New York museum director bails out of art exhibit opening ceremo - - Jackson, MS

New York museum director bails out of art exhibit opening ceremony

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York did not attend the opening of their traveling exhibition, When Modern Was Contemporary, in Jackson Thursday morning.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is the first stop for the Neuberger Museum's 20th century exhibition and Dr. Tracy Fitzpatrick was scheduled to speak during the opening ceremony.

She canceled her trip after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned travel to Mississippi Tuesday following the passing of the Religious Accommodations Bill. 

In a statement, Dr. Fitzpatrick said: "This exhibition reflects the ways in which our founding patron, Roy R. Neuberger, supported living artists irrespective of their backgrounds and beliefs, and valued open dialogue through a mix of ideas – even those that were controversial and unpopular, an approach that is in opposition to Mississippi’s new, sweeping, discriminatory anti-gay and transgender legislation."

Thomas J. Schwarz, President of Purchase College, SUNY, also planned to attend the event, but backed out as well.

Mississippi Museum of Art director Betsy Bradly says they were looking forward to their visit, but they're excited for the opportunity to have such iconic works of art on display in Mississippi.

"We're really focused on how exciting it is to have the art here and what it means to have those institutions in New York to share that art with Mississippi," said Betsy Bradly, Director at Mississippi Museum of Art. "We are a very inclusive place and we think that this art is an opportunity for very different people, from very different backgrounds to come together and have great experiences with art."

The exhibition officially opens Saturday, April 9 and runs through October.  Click here for more details on the exhibit.

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