Exhibit Dates: July 17, 2021 – January 9, 2022 | Location: The Morris Museum | Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm/Sun 12-5pm/CLOSED Mon & Major Holidays
Over the years, Savannah, Georgia, has enjoyed a reputation as an unusually vibrant center for the visual arts, a reputation that has resulted from a large and active community of artists. Christopher P. H. Murphy, his wife Lucile Desbouillons Murphy, and two of their seven children, Christopher A. D. Murphy and his sister Margaret, were central figures in the cultural life of Savannah as artists, teachers, and leaders of the Savannah Art Club and the Association of Georgia Artists.
The work on display was drawn from the Morris’s collection of more than 175 works of art by the Murphy family artists.
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Exhibit Dates: May 6 – August 1, 2021 | Location: The Morris Museum | Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm/Sun 12-5pm/CLOSED Mon & Major Holidays
Don Cooper, born in Texas, grew up in Georgia and has lived primarily in Atlanta since 1977. He received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Georgia and is the recipient of a Fulbright artist fellowship and a Working Artist Project Grant from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA). His work has been the subject of more than thirty solo exhibitions and has been included in more than seventy group exhibitions. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the High Museum of Art, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, MOCA GA, and Coca-Cola USA, in Atlanta; and the Morris Museum of Art, as well as in many private collections. His meditative, ritualistic paintings are inspired by universal symbols such as the bindu, a Hindi and Sanskrit term meaning “point” or “dot,” which represents consciousness, being, and the sacred point of origin and return.
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Exhibit Dates: May 1 – July 25, 2021 | Location: The Morris Museum | Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm/Sun 12-5pm/CLOSED Mon & Major Holidays
Local Color: Photography in the South brings to public view some of the best photographs from the Morris Museum of Art’s permanent collection. This selection underscores the rich range of aesthetic possibility within a medium that has often been thought the purview of amateur photographers, while demonstrating the depth and range of the museum’s holdings. These photographs explore and celebrate the region and speak to the significance of the visual artist to Southern culture. Their subjects range from the commonplace—rural landscapes and near-forgotten small towns—to the very nearly surreal.
Among these photographers, two are known principally for their work in other mediums: John Baeder, for his highly realistic paintings of roadside eateries, and Janos Enyedi, a multimedia artist known for his celebration of the American industrial landscape. Among the rest, Mississippian Birney Imes is famed for his depictions of the honky-tonks and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and Louisianan William Greiner for his slightly surreal depiction of the Deep South.
The work of all of these photographers has been widely exhibited, published, and collected by important public institutions. These artists have created a compelling portrait of the modern South. Interestingly, they have done so without relying on portraits of its inhabitants—there are remarkably few images of people—but by photographing its old farm buildings, warehouses, storefronts, residences, and found objects, leaving one with a sense of place that is like no other.
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