Maude Schuyler Clay: Portraits of a Place

November 29 to March 5, 2023

Mississippi Museum of Art

380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Maude Schuyler Clay: Portraits of a Place

Mississippi Museum of Art

380 South Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

  • Admission: $15 Adults $13 Seniors (65+) $10 Youth* (ages 6-17) and College Students (with ID) Free for Members Free for children ages 5 and under

Overview

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.

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