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white man stands with alone in a hazy field dotted with trees. He holds a banjo and has his back turned toward the camera.

Picturing the South: 25 Years

The South has long held a pivotal but uneasy place within broader American history and culture. Uniquely American musical and literary movements emerged here while many great political and social leaders hail from the region, yet histories of violence, disenfranchisement, and struggle dating back centuries also reverberate. For these reasons, the South is perhaps the most mythologized, stereotyped, and visually represented region in the country. In many ways, to understand America, one needs to grapple with the South.

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Detail of Nellie Mae Rowe's Nellie Riding a Chicken.

Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

This suite of digital resources builds on the High Museum of Art’s 2021–2022 exhibition and publication Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe. Experience the exhibition and related programming, learn more about Rowe’s life and artworks, and explore multimedia content from the exhibition’s curator and other catalogue contributors.

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