Eudora Welty

Panel Discussion and Gallery Walk-Through

Sat July 13, 2013 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
EUDORA WELTY
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"A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away." –– Eudora Welty

This two-part event will explore Eudora Welty's life as a literary and visual artist. A panel discussion moderated by Ogden Museum Director, William Andrews, will explore Welty’s life, literature and photography with people who were close to her and her work. Panelists include:Richard McCabe: Ogden Museum Curator of Photography, Suzanne Marrs: Eudora Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College; and Mary Alice Welty: Board Member of Eudora Welty Foundation.

Eudora Welty, 1940s, Photographer Unknown
©Eudora Welty LLC; Eudora Welty Collection

After the panel, Ogden Museum Curator of Photography Richard McCabe will conduct a gallery walk-through of the exhibition, Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and '40s, which showcases her photographs of Mississippi and Louisiana during the Great Depression.

Free to Museum members; By general admission for non-members.

Panelists:

Richard McCabe:
Ogden Museum Curator of Photography

Richard McCabe was born in Mildenhall, England and grew up in the American South. In 1998, he received an MFA in Studio Art from Florida State University. That same year he moved to New York City. While in New York, McCabe worked within the exhibition departments of The International Center for Photography, Robert Miller Gallery and the El Museo De Barrio. He also taught photography at Pratt Institute in New York City and Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. In 2005, McCabe moved to New Orleans, Louisiana. McCabe has been the Chief Preparator at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art since 2005. In 2010, McCabe became the Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He is also an Associate Professor of Art at Xavier University, New Orleans.

Members of Pageant of Birds, c. 1930s, Vintage Silver Gelatin print
©Eudora Welty LLC; Eudora Welty Collection

Suzanne Marrs:
Eudora Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College

Suzanne Marrs: Eudora Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College, is the author of Eudora Welty, A Biography and editor of What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell. Marrs has received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Welty Scholarship from the Eudora Welty Society and the Distinguished Professor Award from Millsaps College. Her biography of Welty was a New York Times Book Review editor's choice, and the Tulsa World named What There is to Say We Have Said one of the four best books of 2011. A personal friend of Eudora Welty, Marrs worked with Welty in cataloguing her photographs for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Sideshow, Jackson State Fair, c. 1939, Vintage Silver Gelatin print
©Eudora Welty LLC; Eudora Welty Collection

Mary Alice White:
Board Member of Eudora Welty Foundation

Mary Alice Welty White serves on the Eudora Welty Foundation Board and provided the majority of photographs for the Ogden Museum exhibition. White is the niece of Eudora Welty, and she and her sister had a close relationship with their aunt. They traveled with her to New Orleans and New York and spent a lot of time visiting their aunt in the family home. White served as the first director of the Eudora Welty House from 2002 to 2009. Under her leadership the Welty House and Gardens were restored and opened to the public. The Eudora Welty House was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006 and is listed on the Southern Literary Trail.

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