April 29 through July 24, 2022
Art+Letters: Hold Still
Saturday, June 4; 10:00 AM–11:00 AM CDT
Come take part in the Museum’s art-inspired reading group, Art+Letters. All discussions take place in person at the MMFA surrounded by art and last about an hour.
A Memoir with Photographs
In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann’s preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.
Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: “deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder.”
In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.