HATTIESBURG – Opining
about the South, author Jonathan Daniels wrote, "We Southerners
are a mythological people, created half out of dream and half out
of slander, who live in a still legendary land."
His words resonate throughout a photography
exhibition showing at The University of Southern Mississippi Museum
of Art through June 30.
Picture Show: Photographs from the Permanent
Collection, Works from the Mississippi Museum of Art features works
from the Mississippi Museum of Art's (MMA) extensive collection
of some of the best work of contemporary Mississippi photographers.
"The 24 works in this special traveling
exhibition represent significant contributions from many of the
state's most prominent photographers," said René Paul
Barilleaux, deputy director for programs for the MMA.
"Picture Show interprets distinct aspects
of our Mississippi heritage, communicating to the viewer through
images that are at once fresh and unique, yet altogether familiar,"
said Betsy Bradley, director of the MMA.
The exhibition explores diverse photographic
styles, ranging from idealized
romanticism to unflinching documentary. Artistic
compositions are as diverse as the styles, from the technical experiments
of David Rae Morris in capturing light through screen porches to
the clever "lawn-scape" prints of Nancy Ewing.
The contemporary works of Tom Rankin, Bill Aaron,
Lea Barton and Roland Freeman chronicle the South with the discerning
eye of a journalist, while photographers Franke Keating, Kendall
Messick and Birney Imes interpret everyday life with intimacy and
Leslie Addison, George Yerger and Gloria Norris
reminisce on their Southern heritage through romanticized vignettes.
The University of Southern Mississippi Museum
of Art presents this exhibition as an affiliate member of the Mississippi
Museum of Art. The Mississippi Museum of Art's Affiliate Network
is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The museum is located in the Fine Arts Building
on the Southern Miss campus. Admission is free and open to the public
Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (601) 266-5200.