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Museum exhibit to feature Welty photographs alongside her contemporary artists

March 31, 2002

JACKSON, Miss. — Eudora Welty’s photographs of the 1930’s Great Depression will be presented together with paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs of notable American artists of the era in an exhibit to begin this spring.

The exhibition, “Passionate Observer: Eudora Welty — Among Artists of the Thirties” will open April 6 at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson and will run through June 30.

The exhibit will offer comparisons between Welty’s artistic motivation and other visual interpretations of the times. She once said her purpose in photography, as in fiction, was “not to point the finger in judgment but to part a curtain, that invisible shadow that falls between people, the veil of indifference to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.”

More than just a chronicle, Welty’s photographs, like her celebrated story writing, reveal the courage and dignity of the American people during this pivotal era.

Among those whose work will be displayed alongside Welty’s are Southern artists Walter Anderson, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, John McCrady, and Karl Wolfe; photographers Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, and Dorothea Lange; and national artists Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood.

For more information about the museum, including admission price and hours of operation, please contact the Mississippi Museum of Art by telephone at (601) 960-1515. The museum web site address is

For more on the Welty exhibition as well as a number of special programs associated with the exhibition, visit the museum’s web page on the exhibition at

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