The Welty Biennial

Classical Mississippi : Photography, Sculpture, Story-telling, Painting, Video, Architecture, Quilts, Graffiti, and Music.
April 10, 2015 to July 3, 2015 at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Welty Biennial entrance 2 Photo by Ride Hamilton

The Welty Biennial, curated by David Kaplan,  is named after Eudora Welty, who was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909 and died there in 2001. She wrote stories, novels, essays, memoirs and book reviews. She took photographs.

Inside the galleries of the Welty Biennial are Eudora Welty’s words and photographs along with the work of other writers, photographers, and the artistry of painters, quilters, video-makers, and sculptors. Welty and the artists of the Biennial share a vision, and a source for their art, in the culture of Classical Greece which flourished over 2700 years ago.

Photo by Ride Hamilton The Welty Biennial

The exhibits of the Welty Biennial include commentary by novelist Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award Winner for her novel Salvage the Bones; ninety photographs by Clarence John Laughlin, best known for his images of ruined plantation houses; star quilts made by Dorinda Evans of Clinton, Mississippi, whose quilts won the Constellation prize at  the 2015 Pieces & Strings Quilt Contest and Show;  graffiti by Armando Staten (aka TOPZ); electronic Constellation sculptures by James Seawright and virtual sculpture videos by Mimi Garrard. Both Seawright and Garrard are winner of the life-time achievement award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.Welty Biennial PEDIMENT and SEAWRIGHT SCULPTURES Photo by Ride Hamilton

These are exhibited along with full-scale replicas of fragments from the ruins of Windsor Plantation in Port Gibson.  A hologram of the triangular pediment sculptures from the Mississippi State Capitol (sculpted by Robert Porter Bringhurst in 1904) is also on display. Photos of the exhibit by Ride Hamilton.

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The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

Tennessee Williams and His Circle of Friends
September 25 – 28th, 2014 throughout the town of Provincetown, Massachusetts
Bissinger photo
The 9th season of the festival, curated by co-founder David Kaplan, focused on the  theme of friendship in plays written by Tennessee Williams — and plays written by his friends: Carson McCullers, Yukio Mishima, Jane Bowles, among others. Season announced May 31st at the annual Festival Dinner. Continue reading →


Tennessee Williams in the French Quarter

August 2014 to August 2015 at the Gallier House


Tanaquil LeClerc, Donald Windham, Buffie Johnson, Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal, 1949 photo by Karl Bissinger.

Besieging Wilderness (No. 2), 1938 photo by Clarence John Laughlin.

Father and daughter and a Williams quote, 2014 photo by Ride Hamilton