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June 14, 2014 - August 31, 2014
All Day
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, MS 39205
Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students (includes admission to This Light of Ours: Activist P

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Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi

Saturday, June 14

The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions On June 21, 1964, civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney were brutally murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Several months later, LOOK Magazine commissioned an investigative article about the incident entitled “Southern Justice,” and painter Norman Rockwell was asked to provide an illustration for the magazine’s cover. Over the course of five weeks, Rockwell intensively studied the circumstances of the murders, made many preliminary drawings, photographs, a preparatory oil sketch, and the finished painting entitled Murder in Mississippi. This exhibition presents the iconic masterpiece in the context of many related works and thus illuminates the artist’s creative process.