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Delta Blues Museum - Previous Exhibits

1967 Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchell

Showcasing black and white photographs by George Mitchell in the Hill Country of Mississippi over thirteen days in the summer of 1967. Photography book also on sale in Museum Gift Shop.
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Photo Credit: George Mitchell (born 1944), Joe Callicott on his porch, 1967. Archival pigment print, copyright © the artist.

Rhythm & Roots

While the South has a rich tradition of deeply rooted music forms‐Appalachian, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country and Gospel among them ‐ the region is also home to numerous transplanted music traditions. Music from Asian, Caribbean, Latino and Native American communities is constantly evolving and flourishing in new environments.
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The American Delta

"The American Delta" is an exploration of modern Delta Blues culture as seen through the eyes of a young woman. Kayzakian-Rowe's work is a high-contrast, gritty and grainy tribute to the men and women bleeding their souls into the blues.
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Delta Dogs: Photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay

The Delta Blues Museum is pleased to announce the premiere of "Delta Dogs: Photographs by Maude Schuyler Clay" with an opening reception on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 5 p.m.
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Under the Roof of a Tin Top Shack

Beginning March 6, 2007, please join us for the world premiere photographic art exhibit, Under the Roof of a Tin Top Shack, by Pulitzer-Prize winner David Turnley, staff photographer for Getty Images - the world's largest supplier of media images.
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Whiskey, Wine & Women

"Whiskey, Wine and Women: Paintings of the Delta Blues Masters," features works by artist Karen Hollowell. Her paintings have an unusual story behind their creation. After learning that some of her loved ones were terminally ill, the artist retreated to her studio where she cranked up her favorite blues music and began painting tenaciously.
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Saturday Night / Sunday Morning

The Delta Blues Museum is currently showing "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" - "an insightful and unique exhibit of photographs by 80 artists exploring the cultural implications of two significant days of the week", says Shelley Ritter, Museum Director.
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Art On the Tracks

GAGA Girls Ginny Piech Street and Anita Prentice will hold an art exhibit to celebrate the blues at the city of Clarksdale's Greyhound Bus Station in partnership with the Delta Blues Museum, at the corner of 3rd and Issaquena in Clarksdale on Friday, September 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Juke Joints: Live from the MS Delta

Juke Joints: "Live from the Mississippi Delta" by journalist Panny Flautt Mayfield reflects the vibrant blues scene in Clarksdale and the Delta area for the past two decades.
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Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz

During the 1930's and 40's, William Gottlieb photographed the contemporary jazz scene to illustrate his columns in the Washington Post, Down Beat Magazine, and other publications. He is now one of the most honored jazz photographers with works in the permanent collections o numerous art galleries and museums. His images of these jazz artists from the "Golden Age of Jazz" have become the standard icons of jazz history.
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Photo Credit: Library of Congress, Music Division

Fabric of Jazz

"The Fabric of Jazz" is Lauren Camp's visual interpretation of jazz. Through the medium of layered fabric and intricate threadwork, the exhibit uniquely portrays several legends of American music, close-up renditions of jazz instruments, multi-panel works showcasing musicians in performance, and jazz-inspired abstracts.
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Journey of the Spirit

Gwendolyn A. Magee's stunning quilts pay homage to the traditions of quilt making while paving the way for further innovations in the art form. Whether abstract or narrative, Magee's quilts are visually compelling and conceptually well developed.
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Sweet Home Chicago

Our incredible visiting exhibit, Sweet Home Chicago: Big City Blues 1946-1966, comes to us from Seattle's Experience Music Project as a result of the 2003 Year of the Blues celebration. Sweet Home Chicago tracks the history of the Blues as it evolves, diversifies and travels from rural Mississippi to urban centers around the world.
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Portraits of the Blues

Portraits of the Blues: the Fine Art Posters of Danny Garrett will open at the Delta Blues Museum on Friday, January 30, 2004. At 4:00 pm, the artist will give a presentation on his work, along with a one-time showing of the original drawing boards, many autographed by the portraits' subjects including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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