What Became of Dr. Smith
April 20, 2024 - September 22, 2024
Mississippi Museum of Art:
380 S Lamar St,
Jackson, MS 39201

Noah Saterstom embarked on a years-long journey to learn about his great-grandfather, a traveling optometrist who spent the final four decades of his life at the Mississippi State Insane Hospital. Here, he channels his findings into a monumental work that expands on his Mississippi ancestry and suppressed Southern histories. The centerpiece is a giant painting composed of 183 canvases that depict episodes of his relative’s life, but no less important are artifacts from the asylum and memorials to the 7,000 people whose remains were discovered there.

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