A Tale of Two Collections
March 16 - June 16, 2019
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Red Leaves, 1978. color lithograph, 17 x 21 in. Gift of the artist. Tougaloo College Art Collections. 1986.002
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), ...And a Special Fear for my Loved Ones, 1946. linocut, 5.875 x 8.375 in. Gift of the artist. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. 1997.032
A 1964 New York Post headline announced, “In Jackson, Mississippi, art is a matter of black and white. Whites won’t come to the Negro art gallery and Negroes aren’t allowed in the white museum.” The sentiment was penned from a distance, and somewhat liberal in its reference to a museum; nevertheless, the boundaries that separated black and white were clearly defined—and vehemently maintained—in some segments of the local art community. Yet, two institutions, on either side of the social divide, were developing complementary art collections, and in some cases works from the same artists. A Tale of Two Collections offers one chapter in the visual story of the relationship between the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College by showcasing works from eight artists held in both collections. The exhibition features the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Joan Miró (1893-1983), Marie Hull (1890-1980), Hale Woodruff (1900-1980), Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), Benny Andrews (1930-2006) and Thomas Eloby (1944-2001).The two earliest works are of the same subject matter interpreted by two different artists Robert Seldon Duncanson (1821-1872) and Heppie En Earl Wicks (1857-1940).
PROGRESSIVE MEMBERS OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, March 14, 2019
6-8 PM - Mississippi Museum of Art
7-9 PM - Tougaloo College Art Gallery
TELLING THE TALE OF TWO COLLECTIONS
Thursday, March 28, 2019
This exhibition and its programming are free and open to the public.
This exhibition and its programming are components of the Art and Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership between the Museum and Tougaloo College supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.