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Eudora Welty's work on display in Laurel

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LAUREL, MS. (WDAM)- The exhibition of 50 photographs at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art captures what Eudora Welty saw during the great depression both in her native Mississippi and in New York.

The exhibit called, "Eudora Welty in New York," seeks to re-create her very first photography show in 1936. Jill Chancey is the museum's curator.

"So we have a representation of the work she had on display, her very first one person show and we also have about 11 works of pictures she took when she was in New York, they weren't in the show but they were pictures she took during her many visits to the city," said Chancey.

Chancey said Welty was trying to capture the realities of the depression in both locations. The Mississippi photographs are more personal in nature, like a picture of a young girl in her Sunday dress ready to go to church.

"Well we are celebrating the centennial of her birth, she was born in 1909, and there has been a whole year of celebration in New York, in Jackson at the Eudora Welty house and here in Laurel to celebrate a really important figure in Mississippi culture both in the visual arts and in the literary arts."

Chancey said so far the exhibition has received a really positive response, and has drawn visitors from across the state. "Eudora Welty in New York" will be on display at the museum until November 15, 2009.

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