National Blues Museum: Saturday, 2 April 2016
The National Blues Museum is pleased to announce that the first traveling exhibition to arrive at the museum is H.C. Porter’s interactive portrait series titled “Blues @ Home: Mississippi’s Living Blues Legends.” Visual artist H.C. Porter created 31 paintings of Mississippi-based blues artists and has paired them with oral histories from each subject. The exhibition includes images of world-famous performers, including the late David “Honeyboy” Edwards, the late B.B. King, and Bobby Rush.
The 31 mixed media original portraits were created through a process involving black and white photography, silkscreen transfer, acrylic paints and prismacolor pencils that enable the artist to add vibrant detail and imagery to each picture. In addition to shooting each portrait, Porter was able to record the artists speaking about their lives and their talents. Segments of the interviews can be heard through a handheld audio wand that allows visitors to listen at their own pace as they view a portrait.
“Blues @ Home” will open to the public on the Museum’s opening day, April 2, 2016. It will remain on view through June 1, 2016, inside the Scott and Diane McCuaig and Family Gallery.