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"Mississippi Museum of Art" Jackson Things to Do Tip by jinkoe

Jackson Things to Do: 59 reviews and 158 photos

  Hmmm....what is this supposed to be Georgia?
by jinkoe

The small, quaint museum starts off with an explosion, as psychedelic neon photos immediately grab the viewers’ attention. Alongside the kaleidoscope of colors, are two brilliantly designed guitars, one of which taking the shape of a cat. It’s an odd mix, but it definitely sets the tone and generates interest.

Other great pieces include:
-A 3-D, dark brown glossy work that had interlaced pieces of woven baskets, zippers, and paint, all stained to give off a wooden appearance – my first thought was that it looked like Starry Nights redone by a schizophrenic dress maker

-The Kathleen Varnell sculpture gallery is amazing and disturbing. Each jar looks like a person trying to escape from imprisonment, a nose gasping for air, an eye searching for help, or a baby animal fighting to be born. Truly mesmerizing

-Portraits by Amber Calloway are beautiful, and they give stability to an otherwise eclectic gallery.

The true draw to the gallery was the Georgia O’Keefe collection.
*Corn- A vivid, dark green painting that looks different at each angle and each distance, making corn interesting
*Seaweed and Water Maine – One of O’Keefe’s early works that show off her trademark, making non-sexual imagery look like female anatomy
*Flagpole – A rigid, geometric work that is dreary, not what is typically expected from O’Keefe
*New York, Night – This one was comical to me. People talked about what it was supposed to mean, hypotheticals like rainy streets and lamp-posts dominate the conversation. But what it looks like is the top of an umbrella, nothing else.
*The Old Maple, Lake George – A plain, singular tree dominates the canvas; it looks like a child painted the tree from Poltergeist
*Blue, Black, and Gray – It’s abstract paintings like this, and other O’Keefe works, that makes people wonder what qualifies as art.
*Blue Flower – There are no two-ways about it; it’s clearly a vagina.
*Red Landscape – Possibly the most interesting piece, dark red explosions fight through a mountainous landscape.

Address: 201 East Pascagoula Street
Directions: Just go to the south side of town, near the capitol and the fair's easy to find

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  • Updated Feb 8, 2006
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