Picturing Missouri Sharecroppers: Finding Counterparts to Pruitt’s Images in Missouri-Correlations and Disparities

Jul 5 – Nov 5, 2022
Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Art Gallery, First Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Where

Center for Missouri Studies
Art Gallery, First Floor
605 Elm Street
Columbia, MO 65201

Visit the Center for Missouri Studies art galleries to explore the 1939 sharecroppers strike with exhibition Picturing Missouri Sharecroppers. Drawn from State Historical Society of Missouri collections, the images represent the interracial sharecroppers’ protest that took place in southern Missouri in 1939, as well as “Cropperville,” a community created to provide homes for displaced sharecroppers.

Presented in conjunction with Mr. Pruitt's Possum Town, this exhibition displays work by two St. Louis Post-Dispatch colleagues, cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick and photojournalist Arthur Witman. Fitzpatrick and Witman’s depictions of southeast Missouri’s cultural and racial landscape in the 1930s and 1940s share some similarities with Pruitt’s Mississippi photographs. Unlike most of Pruitt’s photos, however, the images in this exhibition were designed to be seen in newspapers, and this journalistic function informed the artists’ aesthetic decisions.

 

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