This summer The University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art features an exhibit with three shows, each illuminating a distinctive aspect of graphic art with one making us laugh, one making us dream and one making us think.
The exhibit is June 18 – Aug. 25, with an opening reception today at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The LOK Gallery welcomes “Five Decades of American Comics” from a private collection in Hattiesburg; the Woods Gallery will be the summer home for “Six Children’s Books Illustrators,” presenting various treasures from the Southern Miss de Grummond Collection; and the Karnes-Sullivan Gallery will host “Seven Master Prints from Paris,” featuring graphic art works from the museum’s permanent collection.
The comics show includes material dating from the first half of the 20th century. Amusing for all from the first to the last, they will attract young and old by their graphic wit and constant good mood. When they are so visibly growing old, they provoke in us some special nostalgia through their unique peephole into our parents’ America.
The children’s books and works from illustrators come from the de Grummond collection, coordinated by curator Ellen Ruffin. More than 125,000 titles by more than 1,200 artists make this collection one of the most important in the world, represented in the works of Berthe Amoss, Marcia Brown, Scott Cook, Barbara Cooney, Janina Domanska and Roger Duvoisin, prominent after World War II during the golden age of children’s books.
This show will highlight aspects of the making of illustrated books in the pre-computer era, with its paintings and drawings, woodcuts, transparencies, dummies and even sculptures bringing us closer to the consummate art and craft of the magicians of our most beloved readings
The Master Prints from Paris features a selection of the best prints from the permanent collection of the museum. The beautiful pieces, all from the second half of the twentieth century when Paris had become the capital of this art form, reveal how the art of printmaking was a concern and pleasure for the greatest masters of modern art.
With several techniques being used in very personal ways, the show offers examples of lithography, aquatint, etching and more in pieces by Buffet, Miro, Papart, Picasso and Rouault.
Southern Miss Museum of Art hours during the summer are Tuesday – Friday 12-5 pm.
Groups are welcome by appointment. For more information, call 601.266.5200 or 601.266.4972.
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.