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Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell

April 17, 2014 - July 13, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday April 17, 6PM - 8PM

Unknown,<i> 2nd Regiment, United States Colored Light Artillery, </i>Battery A: Attention, ca. 1864. Albumen silver print. Courtesy of the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.

The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in US history. It was also the first war to be extensively documented through photography. This exhibition of photographs organized by the Morris Museum of Art from the Julia J. Norrell Collection includes vintage prints from some of the most prominent Civil War photographers - George N. Barnard, Alexander Gardner, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, and Mathew Brady’s Studio. Shadows of History will feature examples of early photographic processes including albumen silver prints, tintypes, and ambrotypes.

Whitfield Lovell, <i>Battleground,</i> Visitation: The Richmond Project, 2001. Charcoal on wood, found object. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York

In conjunction with the Shadows of History exhibition:
Whitfield Lovell
Battleground
Visitation: The Richmond Project
Charcoal on wood, found objects
2001
Collection of the Artist.
Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York, New York

Host Committee
Phyllis C. Borzi in honor of Julia J. Norrell
Lauren and Bryan Fitzpatrick
Lynn and Steward Gammill in memory of Donald Nalty
Anna Beth and John Goodman
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Jan Katz and Jim Derbes
Deborah Luster
Dee Ann McIntyre
Theodosia M. Nolan
Julia J. Norrell
Tia Nolan and Jimmy Roddy in memory of William C. Nolan
Daniel and Jacquelyn Serwer in honor of Judy Norrell
Lottie Shackelford in honor of Judy Norrell
Patti and Bruce Spivey
Matthew Werdegar and Monique Schaulis in honor of Julia J. Norrell
Kay and David Werdegar in honor of Julia J. Norrell
Lee Wyma

Into the Light II

March 20 - July 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday March 20, 6PM - 8PM

Roland Freeman, <i>Shopping on Gay Street, East Baltimore</i>, Silver Gelatin Print, 1973,  Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum has one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Southern photography in the United States. This exhibition will highlight many rare and previously unseen photographs from the permanent collection. Included will be photographs by: Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.

The New Orleans Advocate reviews "Into the Light II"

Host Committee
Steven and Erin Chevalier
Lynn and Steward Gammill in memory of Donald Nalty
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Denise Monteleone in honor of Dathel Coleman
Don and Lola Sims Norris
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Tia Nolan and Jimmy Roddy in honor of Theodosia M. Nolan
David Briggs and Mark Romig in honor of Jerry and Janice Romig
Lee Wyma

Juan Logan: I'll Save You Tomorrow

February 13 - July 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday February 13, 6PM - 8PM

<i>Lincoln Beach</i>, 2008, mixed media, 48 x 60

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Juan Logan now lives and works in Belmont, North Carolina. At once abstract and representational, his large mixed media paintings, sculptures and installations address issues of place and power as they relate to the history of the Civil Rights Movement and contemporary culture. Through repetition of personal iconic symbols, Logan's narrative is a commentary about cycles of oppression and the complex definitions of identity, making visible the hierarchical structures and social stereotypes that shape individuals, institutions, and the material and mental landscapes of contemporary life.

Host Committee
Lynn and Steward Gammill in memory of Donald Nalty
Anna Beth and John Goodman
Leslie Goodman and Yvonne Wunderlich
Tia Nolan and Jimmy Roddy in memory of William C. Nolan Jr.
Van Schley

Will Henry Stevens: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Will Henry Stevens is one of the pioneers of modernism in the American South. Surrounded by streams, woodlands, trails and other extensive vistas associated with the Southern highlands, Stevens developed an intimate bond with these locations, which informed his art and reflected his spiritual attitude towards nature.

Host Committee

Jean Bragg
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Charles and Norah Lovell

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jessie Poesch, one of the foremost scholars of the art of the American South.

George Rodrigue's "Aioli Dinner" (1971)

George Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner (1971), which is on loan to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The oil-on-canvas painting, the first he did with people, was based on photographs of a gourmet dinner club, the Creole Gourmet Society.

Thornton Dial's "Struggling Tiger in Hard Times"

A self-taught artist born in Alabama, Dial has been called an artist of "uncommon power and perception." This multi-media piece consists of oil, rope carpet, tin, carpet, and industrial sealing compound on canvas mounted on wood. Its central symbol is the tiger, which Dial uses to represent the African-American male, as he encounters life.

"Struggling Tiger in Hard Times is a significant work from Dial’s Tiger series, representing not only Dial’s personal struggle in life, but the larger black struggle in the context of American history," says Curator Bradley Sumrall. "As Amiri Baraka says in his essay Proud Stepping Tiger: History as Struggle in the Work of Thornton Dial, ‘More generally, the tiger represents the whole African Diaspora, and, even more generally, it is any being who is struggling.’"

"We are celebrating the most significant gift of a single work of art to the self-taught collection since the founding of the museum," says Director William Andrews. "We are thrilled that Calynne and Lou Hill have decided to share their passion by placing this painting with the Ogden." Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, lauded by the New York Times and Time Magazine, is an exhibition organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art currently on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art through May 20, 2012.

Calynne and Lou Hill have generously donated this important piece by Dial to the Ogden Museum.

Will Henry Stevens Gallery

Artist and teacher Will Henry Stevens is one of the pioneers of modernism in the American South. Surrounded by streams, woodlands, trails and other extensive vistas associated with the Southern highlands, Stevens developed an intimate bond with these locations which informed his art and reflected his spiritual attitude towards nature. Though his reputation was largely regional in his lifetime, he always had a following, participating in some of the major artistic movements of his time.

Andrews - Humphrey Gallery

This exhibition features the work of two generations beginning with the partriarch George Andrews,and includes his son Benny Andrews and wife, Nene Humphrey

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Walter Anderson Gallery

Walter Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans, La. He was a painter, potter, writer and naturalist who spent most of his life working in or around his family's business, Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, Miss. A small, undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island, became his refuge and main inspiration. Works currently on view are from the Wesley and Norman Galen Collection

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