No photography is allowed in any part of the museum.
A nice, small museum, the strongest element of their permanent collection is undoubtedly the Native American basketry, with some images here.
Other notable pieces:
Thomas Moran 'A Glimpse of Long Island Sound from Montauk' 1907
Mary Cassatt 'Woman Bathing' 1891
Grant Wood litho 'In the Spring' 1939
John Singer Sargent 'Wooded Landscape' 1883
Robert Henry 'The Brown Wrap' 1911
A Clyde Butcher exhibit, "America the Beautiful: the Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher" is going on now through September 4 of this year.
The museum just wrapped up a Chihuly exhibit (they acquired the 'Dale Chihuly Aventurine Green Chandelier with Copper Leaf' which was installed in 2013) and the LRMA happens to have the only Chihuly on display in the state of Mississippi.
Laurel, Mississippi is best known in the larger art world as being the home of Mark Landis, the now-famous art forger who duped 50+ museums. In this 2013 New Yorker piece (one of the best on this topic), The Giveaway by Alec Wilkinson, the Lauren Rogers is mentioned, as Landis had gifted "Nymph on the Rocks" 'by' Everett Shinn to the museum in 2003. When Landis offered more works but never delivered, George Bassi, museum director, went searching for him -- Mark Landis lived in Laurel, after all. There were doubts about him. About the art.
The Shinn stayed in the museum’s vault until 2008. By then, Bassi had heard a sufficient amount about Landis that he thought it was time to confront him. When a member of the staff told Landis that he believed the piece was fraudulent, Landis said he wished he had known that when he bought it. “He made it sound like he’d been duped,” Bassi told me.
Sometimes, through the window of his office, Bassi would see a director from another museum on the sidewalk, waiting, it turned out, for Landis. An official from a museum in Kentucky flew in to meet him. Another one came from Florida. As a means of establishing his credentials, Landis sometimes dishonestly raised the name of the Lauren Rogers Museum in letters. He wrote the director of a museum in Chapel Hill, asking “if the museum would consider the gift of Weidlingbach, Egon Schiele, oil on panel, 12 x 9 ½ in. I bought this at Christie’s, New York in 1986.” He went on to say, “I hope you are familiar with our museum here, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. It was founded by my mother’s family.”
From the documentary Art and Craft:
Mark now takes commissions (of non-copyright material) and donates a portion of the proceeds to NAMI for mental illness awareness.
And big +++ to the museum for their provenance research project. They are looking into the history of 11 pieces for which they have incomplete ownership accounts to make certain they're not Nazi-stolen artworks. Other museums do this, but not all make it quite so prominent. Nice.
Downstairs in the lobby area, much of the space is devoted to the fish
The desk agents always give the children bags of fish food
Which the fish gobble up happily
Here, a visit we made to Newbern, Alabama, and of course we photographed the green warehouse William Christenberry made famous.
This is how it looked when he captured it in 1978 and here, the painting he made of it in 2008 in the permanent collection of the LACMA.
Besides the food, I love meeting the other diners, as most often we're all strangers to one another, and enjoy the dance of the table as people are so incredibly polite about taking dishes down from the lazy susan and putting them back, when to spin, and looking out for errant spoons looking to tip frosty glasses of sweet tea.
Here: (I guess the fried eggplant hadn't yet made it around) peas, beans, sweet potatoes, greens, a dumplin, cornbread, and a fried chicken thigh
Shugie = huge fan.
Best Mississippi restaurant news I've heard this month: Peggy's in Philadelphia (Neshoba County) is open again. That's another 'home' restaurant in which the honor system is in place: one pays cash in a basket upon leaving.
Can't wait to eat from these sweet plates again later this summer
The first thing we came up on was the new Schaeffer Eye Center 'Schaeffer Spectacles' sculpture -- they're a little hard to see at this time of day but so neat:
(and lots of love to Schaeffer, as that's where I had my LASIK (best thing ever), they do so much for our community, and we know them -- they're just a great family.)
There are different things to do at the park: hike, a new Segway tour, and they also have an hour-long ziplining tour with seven different ziplines -- that's what we did.
The last time I ziplined was across the lake at Camp Mac with my adventure group. Ashley took this slow-mo vid of me going across! Hilarious!
This gave me a bit of a pause. I seriously didn't think at first my legs were long enough so I could make it from board to board on that wobbly bridge
Did it. Heh. No makeup and not my greatest pic (so relieved I'm almost cross-eyed!!) but gosh am I so happy to have made it across!
So much crazy fun. Shug likes to do the zipline at the Birmingham Zoo. I think later this year we may take everybody to Georgia where they have the world's largest zipline tour.
I just read that at the new Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, they have a cloud coaster which is some kind of zipline ride -- not sure, but maybe something like this?
Roller Coaster Zipline from Taylor-Rae Kotschenreuther on Vimeo.
If you look at the sign super-closely, in those mailbox sticker letters (the kind you can get at Home Depot or Lowe's) they list their clergy using three different Hebrew names for the Almighty.
It's corporate but cute, and one gets the sense the designers spent a lot of time on Pinterest.
The star? The biscuit. In fact, there are 11 variations on the biscuit on the menu (you can get a yogurt parfait or even a salad, but it feels as though coming here and ordering something other than a biscuit would be like going to a steakhouse and getting the fish).
Among the offerings: Chicken Holler (hot chicken, cheddar, pickles in medium, hot, or "make 'em holler"), Andoille Hustle (andoille and cheddar over sausage gravy), Kickback Chicken (fried chicken, goat cheese, green onion, sweet pepper jelly), Hollerback Club (bacon, guacamole, fried green tomato, 'hollerback sauce')...here, plain ol' biscuit
Leslie and I had the flying frittata (roasted vegetable egg white frittata, kale, herbed Greek yogurt, dash of hot sauce). Good.
We were invited to the soft opening of Real and Rosemary, which is also in Homewood, close to Holler and Dash. It's decorated simply and sweetly
We got to meet the owner and saw a few media friends; the food was served family style for this event so we could have a taste of everything. Here, the collard green pesto, and a dab of honey ricotta dip
Southwest salad with apples, tomatoes, chicken, pepperjack, beans, avocado and tortillo strips, with a chipotle lime dressing
beet, fig, and goat cheese sandwich on cranberry walnut bread
bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwich
I noticed one of the desserts mentions Pastry Arts, which is just up the street from Real and Rosemary. If you haven't been to Pastry Arts, go ahead and fix that as soon as you can. Their baby bites (like cake balls, but they're flat and un-iced on the bottom) are incredible.
Do you think in a couple of years we'll be able to look back at the last decade in restaurant history as the ampersand years? In 2014, Eater ran What's in a Name? The Year of the Ampersand. Last year the Washingtonian had Why do so many Hot New Restaurants Have Names that Sound the Same?:
As my colleagues Anna Spiegel and Ann Limpert pointed out recently, Ampersands are as common right now in area restaurants as dishtowel napkins and dainty grandma plates...
Damien Hirst: The End Game
The Wilson Tunnel (it's an actual walk-through) -- The Light Inside by James Turrell
The Hydrospatial City by Gyula Kosice
Reticularea by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt)
A 1961 Mark Rothko
Georgia O'Keeffe's Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow
Thing loved most -- this William Edmondson Eagle from the '30s
Untitled work by Sobudh Gupta, 2008
Looking forward to seeing the Kusama: At the End of the Universe exhibit going on through September 18.