Our Faith Affirmed—Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection

Angels Playing Music by Purvis Young

Angels Playing Music by Purvis Young


September 10 2014 – August 8 2015

The University of Mississippi Museum of Art presents Our Faith Affirmed—Works from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection. Curated by the Los Angeles-based, scholar and collector Gordon W. Bailey the important exhibition features works by 27 artists, born between 1900 and 1959. Many of the artists are widely known and several, most notably, Thornton Dial Sr, Roy Ferdinand, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Robert Howell, Joe Light, Charlie Lucas, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, and Purvis Young are considered self-taught masters.

The powerful exhibition underscores the significance of Southern vernacular artists whose influence extends far beyond the realm of aesthetics. The artworks exude an authority of experience and directness of expression that bears witness to the considerable weight of Southern history, the saga of American politics, and, most clearly, to their faith and clarity of vision. Bailey suggested: “The arts are our cultural mortar. They solidify the bridges connecting diverse communities. Though the region is rooted in conflict, there are many good people of all races, genders, and socio-economic levels pulling, or in some cases, pushing in the same direction.”

Image: Angels Playing Music, Purvis Young

Marie Hull: Mastery of Color and Form

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March 1–June 25, 2016

Opening Reception featuring a Marie Hull inspired
Cocktail and Book Signing by Bruce Levingston
Thurs., Apr. 14, 2016, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Marie Hull combines her mastery of landscape painting with a unique and powerful synthesis of color and form. These daring works show her boundless sense of exploration and experimentation and continue to have profound impact on art in the South and beyond.

Of Rivers: Photography by Young Suh, Poetry edited by Chiyuma Elliott and Katie Peterson

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February 16–July 9, 2016

Poetry Reading: March 3, 2016, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Poetry reading with Jericho Brown, Chiyuma Elliott, Derrick Harriell, and Katie Peterson.
Opening Reception: March 3, 2016, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

Part of the 2016 Conference of the Book

We began with Langston Hughes’s 1921 award-winning poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and asked people to write something in response. We invited poets of very different styles and sensibilities: F. Douglas Brown (Los Angeles), Jericho Brown (Atlanta), Katie Ford (Los Angeles), Rachel Eliza Griffiths (Brooklyn), Derrick Harriell (Oxford, MS), Dong Li (Nanjing, China and Stuttgart, Germany), Sandra Lim (Cambridge, MA), and Michael C. Peterson (Cincinnati). We wanted to see what each of these writers would make. We also asked the artist Young Suh (El Cerrito, CA) to visually respond to all of these poems. What you see in the gallery is the result of that collaboration—a literary and visual call and response.

Chiyuma Elliott, University of California, Berkeley

Katie Peterson, University of California, Davis

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion

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Skylights, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

January 26–April 16, 2016

Reception: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6–8:00 p.m

 
For as long as I can remember, I have expressed myself through artwork. My formal training was primarily in design, drawing, and studio painting. After many years of painting, sewing, and experimenting with other media, I discovered that fabric, as a fine art medium, best expressed my personal vision. Since 1982, I have been a quilt maker, i.e., my work is constructed from layers of fabric, stitched together with batting or other filler between the layers.

I love the tactile qualities of cloth, and the unlimited color range made possible by hand dyeing, and other surface design techniques. For twenty years, virtually all of my quilts begin with white, 100% cotton fabric. The fabric was dyed, painted and printed to create the palette of colors and visual texture used in piecing and appliquéing my images. In 2004 I began licensing some of my original painted and dyed designs to Benartex, for use in commercially screened fabrics, and many of the quilts since then have included these fabrics. I am also making a series of quilts from images scanned and manipulated in the computer and printed directly on fabric with archival ink jet inks.

The focus of my work is on the qualities of color, line, and texture, which will engage the spirit and emotions of the viewer, evoking a sense of mystery, excitement, or joy. Illusions of movement, depth, and luminosity are common to most of my work. The inner glow is created by hand dyeing or painting my fabrics in gradual progressions from light to dark.

Both my geometric color studies, and my more organic, curved seam abstracts are inspired by visual impressions, collected in my travels, in my everyday life, and in my imagination. Although some of my quilts include pictorial images, my work is most often about seeing, experiencing, and imagining, rather than pictorial representation of any specific object or species. When recognizable objects appear, they represent the emotions and flights of fantasy evoked by those objects. My intention is to focus on positive energy and depict that in my work.

I intend for my quilts to be seen and enjoyed by others. It is my hope that they will lift the spirits and delight the eyes of those who see them. I am constantly learning and my work evolves as I find new images in my imagination and develop the techniques to create them in cloth. As a teacher I believe that the magic of art lies in our heads and in our hearts. I love sharing my techniques with others so they can share their magic with me.

Kate Freeman Clark: A New Look at a National Treasure

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Image courtesy Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery

August 11, 2015–February 20, 2016

Works from one of the 20th Century’s greatest landscape and plein-air painters.
Reception: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
6:00 –8:00 p.m.
Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

Exhibition support from the Friends of the Museum.

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Peri Schwartz: Paintings • Drawings • Prints

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September 22, 2015–January 30, 2016

Reception: Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5–8:00 p.m.
Part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

Peri Schwartz grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. She studied at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts and received an MFA at Queens College. She lives and works in New Rochelle, NY. In paintings, prints and drawings she focuses on composition and the interplay of color, light and space. Her work is in museum collections in the US and Europe. This exhibition will highlight her talents in several media.

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Intervals and Disturbances by Ben Butler

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September 8–December 18, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6–8:00 p.m.

Part of the annual membership party

Intervals and Disturbances reflects the sensibility that an object stands as a momentary physical manifestation of an ongoing process. They provide evidence of unseen forces, and they point to the distinction between the human and the non-human. Throughout the natural world, unexpected complexity emerges from simple, persistent processes. When the order of things is not readily apparent, complexity is often mistaken for chaos. In the rush to comprehend we often miss the wonderful unseen forces at work. The response is to play in these boundaries between the simple and the complex, between the complex and the overwhelming.

V.I.P. Portrait Gallery by Andrzej Maciejewski

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May 26–September 5, 2015

Reception: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
 
Andrzej Maciejewski Artist Statement:

This series is a study of form, a collection of diverse shapes and textures. I have created many such collections and I often choose mundane objects, like in this case potatoes. This gives me the freedom to look at them in an abstract way or to interpret them on my own, without being limited by the overwhelming context, which often happens when you choose objects that are too obviously important or unusual. What drew me to potatoes in particular, was their commonly unappreciated diversity created by nature, not by human artfulness. For my potatoes, I chose to make portraits rather than simply still-lifes and I gave them names—not in order to suggest that they look like people, but simply to emphasize their individual uniqueness (names individualize, like numbers standardize). I used the large format camera and I printed them much larger than the life-size to show them like they were looked at through the magnifying glass—with attention to all the tiny, but meaningful details. Excluding the color factor by shooting them in black & white let me focus on shape, texture and light. The VIP in the title may be translated as Very Interesting Potatoes, or in many other ways.

 

part of the Oxford Arts Crawl
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Brief Encounters by Martin Arnold

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March 10–May 16, 2015

Reception: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This exhibit features figure paintings by Martin Arnold. As an artist, Arnold strives to create “a psychological mirror” with his almost life-sized oil paintings.

 

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Bloomingdale’s Fashion Touchdown

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August 1, 2014 – January 24, 2015

This exciting exhibit features one-of-a-kind football helmets, created by world-famous fashion designers for an auction to benefit the NFL Foundation. The University of Mississippi Museum acquired three helmets, featured in the exhibition with photographs of the remaining 45 helmets.