New Symphony of Time
Opens September 7, 2019
Alex O’Neal, "Self-mourning, Dying Dream Façade," 2017. acrylic and collage on canvas, 36 x 35 in. Loan courtesy the artist. © Alex O’Neal.
Benny Andrews (1930-2006), "Mississippi River Bank" from the "Trail of Tears" Series, 2005. mixed media on canvas, 70 x 50 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the Museum’s Center for Art & Public Exchange, 2018.005. © Estate of Benny Andrews and ARS, NY.
Betty Press, "Cakewalk," ca. 2010. archival pigment print, 18 x 18 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, 2017.093.
Birney Imes, "Oaklimb Baptism," ca. 1980. gelatin silver print, 11 x 11 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist, 1982.047.
Deborah Luster, "Untitled (Tekakwitha Jefferson)," 1999. gelatin silver print on aluminum, 5 x 4 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art. Purchased with funds from the Franks Fund, 2017.109.
Elizabeth Catlett, "In Harriet Tubman I helped hundreds to freedom," 1946-1947, 1975 edition. linocut, 21 x 18.125 in.
Elizabeth Catlett, "The Embrace," 1990. black marble, 32.5 x 9.75 x 9.25 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased with funds from the Pascal Fund in memory of Dr. Gerald R. Pascal, 1992.016.
Eudora Welty, "Old midwife (Ida M’Toy), Jackson," 1936 negative (contemporary print). 11.375 x 11 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased with funds from the Mary Mhoon Endowment, 1981.250.
Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), "Condition Report," 2000. iris prints with silkscreen ink on paper, 31.875 x 22.625 in. each. ed. 3/20. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased with funds from the Rex T. Brown Fund, The Hederman Fund, The Franks Fund, and … , 2018.010a. © Glenn Ligon.
James Reid Lambdin, "Delia," ca. 1840-1849. oil on canvas, 35 x 25.5 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased with funds from The Gallery Guild, Inc., 2018.118.
Marie Hull (1890-1980), "High Horizon." oil on canvas, 42 x 36 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of Virginia McGehee Friend, 2006.059.
Radcliffe Bailey, "Voyage of No Return," 2008. mixed media shadowbox, 26 x 26 x 7 in. Collection of Myrna Colley-Lee.
Romare Bearden, "The Train," 1975. etching, 22 x 29.875. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Bequest of Sara Virginia Jones, 1991.214.
Sally Mann, "Deep South, Untitled (Concrete Grave)," 1998. gelatin silver print, 52.5 x 43 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson.
Titus Kaphar (b. 1976), "Darker Than Cotton," 2017. oil on canvas. 63 x 36 in. Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of The Gallery Guild, Inc., 2018.008. © Titus Kaphar
Walter Anderson (1903-1965), "Horn Island-Fall." watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased by the Mississippi Art Association, 1967.008.
Obie Clark, Untitled #4, 2015. raku-fired clay with bone handles, 16 x 9 in. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchased with funds from the McCravey fund, 2017.012.
In the Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for The Permanent Collection
The Museum is pleased to present the reinstallation of its permanent collection galleries. The new exhibition, New Symphony of Time, expands and illuminates the boundaries of Mississippi’s identity. Mississippi, as a real place and also as a metaphor for the basic struggles of our country, has inspired artworks that express the need to understand our concrete realities of living with each other in this moment, as well as our deep connection to those gone before us and our legacies to those who follow.
Exploring the themes of ancestry and memory; migration, movement, and home; shared humanity; the natural environment; and liberty for all, the exhibition is inspired by Margaret Walker’s epic poem, “This Is My Century: Black Synthesis of Time.” Phrases from Walker’s poem are used throughout the exhibition to frame thematic areas that evoke ancestral wisdom, the strength of sheer survival, and the power of imagination to create a more just, empathetic world. While each section follows a particular narrative thread, certain ideas resonate throughout, such as personal and collective memory, history and the connection to place, and the roles artists play in pursuit of civil rights and racial equity.
The exhibition features approximately 170 works by such prominent artists as Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Albert Bierstadt, Elizabeth Catlett, Jeffrey Gibson, Titus Kaphar, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Luster, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Hank Willis Thomas. Mississippi artists include the state’s first native-born professional artist, James Tooley, Jr., and Richmond Barthé, McArthur Binion, Dusti Bongé, Marie Hull, Sam Gilliam, Gwendolyn A. Magee, George Ohr, and Eudora Welty.
This ongoing exhibition serves to lay the groundwork for an ever-evolving visitor experience that includes transparency of the exhibition process, allowing the curatorial team and our community the unique opportunity to explore new creative strategies, identify new artists, and continue to expand on themes as time goes on.
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New Symphony of Time and its programs have 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, Brunini, and Visit Mississippi.