Full-scale replicas of three Corinthian columns from the ruins of Windsor are being carefully installed at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Reflected in the shining glass wall of the Jackson Convention Complex, these will be the iconic images of the Welty Biennial’s theme: Classical Mississippi.
Prize-winning hand-made quilts with traditional patterns named after stars, comets, and constellations — all from Port Gibson’s Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 27th Annual Pieces and Strings Show — will line the entrance hall to Biennial exhibits, beginning the second week of the Biennial.
Explore the exhibits, at the Mississippi Museum of Art, featuring the Clarence John Laughlin Photos, James Seawright Sculptures, Armando Staton’s Graffiti of Jesmyn Ward’s Biennial Commentary, and more amazing exhibits of The Welty Biennial.
“The Phantasmagorical Clarence John Laughlin, An American Original” is a documentary film by Gen Fredericks, 37 years in the making about the New Orleans photographer who many consider to be the father of American surrealist photography. Shot in the historic New Orleans Pontabla building where Laughlin lived for over 35 years in a garret apartment stuffed with thousands of books covering every available surface, this is the only known footage of one of America’s most original artists. Laughlin left a photographic archive of over 17,000 images now preserved by the Historic New Orleans Collection. To accompany an exhibit of 9o Laughlin masterworks, the Welty Biennial will present the first public showing of this film.
Cash Bar: 6:300pm
“Art Overhead” collaborative video works by Mimi Garrard and James Seawright will be projected onto the dome of the Russel C. Davis Planetarium May 9 – July 3. Born in Greenville, Mississippi, Garrard has created more than 90 works for the stage and more than 1300 dances for video that have been shown internationally. Her videodances have been shown in festivals in the United States, Europe, South Amerca, Africa, and Asia. Her work has been presented by the Dance on Camera Festival at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, and at the Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
Garrard and Seawright received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters in 2003.
Shows – Monday – Friday @12 noon and 4PM and Saturdays at 4pm
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in a concert on the lawn of the Mississippi Museum of Art. As Miss Welty wrote, in the days before air-conditioning when windows left open, she could hear the orchestra rehearsing across the street. The first half of the program imagines what she might have heard. The second half of the program is the extraordinary 1979 adaptation of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto titled “June Recital” in which five Welty stories are set to Beethoven. “June Recital” is performed by Obie-Award winning Brenda Currin accompanied by the virtuoso piano soloist Mississippi’s Philip Fortenberry.
The Eudora Welty House and garden are shown by guided tour only. Allow a minimum of one hour to visit the home and garden. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, and hours are subject to change.
Please check in at the Education and Visitors Center next door to the Welty House, at 1109 Pinehurst Street, before beginning your tour. Here you will be invited to see an orientation film, view exhibits, and visit the museum shop. Welty docents will direct you through the house and provide information about Welty and her home as you walk from room to room.
Tuesday – Friday
Tours: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Reservations are recommended for tours.
To schedule a tour, call (601)353-7762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tours are not run The Welty Biennial so there is a small Admission Fee.
Students (6 – 18) $3.00
Children (under 6 years) Free
Group rate (13 or more) $1.00 off normal cost of each ticket
13th day of each month Free when the 13th occurs on the day the museum is open.
To relive the good times when Eudora Welty entertained friends in the Garden and on the side porch of the Welty home, the public is invited to a Party at the Eudora Welty Garden on June 4 from 6 – 8:30pm Guests may listen and dance to the sounds of “The Session,” a six-piece Subgroup of Bob Davidson’s Capital City Stage Band. They’ll be playing swing and jazz numbers from the thirties through the fifties, including some of Eudora’s favorites. Welty scholar Suzanne Marrs will also relate brief stories about the music she loved (she was a fan of Fats Waller!). Anecdotes sprinkled throughout The evening will include references to music in such Welty stories as “The Hitch-hikers,” “Powerhouse,” “Music from Spain,” and “June Recital.” The party will be held under a large tent, and light refreshments and libations will be served. Parking is generously being made available on the Campus of Belhaven University off Pinehurst Street. Guests may visit the recreated clubhouse in the Woodland Garden, which Eudora called “the Penthouse,” or “The House of Passions Pent.” It was the site of many happy gatherings of Eudora and friends. This festive event, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation together with The Eudora Welty House And Garden, is part of the Welty Biennial, a 12-week Series of cultural activities, performances, and exhibits in jackson.