Cotton, we’re told, is the fabric of our lives. But what does that look like for contemporary Mississippians, at a time in history when most are removed from the agricultural realities of the cotton field? How does cotton’s global history of social stratification still infiltrate our lives? How do modern folks alter the conversation by claiming the cotton tee as a democratic vehicle for personal voice and identity?
CAPE decided to tackle these questions in our June installment of our Re:frame series. We gathered local podcasters and the public inside the galleries of White Gold: Thomas Sayre, an immersive 2000 square foot exhibition by artist Thomas Sayre that meditates on the complexities of a southern cotton field. This discussion was held in conjunction with national tee shirt day and alongside a Museum After Hours pop up exhibition of cotton tees by local designers. We looked at art together, we created a platform for a wide range of voices, and we recorded it.
WHITE GOLD: THOMAS SAYRE
The Center for Art & Public Exchange – CAPE for short – is an initiative of the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. CAPE’s purpose is to use original artworks, exhibitions, programs, and engagements with artists to increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi.
This episode of Let’s Talk Jackson was hosted by Julian Rankin of the Center for Art & Public Exchange at the Mississippi Museum of Art and produced by Beau York of Podastery Studios.
Podcast Panelists: Garrad Lee, Chellese Hall, and Melvin Robinson
"Let's Talk Jackson" Season 6 is sponsored by Primos Cafe.
CAPE’s Re:frame program is 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.