For months, Team Ramey has been working with our clients at the Mississippi Museum of Art to help promote their historic exhibition, A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of The Great Migration. So we could not wait for opening weekend. Truth in advertising: the experience was even more impactful than imagined.
This new exhibition explores the profound impact of the Great Migration on the social and cultural life of the United States. The Great Migration (1915-1970) saw more than six million Black Americans leave the South for cities across the United States. Co-organized with the Baltimore Museum of Art, the exhibition features newly commissioned works by 12 acclaimed Black artists across a variety of media. Informed by research, explorations, and conversations, the artists’ works explore themes of perseverance, self-determination, and self-reliance, along with the impacts this historical phenomenon continues to have today.
Throughout the opening weekend, our team was involved in different facets of production and marketing for the event. However, we all made time to experience the exhibition and take in the profound works from artists such as Carrie Mae Weems and Robert Pruitt.
“I had the opportunity to bring my daughter to The Great Migration – and that really amplified the experience. Not only was I blown away by the exhibit and the variety of art and interpretation, it opened up conversations with my daughter about art and why people left the south. The art was inspiring – what struck me was the way the exhibit made me feel – vulnerable and curious, sad and hopeful that a group of people felt that the best option was to leave the place that was their home for something new. There is hope in that of a newness and sadness in what was left behind and that an entire group of people were not welcomed or embraced for who they were.” —Michelle Hill
“That was the first exhibition I’ve attended in a while that truly captivated me. I’m already looking forward to bringing my family with me for my next visit.” –Coyt Garrison
“I was moved by the performance of Theaster Gates and the Black Monks in front of his art installation. He said something along the lines of, “I’m searching for the same kinds of things in Mississippi that I’m searching for in Jesus.” Pretty incredible and it brought the exhibition to life for me.” —Chris Ray
Visiting the Mississippi Museum of Art to take in this powerful new exhibition is something we’d recommend to everyone—as a solo trip, with friends or with family for an activity day. The works will be on display until September, 11, 2022. Visitors can buy tickets and explore upcoming events at msmuseumart.org.