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Katrina 5 and Past Hurricane Katrina Related Exhibitions

Katrina 5 Related Events

Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited

(August 26th, 11am - 4pm, Patrick F. Taylor Library)

Film at the O presents Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited, a daylong screening of films and videos related directly or obliquely to the tragic events of the 2005 hurricane season on the Gulf Coast. The screening is Thurs. Aug. 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Patrick F. Taylor Library at the Museum. It is free to Louisiana residents.

Curated by video artist and NOCCA instructor Courtney Egan in collaboration with Ogden Museum Curator of Film Madeleine Molyneaux, the program will be projected and repeated continuously throughout the day, allowing visitors to experience the work in various order and combination. The program will include short films by Luisa Dantas, Courtney Egan, Gert Town Hounds-New Orleans Kid Camera Project, Sallie Ann Glassman, Paul Grass, Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas, Liza Johnson, Brent Joseph, William Sabourin O’Reilly, Royce Osborn, Ivor Shearer, David Sullivan, Phoebe Tooke, José Torres-Tama, 2-Cent Media Collective, Walter Williams and The Yes Men.

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Harry Shearer's The Big Un-Easy (2010, 95 min)

Harry Shearer in attendance for this sold-out screening, (August 26th, 8pm - 10pm, Patrick F. Taylor Library)

In The Big Uneasy, Shearer gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there. As the fifth anniversary of the flooding of New Orleans approaches, Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers, revealing that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the new New Orleans from future peril. In short segments hosted by John Goodman, Shearer speaks candidly with local residents about life in New Orleans. Together, they explore the questions that Americans outside of the Gulf region have been pondering in the five years since Katrina: Why would people choose the live below sea level? Why is it important to rebuild New Orleans? The Big Uneasy is laced with computer imagery that takes you inside the structures that failed so catastrophically, and boasts never-before-seen video of the moments when New Orleans began to flood and the painstaking investigations that followed. The Big Uneasy marks the beginning of the end of five years of ignorance about what happened to one of our nation's most treasured cities - and serves as a stark reminder that the same agency that failed to protect New Orleans still exists in other cities across America.




Past Katrina Exhibitions

One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds (Aperture, August 2010)

Photographs by Dave Anderson, essay by Chris Rose, is a powerful portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through the prism of a single city block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Using portraiture and still lifes, Anderson explores the very nature of community while testing its resilience. Exhibition on view August 26, 2010 - January 2, 2011

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Telling Their stories: The Lingering Legacy of Katrina Photography

An exhibition of powerful images by national photojournalists and others who covered the storm, flood and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Thurs. Aug. 19: Opening reception, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., during Ogden After Hours

Fri. Aug. 20: Educational workshop for children ages 13 to 18. (For information, call 713.703.7708.)

Sat. Aug. 21: Panel discussion featuring historian and best-selling author Douglas Brinkley ("The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast"), Louisiana Speaker of the House Rep. Jim Tucker; and noted photojournalists. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. This event is free to the public.

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Do You Know What It Means? The Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Photography by David Rae Morris

Nationally known photographer David Rae Morris was in the city of New Orleans and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the days and weeks immediately following Hurricane Katrina's landfall. The Museum presents a series of photographs taken by Morris documenting this unprecedented time in history, including people who stayed, neighborhoods destroyed, and search and rescue efforts by teams from across the nation.

Category 5: an Installation by Bob Tannen

An installation on the Museum plaza of two shotgun forms - one in perfect condition, and one damaged by falling trees during Hurricane Katrina

Saving Ida Kohlmeyer

In the days following the flooding caused by the levee failures, officials from the Ogden Museum helped the family of artist Ida Kohlmeyer save works created by the New Orleans artist that were stored in a flooded facility, as well as works from the family's estate, including artwork and craft collected by Kohlmeyer herself while she was alive. The works of art were brought to the Museum's fifth floor for safekeeping, where they have remained since their rescue. The Museum is pleased to put on exhibition these works, showcasing a wide range of Kohlmeyer's work, as well as giving insight into what she and her family have collected themselves.

Building Solutions 1: Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina

This exhibition examines what officials in Charleston, South Carolina accomplished in designing affordable housing in the Charleston vernacular, relating it to potential solutions for the metropolitan New Orleans area and the plans for affordable housing solutions in New Orleans, retaining the traditional shotgun style architectural design inherent to the New Orleans landscape. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Tulane University School of Architecture.

New Housing Prototypes for New Orleans

The second competition, "New Housing Prototypes for New Orleans" asked students in North American schools of Architecture to consider traditional New Orleans house types as a basis for proposing contemporary solutions to rebuilding in neighborhoods damaged by Hurricane Katrina. On view at the Ogden through May 19, the exhibition represents more than 40 competition entries out of the 500+ projects that were submitted overall. A wide variety of solutions are on view, some traditionally inspired, some intended to provoke. In all the exhibition challenges viewers to rethink what is possible, or even probable, in rebuilding New Orleans.

High Density on High Ground


Sponsored by Architectural Record, A McGraw-Hill publication and the Tulane School of Architecture (TSA). The competition, "High Density on the High Ground," challenged architects to propose new models for more intense residential development along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Come Hell and High Water: Portraits of Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Featuring black and white photography by Thomas Neff, Professor of Art/Photography from LSU's School of Art of those who stayed in New Orleans in the days, and in some cases, weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, despite the rising floodwaters that covered 80% of the city. Just as striking as the portraits themselves are the stories that will accompany each portrait.

Storm Cycle: An Artist Responds to Hurricane Katrina by Thomas Mann

Feeling an emotional urgency to understand and respond to the devastation in his hometown, Mann began creating a body of work in his signature collage-assemblage style using materials gathered from the streets of New Orleans post-Katrina. Each of the 20 panels of Storm Cycle include a removable, wearable jewelry-object within an assemblage of found objects and photos depicting the aftermath of the hurricane, each panel telling a different story.

Restaurant Restorative

The exhibition chronicles the rebirth of the New Orleans restaurant industry and premiered at the recent James Beard Awards in New York City. In a supportive role of rebuilding New Orleans, the Ogden and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum examine the effects on the local restaurant industry in the weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina.

Building Solutions Part III: Housing Plans Presented with the support of Johnson Controls

Leading architects from the region and across the country were invited to explore possibilities for low cost housing in the rebuilding of New Orleans. An invitational exhibition of leading architects from the region and across the country exploring possibilities for low cost housing in the rebuilding of New Orleans. (June 22 - September 24, 2006) MODGUN, by urban planner Robert Tannen, is on display in the Museum's plaza through September 24, 2006. Inspired by the traditional New Orleans shotgun house, MODGUN is a modular, partially pre-fabricated, 12 x 12 prototype designed to be a flexible and affordable alternative for New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents.

Drastic Changes: Trees of New Orleans Then and Now by Wolf Kahn

Sixty years ago, internationally-known artist Wolf Kahn made his first visit to New Orleans, and fell in love with the city, returning many times over the past six decades. During a trip to New Orleans in Spring, 2002, he explored the area and created 15 pastels showcasing the landscape of the city, particularly the trees that are a hallmark of the area's lush character. Kahn returns to the New Orleans for the last week of March, and will return to those places, painting the landscape of a city now devastated by the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina, showing, most notably, the damage to the trees. The new works will then be exhibited next to the original works from 2002. (Presented with the support of the Wolf Kahn Foundation.)

Storm Stories: The Times-Picayune Katrina Photography Coverage

This exhibition, in conjunction with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, revisits the uninterrupted coverage of the unfolding events of the storm, the flood, the aftermath and the recovery of New Orleans. The Times-Picayune won two Pulitzer Prizes April 17, 2006, including a gold medal for meritorious public service, for the newspaper's coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Newer Orleans - A Shared Space

Following Hurricane Katrina, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Tulane School of Architecture and Artforum Magazine invited three Dutch and three American design firms to develop visions for the city of New Orleans. Newer Orleans was the first architecture project after Katrina to look at the many issues surrounding the rebuilding of New Orleans.

Newer Orleans is an extension of The Ogden's Building Solutions series of architecture exhibitions and is made possible by the reopening of the CAC's second floor gallery.

Kids Reconstruct with Creativity

An exhibition of original artwork and writing generated by students nationwide in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in partnership with The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Funerary Banner for the City of New Orleans by Eden Gass

Artist Eden Gass will discuss and reflect on her Funerary Banner for the City of New Orleans, a black on black American flag she made of satin, velvet and denim and embroidered with 50 fleur de lis. Accompanying photographs by Jonathan Traviesa will be on view which document several sites the banner was displayed in the Lower Ninth Ward before being burned in a final act of silent protest. A video by Courtney Egan will be shown which documents the ceremony in which the banner was laid to rest in the funeral pyre.

New Orleans Public Housing by New York Times Photographer Fred R. Conrad

These photographs, by Fred R. Conrad of the New York Times, were taken to accompany the article, All Fall Down, written by Nicolai Ouroussoff, originally published on November 19th, 2006. With the cooperation of Mr. Conrad and the New York Times, a selection of these imgs have been curated by David Houston, Chief Curator of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and are being presented to the public for the first time in this exhibition.

Lonnie Holley in response to Hurricane Katrina

Works by Alabama Ironsculptors Lonnie Holley, Thornton Dial, Joe Minter, Ronald Lockett and Charlie Lucas were chosen to unveil the library. The building, which is partly renovated, is the perfect setting for the artists who use found-objects such as scrap metal, loose wire, and old computer keyboards. Many of the pieces, particularly those constructed in response to Katrina, feel as raw and unfinished as the building itself and equally as beautiful.

Robert Polidori

This exhibition includes 6 large-scale prints of New Orleans from his book After The Flood, Photographs by Robert Polidori, published by Editions Steidl, Gottingen, Germany.

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