Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South: 25 Years


Picturing the South

Richard Misrach (American, born 1949), Norco Cumulus Cloud, Shell Oil Refinery, Norco, Louisiana (detail), 1998, printed 2012, pigmented inkjet print, 60 x 72 inches, commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund, 2012.6.

The South has long held a pivotal but uneasy place within broader American history and culture. Uniquely American musical and literary movements emerged here while many great political and social leaders hail from the region, yet histories of violence, disenfranchisement, and struggle dating back centuries also reverberate. For these reasons, the South is perhaps the most mythologized, stereotyped, and visually represented region in the country. In many ways, to understand America, one needs to grapple with the South. Read More.


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