University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art will open two exhibitions
from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 5, featuring Mississippi Voices, a multimedia
exhibition focusing on the history of Mississippi, and A New Religious
Diversity in Mississippi, an exhibition of photographs documenting
the religious landscape across the state.
Voices was developed by Kristen Caselleto, an assistant professor
of art at Georgia State University in Albany, and Deanne Nuwar,
assistant professor of history at Southern Miss.
The show features
a digital projection work called Roots Uprooted, created by using
indigenous music and photos shot on location in Mississippi. It
centers on the tensions surrounding perceptions of race and difference.
A second presentation,
Our Way of Life: Observations from the Bayou, features digital animation
and focuses on race relations and family histories in Mississippi.
The exhibition also includes original Caselleto lithographs, monotypes,
etchings, and photographs.
project attempts, through close collaboration, research, travel,
creation of artwork, and recording of contemporary histories, to
examine themes of social significance that define the unique culture
of the state of Mississippi," said Tony Lewis, director of
the Southern Miss museum. "The intent is to learn, to raise
questions, and to contribute to the dialogue about and examination
of the American South."
not surprisingly, the themes emerging from the work, while specific
to Mississippi, resonate on a universal level as well."
was funded in part by the Mississippi Council for the Humanities.
part of the exhibition features the photographic work of Dr. Cindy
Brown, an associate professor in the Southern Miss Department of
Mass Communication and a professional photojournalist. A New Religious
Diversity is a collection of photographs of religious services across
the state of Mississippi that she has taken over several years.
Her work includes
images of Southern Baptist, Methodist, Hare Krishna, Jewish, Pentecostal,
and Buddhist services. The exhibition features 23 black and white
photographs documenting various aspects of worship in the state.
will run through March 5. The Museum of Art at Southern Miss is
located in the Fine Arts Building at the southwest corner of the
campus. The hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m., and Saturday,
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission to the museum is free and open to the public.
School and community group tours are welcome. For more information,
call (601) 266-5200.