos. Soundboard magazine states that Ciraldo’s “performances…are, without reservations, marvelous…with abundant technique and commitment to the music…one of the best….” Allmusic.com defines his playing as “confident…goes right to the heart of the music, with his precise, active, athletic style.” The Baton Rouge Advocate reviews him as “definitely in command…generating a collective gasp of amazement in the audience.” Kansas City’s Journal of the Performing Arts said Ciraldo’s “touch was nimble and delicate, skilled without being flashy. The instrument was a clear extension of the performer, with integrity of sound and performance taking precedence.” He is Associate Professor of Music at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music.

This event is free and open to the public. Cash bar available at 5 PM.

Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11:00 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Art in Mind I

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

BancorpSouth Classroom & Galleries

Art in Mind uses art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art Therapist Susan Anand joins William R. Hollingsworth Fellow McKenzie Drake in creating fun and comfortable experiences for participants of all skill levels.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or mindclinic@umc.edu.

Presented in partnership with Alzheimer’s Mississippi and generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC

Gallery Talk

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars.

This event is free and open to the public.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, September 21, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, September 20, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and storytime. This month, we’ll be reading Color Blocked by Ashley Sorenson and David Miles, embarking on our own quest to find colors in the galleries, and creating new colors and paintings in the classroom. Please dress for mess!

This event is free and open to the public.

Art on Film

Thursday, September 19, 2019

6:30 PM

Using the medium of film, the Museum explores the stories of the artists and art on view in its new permanent collection exhibition, New Symphony of Time.

The documentary, Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist explores the beloved Mississippi artist's life and art, from his days as a student to his last trip to Horn Island in 1965, during Hurricane Betsy. Using never before seen film footage, as well as artwork and archival photographs, this one-hour biography traces the extraordinary life of the fiercely independent artist. Following the viewing, participants will hear from the film’s writer, director, and producer, Win Riley, and co-producer David Wolf.

FREE ADMISSION

The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
WIN RILEY is the writer, director, and producer of Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist, which was broadcast on PBS beginning in 2006. He also wrote, produced, and directed the award winning one-hour program Walker Percy: A Documentary Film, focusing on Percy's life and philosophy, also broadcast nationally on PBS. He has worked as a location manager for dozens of films and television programs, and is currently developing a six-part television show. Win grew up in New Orleans and in Auckland, New Zealand.

DAVID WOLF has been involved in television production for over 25 years. Starting in the 1990’s, David produced and oversaw commercials and films for clients such as International Paper, the Tulane’s Cuban Studies Institute, The Preservation Resource Center, and The Volunteers of America. From 2004-05 David collaborated with Win Riley on the production of Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist as producer and director. The one hour film distributed to PBS via American Public Television won best documentary and best of show at the Fargo Film Festival and also received numerous awards and recognition nationally. David joined WLAE TV as Director of Productions in 2008 and is now an Executive Producer specializing in non-profit, educational and cultural programming as well as documentary features. David is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and is married with two children.

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

12:30 - 2 PM

BancorpSouth Classroom

Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. Open to all skill levels, this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, contact Susan Anand at smainlay@aol.com.

Generously sponsored by The UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, September 14, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Museum After Hours | Speak Your Mind

Thursday, September 19, 2019

5:30 - 8 PM

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. This month's theme, "Speak Your Mind" is inspired by the poem at the heart of the Museum's new exhibition, New Symphony of Time. Read Margaret Walker's epic reflection of the 20th Century, "This Is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time," and share your own composed thoughts during a spoken-word open mic. Take a stroll in The Art Garden, enjoy music by guitarist Granard McClendon, tour the galleries with the Teaching Fellows, get crafty with CDs in the Art Lab, watch the first installment of our Art on Film series, and spend time relaxing with family and friends in our newly designed community foyer.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:30-8 PM — Pop-up Exhibition: Community Poems on view
5:30-7:30 PM — Art Lab: Get crafty with CDs
5:45-6 PM — Exhibition tour with the Teaching Fellows
6-7 PM — Guitarist Granard McClendon performs
6-8 PM — Free face-painting by SnapHappy's Tawny Minton
6:30-8:30 PM — Art on Film Series: Walter Anderson: Realizations of an Artist, followed by Q&A with the film's writer and director Win Riley, and co-producer David Wolf
7-8 PM — Speak Your Mind Open Mic
Until 8 PM — The Museum Store and galleries open late

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Food Trucks in The Art Garden: T & M Dogs, 2for7 Kitchen, and Kona Ice
Cash bar available at 5 PM

Museum After Hours performances are sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council through their Music First program, with funding from Visit Jackson. The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and Crossroads Film Festival. The Museum's Teaching Fellow program is sponsored by the AT&T Foundation and Wells Fargo Foundation.

Museum After Hours | Back to School Edition

Thursday, August 15, 2019

5:30 - 8 PM

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop-up exhibitions and food trucks, along with combinations of live music, outdoor movies, and games. This month, the Museum is lending a helping hand to teachers and students with a school supply drive! The community is invited to drop off supplies at the Museum during business hours between now and August 15 for distribution to our area teachers. (Don’t forget about sketchbooks and drawing supplies for those superstar art teachers out there!) Every pack of pencils and crayons makes a big difference in making sure our educators have what they need to share their passion for learning with their students!

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
5:30-8 PM – Pop-up Exhibit: Community Book Illustrations by Robin Martea, Ernest Davis, Imani Smith
5:30-8 PM – Toot Teach and Roll Mobile Learning Center
5:30-7:30 PM – Art Lab: Community Book Project
6-8 PM – Free face-painting with SnapHappy’s Tawny Minton
6-6:30 PM – Exhibit talk feat. artist and author William Dunlap + his new book, Pappy Kitchens and the Saga of Red Eye the Rooster, book signing to follow
6-7 PM — CAPE Re:frame | Away from Home: A Workshop and Conversation about Pre-Columbian Peru and Present Mississippi
6:30-7:15 PM – Dance performance by Kinetic Etchings
6:30-7:30 PM: Musician I Tiger Rogers
Until 8 PM - Museum galleries and store open late

Food Trucks in The Art Garden: Taqueria LaReata, Family First, Wheel of Flavor, Kona Ice

Museum After Hours music is generously sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council through their Music First program, with funding from Visit Jackson.

Panel Discussion with Artist Rico Gatson & Scholar RaShell Smith-Spears

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2:30 - 4 PM

The Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for the Permanent Collection

On the opening day of New Symphony of Time, the Museum's new permanent collection exhibition, Museum Director Betsy Bradley will moderate a discussion with writer and Jackson State University professor Dr. RaShell Smith-Spears and Brooklyn-based artist Rico Gatson about creativity and movement across time as it relates to the themes of the exhibition.

Using his own work Four Stations as the basis for his dialogue, Rico will discuss his time spent in Mississippi and the surreal beauty of place that is so fraught with history, all of which shaped his work about the spaces associated with the murder of Emmett Till.

Smith-Spears, who has authored an essay for the new exhibition about the Margaret Walker poem, This is My Century, Black Synthesis of Time, which serves as an inspiration for the exhibition, will discuss the ways that writers and artists have used memory, place, and equality to connect humanity across time.

This event is free and open to the public.

A 4 PM happy hour for our opening day guests, courtesy of the Museum, will follow the panel discussion. MORE OPENING DAY EVENTS

About the Speakers:

Dr. RaShell Smith-Spears is an associate professor at Jackson State University, having earned her Ph.D in English from the University of Missouri. She has published extensively in literary journals, and her research interests include African American literature, 19th century literature, and identity politics.

Rico Gatson is a Brooklyn-based artist who has become known for his bold work based on significant moments in African American history. His most recent projects include My Eyes Have Seen, on view at the Ronald Feldman Gallery in 2018, and a series of mosaic murals in the New York City subway, featuring Bronx icons such as James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Reggie Jackson.

Gallery Talk | Laurin Stennis

Friday, September 6, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Gallery talks offer visitors the chance to engage with a single work, or pairing of works, for a 30-minute talk led by Museum curators and educators, as well as local artists and scholars. This month, Mississippi artist Laurin Stennis leads Museum guests on a walk through the exhibition New Symphony of Time.
This event is free and open to the public.

Music in the City | Clarissa Behr Davis

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. The series continues with a vocal performance by soprano Clarissa Behr Davis, accompanied by pianist Jane Bird Joseph.

FREE ADMISSION | Cash bar available at 5:15 PM
Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

CLARISSA BEHR DAVIS, dramatic coloratura soprano, has sung in operas, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States as well as on national television. Major operatic roles to her credit include Violetta, Gilda, Cleopatra, and Madame Goldentrill. She earned a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) from Belhaven University and a Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Music (D.M.) from Indiana University. All three degrees are in Vocal Performance.

Dr. Davis is the recipient of numerous musical awards that include being a finalist in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The Journal of Voice published a paper that she co-authored with her husband, Michael Davis, M.D. It is concerned with vocal health and based on her dissertation. Dr. Michael Davis, a nephrologist, is an accomplished organist and pianist. The husband and wife duo often performs recitals and programs that vary from sacred to classical. The Davises have two adult daughters and two granddaughters.

Dr. Davis has been a member of numerous professional organizations that include National Association of Teachers of Singing, Mu Phi Epsilon, American College of Musicians, National Music Teachers Association, and the American Guild of Organists. Having more than 40 years of teaching experience, Dr. Davis has taught music on all levels from elementary to graduate school. She currently teaches Voice and Music Appreciation at Hinds Community College in Raymond. She has served as soprano soloist, music director, pianist, and organist in several churches and for numerous civic and genealogical associations. She has also served as stage director for community theatrical and operatic performances. She was awarded a Hinds Community College Faculty Life Star Award in 2010. Dr. Davis was awarded the Alumni of the Year in Fine Arts at Belhaven University in 2018.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, August 24, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, August 16, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

This educational opportunity for children up to 5 years of age and their parents, emphasizes creative play and literacy through a hands-on art activity and storytime. Please dress for mess!
This event is free and open to the public.

Museum After Hours | Back to School

Thursday, August 15, 0019

5:30 - 8 PM

Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop-up exhibitions and food trucks, along with combinations of live music, outdoor movies, and games. Each month has a new theme and a new story.
This event is free and open to the public.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, August 17, 2019

11 AM - noon

In the Galleries

This event is free and open to the public.

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Saturday, August 10, 2019

11 AM - noon

In the Galleries

This event is free and open to the public.

Opening Day | “New Symphony of Time”

Saturday, September 7, 2019

10 AM - 5 PM

Museum Foyer, Galleries of New Symphony of Time

The Museum is pleased to present the reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries. The new exhibition, New Symphony of Time, illuminates and expands the boundaries of Mississippi’s identity. Join us in celebrating its opening day!

10-11:30 AM
CAPE Art & Coffee with Dr. Robert Luckett, Director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University

11 AM-4 PM
Art Lab activities for all ages with the Museum Teaching Fellows

11:30 AM
Literary Reading with Monica Atkins reciting “This is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time”

11:45 AM
Exhibition Tour with Chief Curator Dr. Roger Ward

12:45 PM
Exhibition Tour with Curator of American Art Elizabeth Abston

1:30 PM
Literary Reading

2:30 PM
Panel Discussion with writer and Jackson State University professor Dr. Rashell Smith-Spears and Brooklyn-based artist Rico Gatson

4 PM
Happy Hour for our opening day guests, courtesy of the Museum!


These events are free and open to the public.

New Symphony of Time has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the State of Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Trustmark Bank, and Visit Mississippi. The Museum Teaching Fellows are sponsored by the AT&T Foundation.

Music in the City | Diamond Piano Trio

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

5:15 PM cash bar; 5:45 PM program

Trustmark Grand Hall

Music in the City is a monthly series presenting live performances of classical and traditional artists. This month, Dr. Stephen W. Sachs, Shellie Brown Kemp, and Veronica Parrales perform as the Diamond Piano Trio. The Trio will offer music to delight the aural palate from Paul Schoenfield's fresh, jazzy "Cafe Music" to Felix Mendelssohn's tuneful melodies and whirling will-o-the-wisp scherzo.

This event is free and open to the public.

Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Guided Tour of Exhibitions on View

Sunday, August 4, 2019

11 AM - noon

Begins in the Museum Foyer

Art & Coffee

Saturday, August 3, 2019

10 - 11:30 AM

The Museum Foyer, Galleries

Art and Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee is served. This month, Aylen Mercado shares her experience this summer as the Museum’s first CAPE intern and discusses her research into the pre-Columbian artworks in the Museum’s permanent collection while reflecting on Andean cultures, past and present, and the legacy of coloniality.

Generously sponsored by Gibbs Travis PLLC

The Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE) and its programs are supported by its founding partners: W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bradley Arant.