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A Cast of Blues: Special Exhibition
November 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - January 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until January 7, 2021
Blues music was born in Mississippi, came of age in Chicago, and went on to inspire generations of rock and rollers, ranging from the British invasion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to contemporary groups, such as The Black Keys. As one of America’s contributions to the world of music, the blues took root in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, a flood plain covering 7,000 square miles between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Early blues greats in the Delta pioneered the strong rhythmic style of music, accenting the raw emotions of the lyrics by squeezing chords out of a guitar with a bottleneck or metal slide.
A celebration of the Blues and its rich musical heritage, the exhibition A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.
“A life cast is like a 3-D photograph to someone who is blind” says McConnell-Dickerson, who is visually impaired herself, “It captures the flesh, muscle, bone, hair, and subtle expressions of emotion.”
Ken Murphy’s photographs are selected from the groundbreaking book Mississippi: State of Blues (published 2010 by Proteus/Ken Murphy Publishing). A longtime Mississippi resident, Murphy captures the essence of the blues through highly detailed, panoramic color pictures. The exhibition’s compilation of casts and photos create a compelling portrait of the men and women who defined—and continue to shape—the tradition of Mississippi blues.
Explore this exciting exhibit at the Bosler Memorial Library from November 10, 2020 through January 7, 2021. Days and times to view the exhibit are below. Please also note that groups can also make an appointment to view the exhibit outside of normal viewing hours.
Mondays from 10am to 2pm
Tuesdays from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm
Fridays from 10am to 2pm
Saturdays from 10am to 1pm
Sundays from 1pm to 3pm
To make an appointment to view the exhibit outside normal hours please call Bosler’s Community Relations Department at 717-243-4642 ext. 3224.
If you would like to volunteer to be a docent or helper with the exhibit please contact Bosler’s Community Relations Department at the number above.
A Cast of Blues, a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibit is made possible with a grant from the Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.