Mississippi Museum of Art curator gives gallery talk

October 18th, 2013 Comments Off on Mississippi Museum of Art curator gives gallery talk

Beth Batton, Mississippi Museum of Art curator, speaks to a group about the “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” exhibit.

Beth Batton, Mississippi Museum of Art curator, speaks to a group about the “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” exhibit.

Beth Batton, curator for the Mississippi Museum of Art, gave a gallery talk on the “Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection” on display through the end of the day in the Department of Art Gallery in McComas Hall.

Batton walked a packed gallery through the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, the collectors of the art for the exhibit, as well as several of the works of art in the exhibit.

Batton said that when the Vogel’s collection had reached around 4,000 pieces, they gave it to the National Museum of Art, a place they had visited on their honeymoon.  However, the National Museum of Art suggested the couple share the large collection with other museums as well.

So, the couple sent 50 pieces to museums in all 50 states, including the Mississippi Museum of Art.

“It’s been great to be able to send the show around the sate,” said Batton, adding that universities especially see the value in the collection.

Batton said she was impressed and excited that Mississippi State was able to support some of the pieces that can be more difficult to exhibit because they aren’t as well protected by glass.

“You all are really lucky to have this great gallery and staff,” she said.

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