Mississippi agriculture – especially cotton – established systems of vested plantation power, entrepreneurial farmers, sharecroppers, and enslaved populations. What did it take to subvert the hierarchy? What can we learn from the past to address land issues that continue to affect people in the South?
At April's Re:frame, we explored the complexities of Southern farmland and delved into the history of economic justice through dialogue with art and with each other. Held in the galleries of White Gold: Thomas Sayre.
Guests included former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy; farmer Cindy Ayers, owner of Footprint Farms; and Chef Nick Wallace, who provided a punctuation to the evening with a dish sourced from the Mississippi land.
In partnership with the Mississippi Center for Justice. Sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Re:frame is an interdisciplinary programming format engineered by CAPE that brings together combinations of art, music, and a diversity of voices to facilitate public dialogue through art about issues of contemporary significance. It is designed to empower participants to think and speak from their own experiences, and to make personal meaning from the artwork. Re:Frame is part of the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Third Thursday programming.