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​More than Meets the Eye: The Art of the Mississippi Blues


William Ferris (born 1942), Otha Turner, Gravel Springs (detail), 1970. archival pigment print. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, Chapel Hill, NC, 2009.097.

An aura exists throughout the Mississippi Delta, where rampant poverty and a contentious past have given way to some of the most soulful and rich music in America. This exhibition showcases photographers such as William Ferris, Birney Imes, and Jack Spencer, whose images of blues musicians, juke joints, and the surrounding Delta offer a dynamic view of the birthplace of American music. More than documentary, these artists attempt to capture life and leisure in the Delta, which is not always accessible to outsiders.