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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

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

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, a gallery talk, the next installment of our Art on Film series, 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: 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

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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 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.

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.

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

ACRI Lecture Series Presents Harry Allen

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

6:30 - 8 PM

At the Tougaloo College Art Gallery, Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Center

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

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

Opening Panel Discussion for Nick Cave: Feat.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:30 PM

Trustmark Grand Hall

Moderated by publisher Kimberly Griffin, the opening panel discussion for the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat, 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 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 Jackson Free Press Associate Publisher Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson, Mississippi native who loves Jesus, her mama, cooking, traveling, the Callaway Chargers, chocolate, her godson, working out, Mississippi University for Women and locally owned restaurants, not necessarily in that order. She’s also on a crusade to help the community understand the difference between butter beans and lima beans. She attended the Mississippi University for Women and the University of Southern Mississippi. 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.

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: Jerk Town 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

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 ———————————— 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.) ———————————— 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.

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.

Gallery Talk | Louwanda Evans

Friday, November 1, 2019

11:30 AM - noon

In the Galleries

allery 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 at 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 twenty-five years ago. This event is free and open to the public.

CAPE Art & Coffee

Saturday, November 2, 2019

10 AM - 11 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. 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 Exhibitions on View

Saturday, November 2, 2019

11 AM

Begins in the Museum Foyer

This event is free and open to the public.

Music in the City |Impromptu Piano Trio

Tuesday, November 5, 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, violinist Stephen Redfield, cellist Alexander Russakovsky, and pianist Theresa Sanchez perform as the Impromptu Piano Trio. This event is free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral

Creative Healing Studio

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

12:30 - 1:30 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

Family Day | Movement Makers

Saturday, November 9, 2019

9 AM - noon

All Spaces

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 of New Symphony of Time, Nick Cave: Feat, and The Prize: Seven Decades of Lyrical Response to the Call for Civil Rights. This event is free and open to the public. DRESS FOR MESS! Food trucks will be on-site for purchase Generously sponsored by The Henry and Martha Hederman Charitable Foundation

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.

Art Nights

Tuesday, November 12, 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. For this month’s art night, 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. Join us as we learn about their process, the art that inspired them, and sample their treats! This event is free and open to the public. Generously sponsored by Baker Donelson

Look and Learn with Hoot

Friday, November 15, 2019

10:30 AM-noon

The Museum Foyer & BancorpSouth Classroom

his 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 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. 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. This event is free and open

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.

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

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

Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30 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 event is free and open to the public. 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 Crossroads Film Festival.

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 that colorfully shows how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects through the story of Howard Finster’s legacy, which is that art is a powerful force for change. Following the screening, participants will hear from the film’s director, Ava Leigh Stewart. Howard Finster, “grandfather of the Southern Folk Art movement,” was a pioneer that showed the world that art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects. He took what others might deem trash or obsolete and turned it into something contemplative. He opened Paradise Garden in Summerville, Georgia, for the world to enjoy, a true testament that art comes to life when people are able to interact with it. Howard Finster showed the world that objects surrounding us can take on a new life, in a sometimes magical way, and communicate messages that can lead to transformation. WATCH THE TRAILER FREE ADMISSION The Art on Film series is sponsored by Ergon Foundation and presented in partnership with Crossroads Film Festival. ABOUT AVA LEIGH STEWART Ava Leigh Stewart is a director, writer, producer, and artist. She cut her teeth at CNN, climbing the ranks of news production, until 2005. She founded Art West Film, a full-service production company that specializes in film, television, and new media. She is also the founder of the Southeastern International Film Festival, which promotes an independent film distribution to the Southeastern United States. Stewart launched her film career after earning a film degree in London, England. She garnished attention after directing, producing, and writing an award-winning short film called Keepers of the Gate. She directed her first feature-length film entitled, South of Southern, which was also adapted as a television series. Her first documentary entitled, Finster, debuted at the Savannah Film Festival and has won many awards ranging from Best Documentary at the Orlando Film Festival to 2nd Place at the Durango Film Festival. Stewart is the author of ten books, as well as writer for film, websites, and magazines. Her novels and short stories include Memoirs of Oblivion, Everything in Between, Broadside Ballads, and The Invisible State.

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.