Friday, February 22

The Art of Tamales: Richard A. Lou's "Stories on My Back" Exhibit at Mississippi State University

Detail of Richard A. Lou's installation at the Visual Arts Center Gallery, Mississippi State University
Photo courtesy of Visual Arts Center Gallery

"Richard A. Lou: Stories on My Back" is an exhibition currently on view a the Visual Arts Center Gallery at Mississippi State University.

From the press release:

Stories on My Back is a three-dimensional multi-media installation that combines photography, found objects, and sound. With his work, Richard A. Lou questions and initiates discussions about race and celebrates the multicultural background that the world shares. To do this, Lou oftentimes references his own Chinese and Hispanic heritage as a visual way to introduce the viewer to ideas of cultural identity.  The artist explores his family’s history, which is connected to the history of Mississippi. Lou’s father, Lou Yet Ming, was a “paper son” from Canton Province, China, and he also grew up in the Mississippi Delta in Coahoma, Mississippi…Lou’s grandfather ran a grocery store in Coahoma, MS, during the early 20th Century and into the mid 60’s. 

Lou uses found objects in his multi-media installation including a large number of corn husks, referencing his connection to the culture of tamales.

Stories On My Back will be on view January 15 to March 23, 2013 at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery, 808 University Drive, Starkville, Mississippi.  The artist, Richard A. Lou will be speaking to the public about his work on March 7, at 3:00pm in Giles Hall, Harrison Auditorium – MSU Campus. A gallery reception will also be held Thursday, March 7 from 6:30pm until 7:30pm at the VAC Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information call 662-325-2973.

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For more on tamales in the Mississippi Delta, visit our Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail.

For more on Chinese immigration to the Mississippi Delta, visit our Chinese Grocers oral history project.