Presented by The Mississippi Art Museum
“‘Picturing Mississippi, 1817‒2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise’ follows the evolving story of Mississippi — first shown by foreign-born artists as a place of immense beauty and prosperity,” the museum tells us. “Later, they depicted it as a land laid waste by civil war, farmed by sharecroppers, held in check by segregation, and seared by the struggle for civil rights. They have ultimately shown it to be a place that has found an artistic voice of its own.
“The nineteenth century sections of the exhibition feature indigenous peoples, early portraits of the wealthy planter class; the Mississippi River’s role connecting North and South and linking East and West through its tributaries; the Civil War, and the effects of Reconstruction on the lives of African Americans.
“Art made about Mississippi’s people, places, and events offers a powerful lens through which to understand the state’s history; this visual narrative complements the artifacts and stories in the new Museum of Mississippi History.”