The centerpiece of the Museum’s bicentennial initiatives, Picturing Mississippi commemorates and celebrates the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi, admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, as the 20th state.
The aesthetic goal of the exhibition is to assemble original artworks in various media of the highest quality to illuminate the perception and depiction of Mississippi over more than two centuries. With at least 175 works by more than 100 different artists, both Mississippi natives and those from beyond its borders, the exhibition is unprecedented in the history of the state.
A great many of these works will be lent by prestigious national institutions such as the Harvard University Art Museums; the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Featured will be individual masterpieces by artists seldom exhibited in the state, including James Audubon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Hart Benton, George Caleb Bingham, John Steuart Curry, Robert Indiana, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol – as well as a plethora of works by native Mississippians such as Sam Gilliam, William Dunlap, George Ohr, and Eudora Welty.
200 years. 100 artists. 1 Mississippi.