Photographs by Eudora Welty to be displayed at Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Monday, 11 October 2010

MONTGOMERY—An exhibit featuring the Depression-era photography of famed Southern writer Eudora Welty will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in November.

“Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections” is a landmark exhibit of Welty’s photographs developed by the Museum of Mobile in partnership with the Southern Literary Trail, with funding from the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Created and organized by the Museum of Mobile using Welty’s original negatives, the exhibit will open at the Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday, Nov. 11, and will be on display through Jan. 7, 2011.

Welty is renowned for her short stories and novels about the American South, including the Pulitzer Prize winning “The Optimist’s Daughter,” but she was also a noted photographer who worked as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s.

While working for the WPA, Welty traveled throughout her native state of Mississippi, photographing people from diverse racial and economic backgrounds. This new exhibit includes 40 photographs from this era, paired with excerpts from Welty’s writing.

“This exhibit leads audiences on a unique journey to another time and another place, while providing a contemporary look into Welty's life as a writer and Southerner,” said Rosa Parks Museum curator Viola Moten.

The Museum will also host a series of lectures while the exhibit is on display, exploring Welty’s artistic and cultural legacy. On Nov. 11, the exhibit will open with a lecture by noted Welty scholar Dr. Pearl McHaney from Georgia State University discussing Welty as a photographer.

On Dec. 2, Dr. Bert Hitchcock, a specialist in Southern literature from Auburn University, will present a lecture exploring how Welty’s experiences in the 1930s shaped her writing.

On Jan. 6, 2011, Dr. Suzanne Marrs of Millsaps College will discuss the role that biography plays in Welty’s fiction and the historical and social contexts out of which her fiction has developed.

The lectures will all start at 6 p.m. inside the museum auditorium.

“Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections” will travel along the Southern Literary Trail through fall 2011. Following its showing at the Rosa Parks Museum, the exhibit will travel to the Atlanta History Center, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Ala., and the Mississippi University for Women Art Gallery in Columbus, Miss.

For more information, contact the museum at 334-241-8701. The exhibit hall at the Rosa Parks Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

DiChiara

This photo, taken by famed Southern writer Eudora Welty, is one of 40 examples of the author’s Depression-era photographs that will be on display at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum starting in November. “Eudora Welty: Exposures and Reflections” is a landmark exhibit of Welty’s photographs developed by the Museum of Mobile, the Southern Literary Trail and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Created and organized using Welty’s original negatives, the photos will be presented with excerpts from Welty’s writing including her essays about the South and her fiction. (Photo courtesy the Mississippi Department of Archives and History)