The Mississippi Museum of Art will be holding an architectural tour in Jackson exploring the real-life places that artist William Hollingsworth portrayed:
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Jackson Then and Now
4:30 PM cash bar
5:30 PM trolley leaves Museum
This one-hour trolley tour, hosted by Bill Gatlin, Architectural Historian for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, explores the history of downtown Jackson through the eyes of William Hollingsworth, who depicted the city in much of his artwork in the 1930s and 1940s. COST: $15 members/$20 non-members, includes admission to the exhibition To Paint and Pray, pre-registration required.
The photo above is one of my favorites of Hollingsworth’s paintings, depicting the elevator in the Tower Building, better known today as the Standard Life Building. It looks like at least two interesting conversations are going on, while the two guys in the back are just wishing the elevator would move faster so they don’t have to listen.
Hollingsworth turned his interested and talented eye on many such scenes in Jackson, and the tour will show us some of those places that remain today. If you’re in town the last Thursday in October, join the tour!