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Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Day of the Dead Celebrations

September 24 - November 10, 2014

The tradition of Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, is celebrated in Mexico, the southwestern U.S. and parts of Latin America. During this celebration, families come together to pay respect to relatives who have died and celebrate their life and rebirth to another world. Anthropologists and historians say that the holiday is a blend of the Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days and pre-Columbian traditions that honored ancestors in a celebration of the dead. It is generally celebrated through the construction of altars to the dead, which feature food, paper decorations and representations of skeletons.

This fall, the Ogden Museum is pleased to again honor this tradition with a series of events focused around the exhibition of a Day of the Dead Altar designed by local artist Cynthia Ramirez dedicated to artist George Dureau.

The following programming is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico, New Orleans, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

For Family

Free Family Day: Inspired by Basquiat

Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 am - 2 pm

Held in conjunction with Prospect.3, this family celebration, inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, will include live entertainment and art activities led by local artists as a response to works of art featured in the exhibition.

For Kids

Digital Youth Storytellers: Storytelling and Animation Workshop

Saturday’s November 1, 8, 15, 22 and December 6
1 pm - 4 pm

Registration Required
This workshop will focus on place, memory and history. Using Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings about New Orleans and the South from the exhibit Basquiat and the Bayou presented by the Helis Foundation as inspiration, students will reflect on their personal memories and create poetry, videos, and personal histories. This program is presented in collaboration with the Ogden Museum, Big Class, Prospect.3 and NOVAC. To register, visit

Basquiat for Pee-Wees: An introduction to Poetry and Contemporary Art for young artists ages 5-8

Sunday, January 17
10 AM - 2 PM Registration is required

Join poet Kelly Harris for a reading and performance of the children's book Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Maya Angelou's Courageous Children's Verses, illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Afterward, children will have an opportunity to craft their own poems and create art.

For Adults

Painting the Page: New Orleans Poets Respond to Basquiat

Saturday, November 15
2 pm
Free with Museum admission

Basquiat's visual poetry has inspired many and sparked conversations about the intersection of race and art. Local writers will respond to the work and life of Basquiat with poetry and other creative work.

Prospect.3 Panel Discussion: Self-taught Artists in Museums and in the Mainstream

Saturday January 10
2 pm
Free with Museum admission

Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans and an authority on Self-Taught artists and their work, will lead a panel discussion about the opportunities self-trained artists present for museums.

Ogden Book Club

Join Ogden Museum docent and former teacher Maureen O'Dwyer for a lively discussion about Southern art, literature and culture. This club will meet approximately every 6 weeks. Members may arrive at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The Book Club is FREE and open exclusively to OMSA members.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson

This book reveals how five distinct African civilizations have shaped the specific cultures of their New World descendants. Originally published in 1983, Flash of the Spirit has enjoyed a popularity and influence far beyond the academic arena, making it one of the most important texts in the African-Atlantic world, as well as art historical scholarship. In coordination with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Prospect New Orleans will organize a conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the publishing of Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy by Robert Farris Thompson, the celebrated art historian. The conference will take place December 11 - 12, 2014 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana. It will accompany Basquiat and the Bayou, an exhibit of paintings at the museum by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was greatly influenced by the Thompson text.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Tuesday, Dec. 9
No Other World by Norman German

Natchitoches landowner Pierre Metoyer convinces his slave Marie Thérèze, called “Coincoin,” that they can live in a special world of their own, where the color of their skin does not matter. No Other World, an engrossing fictional account of the extraordinary life of Coincoin, dramatizes the complexities of slavery in the late 1700s. After having four children by another slave, Coincoin became Pierre’s concubine, producing ten children and enhancing the value of his estate by ten slaves. When Metoyer later married a white woman, Coincoin learned a hard lesson—for her there was no other world than slavery. Later, as a free woman, Coincoin gave birth to her own empire, Yucca Plantation, now called Melrose Plantation, near Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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