Now: The Call and Look of Freedom
February 15 – May 15, 2018
Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), "My Right is a Future of Equality with Other Americans," from The Negro Woman series, 1947, linocut. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 1997.031.
Tracy Sugarman (1921-2013), "Eight New Voters on 'Freedom Day' in Cleveland," MS—and Spectators, 1946, linocut. Collection of Tougaloo College Art Collection, Mississippi.
Hystercine Rankin (1929-2010), "Parchman Prison," 1992, quilted fabric. Purchase, with funds from the Searcy Fund. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 2008.103.
Betye Saar (born 1926), "L. A. Sky with Spinning Hearts," 1989, color offset lithograph with collage. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 2004.029.
Romare Bearden (1914-1988), "The Conversation," 1979, lithograph. Collection of Tougaloo College Art Collection, Mississippi, 2002.089.
ON VIEW at the Tougaloo College Art Gallery in The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center
In commemoration of the 1960s rally cry “Freedom Now” and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Now: The Call and Look of Freedom spotlights the urgency, self-determination, and hope of the African-American liberation movement through the visual arts. Drawing from the holdings of Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and private collections, this inaugural exhibition of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative underscores the interrelationship of our past and current civil and human rights struggles. Now features works of art by leading figures whose careers have centered on the African-American experience, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and Ernest Withers, as well as expressions by younger artists. As the exhibition explores the abrupt yet protracted nature of this “now,” it highlights issues of identity, power, and the profound desire to live freely. Curated by La Tanya Autry, Curator of Art & Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College.
This exhibition is presented as part of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College that presents joint exhibitions and programs, and facilitates increased scholarship surrounding the Tougaloo Art Collection.
OPENING RECEPTION: March 2, 2018, at 5:30 PM
Tougaloo College Art Gallery
The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center
500 West County Line Road, Tougaloo, Mississippi 39174
Hours: Wednesday, 10 AM-noon; Thursday. 3-5 PM; By appointment for groups
To arrange a group visit, contact Curator of Art & Civil Rights La Tanya Autry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.965.9927.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art & Civil Rights Initiative is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.