Mississippi Museum of Art and Baltimore Museum of Art Announce National Tour of One Movement in All Directions

Today, the Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) and the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), co-organizers of A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, announced that the groundbreaking exhibition will travel to three locations additional five-city US tour.

The exhibition, featuring newly commissioned works by 12 of the most acclaimed artists working today, premiered at MMA from April 9 to September 11, 2022, before traveling to BMA, where it is currently on view until April 29. January 2023.

He then embarked on a nationwide tour of other parts of the United States that became destinations for the more than six million African Americans who left the South in the early 20th century and well into the 1970s. and following dates are the Brooklyn Museum in New York (March 3 to June 25, 2023); California African American Museum in Los Angeles (August 5, 2023-March 3, 2024); and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in California (Spring 2024). Other locations will be announced.

Betsy Bradley, Director of MMA, said: “During the early planning sessions that culminated in A Movement in All Directions, everyone involved was keen to see the exhibit go to museums in cities across the country that were pivotal destinations during the Great Migration. The impact of this complex chapter in American history reverberates today. We are delighted that these institutions are showcasing the work of these exceptional artists who have developed from their individual investigations into their connection to the South.

“A movement in all directions offers a poignant new perspective through which to consider, understand and learn more about the great migration, both as a historical event and a current topic. We are delighted that audiences of all the country has the opportunity to experience the dynamic and multifaceted work of the 12 featured artists and connect with their distinct perspectives and narratives.The Great Migration holds incredible significance for many communities and individuals, so it is important that the exhibition remains visible for years to come,” said Asma Naeem, Acting BMA Co-Director and Chief Curator Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown.

A Movement in Every Direction features newly commissioned works in all media by 12 acclaimed black artists, including Akea Brionne, Mark Bradford, Zoë Charlton, Larry W. Cook, Torkwase Dyson, Theaster Gates Jr., Allison Janae Hamilton, Leslie Hewitt, Steffani Jemison, Robert Pruitt, Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Carrie Mae Weems. Through the artists’ distinct and dynamic installations, the exhibition re-reveals the spectrum of contexts that shaped the Great Migration and explores the ways in which it continues to reverberate today in both intimate and communal experiences.

Movement in all directions provides a platform for featured artists to explore, reflect on, and capture their own relationships to this singular historical event, both personally and artistically. Brought together by co-curators Ryan N. Dennis (her), MMA Chief Curator and Artistic Director of the Museum’s Center for Art and Public Exchange, and Jessica Bell Brown (her), BMA Curator and Head of Department of contemporary art, the works offer an insightful rumination on the complexity of the Great Migration as a narrative that is still unfolding. The exhibition showcases an incredible wealth of artistic vision and endeavour, with installations ranging widely in conceptual and technical approach and embracing painting, sculpture, drawing, video, sound and immersive installations.

The exhibition is accompanied by a two-volume publication A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, Volume 1 and 2. The first volume includes a critical reader highlighting essential scholarly work around aspects of the Great Migration , from the formation of American cities to its impact on black spirituality, music, art, food and culture. The second volume offers a capsule presentation of the contents of the exhibition, including curatorial essays, artist entries, and recently commissioned essays by leading scholars Kiese Laymon, Jessica Lynne, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and Dr. Willie J .Wright.

The Mississippi Museum of Art received the 2022 Southeastern Museum Conference Gold Award in the $1,000,000 budget category in recognition of A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration. The SEMC exhibition competition showcases the best of the curatorial profession and provides benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts at museums in the Southeast.

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