Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchell opens June 1st
Image: George Mitchell (born 1944), Daylight Cafe’, 1967. archival pigment print, copyright of the artist
Exhibition Dates: June 1st through July 31st
Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, this exhibition showcases photographs that George Mitchell captured in the Hill Country of Mississippi over thirteen days in the summer of 1967. In addition to the intimate photographs of renowned Blues musicians such as Jessie Mae Hemphill, Ada Mae Anderson, R.L. Burnside, and Joe Callicott, exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to hear original field recordings by these musicians as captured by George Mitchell. The recordings and photographs he collected depict the artists and the environments that influenced the Hill Country Blues.
“The field research trip that my wife Cathy and I took to Mississippi during the summer of 1967 was one of the most fascinating and memorable experiences of my life,” said the artist. “We found, recorded, photographed, and interviewed so many great musicians in this brief period of time that it was almost unbelievable. Just as amazing was how the very nice people in the region welcomed me, volunteered to help me, and made me feel at home.”
George Mitchell has recorded and photographed many Blues singers across the South in Tennessee, Alabama, and throughout Georgia. While preparing to move from a house he had lived in for 35 years, he rediscovered a large collection of photographs that were taken on that trip to the Mississippi Hill Country.
The GumTree Museum of Art is uniquely located in beautiful downtown Tupelo, Mississippi.