SHOW UPDATE: Photos will be up for a few more weeks. Swing by to see them in person!
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What: Photographer Maude Schuyler Clay will be exhibiting her photos of legendary Memphis band, Big Star.
Where: The End of All Music JXN at 3011 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216 (in Fondren)
Maude Schuyler Clay was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, and assisted photographer and first cousin William Eggleston during her nascent years as a photographer. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; and the National Museum for Women in the Arts Washington, D.C., among others. In 1999, the University Press of Mississippi published Delta Land, which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters photography award and the Mississippi Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. Clay was the photography editor of the Oxford American, from 1998 to 2002. She continues to reside in the Mississippi Delta.
A Mississippi photographer with generational roots, Clay records history as a visual archivist, illuminating the domestic, agricultural, and civic manners of the Mississippi Delta, a place that resonates mystery for many but is home to her. What has been described as a “languorous flat-scape” has served as the agricultural homeland of Mississippi since 1817 when the state joined the Union as the 20th state. The titles of Clay’s published works lay claim to a place. Mississippi History and its seductive imagery renders the quotidian extraordinary; Delta Dogs, depicts canines that at times eluded photographic capture as they roamed the barren landscape; and Delta Land traces the disappearance of the past.
More info on Portraits of a Place at the Mississippi Museum of Art:
Maude Schuyler Clay: Portraits of a Place features nearly 100 photographic works by Clay of images that move across time. They are of objects and people informed by the past, belonging to Clay and her family and the larger community. Each image serves as a memory device that assists the viewer with recall. The works presented in this exhibition trace the disappearance of time within our present. Sumner, Mississippi, with its current population of under 500 inhabitants, is the setting for the majority of Clay’s images. The porch of Clay’s intergenerational home, built in 1911 by Clay’s great grandfather Joseph Albert May, offers an idyllic view of Cassidy Bayou, one of the longest bayous in the world. Images in the exhibition inform us of a people, their social placement, their fading architecture, and the freedom of existing in the shadows of historical constraints.
While visitors might be familiar with Clay’s images of Delta landscapes and Delta dogs in a distant fog, the majority of this exhibition, guest curated by Phoenix Savage, is a compilation of Clay’s family portraits represented in an intimate size to convey the relationship between the photographer and the subject. These portraits speak to the domestic realm that binds femininity to motherhood and home. In documenting her immediate family, Clay transcends the boundaries of domesticity and serves as a visual archivist, recording the daily life in a manner that brings awe and delight.