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Jackson, MS 39201
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Exhibitions:

Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas & Their Times

Spectacles of Modern Life: French Art from the Collection

Events

Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass
September 26, 2020 – February 21, 2021

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS
MONUMENTAL PARTICIPATORY SCULPTURE IN ITS OUTDOOR ART GARDEN
Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass

September 26, 2020 – February 21, 2021

Free and open to the public daily during Museum hours.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is presenting Leonardo Drew: City in the Grass, a participatory, public art sculpture that invites viewers to engage directly with the work, the space it occupies, and one another while maintaining a social distance. The Brooklyn, NY-based artist considers the work complete when people interact by sitting, standing, and walking on or around it, disrupting the “do not touch” directive at most public art installations and sculpture parks.

On view September 26, 2020–February 21, 2021 in the Museum’s Art Garden, City in the Grass (2019) is the first outdoor sculpture by Drew whose practice incorporates tactile materials like wood, metal, and canvas he distresses by hand. Exposed to the weather, physical use, and the passage of time, the sculpture—measuring over 100 feet long and 30 feet wide—is intended to degrade naturally, connoting life cycles and the potential for regeneration.

Undulating aluminum waves painted with vividly colored sand evoke a Persian carpet in motion, suggestive of a magic carpet ride enabling viewers to participate as artistic collaborators by imagining their own journeys. The waves are punctuated with three skyscraper-like towers reminiscent of the Empire State Building’s spire, each with a unique surface treatment. Mosaics of wooden blocks form a miniature cityscape encircling each 16-foot tower and providing a bird’s eye view perspective. The artist intends for viewers to imagine being giants like Gulliver, the hero of Jonathan Swift’s 1726 satire, in fictional Lilliput. Voids in the surface of the “carpet” allow grass to grow through them creating tiny parks within the sculpture’s borders.

City in the Grass is generously sponsored by BKD, LLC and Betsy and Kane Ditto.

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas & Their Times
Through January 10, 2021

THE 17TH PRESENTATION IN THE ANNIE LAURIE SWAIM HEARIN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION SERIES

In The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions

“There is no intellectual or emotional substitute for the experience of confronting an original masterpiece.” - Paul Mellon, 1983

Offering 74 works by 19th-and 20th-century masters, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases French Impressionist paintings, along with masterpieces from every important school of French art—from Romanticism through to the School of Paris. Taken together, these works exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original collecting strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection of French art. The exhibition includes works by Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent van Gogh.

This exhibition is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Its presentation in Jackson, Mississippi, is sponsored by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation.

ADMISSION
$15/Person
$13/Advance Purchase until April 3
$13/Seniors & Groups of 10+
$10/College Students with School ID

Free for Members
Free for children ages 5 and under
Free for K-12 students on Tuesdays and Thursdays thanks to Feild Co-operative Association, Inc. & BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi

Spectacles of Modern Life: French Art from the Collection
Through TBA

To run concurrently with Van Gogh, Monet, and their Times, the Mississippi Museum of Art will feature a gallery of French works of art from the collection, donated and purchased over several decades in the late 20th century.

The focus on everyday life in works of art was a sudden and almost radical shift in Western art during the1800s. Many artists turned away from the academic narratives of history and religion, instead looking around them for subjects such as street scenes, industry, social life, and transportation. This impulse to depict moments from their own lives echoed an era when Paris was experiencing rapid technological growth and modernization. Often their work not only challenged how art could be made but also shed light on the nuances of modern life.

This selection of works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection reveals how modern life was interpreted by this new wave of artists, among them Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt. This moment in art history marked a steady movement towards abstraction as artists established new theories and new ways of seeing, while taking their subject matter from the rapidly-advancing world they lived in.

Curated by Elizabeth Abston, Spectacles of Modern Life will be on view in the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery

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