One hundred years ago today a star was born in New Orleans.
Many works, such as Monica Tyran’s “Mahalia,” depict the gospel queen belting lyrics with her eyes closed. Their visual imagery evokes the passion of Jackson’s voice and the joy she found in singing and in the religious message of her songs.
To Jarrell and many others who are familiar with Jackson’s voice, her spirit lives on and its powerful essence is certainly captured in this exhibition. Her spirit is depicted in a variety of media, but all possess the power and vitality of this force of a woman.
Stella Jones Gallery will continue to celebrate Ms. Jackson with a Day of the Dead Celebration at the in-gallery devotional alter on Tuesday, November 1, at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 1, by playing her favorite Christmas carols. The exhibition, Mahalia: Queen of Gospel Music, will run through December 31.
Brianna Smyk has an M.A in Art History from San Diego State University. She lives and works in New Orleans and writes about arts and culture for NolaVie. Read more of Brianna’s articles at www.beingbreezie.tumblr.com.