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Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place

Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world. At the heart of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s mission is educating the public in the visual arts and culture of the American South. Working with elementary school children in the medium of the artist’s choice, the artist spends three weeks with students exploring the influence of geography and sense of place. Upon completion of the residency, the students visit the museum to view their finished work of art.

Community Flags


Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Keith Duncan, Artist

Made from cloth scraps and primed canvas, artist Keith Duncan worked with students from Pierre A. Capdau Charter School to create flags that represent symbols of their community and neighborhoods, as well as the people and culture of New Orleans. During the first week, students were introduced to different kinds of flags and then asked to sketch ideas for their own personal flags on paper. During the second week, students transferred the images to primed canvas and began to paint their flags. Finally, during the third week, students glued their flags onto colorfully patterned banner cloth and further embellished the artwork with sequins, buttons and stickers.

Illustrating the Power of Imagination


Edward Hynes Elementary School
Gina Phillips, Artist

Artist Gina Phillips worked with second, third, and fourth grade students at Hynes Charter School to create 36 narrative compositions of richly collaged paper and fabric. First, students were asked to give examples of various parts of speech, which were then selected randomly and strung together in fanciful sentences meant to spark imagination and lessen inhibition about drawing. Using an overhead projector, Ms. Phillips enlarged components of the students' drawings onto wooden panels in a series of narrative compositions. Students worked in small groups to collage their drawings with fabric and printed paper, finishing with oil pastels. In culmination of the residency, all 250 student artists will visit the Museum to view their finished works of art on exhibition.

For Family

FREE FAMILY DAY: FAIS DO DO


Saturday March 7
10AM- 2PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Kids, moms, dads, mawmaws and pawpaws! Put on your dancing boots for this very special Family Day celebrating Lousiana's Cajun culture. The free admission day will feature a variety of art activities inspired by Louisiana’s Cajun Culture as well as games, music and dance performances geared towards children of all ages. Art activities will include, creating clothespin alligators, red beans and rice mosaics, zydeco instruments and helping to fill out a swamp scene mural! The Fais-Do-Do will also feature games for young visitors such as an Art Scavenger Hunt and Go Fish.

For Kids



For Adults

Exploring SAORI: weaving for all ages and abilities

Artists: Nancy Rhett & Jenny Pelc
March 28, 2015
Unfortunately, "Exploring SAORI: weaving for all ages and abilities" is full. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please email jwinslow@ogdenmuseum.org.

This 2-hour weaving taster will provide students with a background of the SAORI weaving philosophy and history as well as the opportunity to explore the SAORI approach through the creation of a handwoven piece of jewelry. Bolstered by a no rules, no requirements, no mistakes philosophy, all are free to immerse themselves in this non-technical, non-intimidating approach to handweaving. We encourage everyone to design at the loom while weaving, using your warp as a canvas.

Age | Experience Level: High School through Adult. Aspiring through Experienced Weavers welcome.

Supply List: Students should bring: Notebooks, pens. Optional: Camera. Instructor will supply: 6 Warped Looms (2 floor looms & 4 Rigid Heddles) Personal weaving tools (Scissors, shuttles, tape measures). A variety of weft yarns (primarily silk). Books for inspiration. Venue will supply: Chairs or stools for each student. Table for instructor use. Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650, store@ogdenmuseum.org

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.

Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader by Harry Crews
April 14, 2015

Upcoming Book Clubs


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

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.

Artists and Sense of Place Residency

The Faces of Hope/ Los Rostros de Esperanza
Esperanza Charter School
Natalie Barnes, Artist
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world. Drawing inspiration from Southern self-taught artists, as well as her own classical art education, artist Natalie Keller Barnes collaborated with second, third, fourth, and fifth graders of Esperanza Charter School in a three-week residency to create a textile collaboration entitled Faces of Hope. Barnes emphasized to students the rich history of quiltmaking in the South, an artistic tradition steeped in symbolism, community building, and resourcefulness. Elaborating on the relevancy of an artist's work to his environment, Barnes led students to examine the richness of New Orleans in its festivals, cuisine, and visual landscape. Encouraged to paint in washes of bright, bold hues, these self-portraits reflect the rich diversity and vibrancy of New Orleans, as well as the experiences of many students with strong Central and South American roots.

As finished pieces, this collection of quilts also feature the felt handprints of the students, illustrating the bonds between the individual student and the class, the relationship of the class to Esperanza, and the school to its community.

We Wear the Crowns of Courage: An ELA & Art Collaborative Project

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Third grade students at Renew Cultural Arts Academy created personal narratives of courage inspired by book The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron and the self-portraits of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each student first identified a brief, yet important, moment when they felt courageous. Students then developed and edited their story over a few weeks. After exploring and investigating works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, students practiced illustrating various emotions and created self-portraits to accompany their narratives, mimicking elements of his style. These stories and portraits demonstrate how truly brave and creative all children are when given the space to express themselves and tell their stories.

The Life Cycle of a Tree

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
Isidore Newman School
Fourth Grade
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Artist Statement: We created The Life Cycle of a Tree as a response to Shawn Hall’s installation entitled Pastoral Universe. After viewing this piece and speaking with Ms. Hall about her work and her process, we reflected on our connection with the natural environment. We realized that we have a relationship with nature – especially trees. Trees are important! Trees give us so much: oxygen, wood, paper, food, protection and shelter. Trees ask only for our carbon dioxide, some space to grow, sunlight and water. If we do not take care of the trees, trees can’t take care of us. We created each component of this piece to teach others how trees grow, their importance to our survival, and to illustrate our work to restore wetland ecosystems with the trees we grow at Newman.

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Scholarship Art Contest Exhibition

January 15, 2015 – Sunday, February 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15 during OAH


George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts grants monetary scholarships to High School Juniors and Seniors through an annual visual arts competition in order to encourage individual participation in the arts. Each year's competition theme is determined by George Rodrigue and is announced in the beginning of every school year. In order to encourage participation by all, there is no GPA requirement and scholarship winners are not required to major in art. Over 700 students from around Louisiana entered the contest. Due to the volume of entries and tie-breakers, GRFA awarded sixteen (16) seniors and five (5) juniors a total of $50,000 in college scholarships!

Basquiat for Pee-Wees: An Introduction to Poetry and Contemporary Art for Youngsters Ages 5-8


Saturday, January 17
10 am - Noon
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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 Basquiat. Afterwards, children will have an opportunity craft their own poem and art inspired by the book and the exhibition Basquiat and the Bayou. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration required.

This event has reached capacity. please contact Ellen Balkin with any questions.

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.
Tuesday, Dec. 9
Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art (also chosen to accompany Ogden’s P.3 exhibition Basquiat and the Bayou)By Phoebe Hoban

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.

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.
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.

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.

Early Childhood Education Program


Student Exhibition 2014
New Beginnings Charter School Network
Pierre A. Capdau, Gentilly Terrace and Medard H. Nelson Elementary Schools
on view through TBA

The Early Childhood Education Program, a cornerstone of the Ogden Museum’s educational initiatives, was developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Using books, objects, and works of art, this program is designed to enhance pre-literacy for students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grades and to create opportunities for young students to experience works of art in a museum setting.

The program is implemented by classroom teachers, school administrators, and museum staff twice a year, in the fall and spring. Before visiting the Ogden Museum, students read pre-selected books as a class. Then, during field trips to the Museum, students participate in discussions and activities connecting the books to artwork in the Museum’s collection. Finally, art projects created in the classroom allow students to connect their own life experiences to the books and artworks discussed, increasing engagement in school and building a lifelong appreciation for reading and art.

Artist Workshop: Historic Photographic Processes with Bruce Schultz



For all ages
Saturday, July 12
10:00 AM – Noon

Click here for online registration.

Explore historic photographic processes in this hands-on workshop inspired by Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell. Photographer Bruce Schultz will introduce participants to a variety of 19th century processes including tintypes, ambrotypes, salt prints and cyanotypes. Attendees will have the option to create a personal tintype for an additional cost.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Adult: $20 Member; $25 Non-Member
Child: $10 Member; $15.00 Non-Member
Tuesday, April 29
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Martha Hodes


Tuesday, May 20
Men we Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Steffen Thomas Family Day: Express Yourself



March 29, 2014
10am - 2pm

Discover the works of Expressionist artist Steffen Thomas, then “express” your own creativity during this FREE Family Day. Art techniques to explore will include watercolor painting, still life collages, mosaic, sculpture, and drawing self-portraits. Designed for all ages, the Family Day also includes entertainment by local artists and students performances. All museum galleries free and open to the public and refreshments are available for purchase.

Artists and Sense of Place Residency


New Orleans: Our Home
Gentilly Terrace Elementary
Jamar Pierre, Artist
assisted by Veronica Cho, Outreach Coordinator
on view through May 4, 2014

The Ogden Museum’s thirteen year-old residency program, Artists and Sense of Place, brings artists into schools to explore the history, identity, and character of the students’ world.

As a former Gentilly Terrace Elementary School student himself, artist Jamar Pierre was uniquely qualified to lead students through an investigation of the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood. Planned in 1909 and built largely between the 1910s and 1940s, the neighborhood was constructed by excavating and piling up earth in the shallow swamp to create blocks of terraced land where houses could be built. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, architecture found in Gentilly Terrace includes craftsman bungalows, Tudor cottages, and Mediterranean Revival style homes.

The Terrace Murals
After investigating the area’s history, Pierre instructed 2nd grade students to work as a group (a community) to create murals that reflect the varied architecture of their neighborhood. The murals also include images illustrating other important aspects of the area holding meaning for the students. Additionally, when creating the artwork, Mr. Pierre asked students to consider basic elements of art such as color, composition, rhythm and space.

The Culture Murals
For this series, Pierre led 4th and 5th grade students in conversations about the unique and significant facets of New Orleans culture, such as its music, food and celebrations. Students then created drawings representing and reflecting the aspects that were most important to them. Finally, students worked together in a collaborative effort to create these unique compositions.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff of Gentilly Terrace, Melanie Tennyson, Principal, and Jamie Jones, art teacher.

This project was supported by a grant from The MaggieGeorge Foundation.

Sense of Place


Independent School Association of the Southwest
Visual Arts Exhibition

“Sense of Place” is a central theme of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The Museum was built around the very idea that “place” affects the artists who live and work in the South, infusing and permeating the art created in or about this diverse region. “Sense of Place” is more than a geographical designation. It has to do with identity–a feeling or perception that people have for particular locations and the meaning they gain from their relationship with these places. The phrase can also be used when referring to the features that make a place unique or characteristics that create a feeling of attachment, belonging and connection.

A “Sense of Place” can be realized in literature, music, food, traditions and, of course, art. The purpose of the project is to inspire students to explore the concept of “Sense of Place” and how this theme is reflected in their own lives.

Participating schools include:
Academy of the Sacred Heart
Isidore Newman
Louise S. McGehee
Metairie Park Country Day
St. Paul’s Episcopal
St. Andrew’s Episcopal
St. Martin’s Episcopal
Stuart Hall School for Boys
Trinity Episcopal

Artists & Sense of Place: We've Got New Orleans


International School of Louisiana
Ben Hamburger, Artist

The Ogden Museum’s thirteen year-old residency program, Artists and Sense of Place, brings artists into schools to explore the history, identity, and character of the students’ world.

Inspired by the International School of Louisiana’s curriculum offering a foreign language-based academic program with a global perspective, artist Ben Hamburger designed a project to help students gain an understanding of how multiple cultures influenced Louisiana (particularly New Orleans) by investigating the history of local foods. Students examined this diverse cultural setting by learning about the origins of local dishes and how various ingredients and spices brought to New Orleans from abroad melded together to create the unique cuisine found here today.

This project was supported by a grant from The MaggieGeorge Foundation.

A Day with an Artist


Eleanor McMain Secondary School
with Artist Jim White

A Day with an Artist brings approximately twenty-five middle or high school students to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to spend time discussing and making art with a successful artist. In the first part of the program, the artist leads the students through a study of three to four works in the museum, including a work of the artist’s own. After the tour of the collection and current exhibitions, the artist conducts a workshop focusing on a particular technique. During lunch with the artist, students ask questions they have prepared in advance or generated after the morning’s stimulating discussion.

These pieces were created by students from Eleanor McMain Secondary School working with Athens, Georgia-based artist Jim White, whose exhibition, Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller, opened at the Ogden Museum in October 2013. Drawing inspiration from White’s method of collecting and repurposing found objects, students created their own sculptural pieces inspired by their unusual materials and White’s salvaging mentality.

This project was supported by a grant from The MaggieGeorge Foundation.

Looking to Learn

Orleans Parish School Board
Gifted Resource and Talented Visual Arts Students
Benjamin Franklin Elementary Extension
McDonough 35 College Preparatory High School
Eleanor McMain Secondary School

Every year, Gifted Resource and Talented Visual Art students attending schools operated by the Orleans Parish School Board collaborate to design and create original banners for exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Banners are inspired by Louisiana culture, including art, music and food. This year students also chose to focus on Native Americans groups located in Louisiana.

Looking to Learn is an art education series curated by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. This program honors the teaching of art in area schools and features artwork by their students. Previous schools have included Louise S. McGehee School, Jefferson Parish Public School System Talented Visual Arts Program, Glasgow Middle School in Baton Rouge, Holy Cross School, Ursuline Academy and Isidore Newman School.

Free Family Day: Art of the Cupcake


Thanks to the almost 300 people who enjoyed the Art of the Cupcake at the O this past Saturday! We’ve never seen 250 vanish so quickly! It was a great day and we want to thank all the musicians, bakers, activity leaders, volunteers and parents who made it a huge success.

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.

Upcoming Book Clubs

January 21
Six Plays by Lillian Hellman

These six plays span nearly twenty years of theatre and display the range of Lillian Hellman's dramatic gifts. The Children's Hour (1934), her first play, was considered shocking at the time; it concerns the devastating effects of a child's malicious charge of lesbianism against two of her teachers. Days to Come (1936) is about the tragic consequences of strike-breaking in a small Midwestern community. The Little Foxes (1939) and Another Part of the Forest (1946) together constitute a chilling study of the financial and psychological conflicts within the Hubbards, a wealthy and rapacious Southern family. Watch on the Rhine (1941), the story of how fascism affects an American family and the refugees they harbor, won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The Autumn Garden (1951) is a poignant yet humorous drama set at a summer resort near New Orleans

Studio After Hours - An Adult Evening Workshop Series

Gina Phillips Mixed Media Workshop


Thursdays, January 16 & 23 (2 class series)
6:00 – 8:00 pm (during Ogden After Hours!)
$100 Members
$125 Non-members

Register Online

Join local artist Gina Phillips as she introduces her current exhibition, I Was Trying Hard to Think about Sweet Things, and leads a workshop on creating a mixed media landscape masterpiece.

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead


A traditional Day of the Dead altar by artist Cynthia Ramirez
Ogden Museum, Atrium
Wednesday, October 9 - Monday, November 11

This year, the Ogden Museum will again celebrate Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead with authentic arts, music, food, and family fun. All events are sponsored by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans.

Teacher Workshop
Ogden After Hours/Day of the Dead Celebration
Family Workshop

Day of the Dead: Teacher Workshop

Tuesday, October 15
5:00-8:30 PM

Explore this Latin American tradition beginning with an introduction to the celebration, highlighting special local resources, and ending with a more intensive presentation on how it is celebrated today. All participants will receive a light snack, teaching materials, CEUs, and free entry into the Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead celebration (value of $10) Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

For more information email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504-862-3143.

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September 14, 21, 28, 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Art in Three Dimensions

Taking inspiration from artworks and objects in the Museum, students will explore the world of 3-D art using a variety of materials both familiar and unknown.

October 5, 12, 19, 1:00 - 3:00 PM: Creative Costuming

Students will design and create their own Halloween costumes, using techniques that may include sewing, sculpting, painting, and collage. Don't miss this fun and fantastic opportunity to make the best Halloween costume ever!

From Classroom to Gallery Early Childhood Enrichment Program

On-View

Students of the Capital One - New Beginnings Charter School Network with artist Suzanna Ritz

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Capital One - New Beginnings Charter School Network collaborate to create an early enrichment program to enhance literacy in the Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade classes of Pierre A. Capdau, Gentilly Terrace, and Medard H. Nelson Elementary Schools. Approximately 300 children read books with their teachers and discussed related prints of works of art in the Ogden Museum’s collection. They visited the museum to see other related works of art and engaged in art-making activities. Back at their schools, students created art of their own inspired by the books or art they have seen. This exhibition of their work is the culmination of the program.

In the fall 2012 at the schools, teachers read different books for each grade level: an introduction to museums and art for Pre-K through Matthew’s Dream; Kindergarten learned about collections and found objects in the book The Room of Wonders; and First Grade explored the concept of neighborhood with Tar Beach.

In February, the students returned for their second visit. Pre-K discovered the artist Clementine Hunter in the book Art From Her Heart; Kindergarten focused on color and shape in A Bird or Two: A Story about Henri Matisse; and First Grade read the book Frida about the life of Frida Kahlo and how art is a means of self-expression.

This program would not have been possible without the support of the administrators of the Capital One – New Beginnings Charter School Network: Sametta Brown, CEO, and Principals Stephanie Peters-Jackson, and Tracy Guillory, and Deidra Denis-Bradley. Special thanks to Karen Gauthier, literacy coach for the network, who oversaw the program at the schools, coordinated the field trips, and pitched in as a docent for the museum visits.

A very special thanks to art teacher Suzanna Ritz who conceived of and supervised the art projects at the schools.

From Classroom to Gallery is supported by a Target Arts and Culture in Schools Grant and a grant from the MaggieGeorge Foundation.

LOOKING TO LEARN:
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION

LOUISE S. McGEHEE SCHOOL
Thursday, February 21
6PM-8PM
Education Gallery

Looking to Learn is an art education series curated by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The exhibition showcases the painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and mixed media pieces created by students in area schools.

This Looking to Learn will feature works by students from the Louise S. McGehee School, located in New Orleans, La. The works will be on view through April 28, 2013.


Our Mardi Gras Parade

Students of Medard H. Nelson Charter School
Aria da Capo, Artist
assisted by Veronica Cho, Outreach Coordinator

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s ten-year-old residency program Artists and Sense of Place pairs artists with schools to explore the history, identity and character of the students’ world. Working with students from Medard H. Nelson Charter School, artist Aria da Capo explored the cultural tradition of Mardi Gras in New Orleans through the construction of parade floats. Students enjoyed collaborative art-making in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, and collage that celebrated their classes, school, and community.

Drawing from her experience in the float industry, da Capo implemented design by democracy and allowed students to choose their own float themes that reflected their interests, including:

  • Masks
  • Throws
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Music
  • King Cake
  • People of Mardi Gras

The residency culminated in the annual Nelson Mardi Gras Parade, complete with marching band and majorettes on historic St. Bernard Avenue. Photos documenting the creation of the floats and the parade can be seen on the gallery walls.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff of Medard H. Nelson Charter School and Deidra Denis-Bradley, Principal. This project was supported by a grant from the MaggieGeorge Foundation.


Well-Suited: Family Day

February 23, 2013
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

Inspired by the exhibition Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO's Treme, this family day celebrates one of our city's most important cultural traditions -- the Mardi Gras Indians. Join us for arts and crafts, music and food all presented in true New Orleans style.


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
  • Young Audiences' Brazilian Drum and Dance Troop from Lincoln Elementary
  • The Two-Way-Pockey-Way Show with Big Chief Brian
  • Menard H. Nelson School Marching Band and Choir

FOOD
Ms. Linda's Soul Food Catering

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

A Day with an Artist brings approximately twenty-five middle or high school students to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to spend time discussing and making art with a successful artist. In the first part of the program, the artist leads the students through a study of three to four works in the museum, including a work of the artist's own. After the tour of the collection and current exhibitions, the artist conducts a workshop focusing on a particular technique. During lunch with the artist, students ask questions they have prepared in advance or generated after the morning's stimulating discussion.

These pieces were created by students from the International High School of New Orleans working with Houston-based artist Sharon Kopriva, whose exhibition, From Terra to Verde, opened at the Ogden Museum in October 2012. Drawing inspiration from Kopriva's use of mixed media and using her extensive collection of curiosities, animal figures and found objects, students built assemblages that evoke memories, feelings, dreams or even fantasies.

This program was made possible by The MaggieGeorge Foundation.

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