mod·ern /'mädern/ (adjective)
bold, different, innovative, trailblazing,
fresh, new, edgy
The American Federation of Arts (AFA) and the Neuberger Museum of Art are proud to present When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This is the first traveling exhibition of this beautiful collection of American modern art in over forty years.
Julian Rankin, Marketing Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, says, “Roy R. Neuberger was a devoted champion of the art of his time, and he acquired works by a remarkable selection of modern masters, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others.” The exhibition, featuring incredible sculptures and painting from over fifty artists, will run from April 9 through October 30, 2016.
“It is our great pleasure to host this incredible exhibition featuring work by so many of the Twentieth Century’s most dynamic and revered artists,” said Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art. “Never before in Mississippi have artworks by this inimitable group of creators shared a museum exhibition space; we’re honored to make them available to visual art explorers from across the region and beyond.”
Rankin says, “Complementing When Modern Was Contemporary is a secondary exhibition called Reflections: Works by Modern Mastersfrom the Collection. Also on view April 9 – October 30, 2016, this exhibition features works by many of the same American artists but in this case drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and from that of Paul and Celia Mabry (Oxford). Moreover it includes remarkable examples by contemporaneous artists not represented in the Neuberger Collection—like Franz Kline, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol—as well as works by Mississippi modernist painters such as Dusti Bongé, Andrew Bucci, and George Wardlaw.”
The Mississippi Museum of Art is also celebrating daring Mississippians who are taking bold steps to move our state forward. By introducing Mapping a Modern Mississippi, the museum is featuring talented, risk-taking men and women who work in all facets of life. Click here to join the statewide conversation and learn more about Mississippi's own trailblazers!
For more information on the Mississippi Museum of Art, please visit www.msmuseumart.org.