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Draped in Time: Spanish Moss and the Tapestry of the South

“Draped in Time,” guest curated by Landon Bryant, weaves together artistic perspectives spanning nearly two centuries, uniting the South’s complex history and rich cultures under the ethereal veil of Spanish moss—an enduring symbol of the complicated, dynamic, and often misunderstood identity of Southern art and society. In the landscapes, genre scenes, scientific treatments, and conceptual explorations featured in this exhibition, Spanish moss performs multifarious roles as a recurrent backdrop for the many diverse and interconnected stories that the South has to tell.

The exhibition will be on display in TJC Gallery from May 8 through July 20, 2024. 

Landon Bryant (@landontalks)

Landon Bryant is a dynamic force in social media, rapidly gaining fame as an influential Southern storyteller. You likely know Landon Bryant from his often hilarious, sometimes controversial (when it comes to sugar or salt on grits), and always insightful "let's discuss..." monologues on Southern culture. His journey, however, roots back to his days as an acclaimed Art teacher whose passion for education continues but now with a much wider audience. Known for his captivating speaking engagements and Southern flair, Landon leaves audiences deeply satisfied with his influential and authentic voice from the South.

Exhibition Programming

May 8: Gallery Talk in Citizens & Southern Event Center by curator Landon Bryant at 6:30 pm 
May 8: Exhibition opening night, TJC Gallery will be open from 5 to 8 pm, closed during the gallery talk 
May 16: Monthly Artwalk Event, TJC Gallery will be open from 5 to 8 pm
June 13: Create your own Spanish moss activity 
July 18: Artwalk 
Landon Bryant
Let's Discuss...Spanish Moss
Reserve Ticket Here

On May 8, join The Johnson Collection and Landon Bryant for an evening curator's talk at Citizens and Southern Event Center at 6:30 pm

Tickets are free, please use the link above to reserve your spot. 

A native of Laurel, Mississippi, Landon Bryant with his clever and insightful conversations, was profiled by The New York Times as a southern voice with a “soft drawl that cloaks a devilishly sly sense of humor, [and he] has become a fixture on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube with his explanation and exploration of what it means to be Southern.”

He will discuss the exhibition's inspiration, his curation process, and how Spanish moss performs multifarious roles as a recurrent backdrop for the many diverse and interconnected stories that the South has to tell.