The Call and Look of Freedom
February 15 – May 15, 2018
Tougaloo College Art Gallery
The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center
Tuesday & Thursday, noon-5 PM
Monday/Wednesday by appointment
For group visits, contact:
Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art & Civil Rights
601.965.9906 or email@example.com
Free to the public
In commemoration of the 1960s rally cry “Freedom Now” and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Now: The Call and Look of Freedom spotlights the urgency, self-determination, and hope of the African-American liberation movement through the visual arts. Drawing from the holdings of Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Museum of Art, and private collections, this inaugural exhibition of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative underscores the interrelationship of our past and current civil and human rights struggles. Now features works of art by leading figures whose careers have centered on the African-American experience, such as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and Ernest Withers, as well as expressions by younger artists. As the exhibition explores the abrupt yet protracted nature of this “now,” it highlights issues of identity, power, and the profound desire to live freely.
Curated by La Tanya Autry, former Curator of Art & Civil Rights for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College.
"When many people think of black freedom, they recall documentary-style photography of black people at marches or black people being victimized by police or dogs,” said Autry. "Now challenges these typical conceptions by highlighting a range of visual representations. Protest imagery is important of course. But freedom involves people enjoying their lives. We must always also consider images of black people living and thriving when we discuss freedom."
This exhibition is presented as part of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College that presents joint exhibitions and programs, and facilitates increased scholarship surrounding the Tougaloo Art Collection. The Art & Civil Rights Initiative is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
ART CREDITS: Tracy Sugarman (1921-2013), Eight New Voters on “Freedom Day” in Cleveland, MS—and Spectators, 1946, linocut. Collection of Tougaloo College Art Collection, Mississippi. | Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), My Right is a Future of Equality with Other Americans, from The Negro Woman series, 1947, linocut. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 1997.031. | Romare Bearden (1914-1988), The Conversation, 1979, lithograph. Collection of Tougaloo College Art Collection, Mississippi, 2002.089. | Betye Saar (born 1926), L. A. Sky with Spinning Hearts, 1989, color offset lithograph with collage. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 2004.029. | Jason Bouldin (born 1965), Portrait of Myrlie Beasley Evers, 2013, oil on canvas. Purchase, acquired through the generosity of Ivye Allen, Martha Bergmark, Betsy Bradley, Debra Brown, La’Verne Edney, Dr. Susan Glisson, Dr. Glenda Glover, Dr. Beverly Hogan, Jane Jackson, Mavis James, Jo Ann Jenkins, Ann Jones, Jeanne Luckett, Betty Mallett, Dr. Deirdre McGowan, Mabel Pittman Middleton, Julie Moore, Johnnie P. Patton, R. Ph., Lisa Percy, Regina Quinn, Dr. Vonda Reeves-Darby, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Dr. Sylvia Stewart, Marian Turner, Terryce Walker, Jane Walman, and Amy Whitten. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 2013.032. | Hystercine Rankin (1929-2010), Parchman Prison, 1992, quilted fabric. Purchase, with funds from the Searcy Fund. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, 2008.103.