Calendar

Admissions/Directions/Hours/
After Hours
Facilities Rental
Film at the O
Get Involved
Kohlmeyer Circle
O What a Night
Store/Center
Tour the O

May 2015

Book Club - Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
May 26, 2015

Southern Literature

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

**As a special treat, author Rebecca Snedeker will join us for this discussion! Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city's remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors’ compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

Contact: Ellen Balkin, 504.539.9608, ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Mississippi Rail Company
May 28, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The aim of Mississippi Rail Company is moving music forward via a vehicle of the past. Their music is an experiment in irony, embracing New Orleans roots music, rock 'n roll, folk, and blues traditions while refusing to fall subject to any of their claims. Their music breaks wholly new ground, rejecting any pull toward a simple re-hash of past musical genres. There is nothing tired, tried, or weary about their sound as it re-thinks (and re-shapes) a century of American musical traditions. In short, it manages to sound as if it could have been produced in 1920, even as its content and structure are decades ahead of its time.

Mississippi Rail Company's first self-titled EP exemplifies a group who has breathed in, mastered, and understood hundreds of musical influences, only to breathe them back out in one unique expression. Their follow-up full-length Coal Black Train, recorded in the swamps of Maurice, Louisiana, leaves trails of ghost stories, love songs, and murder ballads of the American South.

In such fashion, Mississippi Rail Company continues to steam ahead in a manner evocative of so many old conventions yet remains fresh and exciting. They are to New Orleans music what Old Crow Medicine Show is to bluegrass and Los Po-boy-citos is to Latin: neither descendent from nor mimetic of their genre.

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Jim Roche Being His Own Shrink
May 30, 2015

Southern Music

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Patrick F. Taylor Library

On May 30th, 2015, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host legendary Southern underground artist, Jim Roche, for a presentation of his audio and video performance art from throughout his career. Presented as a supplement to Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic, currently on view in the Ogden Museum's 5th floor galleries, this presentation will allow the audience to explore Roche's pioneering video and audio work.

"When I first started talking character studies into a recording device in 1971, we called it 'being your own shrink.' Later, this way of working became known as Performance Art, and the rest is history. I first played audio tapes in NYC at the Paula Cooper Gallery in 1973, and these remained underground until recently. At some point, a video camera came my way, and what had been audio performance became video performance. I have always worked in a narrative tradition, and love to travel across America, taking a close look at the fabric of the country as evidenced by everyday people. At times, I just have to become one of those people and express the character of their thoughts."

Louisiana artist Lynda Benglis has called Jim Roche "the fastest Southerner I had ever met." Filmmaker Jonathan Demme describes Roche as "a visualist, verbalist, romanticist, humanist ... knife-thrower ... inventor, bee's-nest stirrer, ecologist ... and troublemaker." Roche is an artist that is hard to define, and (more often than not) easily misunderstood. His audio and video works draw inspiration from grassroots storytelling, social commentary, spoken-word, performance art, political rhetoric and evangelical traditions, creating a style that actively evades classification. He is a keen observer of the common man, and his unique vision has been translated in a myriad of ways throughout his career. One thing is for certain, though, he is truly original and deeply Southern.

Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650, store@ogdenmuseum.org

June 2015

Ogden After Hours - Cardinal Sons
June 4, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The three brothers of Cardinal Sons have cultivate a sound steeped in the musical identity of their upbringing by balancing heavy synth lines and crunchy guitar with steady drums. Raised in Mississippi and finding a home in New Orleans -- John, Joe, and Dave play danceable indie rock leavened with three-part harmonies and a left hand for a bass player.

Their debut recording Cardinal Sons Make an EP honors the straightforward, whole-souled creative process that took root among them early on. With the release of their debut came endearing videos, one for "October Rolls,” a second for "Underdressed,” and later, a fully-animated piece for “Young Guns.” The videos showcase their unmistakable dynamic, and a quirky but candid preview of the brothers.

While preparation began for their next recording, Cardinal Sons traveled to NYC in the Fall of 2013 and won the NewSong Contest, an international performance and songwriting showcase and competition. Their winnings included ten days of studio time in March 2014 with producer Charlie Sexton (Marc Cohn, Lucinda Williams, Arc Angels) at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Recording Studios, as well as performances at the Sundance Film Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center and an upcoming appearance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Out of the sessions with Sexton came the Cardinal Sons follow up, The Echo Choir EP, which was released in 2014. The five song EP presents the brothers as expanding and refining their sound, crafting venerable pop hooks without losing sight of their soulful foundation.

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

The Rising Exhibition Opening Reception
June 6, 2015

Special Event

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Join us for an opening reception to celebrate the exhibition The Rising. Free admission for Ogden Museum Members, General Admission applies for non-members. For more information about the exhibition visit our exhibition page.

Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650, store@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Little Freddie King
June 11, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Born in McComb, Mississippi in 1940, Fread Martin grew up playing alongside his blues guitar-picking father, then rode the rails to New Orleans during the early fifties where he crossed paths with itinerant South Louisiana bluesmen such as Polka Dot Slim and Boogie Bill Webb whose unique country-come-urban styles would influence his own. Honing his guitar chops at notorious joints like the Bucket Of Blood (which he later immortalized in song) he jammed with Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker, and also played bass for Freddie King during one of the guitarist’s stints in New Orleans. People began comparing the two musicians’ styles, hence Martin’s pen name Little Freddie King. While well-versed in a variety of styles, lately Little Freddie sounds a lot more like his cousin Lightnin’ Hopkins. Little Freddie has become the monarch of the Crescent City blues scene and is one of the last juke joint blues masters who still tours.

Little Freddie’s official debut album was a 1971 LP on New Orleans’ Ahura Mazda Records on which he shared billing with his band mate John S. “Harmonica” Williams. Unofficially titled Rock and Roll Blues, the nine original songs that make up the LP are raw, gut-wrenching and filled with passion. Almost 36 years later, Little Freddie resurfaced with Swamp Boogie (Orleans), an album of purely original material (notable titles are “The Great Chinese” and “Cat Squall Blues”) that features the likes of Earl “Pass The Hatchet” Stanley on bass. He followed it in 2000 with Sing Sang Sung, a greasy live set that documented more New Orleans street poetry like “Bad Chicken” and the aforementioned “Bucket of Blood.”

Little Freddie King’s recordings include Harmonica Williams and Little Freddie King (1971), Swamp Boogie (1996), Sing Sang Sung (2000), FQF Live (2003), You Don't Know What I Know (2005), Messin' Around tha House (2008), Gotta Walk With Da King (2010), Jazzfest Live (2011), Back in Vinyl, LP (2011), Chasing tha Blues (2012). His latest album Messin’ Around Tha Living Room was released in 2015 and features William Jordan (bass), Bobby Lewis diTullio, Jr. (harp), Luke Winslow King (slide guitar), Vasti Jackson (guitar) and “Wacko” Wade (drums).

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - The Asylum Chorus
June 18, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

Formed in 2011, The Asylum Chorus (originally St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus) was slated to perform a one-off performance at New Orleans' Preservation Hall. After the first performance, the intensity of the musical connection led the members of the chorus to decide to start building something more out of the pet project.

The Asylum Chorus pulls its repertoire from a deep well of American vocal traditions and also surprises their audiences with creative twists on modern pop tunes.

Mostly comprised of professional pop and classical vocalists, The Asylum Chorus also derives its unique sound by incorporating vocalists whose primary instruments are something other than voice. This unique blend of vocalists gives The Asylum Chorus an authentic, rootsy sound.

In the few short years that the group has been together, they have risen quickly through the musical circles of New Orleans, playing at several French Quarter Festivals, Voodoo Fest and regular shows at Preservation Hall, Buffas, Chickie Wah Wah and DBA.

The Asylum Chorus is Lucas Davenport (bass), Tim Robertson (tenor), Dave Pomerleau (tenor), Amy Trail (alto), Ashley Shabankereh (alto), Hannah Kreiger-Benson (soprano), Melanie Gardner (soprano).

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

Ogden After Hours - Electrifying Crown Seekers
June 25, 2015

Southern Music

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

The Electrifying Crown Seekers are a country-tinged gospel group from Marrero, Louisiana with stomping rock sounds and vocal harmonies. Originally from Liberty, Mississippi and trained in Jimmy Reed-style blues guitar, James Williams is now the only original member of the almost 50 year old Crown Seekers, currently backed by members of his large musical family and their community. Throughout those years, the Crown Seekers have brought their music and praises to audiences throughout the United States and abroad including tours in France. The group was featured in the documentary film By and By: New Orleans Gospel at the Crossroads (2013). They have also performed for over twenty years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The current members of the Crown Seekers are: James Williams Sr. (guitar, vocals) Lloyd Fradieu (vocals), Raymond Patin (bass, vocals), Gregory Sanders (vocals), Lynn Williams (keyboard, vocals), Keith Williams (drums), Irvin Hartford (vocals), and newest members Walter Bell (vocals) and John Allen (vocals).

Purchase Tickets Online

OAH Lagniappe!
O Fun: Kids Art Activity Table
O Yum: Miss Linda's Soul Food Catering
Free for Museum members | $12.50 at the door for nonmembers

Contact: Jane Marie Dawkins, 504.539.9650, music@ogdenmuseum.org

July 2015

Book Club - Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
July 7, 2015

Southern Literature

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Floor of Goldring Hall

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published -- perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

Contact: Ellen Balkin, 504.539.9608, ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org