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To Paint and Pray:
The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth, Jr.

William Robert Hollingsworth, Jr., who lived from 1910 to 1944, remains one of Mississippi’s most significant artists. Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, To Paint and Pray explores Hollingsworth’s life, from his school years at Jackson’s Davis Elementary and Central High School, through college at University of Mississippi and the Art Institute of Chicago, to his adulthood in his hometown as an artist. William Hollingsworth was prolific in his work, capturing the landscapes and people of central Mississippi in watercolors and oil. During his lifetime, the artist received numerous national awards for his art and exhibited across the country, from San Diego to Chicago, New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta, and New York, to name a few. Working at the time of the great regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood, Hollingsworth exhibited alongside those masters, and was building a name for himself nationally at the time of his death. Pulled primarily from the Museum’s extensive collection of his work, along with loans from other public and private collections, this exhibition fully explores the life and work of this Mississippi artist.

To Paint and Pray is sponsored by

Host Committee

Coleman E. Adler II
Robert L. Herndon
Scott Howard
Archie and Olivia Manning
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
John N. Palmer
Peter Rogers
Stacy and Jay Underwood
Jay L. Wiener

Old Canton Road, 1943, Watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson

Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and '40s

Eudora Welty is one of America's most celebrated and beloved authors. Before gaining fame through her writing, she was an aspiring photographer whose photographs from the 1930s and ‘40s have since become modern day classics. This exhibition, with support from the Eudora Welty Foundation, focuses on Welty's most productive period as a photographer and features a large selection of vintage prints from the collection of the Welty family.

During the Great Depression, Eudora Welty worked as a publicity agent for the Works Progress Administration. She traveled extensively throughout Mississippi, writing articles on the daily lives and conditions of the people. While on assignment, she took her camera along, applying her narrative eye photographing the people, places, and events around her. Welty referred to these photographs as “snapshots” because of the spontaneity in which they were made. A selection of photographs from this era created in New York City and New Orleans are also included in the exhibition.

July 13, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free to Museum members; by museum admission for nonmembers.
Questions? 504.539.9650

Host Committee

Coleman E. Adler II
Yancey and Lonnie Bewley
Stephanie and Robin Durant
Anne and Herman Franco
Robert L. Herndon
Margot C. LaPointe and Roger Zauel
Denise Monteleone
Don and Lola Norris
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Eric Overmyer and Ellen McElduff
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton
Troy Scroggins
Jane and William Sizeler
Matilda Stream
Nia K. Terezakis
Stacy and Jay Underwood
Cornelia Wyma

Eudora Welty Home Before Dark, Yalobusha County
Vintage Silver Gelatin Print 1936
© Eudora Welty,LLC; Eudora Welty Collection - Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Walter Inglis Anderson: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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. This exhibition will showcase works from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection, as well as those from the Wesley and Norman Galen Collection.

Host Committee

Shannon Foley and Quinn Jones
Robert L. Herndon
Anne and Herman Franco
Margot C. LaPointe and Roger Zauel
R. Dusk Lipton
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Jane and William Sizeler
Stacy and Jay Underwood
Cornelia Wyma

Pelicans, c.1945, Watercolor on graphite paper, Ogden Museum of Southern Art,
Gift of the Roger H. Houston Collection

Southern Regionalists from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This exhibition showcases the diversity of artists who reflected the changing times of the American South in the 1930s - 1950s. Artists included: Katherine Blackshear, Archie Bong?, Christopher Clark, Alberta Collier, Otis Dozier, Caroline Durieux, John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Campbell Gillis, Robert Gwathmey, Marie Atkinson Hull, Edmund Daniel Kitzinger, Florence McClung, John McCrady and Richard Wilt. Ongoing exhibition.

Marie Atkinson Hull, Tenant Farmer, 1935, Oil on canvas, Ogden Museum of Southern Art,
Gift of the Roger H. Houston Collection

Provocations: Tulane School of Architecture Thesis Projects 2013

Exhibition of the senior thesis projects of Tulane School of Architecture students.

Special opening reception in the Ogden Museum's historic Patrick F. Taylor Library on May 10, 5 pm-8 pm with reception, then featured speakers:

  • George Baird, former Dean, John H. Daniels Faculty of Achitecture, Landscape and Design, Univeristy of Toronto; Founding Principal, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Toronto
  • Brigitte Shim, Associate Profession, John H. Daneils Faculty School of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto; Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Artchitects, Toronto

Hosted by Kenneth Schwartz, AIA, Favrot Professor and Dean, Tulane School of Architecture

Free and open to the public.

For more information, call 504.314.2361

Deborah Luster: Tooth For an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish

Deborah Luster is known for her lush black and white photographs that document the rituals and customs that surround the culture of the American South and in particular, Louisiana. Over the past decade, Luster has been making photographs that explore the effects of crime, punishment and violence in Louisiana. With Tooth For an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish, Deborah Luster focuses her camera on an invisible population - people who exist only as a memory - homicide victims.

Deborah Luster Host Commitee

Dathel and Tommy Coleman
JoAnn Greenberg
Robert Herndon
John N. Palmer
Wendy and George Rodrigue
Arthur Roger

Disarchive# 01-05 and Disarchive# 01-06
Location - Tulane Avenue at Dupre, Le Petit Motel (Mid City)
Date (s) - April 4, 2008, 3:30 a.m.
Name (s) - unidentifed woman (20)
Notes - Gunshot wound to head.

Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Self-taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from The Ogden Museum’s growing collection in this genre. Including a range of work - from the naďve abstracted landscapes of Civil War veteran Charles Hutson (1840 - 1936) to Elayne Goodman’s Altar to Elvis, which borrows liturgical forms to represent a secular icon - this exhibition will showcase the depth and breadth of the Ogden’s collection of Self-Taught art from the American South. Also included is work by Thornton Dial, Reverend Howard Finster, Clementine Hunter, Nellie Mae Rowe, Wellmon Sharlhorne, George Andrews, and others.

Of particular interest in the context of New Orleans’ hosting of the Super Bowl in 2013 will be the installation of Benny Day’s 1950 sculpture, LSU vs. Oklahoma. The 1950 Sugar Bowl, played in Tulane Stadium on January 2, pitted the Oklahoma Sooners against a football squad labeled the "Cinderella Team" - namely Louisiana State University Tigers. (Oklahoma won the game, 35-0.) LSU vs. Oklahoma depicts a play in the game, and features 96 intricately carved figurines in balsa wood, spread over a 5'-by-8' football field.

Films featuring Reverend Howard Finster and his Outsider environment, Paradise Gardens, will also go on view. “Called to Make Sacred Art” and “Around and Around” are 16mm films shot between 1979 and 1982 by Wake Forest Art Professor Victor Faccinto. “Called to Make Sacred Art” features still 35mm film images of Finster and Paradise Gardens with a voice-over by Finster recounting his vision of God telling him to make sacred art. “Around and Around” features Finster playing banjo and singing with stop-motion single frame shots of Finster and Paradise Gardens.

This exhibition will also feature many items from the Museum's Permanent Collection that have not been on view before!

Self-Taught/Outsider Host Committee

JoAnn Greenberg
Robert Herndon
Scott Howard
John N. Palmer
Wendy and George Rodrigue
Arthur Roger

Bennie Day, LSU vs. Oklahoma, 1950, balsa wood and mixed media

Thornton Dial, Struggling Tiger In Hard Times,1991, oil, rope, carpet, tin and industrial sealing compound on canvas mounted on plywood.
Gift of Calynne and Lou Hill

Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme

Well Suited will include costumes designed by Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s award-winning series, Treme. With an emphasis on the exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from the series, the exhibition will also include Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches, film stills and behind-the-scenes photography.

Treme Sponsor


Host Committee

Coleman E. Adler II
Martha Anne Foster
JoAnn Greenberg
Anthony Hemingway
Robert Herndon
Peter and Raelynn Loop
Wendy and George Rodrigue
Arthur Roger
Laura Schweigman
Matilda Gray Stream
Rosario C. Tortorice
Cornelia Wyma
This exhibition will be traveling to the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, N.C., where it will be on view
May 18, 2013 - August 25, 2013
Green suit, Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown), Gang Flag, Season 3, Episode 7 "Promised Land"
Photo: Paul Schiraldi/HBO

Alonzo Wilson
Photo by Elizabeth Macey

Southern Abstraction from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Southern Abstraction will showcase the abstract work from the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Spanning over seven decades and representing a range of medium and styles, Southern Abstraction will include works by Dusti Bongé, Vincencia Blount, Fritz Bultman, Benny Andrews, Ida Kohlmeyer, Kendall Shaw, Jack Stewart, Bess Dawson, William Moreland, Brian Guidry and others, exploring the development of this visual landscape across the American South.

Ida Kohlmeyer, Abstract in White, 1957, oil on canvas

Michael J. Deas

On view through February 28, 2013

Michael J. Deas is a master realist painter and one of the nation’s premier illustrators. Working from his studio in New Orleans’ historic Vieux Carré, he creates paintings and drawings with an elegant eye and a mastery of the oil medium unusual in a contemporary context.

As an illustrator, Deas has painted twenty-one US postage stamps, including the Tennessee Williams, Katherine Anne Porter, Bette Davis, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and two of the best-selling postal stamps in U.S. history, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. His work has been featured on the cover of six editions of Time magazine and dozens of book covers. Easily one of the most widely seen images in the world, his painting for the Columbia Pictures logo was commissioned in 1993. The Society of Illustrators has honored the work of Michael J. Deas with five Gold Medals and two Silver Medals.

The Ogden Museum’s exhibition, Michael J. Deas, will feature paintings and drawings from throughout his career as an illustrator combined with never-before-seen works of a deeply personal and often highly allegorical nature, offering new insight into the work of a true master painter working in the South.

Michael Deas, James Dean, Oil on panel, 2003. Private collection

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Scholarship Art Contest Exhibition

An exhibition of works by high-school juniors and seniors who participated in the Foundation’s visual arts contest. The theme was "Louisiana’s Bicentennial," celebrating 200 years of statehood in 2012.

A work by Katie Atkins, winner of the art contest

From Terra to Verde: The Work of Sharon Kopriva

From Terra to Verde is a thirty year survey of works created between 1982 and 2012 by Houston artist, Sharon Kopriva. Born into a Catholic family in the Houston Heights in 1948, she received a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Houston in 1981. In 1982, she traveled to Peru, where she encountered the open burial grounds and mummified bodies of the ancient pre-Columbian Nazca culture. It was a defining moment in her life and art.

Over the next thirty years, Kopriva’s work has explored issues of faith and doubt, life and death, primitive culture, historic events and contemporary society. Working in an imagist style, she conveys her personal spiritual journey through sculptures, drawings, paintings and installations. Moving from the earth-tones of her early expressionistic landscapes and mummies to more recent magical realist depictions of forests-as-cathedrals, this exhibition reveals the breadth and unity of her career.

"From Dust Thou Art"

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When You're Lost, Everything's a Sign: Self-Taught Art from The House of Blues Collection

From its inception in 1992, House of Blues has maintained a deep commitment to the preservation of both American Blues music and American folk art. For 20 years, House of Blues has collected and showcased some of the finest examples of Southern vernacular art, linking it with American vernacular music traditions. Artists represented will include Leroy Almon, Roy Ferdinand, Reverend Howard Finster, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Sybil Gibson, Mr. Imagination, and many others, both known and unknown.

Host Committee

Myrna Colley-Lee
Martin J. Drell
Lin Emery
Robert L. Herndon
Scott Howard
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Mallory Page and Jacques Rodrigue
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton
Van Schley
Troy Scroggins

Day with an Artist - Sharon Kopriva

International High School of New Orleans with artist Sharon Kopriva

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.

A Day with an Artist - Jose Torres-Tama

Lake Area Early College Prep High School with artist Jose Torres-Tama

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, the artist conducts a workshop passing 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 portraits were created by a group of students from Lake Area Early College Prep High School with Jose Torres-Tama. Drawing inspiration from the many portraits currently on exhibition at the Ogden Museum and works from his own portrait series entitled New Orleans Free People of Color and Their Legacy, the artist instructed the students on how to create their own self-portraits. First working exclusively in charcoal and then in brightly colored pastels, students studied their own images in mirrors and created these expressive portraits in just one afternoon.

This program was made possible by The Maggie George Foundation.

Shelby Lee Adams: Salt & Truth

For more than thirty-five years, Shelby Lee Adams has been making powerful and honest photographs of the hollow dwellers of eastern Kentucky. These images described by Adams as "collaborations" come from mutual trust and respect between the photographer and his subjects.

Adams was born and raised in Hazard, Kentucky. His insider knowledge and connection to the people and culture of that region is reflected in his compassionate photographs that expose the depth and character of a disappearing lifestyle.

Shelby Lee Adams, Girls in Onion Patch, Silver Gelatin Print, 2004.
Collection of the Artist

Louviere + Vanessa
Something Whispered, Something Sung

Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown incorporate elements of painting, film, and printmaking into their work, creating elaborate images that blur the traditional notion of a photograph. Exploring themes of duality and paradox, creation and destruction, horror as beauty - they construct a surrealistic world that can be as dark and disturbing as it is beautiful and inviting. This exhibition represents a decade of collaborative work from New Orleans premier photography couple - Louviere + Vanessa.

Louviere + Vanessa, Oui, the people, inkjet on kozo paper, gold and resin, 2008.
Collection of the artist.

Tav Falco - 50 Photographs: An Iconography of Chance

Musician, filmmaker, performance artist, photographer and Southern provocateur Tav Falco presents 50 photographs: An Iconography of Chance. These black and white photographs-taken in the 1970s and early 1980s-provide a gothic travelogue through the Deep South. From the farmlands of rural Arkansas to downtown Memphis, the Mississippi Delta and all parts in between, Falco’s haunted images capture the fleeting vestiges of a bygone era found along the lost highways of the American South.

Tav Falco, 82 Miles West Memphis Motel, silver gelatin print, 1975.
Collection of the artist

Health, Wealth and Progeny

Health, Wealth, and Progeny are fishing the surface of human consciousness when their vessel is compromised by a force that threatens their survival.

This will be the most ambitious multimedia installation video-artist, Dave Greber, and woodworker, Matthew Holdren, have worked on together, to date.

Lincoln's Legacy

Students of Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts Jefferson Parish Public School and Natalie Keller Barnes, Artist assisted by Veronica Cho, Outreach Coordinator

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's nine-year-old residency program, Artists and Sense of Place, pairs artists with schools to explore the history, identity and character of the students' world. Upon learning that Lincoln Elementary would soon be moving into a brand new building constructed on the site of the old structure, artist Natalie Barnes was inspired to work with students to create a piece of artwork that commemorates the school's long history. While Lincoln is today an elementary school, originally the school housed the historic Lincoln High School for African-American residents of the West Bank. Barnes designed a project that would reflect the students' sense of pride for the history of the school, commemorate the school's original building and celebrate the current student population.

On the first day of the residency, students created individual self-portraits out of generic templates supplied by the artist. The result was a collection of portraits that illustrates the uniqueness of each individual student. On the second and third visit, Ms. Bares directed students to use tissue paper and fabric to embellish a panel depicting and inspired by a picture of the old building. Reflecting the artist's love of utilizing recycled materials, Ms. Barnes used salvaged wooden fence posts to create the basic structure for the artwork. In addition to tissue paper flowers, she also incorporated short notes describing what the school means to each student.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff of Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts and Yelitza Gray, Principal. This project was supported by grants from the MaggieGeorge Foundation.

Our Place in Time

Students of Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology and Kevin Baer, 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, artist Kevin Baer investigated not only their surrounding physical space, but also their place in time and role in history. Through three different collaborative art pieces students investigated the past, the present, and the future.

The Past

On scrolls students recorded important memories, moments, family and friends. The stories were then gathered and placed into jars to keep safe the lessons of the past. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to open the jars and read the stories documented by these young artists.

The Present

Student artists recorded the present with cut paper hands traced from their own unique growing fingers. Filling the hands with drawings about themselves, students reflected upon how they see themselves at this moment in their lives.

The Future

These young artists created their visions of the future with bright watercolor paintings. Overhead are the imagined scenes they see for themselves, their city and their planet.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff of Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology and Mary Haynes-Smith, Principal. This project was supported by a grant from the MaggieGeorge Foundation.


Curated by Ogden Museum Photography Curator Richard McCabe, CURRENTS 2012 features 78 pieces by sixteen members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance: Thom Bennett, J.T. Blatty, Lee Deigaard, Nell Dickerson, E2 (Elizabeth Kleiveld & Eric Julien), Frank Hamrick, Christopher Harris, Vivian Keulards, Eleanor Owen Kerr, Maria Levitsky, Colleen Mullins, Donna Pinkley, Rylan Steele, S. Gayle Stevens/Judy Sherrod.

PhotoNOLA is an annual festival of photography in New Orleans, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, in partnership with galleries, museums and photographers.The festival is Nov. 29-Dec. 2 with photography exhibitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and more.

Elizabeth Kleinveld and Eric Julien, Ode to Van Eyck's Arnolfini Marriage

Louisiana Contemporary

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Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank is a statewide, juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist's work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art market. On view through September 24, 2012.

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New Southern Photography

An overview into some of the most exciting and diverse photographic work coming out of the American South today. This exhibition of recent acquisitions to the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum features the work of both emerging and established photographers including: Birney Imes, Kathleen Robbins, Bruce West, S. Gayle Stevens, Andrew Garn, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Alex Leme and many more. On view through September 23, 2012.

Lisette de Boisblanc, Jolie Laide, negative date: 2010, print date: 2012, 5/10,
From the series, Taken by the Fog.
Gift of Jane Decuers

Louisiana Photographs from the Ogden Museum Permanent Collection

One hundred years of photographs documenting the ever-changing state of Louisiana. Photographs by E.J. Bellocq, Clarence John Laughlin, Walker Evans, Elemore Morgan Sr., Alec Soth and more. On view through September 23, 2012.

Walker Evans, Uncle Sam's Plantation, Convent, La., 1935 silver gelatin print
Gift of Roger H. Ogden Collection/Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Historic Louisiana Landscapes and Portraits

In celebration of Louisiana Bicentennial Statehood: A visual chronicle of the history and culture of Louisiana, this exhibition of 18th and 19th century portrait and landscape paintings is drawn heavily from the Collection of Roger H. Ogden. On view through September 23, 2012.

Lulu King Saxon,Uptown Street, 1890 oil on canvas
Gift of the Roger H. Ogden Collection/Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Kohlmeyer Circle Presents:
H. Cole Wiley and Lin Emery

Every year on Whitney White Linen Night, the Ogden Museum’s Kohlmeyer Circle - a group of young Southern art and culture enthusiasts who support the Ogden’s mission - presents an exhibition driven by technology in some way. This year, the Kohlmeyer Circle presents two artists whose work fulfills this commitment.

The first, H. Cole Wiley, is a young Louisiana artist, whose Riverless Walk incorporates contemporary gaming technology to explore the way in which the viewer interacts with art and technology. The second artist is Lin Emery. Known primarily for her large-scale kinetic sculptures, this installation of her theatrical audio-kinetic work will offer the viewer a deeper insight into her work and process. The Ogden Museum will bestow its prestigious Opus Award on Emery at its annual "O What a Night Gala" in October. On view through September 23, 2012.

Lin Emery, Acolytes, 1990-1992 mixed media
Collections of the Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Fla. and Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Young Audiences

Students from Young Audiences' summer camps will visit the Ogden and spend time learning about the museum's stunning collection of self-taught art. Each site will then complete a project based on an artist from the collection including Rev. Howard Finster style portraits, collaborative memory paintings in the style of Clementine Hunter, and found object sculptures after Thornton Dial.

Shifting: Photographs by Michel Varisco

Shifting is a photographic installation focusing on the Louisiana wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Often through aerial views, the artist explores both the beauty and degradation of this environment, and chronicles the dynamic changes that are both natural and man-made. This body of work invites the audience to become invested in the fate of a threatened natural resource.

Michel Varisco is a native New Orleans artist. Her photographs, assemblages and site-specific installations explore loss and regeneration. She received her MFA from Tulane University and studied in France (LaCoste School of Art) and Italy (U.G.A) and is an artist/mentor at NOCCA|Riverfront in New Orleans. Varisco’s work is exhibited and published internationally and is included in public, private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Shifting is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the SURDNA Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

On view through July 23, 2012

Sally Chandler: The Lost World

In Sally Chandler's immersive installation, all borders are down—between personal and universal, town and country, history and myth.

Including some 84 paintings and works on paper, The Lost World is a time capsule about a society on the edge. At once bracing and romantic, the exhibition enables viewers to journey through passages from innocence to experience. Chandler's tableaux of images—people, birds, animals, aristocratic estates, old libraries and landscapes elegantly tamed and gorgeously wild—crystallize an irretrievable past, both mysterious and unsettling. Her narratives are rooted in paradox: time and eternity; past and present; masculine and feminine; desire and despair—the unstated intuitions and connections that bind people together. Probing large mysteries and themes, they make us feel the preciousness of what would be lost in an as yet unimaginable future.

The Lost World evokes our longing for stories, connections and sense of place. The exhibition dovetails with the New Orleans sense of tradition, ritual and preservation. Chandler has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Rutgers University, and has studied international relations at the London School of Economics, as well as art at the Instituto Allende in Mexico, the San Francisco Art Institute and the Glassell School of Art in Houston. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the U.S.

Guest curator: Susie Kalil

The Lost World is being generously supported by Lone Star Trans Global, Inc., Scriptura, Lucullus, Faulkner House Books, and Aidan Gill for Men.

Mark Messersmith: Maximalist and Naturalist

When Mark Messersmith first moved to Tallahassee, Fla., he was immediately struck by the wildness of the surrounding landscape, a wildness gone from much of America. In Mark Messersmith: Maximalist and Naturalist, Messersmith continues his exploration of the tension between this wild, living place and ever-increasing human expansion. Drawing on inspirations ranging from the Pre-Raphaelites, Martin Johnson Heade, Southern folk art and medieval manuscripts, the paintings of Messersmith are dense, radiant and sculptural depictions of the flora and fauna of northern Florida struggling to survive.

Mark Messersmith is Professor of Art at Florida State University, where he has taught since 1985. He received an MFA from Indiana University, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Ford Fellowship, four Individual Artist Fellowship Awards from the Florida Department of State, and a 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award.

On view through July 23, 2012

Alexa Kleinbard: Remedies

Remedies is an exhibition of shaped, oil-on-panel paintings by Tallahassee, Fla., artist Alexa Kleinbard. A self-taught painter, for more than thirty years Kleinbard has explored folk medicines, scientific advances, the environment and the unsettling role of humans in the balance of nature through her work. In this series of meticulously rendered and richly colored paintings, she has turned her focus to the wild medicinal plants of the Southeast and the endangered wetlands that sustain them. Sculptural portraits of these plants surround lush landscapes of their native environments, and seem to dance on gestural root systems.

Alexa Kleinbard has been the recipient of several awards, including two NEA Endowment Grants and a Florida Fellowship Grant from the Florida Arts Council. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art, and received training in Dance from the Melia Davis School of Dance and the Ramblerny School of Performing Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States. She lives and works with her husband, artist Jim Roche, in Tallahassee, Fla. In 2011, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art exhibited highlights from their collection of self-taught, outsider and visionary art.

On view through July 23, 2012

CC Lockwood: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

CC Lockwood’s color photographs of the nature and wildlife of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast include the photograph, Flat Lake Sunset, which was selected by the U.S. Postal Service as the image for the official Louisiana Bicentennial commemorative stamp. On view through July 23, 2012

CC Lockwood, Flat Lake Sunset, 1980, cibachrome photograph print
Gift of the Roger H. Ogden Collection

Colleen Mullins: Elysium
Woody Woodroof: Field Work
Nell Campbell - Duck Blinds: Louisiana

Colleen Mullins: Elysium explores the degradation of the urban forest-the remaining 30 percent of the canopy after the destruction of hurricanes Katrina and Rita-at the hands of man. Photographs demonstrate resilience in the urban forest, while others illustrate its importance in the community. On view through July 23, 2012

Colleen Mullins, Untitled, 2007, Inkjet Print
Gift of the artist

Woody Woodroof: Field Work combines his ventures in art and farming by producing cyanotype photograms from plants grown on, and around the land surrounding, his organic farm in Maryland. On view through July 23, 2012

Woody Woodroof,Wetland Grasses, 2010, Cyanotype on archival rag paper
Collection of the artist

Nell Campbell - Duck Blinds: Louisiana showcases her photographs of duck blinds used by hunters on the waterways of Louisiana. Campbell’s images capture the uniqueness of these structures and comment on the paradoxical role hunting plays in the conservation of nature. On view through July 23, 2012

Nell Campbell, Calcasieu River and Watermelon Bay, March 27, 2004, 2012, Archival inkjet print
Gift of the artist

Lee Deigaard, Plastic Gulf, 2010, single channel video

Artist's Statement:

"After the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing lures collected dust on bait store shelves, and fishing boats around the region idled. Marine life choked in the oil-polluted water.

In 'Plastic Gulf', the decoy becomes the protagonist. Fishing lures forage in a false plastic eden of lush ocean reeds. Without real fish to unmask their imposture, their puppet-like movements simulate life.

In the Pacific Ocean there is a vast island of plastic garbage. Plastics are made from oil. Even before the oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zones were growing, fed by fertilizer runoff carried by the Mississippi River from industrial farms in the Midwest.

We place a lot of faith in the regenerative powers of the ocean. We want to believe we can restore what we ruin.

In the battle for conservation resources, fish have trouble engaging human sympathies. These plastic fish flirt with the viewer, resist being ignored."

Thirty Years of LSU Printmaking

Ever since he arrived at Louisiana State University, Kimberly Arp has been collecting his students’ work. Archived in the flat files of the LSU print studio, more than 30 years of artwork has been preserved and used as an extensive teaching resource and student research base.

A testament to its excellence, the printmaking program at Louisiana State University has had a great deal of impact in Louisiana, around the country, and has made inroads on the international front. A great many careers have matured in the South at LSU and have gone onto flower and bear fruit in a very wide variety of locations and professional avenues.

This exhibition will showcase student artwork collected during Arp’s tenure (1977 to present) at Louisiana State University, as well as a gallery of Arp’s work, acting as a visual history of its BFA and MFA printmaking program. On view through April 9, 2012.

Donya Allison

Neil Daugherty

Stan Kaminski

Chris Pray

Christian Anderson

Delonna Day

Brian Kelly

Ben Rinehart

Katrina Andry

Minda Douglass

Gail Kelly

Allison Rohl

Alajandro Arauz

Debra Doup-Wallace

Leslie Kiptcho

John Romano

Kimberly Arp

David DuBose

Chris Klein

Hannah Sanders


Jerrad Emrich

Rebecca Kreisler

Colleen Schindler

Jamie Baldridge

Rodney Ewing

Rachel LeGarde

Karoline Schleh

Jocelyn Barrable

Elizabeth Fontenot

James Legier

Kelli Scott

Neil Barr

Larry Giacolletti

Joyce Leipertz

Levin Seawall

Matt Bartts

Myers Godwin

Ryan Lindburgh

Lee Simmons

Jeff Belford

Jonathan Goodman

Michael Martino

Rene Smith

Julie Bell

Sujata Gopolan

Tonia Matthews

Sandra Smithson

Camille Bercier

Brenda Hanegan

Paula Mitchell

Sean Star Wars

Rachel Bergeron

Meredith Harper

Mary Modeen

Erik Van Buren

Lisa Bigalke

Kevin Harrington

Ellen Moore

Peter Walls

Ben Boone

Ray Heffner

Lynn Murray

Kellie Walters

Massimo Bouccuni

Tony Henderson

Angela Nichols

David West

Matthew Bourgeois

Jeff Hirst

Ryan O'Malley

Laura Willets

Jim Bryant

Chris Hocking

Mary Pat Opatz

Susan Winguord

James Burke

Jessie Hornbrook


Steve Wolff

Carmen Colangelo

Kelly Hughes

Lori Penn

Kevin Woodcock

Emily Cook

Katherine Hunter

Patti Percoraro

Peter Yearworth

Dereck Cracco

Duane Johnson

Marta Perez

Trey Yellett

Frank Yunker

The Past Still Present: Photographs by David Halliday

A master of light, New Orleans photographer David Halliday, produces lush and elegant images that are both classical and modern. Using window light to illuminate his subjects, Halliday’s direct formal approach offers a fresh take on the historic art prototypes of still life and portraiture. The simplicity of his visual language produces images that transcend time. On view through April 8, 2012.

Jimmy Descant: The Shape of Louisiana Commenting on the Shape of Louisiana

Jimmy Descant (a.k.a. “the Rocketman”) is an assemblage artist known primarily for his use of found objects to create retro-futuristic rocket ships inspired by the quality of earlier craftsmanship, Art Deco, science fiction and the spirit of exploration and optimism prevalent in mid-century America. In The Shape of Louisiana Commenting on the Shape of Louisiana, Descant uses the shape of his native state as the foundation for a series of assemblages that speak to the cultural, political and natural environment of Louisiana in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the failure of the Federal levee system in New Orleans, and the BP Macondo well oil spill. On view through April 8, 2012.

The Created World of Enrique Alférez

Presented by

Easily recognizable for its simple elegant lines, excellent craftsmanship, and classical imagery, the work of Enrique Alférez has become an integral part of the city of New Orleans. Alférez was a driven artist, dedicated to a democratic ideal of public art, and unflinching in his vision of the world he created. Born in 1901 in the State of Zacatecas, Mexico, Alferez was the son of an artist who was trained in Europe and sculpted religious figures in Northern Mexico. At the age of 12, Alférez left home to work for Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. After the revolution, Alférez made his way to Chicago for formal art training. On his way to Yucatan for a sculptural commission, he stopped in New Orleans in May of 1929, and made the city his home. Over the next seven decades he produced a legion of works, both public and private, that stand as testament to his unique ability, exuberance and vision. On January 19, 2012, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will open The Created World of Enrique Alférez on the fifth floor of Goldring Hall. The exhibition will feature sculptural work in bronze, plaster, wood, and terra cotta, as well as a selection of works on paper. On view through April 2, 2012.

Ersy and Josephine Sacabo

For over three decades, artists Josephine Sacabo and Ersy have shared inspirations and ideas through a friendship based on a mutual respect and joy in one another’s lives. In keeping with that spirit of friendship, inspiration and collaboration, the two exhibitions – Ersy: Architect of Dreams and Sacabo’s Óyeme Con Los Ojos – share space in the Ogden Museum’s galleries, allowing the viewer to see the dialogue between these unique bodies of work.

Ersy: Architect of Dreams

Ersy is a New Orleans artist whose work is rooted in precise craftsmanship of bronze, silver and wood. Her unique aesthetic is part taxidermy, part reliquary and incorporates elements of surrealism in a visual poetry that often references the pageantry and traditions of her native city. Born and raised in the Vieux Carre, Ersy received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Arts in 1973, and studied at Bard College, Cooper Union School of Art, and Tulane University. She was apprentice to Enrique Alferez and William Ludwig. As an educator, she taught sculpture classes – including bronze casting – at Cooper Union for nearly two decades. In 2000, she returned home and joined the Visual Arts Faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. On view through Feb. 26, 2012
Video Interview with Ersy

Ersy, Ship of Fools, 1998-2006
Courtesy og Arthur Roger Gallery

Óyeme Con Los Ojos (Hear Me With Your Eyes)

Josephine Sacabo’s photographs transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty. Built upon a foundation of poetry and literature, her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word. Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both locales inform her work – culminating in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home. On view through Feb 26, 2012.

Josephine Sacabo, Óyeme Sorda, 2010, photogravure printed on handmade Japanese tissue and chine-colléd velvet rag paper
Collection of the artist

Read all about Ersy and Joesphine Sacabo in the New York Times article:
Life and Art, Side by Side in the French Quarter

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Art Contest and Exhibition

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, in partnership with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, is holding a 100th Anniversary Art Contest for Girl Scouts, ages 5 to 17. Artwork represents what it means to be a Girl Scout today and/or reflecting 100 years of Girl Scouting. The winners will be chosen by a national panel of artists, educators, and others.

The top 10 winners in each category and the overall winner’s art will have their work shown at the Museum.

Looking to Learn: Ursuline Academy

An exhibition showcasing the photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media pieces created by students at Ursuline Academy. “Looking to Learn” is an art education series curated by the Ogden, featuring throughout the year artwork by students in area schools. Previous schools have included the Louise S. McGehee School, Holy Cross School, NOCCA and the Jefferson Parish Public School System Talented Visual Arts Program.

Ashton Ramsey

Ashton Ramsey is a New Orleans folk artist and historian who fashions his pieces from common, everyday materials, such as newspaper clippings and men’s clothing. Unique and wearable, his art describes events from contemporary and historical times, pays homage to the figures and life of African-American New Orleans and overall reflects the history of the city. Five of Ashton T. Ramsey’s suits have been selected for display at the Ogden Museum of Art and will be presented together with sketches, photographs and documentation from his rich history. On view through January 29, 2012. Prospect.2 New Orleans is a contemporary art biennial that will feature more than 26 local, national and international artists. For more information about Prospect.2, go to:


George Valentine Dureau is a painter, drawer and photographer whose work is focused on the human form. Working in classical themes and with a uniquely modern approach to the materials, he has created a body of work that stands as a testament to the dignity of the human spirit. Born in 1930 in the Faubourg St. John of New Orleans, Dureau received his first formal art training at the Delgado Museum at age nine, and continued his studies at Louisiana State University and Tulane School of Architecture. He has been an integral part of the New Orleans art world since his first gallery exhibition in 1960. On October 15, 2011 at the O What a Night Gala, Dureau will receive the Opus Award, given annually by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to a member of the arts community whose life’s work constitutes a major contribution to the cultural landscape of the American South. On view through Jan. 3, 2012.

George Dureau, Scandal at the Forge of Vulcan Café 1997, Oil on canvas, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coleman.

Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The photographs in this exhibition provide a visual narrative of the ever-changing American South – the nineteenth century, the Great Depression, the civil rights movement and the emergence of the New South. The exhibition will feature photographs by E. J. Bellocq, Walker Evans, Elliot Erwitt, William Christenberry and many more. On view through Jan. 3, 2012

William Christenberry, The Underground Club, Greensboro, Alabama, 1997, Type-C Print, Gift of Marie and Lee Friedlander

Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort

Presented by the Center for Southern Craft and Design This fourth annual exhibition will include two functional cups from over 50 artists. Each invited artist has a Southern connection, based on where they choose to live, work or teach. Participants will submit up to two ceramic pieces—either tea bowls, cups and saucers, or mugs. Work from the exhibition will be offered for sale. On view through December 18, 2011

Shown here: A cup by Bede Clark

Art of the Cup Photo Gallery

Birney Imes: Whispering Pines

Whispering Pines is a photographic documentation of a single café and bar in the Mississippi prairie, portraying—through both black-and-white and color photographs–the slow decline of a storied establishment and its colorful proprietor and patrons from the mid-1970s until the café closed in the early 1990s. This is the final of the Ogden Museum’s series of three exhibitions—the previous two were Partial to Home and Juke Joint - of Mississippi photographer Birney Imes. On view through mid-October 2011.

Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art from the Collection of Alexa Kleinbard and Jim Roche

O.L. Samuels, Monkey Man, c.1992, Paint and Wood, Collection of Alexa Kleinbard and Jim Roche

Together the husband and wife team of Jim Roche and Alexa Kleinbard have amassed one of the most important collections of self-taught, outsider, and visionary art in the United States. Their shared vision as collectors reflect their own sensibilities as working artists. Since the early 1970s, Kleinbard and Roche have pioneered the promotion, understanding, and appreciation of artists who work beyond the parameters of the art gallery and museum system. Many of the artists in their collection are not heavily represented in other places, resulting in a unique and highly personal collection.

This exhibition features the art of Jesse James Aaron, Columbus “Dude” McGriff, O.L. Samuels, Roger Rice, John Robert Ellis, and many more.
On view through September 18, 2011.

Starting last year, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art decided to focus a number of exhibitions opening on White Linen Night on a Southern state. Last year it was Tennessee, this year it is Mississippi.

Spotlight on Mississippi

From the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast, Mississippi has long been fertile ground for artistic endeavor. While known primarily for its contributions to music and literature, the visual arts have played an equally important role in shaping the cultural identity of this complicated state.

Theora Hamblett, Making Sorghum, 1964, Oil on canvas, Roger Houston Ogden collection

Drawing heavily from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Mississippi artists, including—Theora Hamblett, Dusti Bongé, Archie Bongé, Bess Dawson, Halcyon Barnes, Ruth Holmes, Sultan Rogers, Pappy Kitchens, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, William Hollingsworth, John McCrady, Tennessee Williams, Ed McGowin, Sam Gilliam and many more. On view through September 18, 2011.

Mississippi Photographs, 1860s–Present

Eudora Welty, Child On Porch, 1935, sepia toned silver gelatin print, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden collection

A survey of Mississippi photography that spans more than 150 years. Images portray the cultural, social, political and environmental changes that have shaped and defined the state, emphasizing the deep ties that exist between the people of Mississippi and the land.

This exhibition includes photographs by George Ballis, Lyle Bongé, Seth Boonchai, Jane Rule Burdine, Maude Schuyler Clay, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, William Ferris, Roland Freeman, Matt Herron, Lewis Hine, Birney Imes, Jessica Ingram, William Henry Jackson, Franke Keating, Stuart Klipper, Jack Kotz, Clarence John Laughlin, Danny Lyon, Milly Moorehead West, David Rae Morris, Tom Rankin, Kathleen Robbins, Euphus Ruth, Jack Spencer, Mark Steinmetz, S. Gayle Stevens, Eudora Welty, Bruce West, Marion Post Wolcott and Terry Wood.On view through September 18, 2011.

A Technological Terrarium

Presented by the Ogden Museum’s Kohlmeyer Circle

Selections of analogical and digitological ephemera: mechanical sculpture and electronical dada.

Light machine by Jayme Kalal

Artists and hackers from New Orleans, Houma, and Austin present work that disturbs lines between the traditions of mechanics, technology and art. Most participants in this exhibition are also part of Automata, an annual exhibition of mechanical, kinetic, electronic, and biological sculpture.

Artist list: Mark Anderson, Kevin Brown, Christopher Deris, Adam Farrington, Jesse Fontenot, Gumbo Labs, Samuel Joyce, Jayme Kalal, Kourtney Keller, Colin McIntyre, Lefty Parker, Bob Snead, David Sullivan and H. Cole Wiley. On view through September 12, 2011

Curated by Myrtle Von Damitz.

Looking to Learn: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Painting by Anna Koeferl

An exhibition showcasing the photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media pieces created by the visual arts students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). "Looking to Learn" is an art education series curated by the Ogden featuring artwork by students in area schools. Previous schools have included the Louise S. McGehee School, Holy Cross School and Jefferson Parish Public School System Talented Visual Arts Program.On view through September 2011.

One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson

Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans

The work of Southern artists is often infused with a deep sense of place and time. Whether inspired by the small-town of the artist's birth, the land, the waters, be it river, lake or sea, the music, the people or even the animals, that sense of place shows up in subtle, surprising or literal ways, unique to each artist. One World, Two Artists will attempt to show how the Gulf Coast was a shared source of inspiration to two native artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson.

Born in 1945 in the coastal town of Beaumont, Texas, John Alexander grew up in a region heavily influenced by Cajun, Creole and African-American cultures. The natural environment of coastal Texas and Louisiana was an early and persistent inspiration for Alexander's work.

John Alexander, Stormy Monday, (2009), oil on paper, private collection

Walter Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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, Mississippi. A small, undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island, became his refuge and main source of inspiration. Years later, John Alexander would visit Horn Island, also chasing this shared muse.

Walter Anderson, Blue Crab, (1960), watercolor on paper, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden collection

Two artists from different eras and places in the South - but both attuned to their surroundings, bringing forth beauty through their expressive talent.

Haiti, After the Earthquake: Photographs by Julie Dermansky

Julie Dermansky went to Haiti two weeks after the January earthquake with the 377th TSC Army Reserves out of Belle Chase, La., many of whose members aided in the recovery effort in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Parallels between New Orleans and Haiti inform her work. Both cities were Ground Zero to disasters kicked off by natural phenomena turned catastrophic by manmade situations, and both have unique, vibrant cultures.

After her initial three week trip, she returned to Haiti to document the work of two native New Orleanians who were providing humanitarian aid: Marie Jo Poux, who runs an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, and Doctor Yvens Laborde, a doctor at Oschner Hospital.

The images in the exhibition planned for the Ogden Museum were taken between January 26 and March 31st and late November 26- Dec 3rd during the cholera epidemic and the first round of the presidential elections. They reflect Dermansky's strong visual vocabulary developed over two decades as a fine artist. She captures the essence of individuals and focuses on cultural icons while illuminating the epic proportions of the disaster. From voodoo ceremonies in Port-au-Prince's national graveyard to a Cholera clinic in the countryside, Dermansky's work brings vibrant images of Haiti's post-earthquake landscape to the Ogden Museum.

Julie Dermansky, National Cathedral, Port-au-Prince, 2010, archival pigment print, collection of the artist

Art and Jazz: Preservation Hall at 50

An insider's and impressionistic look at the famed New Orleans club, founded by Sandra and Allan Jaffe in 1961. Photographs, paintings, musical instruments, posters, and other items from Preservation Hall, the Jaffe family collection and other bits of insight into the personality of all that makes Preservation Hall what is was, what it is and where it is going.

Noel Rockmore, Billie and DeDe Pierce, Preservation Hall, 1964, oil on canvas, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden collection

From Classroom to Gallery

Featuring art created in the Pre-K and Kindergarten program

To introduce the young children to the museum, teachers read Matthew’s Dream, the story of a mouse who goes to a museum with his class and decides he wants to be an artist. The teachers also showed children prints of works in the Ogden’s collection. The children visited the museum and saw the works they had seen in those prints, then engaged in art activities in the galleries such as making still lifes or pretending to paint on canvas.

Back at the school, artist Gina Phillips helped them make the abstract collages, very much in Matthew’s style, that make up the exhibition.

Introduction to Southern Art

Featuring art created in adult workshops

An adult lecture and workshop series, “Introduction to Southern Art,” combined information about artists of the past with encounters with living artists. Lectures on Clementine Hunter by Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Benny Andrews by Willie Birch, Frank Wyley by Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, John Scott by Ron Bechet, and Jeffrey Cook by Louise Mouton Johnson preceded workshops led by Keith Duncan, Natalie Keller Barnes, Clifton Faust, John Barnes, and Cecelia Tapplette-Pedescleaux. The exhibition consists of the work created in the course of the workshops.

A collaboration between the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Mahalia Jackson Center Arts Council produced both programs, which were made possible through a grant from The RosaMary Foundation.

Birney Imes: Juke Joint

Birney Imes, Purple Rain Lounge, Duncan Mississippi, 1989, Type-C print, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden collection

Juke Joint is an exhibition of 40 photographs from Birney Imes' highly acclaimed series of lushly colored images of the Mississippi Delta. A book documenting this series was published by University Press of Mississippi in 1990. This exhibition is the second of three Birney Imes exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2011. These color photographs are a continuation of his earlier black and white photographs of African-American rural culture featured in the book - Partial to Home - a portion of which are on view at the Ogden, Jan.13, 2011-mid-April 2011.

Mark Hewitt: Big-Hearted Pots

A ceramic artist who knows no boundaries, Mark Hewitt has for more than 25 years been producing ceramic pots of gargantuan beauty and size. Born in England to a family with a history in the ceramic industry, Hewitt was drawn to a more naturalistic approach in his art, embracing clean lines and austere decoration, as well as the craft traditions of North Carolina, where he lives and works. About his pots, Hewitt says, " they break new ground while tipping their caps to the great jugs and jars from the potent pottery tradition of the South; and, while delightfully big-assed, they are also profoundly big-hearted." Closes April 10, 2011

Richard Ritter: A Life In Glass

In his 40 years as a craft artist, North Carolina-based Richard Ritter has steadily evolved his complex approach to glass vessels. Most widely lauded for his use of the murrini process, Ritter brings a contemporary sensibility to the ancient technique, created in Egypt and perfected in Italy, of creating glass rods with consistent cross-sections. The current exhibition is a career overview, tracing his trajectory from his early career in the midst of the American studio glass movement, through his career at Penland School of Crafts, to his most recent body of work, the Floral Core Series. Closes in mid-April 2011.

Birney Imes: Selections from Partial to Home - Photographs of Mississippi

Birney Imes is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Mississippi, where he is still Editor and Publisher of The Dispatch, the area’s daily newspaper. Partial to Home is a candid exploration of African-American culture over a ten-year period in a region of Mississippi that fiercely resists change. Many of these early black-and-white photographs were taken during the reasearch and photography for Juke Joint, the series of color photographs for which he is widely known. Closes mid-April 2011. Birney Imes, Girl on Catfish Alley, Columbus, Miss., 1990, silver gelatin print, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden collection

On Location: Southern Portraits

On Location: Southern Portraits is an exhibition of photographic portraits set in public spaces, or in the private spaces of the subject. These photographs emphasize a more intuitive approach to portraiture, free of the formal constraints of the studio. They convey the relationships between photographer, subject, and a setting constantly in flux, to construct a sense of place and time, unique to each image. Curated by Richard McCabe. Kevin Kline, Bartender, Jefferson Parish, 2010, silver gelatin print, Gift of the artistn

Ogden Museum Furniture Collection

For the Ogden’s first collection, we turned to Louisiana furniture make Greg Arceneaux. His Louisiana Colonial, Acadian and Creole inspired designs are instant classics, melding traditional styles with Arceneaux’s talent as a furniture maker. For more about Arceneaux, go to: On view until Jan. 2, 2011. After that, the designs will be available for review in a look-book in the Center.

The Michael Brown and Linda Green Collection 

This collection was one of the first major additions to the Museum's Permanent Collection after Roger H. Ogden's founding donation, and it captures the art of New Orleans during the 1970s, '80s and '90s. Many of these artists were still emerging in the local art scene and the Brown/Green commitment to the art of New Orleans will remain an important contribution to the Museum's Collection. Shown here: Justin Forbes, Road Trip, 1996, oil on canvas, Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Artt/p>

To View the entire Michael Brown and Linda Green Collection, click here.

Paintings by Robert Julian Onderdonk

 Julian Onderdonk (1882-1922) was renowned for his plein air interpretations of the Texan landscape. This exhibition features 25 examples of Onderdonk's Texas Impressionism from the Ogden Museumís Permanent Collection and from the Dallas Museum of Art's Albritton Collection.

J. Onderdonk's work will be the centerpiece for the Museum's Annual Gala. For more information about this fundraising event, click here.

Walker Evans' Louisiana: Photographs from the Collection of Jessica Lange

Photographs of New Orleans and Louisiana by Walker Evans (1903-1975) produced while he toured the South. During 1935 and 1936, Evans took photographs for the U.S. Government documenting the Depression and its affect on Americans. This exhibition features 42 photographs of New Orleans, and Louisiana plantations and vernacular buildings from the collection of actress and artist Jessica Lange. Shown here: Walker Evans, Greek Revival Townhouse on Street Corner with Men Seated in Doorway, New Orleans, 1935, vintage siver gelatin print, collection of Jessica Lange.

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.

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Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort

Showcasing some of the South’s finest craft artists, the Center for Southern Craft and Design at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents, “Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort.” This third annual exhibition will feature the finalists and winners of this invitational juried competition. Participants submitted up to two ceramic pieces—either tea bowls, cups and saucers, or mugs. Kathryn Gremley, director of the Penland Gallery in Penland, N.C., is the awards judge. The exhibition opens Thurs. October 28, during Ogden After Hours (featuring the Honey Island Swamp Band), and will be on view through January 2, 2011.

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Center for Southern Craft and Design "Spotlight" Exhibition:

Rob Pulleyn: Sacred Spaces (ceramics); Ben Caldwell III: Master Coppersmith; Andrea Freel Christie: Coming Home (ceramics); and Marlowe Gates: The Art of The Broom. On view through Jan. 2, 2011. Photos available upon request.

To read more about the Center for Southern Craft and Design, click here.

EMERGE: St. Claude Arts District and Beyond: 41 New Orleans Artists from “The Saratoga Collection”

This exhibition celebrates 41 emerging and mid-career artists who live and work in New Orleans. It documents and further validates the burgeoning contemporary art scene developing in the New Orleans St. Claude and Bywater arts districts, but more importantly, artists who have made a decision to live and work in New Orleans. The artists in this collection are relevant, coherent and offer a peek into the world of the new New Orleans contemporary art movement.The exhibition is curated by Terrance Sanders for architect/developer Marcel Wisznia. This exhibition is on view until Dec. 19, 2010.

The Saratoga Collection: Libbie Allen, Katrina Andry, James T Bonds, Blaine Capone, Anthony Carriere, Stephen Collier, Bruce Davenport Jr., Michael Dingler, Hannah Downey, Keith Duncan, Brad Dupuy, Robin Durand, Aubrey Edwards, Hayley Gaberlavage, Generic Art Solutions, Grissel Giuliano, Dave Greber, Nick Hasslock, Olivia Hill, Chris Jahncke, Kevin H. Jones, Bruce Keyes, Stephen Kwok, Miranda Lake, Barbie L'Hoste, Srdjan Loncar, Colin Meneghini, Layla Messkoub, Tony Nozero, Alex Podesta, Rajko Radovanovic, Rebecca Rebouche, Aaron Reichert, Terrence Sanders, Jim Sohr, Jameson Stokes, Dan Tague, Robert Tannen, Jonathan Traviesa, Miriam Waterman and Paige Valente.

The Art of Country Music: The Marty Stuart Collection

Throughout his years in the country music, Marty Stuart collected art, memorabilia and photography, as well as taking his own images of musicians he met and promoted. Chronicling the evolution of Stuart's interest in and contributions to this great American roots music, this exhibition features Hank Williams Sr.'s suits and boots, Minnie Pearl's hat, Woody Guthrie's fiddle, promotional posters, and Stuart's collection of Nudie suits, as well as his photographs of Porter Waggoner, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chet Atkins, among others.

Jenny K. Hager

Installation of Flight Lab, a multi-media piece. Presented by the Ogden Museum's Kohlmeyer Circle.

Place Meets Time: Photographs by Tom Rankin

As a young photographer, Tom Rankin set about documenting the distinct culture and place of the Mississippi Delta. This exhibition focuses on black-and-white, large format photographs revisiting the same places over several decades, recording the interaction of time and place. Rankin is the Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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The Art of Tennessee

From the collection of Ben and Gertrude Caldwell. This exhibition will showcase paintings, prints, crafts, self-taught and photography, including works by Carroll Cloar, Jack Spencer, Cynthia Bringle, Beauvais Lyons, as well as historical furniture and decorative arts

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.

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Jesselyn Benson Zurik: The Newman and Newcomb Years

This exhibition of early work by Jesselyn Benson Zurik is drawn mainly from the Ogden Museum's collection of drawings and archival objects. Beginning with drawings completed at Isidore Newman School and moving through her work at Newcomb College, this collection offers a comprehensive record and view of the experience of a Newcomb student in the 1930s, and background to the career of an important American Minimalist sculptor.

This exhibition is located at Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery, Isisdore Newman School, 5333 Danneel Street, New Orleans, La.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Isidore Newman School and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

William Ferris: Give my Poor Heart and Self Taught Collection

Give My Poor Heart Ease by Bill Ferris, also included is his extensive Self Taught Art Collection

Where They At

Where They At? New Orleans Bounce and Hip-Hop in Words and Pictures by Photographer Aubrey Edwards and journalist Alison Fensterstock

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Billie Ruth Sudduth

A master basketmaker from North Carolina, Billie Ruth Sudduthís baskets are made of reed splints, split oak, round reed, henna, and iron oxide, and inspired by Shaker and Appalachian baskets, as well as the Fibonacci sequence (in which the same proportions occur throughout nature, with the distance between the numbers in the proportion theory approximating the golden mean). The detail of her work makes her baskets sinuously sculptural, incorporating a sophisticated color palette.

New Southern Photography

A survey of recent acquisitions by the Museum. Artists include: Michael Meads, Will Steacy, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Sye Williams, Deborah Willis, Mary Tortorici, Leslie Addison and others. The photographs in this exhibition showcase the diversity and wealth of talent in Southern CTD. photography. Images of architecture, landscapes and portraits are graphic, dreamy or documentary, all imbued with a sense of place.

Bo Bartlett: Paintings 1984-2000

Bo Bartlett, of Columbus, Ga., is one of the leaders of the new American realist movement. In the tradition of Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth, of whom he was a protege, Bartlett's large canvases (such as Bo Bartlett, The Good Old Days,,ť 2000, oil on linen, Columbus, GA State University, Collection of Sandy and Otis Scarborough) capture the spirit and beauty of the everyday and the extraordinary, often with a hint of mystery and fantasy. This exhibition is open through March 28, 2010.

¡Si Cuba!

As part of the citywide presentation "¡Si Cuba!", the Ogden Museum will feature the works of 3 Cuban artists working in the American South. Exhibitions featuring Mario Petrirena, clay (Soul House), José Bedia, mixed media (gallery installation), and Jorge Otero, photographs  (Un-restored Miami) will
opened January 14, 2010.

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Southern Modernism

Abstract expressionistic paintings from the mid-1950s by Dusti Bonge'. From Mississippi, Bonge was the rare woman whose work showed alongside Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and others at the influential Betty Parsons Gallery during this period in New York City. Open through January 10, 2010.

Selections from the Ogden Museum's Permanent Collection

The Ogden Museum is showcasing an outstanding selection from its permanent collection, as well sharing its most recent aquisitions. Works by Douglas Bourgeois, Jeffrey Cook, Jaqueline Humphries, Clyde Broadway, Clementine Hunter (pictured) and Richard Wilt are joined by more current additions to the collection, including pieces by David Bates and Shawn Hall.

Stanley Staniski: On the Road with Benny Andrews

Photographs by filmmaker and photographer Stanley Staniski of his and artist Benny Andrews'€™ journeys along Route 66 and the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and other parts of the American South.

Jonathan Traviesa's "Portraits: Photographs in New Orleans 1998 - 2009"

Jonathan Traviesa is a photographer and artist living in New Orleans since the late 1990s. Since graduating from the University of New Orleans in 2001, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 2005, the Times Picayune voted his Katrina photo-sign installation best art show of 2005. Traviesa is a founding member of The Front Gallery. His work is collected privately around the United States and publicly in New Orleans by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. This exhibition was open through Sunday Jan 24, 2010.

Jack Niven's Universal Mule

Universal Mule was created for the American Beauty, South project, on Highway 61. In the same way that mules once served as the engine of a rural economy, their character as a quotidian symbol is a potent one to invoke on many levels. Hence, the Universal Mule I have called upon here is the everyman among us."

Storming the Ramparts: Objects of Evidence

This exhibition, curated by artist and writer William Dunlap in collaboration with the Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Memorial Hall, is centered around a painting, "Storming the Ramparts,"ť by Gilbert Gaul, a late 19th-century artist known for his depiction of military subjects, particularly those of the Civil War. Many of the objects shown in the painting's well as those that could have been found at the battlefield will be on loan from the collection of the Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Memorial Hall. This exhibition was on view Oct 2009 - January 3, 2010.

New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy: The Artwork of Jose Torres-Tama

To coincide with the release of Torres-Tama's book of the same title, pastel portraits of New Orleans les gens de couleur libres, such as Marie Laveau and Edmond Dede.

Looking to Learn: New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

An exhibition showcasing the photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media pieces created by the visual arts students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). "Looking to Learn" an art education series curated by the Ogden features, throughout the year, artwork by students in area schools. Previous schools have included the Louise S. McGehee School and Jefferson Parish Public School System Talented Visual Arts Program. This exhibition is open through mid September 2009.

Selections from the Collection of Donna and William Hines

Paintings from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries, featuring Alexander John Drysdale, Knute Heldner, William Woodward, George Henry Clements and others.

Nene Humphrey: Selections from the Andrews Humphrey Collection/Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Paintings, sculptures, mixed media and prints by acclaimed artist Nene Humphrey. She is the wife of the late Benny Andrews, whose work, along with his father, George Andrews, are also part of the Andrews-Humphrey Collection.

Benny Andrews: America/George Andrews:The Dot Man

This exhibition brings together iconic images and objects from this father/son duo.

Arthur Q. Davis: Legacy of a Modern Architect

Throughout Davis' long and proloific career as an architect, he has been a pioneer inthe fields of modern architecture and design in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, building an international reputation while remaining rooted in the culture of his native city. This exhibition is a retrospective of his long career, featuring his papersm photographs and related archval materials.

Electro-Sonic Painting: A Performance (One Night Only!) and Exhibition

A collaboration between artist Marcus Brown and musician Nathan Weidenhaft, this is the third White Linen Night exhibition of art and technology presented by the Ogden Museum's Kohlmeyer Circle. For White Linen Night only, Brown and Weidenhaft will create an interactive performance from a layered collage of MIDI sounds/samples. In addition, artworks from an album artifact, Peinture Concrete, The first Electro-Sonic Painting, "Sunday Visual Jazz"ť and "Prayer for Some"ť will be presented on the wall with video, which shows the process of Electro-Sonic paintings. The exhibition, located on the 4th floor, showcases Electro-Sonic painting, a concept pioneered by Brown. This interactive exhibit will showcase the process of Electro-Sonic painting, which is the process of intertwining painting and electronic sound in the creation of a work of art and a sound collage soundscape .

Times All-Star Jazz Show 1958: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic

On April 20, 1958, Jerry Dantzix photographed one of the few studio sessions between jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton, who were rehearsing for the Timex All-Star Jazz Show at the CBS Studios in New York City. More than 30 photographs of this historic occasion, as well as a video of the show.

Randy Shull

This North Carolina Artist pushes the limits of functional work and design in American Craft showcasing his 20 year retrospective of furniture, mixed media and paintings.

Jack Stewart: From Atlanta to New York - A Life Survey

A look at the career of this mutli-talented artist. After growing up in Atlanta, GA, Jack Stewart left home to attend Yale University, where he studied with Josef Albers and Willem de Kooning among others. Upon moving to New York, Stewart became one of the leaders in the abstract movement, and was also known for his murals and photographs.

North Carolina Living Treasures 2009: Ceramics by Norm Schulman and Cynthia Bringle

Art melds function and craft with these pieces created by master potters.

Sally Mann: What Remains

Haunting imgs from renowned photographer Sally Mann's book, "What Remains," a five-part meditation on mortality. Challenging the notions of love, death and memory, Mann photographs are of the Antietam Battlefield, her children, and the process of decomposition, rendered in a 19th-century photographic process.

Biba Schutz and Marc Maiorana - Convergerent Lines: The Art of Adornment

Biba Schutz's art jewelry is composed of free-flowing linear metal forms, each one is a small wearable dynamic sculpture. Marc Maiorana's sculptural metal objects traverse the boundaries between form and function, infusing everyday objects with the poetry of art. This will be in the Center for Southern Craft and Design;

Silver Bullets and Holy Water: Paintings by Margaret Evangeline

Baton Rouge-native Margaret Evangeline's paintings are striking, conceptual, complex and layered. Evangeline shoots at her work with guns, which allows the piece to become less static, creating a three-dimensionality.

Lisa Silvestri: The New Orleans Portrait Project:
The John McDonogh Series

These black and white portraits of students at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans are just a portion of Lisa Silvestri's series of photographs taken after Hurrican Katrina. Silvestri, a New York City resident, returned to her native New Orleans after the flood to record the invisible part of the population. These images celebrating the brave John McDonogh High School students are stark and revealing.

Louisiana Masters: Paintings by Douglas Bourgeois, 1981-2006

Recent work by Douglas Bourgeois from premier Southern collectors.

Louisiana Masters: Martin Payton

Martin Payton, a New Orleans native, focuses on works of welded steel.

Louisiana: Photographs by Stuart Klipper

Stuart Klipper, a Minnesota-based photographer, is nationally known for his panoramic color photographs of Antarctica. But Klipper has also spent the past 25 years taking photographs of Louisiana. His love of Cajun dancing was, and still is, a lure to visit. Nothing escapes his wide lens, and this exhibition is a haunting look at the state's landscapes and people.

Southern Masters Series: Robert Tannen Stardust: Objects, Ideas and Proposals

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Robert Tannen decades ago embraced his adopted home of New Orleans, La. Working as an artist, engineer, urban planner and social activist. His mixed media work encompasses themes of love, loss, preservation, environment and change. This exhibition is part of the Ogden's ongoing Southern Masters series, which showcases the works of artists who have made longstanding contributions to the region.

Ersy: Hommage to the Society of St. Anne

This sculpture was inspired by the artist's experience with the Society's annual parade, a costumed walking Mardi Gras krewe. The handcrafted sculpture is made of cast bronze and sits atop of a tall mahogany table with a sandblasted Plexiglas surface.

New Orleans Art Pioneers: Charles and Ethel Hutson

Charles Hutson and his daughter Ethel Hutson were at the forefront of the New Orleans developing art community in the early 20th century. Centered around the highly influential Woodward Brothers, Ellsworth and William, Newcomb College and Delgado Museum (now the New Orleans Museum of Art) its burgeoning community fostered the Hutsons's art interests in painting, sketching and writing. While Charles Hutson is considered a self-taught artist, Ethel Hutson's creations reflect her training at Newcomb College and an Arts and Craft aesthetic.

The University of New Orleans 50th Anniversary

In September 1958, the University of New Orleans' then known as Louisiana State University in New Orleans began having its first classes. Since then, UNO has grown, becoming an integral part of the city and a beacon of higher learning. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which is affiliated with the University of New Orleans, is hosting the university's celebration and is proud to be featuring two exhibitions focusing on a UNO teacher and student, starting with an exhibition of Tom Young's works opening on Aug. 2, and an opening on Oct. 4 of works by Margaret Evangeline. The university is hosting the Southeast College Art Association convention in New Orleans featuring its annual exhibition at the Ogden.

Fundamental Abstraction: Paintings by Tom Young
Paintings by the founding head of the University of New Orleans Fine Arts Department, who showed extensively in New York City.

Southeast College Art Association Annual Exhibition
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Art Department at the University of New Orleans are the hosts for this year's members' exhibition of the Southeastern College Art Association's annual meeting.

Lionel Hampton: A Centennial Celebration (Opens April 20, 2008 at 11am)

More than 30 photographs and other personal items of Lionel Hampton on loan from the University of Idaho, home of Hampton's archives. This exhibition coincides with Hampton's 100th birthday and the book release of Flying Home Lionel Hampton: Celebrating 100 Years of Good Vibes, written by Stanley Crouch, foreword by Wynton Marsalis.

Roger Brown: Southern Exposure

A native of Alabama, Roger Brown moved to Chicago in his early 20s, where he became part of the Chicago Imagist School. This movement blended folk art, surrealism, comic strip, advertisements and flea market finds into art. The exhibition is a life retrospective of Brown's paintings, and was organized by the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama.

Elliott Erwitt's South

An exhibition of Elliott Erwitt's black and white photographs and short films of the American South from 1950 to the early 1990s. This will be the first exhibition of Erwitt's work to focus solely on the South and will showcase many photographs that have not previously been printed or in an exhibition.

Southern Masters: William Moreland

from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art collection, this exhibition presents abstract paintings by this artist who taught at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Year Long Changing Special Exhibition

in Collaboration with Ed McGowin Name Change Project

Each month for a year, the museum will exhibit works corresponding chronologically to Ed McGowin's name change and subsequent persona. He continues to make work under the guise of all these personas except Nathan Ellis McDuff, whom, we believe, met an untimely and mysterious death.

Thorton Modestus Dossett Open June 5 - 29, 2008

"Thirty four years old. Full time front-end loader operator at the American Sand and Gravel Co. His fascination is to sit and stare at piles of sand until his focal and peripheral visions are balanced, which sets him in a trance."

Artist's Statement The work explores the blending of the black and white cultures in the US. The experiences of a young white male in a segregated society are the point of deprature for work.

Note: this is the nineth installation of the twelve personas, which began with Ed McGowin (October 2007)


Nicholas Gregory Nazianzen Open May 8 - 25, 2008

"Homosexual father of four who was blackmailed into amputating three fingers off his own right hand. He works as a conductor on the B.M.T.; Sees his collection as a series of dreary round trips."

Artist's Statement The relation of the frame to the painting alternates with the relation of the painting to the frame. They are interdependent and the results is sum of the parts.

Note: this is the eighth installation of the twelve personas, which began with Ed McGowin (October 2007)


Isaac Noel Anderson Open April 3 - 26, 2008

"Attractive, five foot two and three quarter inches. 165lb., one brown eye,one blue eye. Pecan oil heir wishes to correspond with male or female on matters of musical interest regarding "Bally" pinball machines. A futurist convinced that technology is salvation, has done research in holography. Hopes to find a substitute for paper and canvas."

Artist's Statement Inscapes are an invention to activate the volume of the large scale sculpture as a functional element.

Note: this is the sixth installation of the twelve personas, which began with Alva Fost (November 2007)


Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor

Silver gelatin photos by master photographer Jerry Uelsmann and digital prints by Maggie Taylor and a new body of large-scale collaborative prints


Jean Seidenberg

Paintings drawings and sculpture from 1950's to the present, concentrating on his recent series of realistic portraits and figure studies.


Jose Torres Tama

Series of expressionistic drawings of historically important free people of color who lived in Treme and Faubourg-Marigny Neighborhoods of New Orleans during the 19th and early 20th centuries with an interpretive essay by historian Keith Weldon Medley


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.


Euri Ignatius Everpure
Open March 6 - 30, 2008

"A cabinet maker who is generally disliked by those people who deal with him. Considered to be capable but insensitive because of the arrogance he has developed as a product of his small mind and limited vision while learning one craft extremely well."

Artist's Statement Secret information that surprises. The interiors when discovered, are intended to eliminate any formal concerns related to the exterior.

Note: this is the fifth installation of the twelve personas, which began with Alva Fost (November 2007)


Irby Benjamin Roy Opening Jan 3, 2007

"A Baptist ministerial student until age twenty-two. Became a student of landscape architecture with a predilection for swimming pools. Irby maintains the authoritative dignity that became a studied posture in his previous occupation. Irby is unctuous, always eager to please and is eager to reflect his customer's desires."

Artist's Statement Installations created to have the viewer speculate and elaborate on a narrative for the physical elements in the installation.

Note: this is the third installation of the twelve personas, which began with Alva Fost (November 2007)


Art and Paradise: Self-Taught Art Selections from the Permanent Collections of Ed McGowin and Claudia DeMonte

It took 25 years and thousands of road miles, mainly backroads of the Southern US, for McGowin and DeMonte to build their collection of self-taught art. Their primary goal was to meet the artists. Collecting was a byproduct and there was never a consistent theme dictating their choices. As DeMonte says, This group of works is not a survey of Outsider Art but the result of a personal quest to understand art-making. If anything, the collection demonstrates a common theme within self-taught art repetition. All of the artists in the exhibition are Southern and include Jimmy Lee Sudduth, who passed away recently at the age of 97, Mary Smith, Howard Finster and Pappy Kitchens. This is New Orleans' chance to see the collection that has toured Europe, Scandinavia and Japan.

Letters From My Father: Photographs by David Rae Morris and Letters from Willie Morris

From 1976 through 1999, Willie Morris, author of North Toward Home and the youngest editor of Harper's Magazine, wrote more than a hundred letters to his son, David Rae. This long series, begun when his son was 16, talked about complex emotions Willie Morris found difficult to communicate in person. Willie Morris was born in Mississippi in 1934.

Ed McGowin: Name Change (One Artist, Twelve Personas, Thirty Five Years) with Thornton Modestus Dossett

Frustrated by the art world's prescriptive requirements that artists work and careers must follow a linear trajectory, he explored a new theory in order to free himself. To demonstrate this theory McGowin changed his name legally twelve times in the District of Columbia court system. For each name he created works of art and exhibited them at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1972. For the past thirty-five years he continued to create works for the eleven names.

Lawrence Steven Orlean
Open Dec 6, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007

"A premature greying Swiss orphan whose adolescent recollections from Show of Shows have resulted in his logging the hours of his life with clock like precision".

Artist's Statement The book paintings use a language that is invented to relate to the imgs without describing them. This language is not a code but its own system.

Note: this is the second installation of the twelve personas, which began with Alva Fost (November 2007)


Richard Sexton: Terra Incognita

Recent hurricanes brought America's third coast more fully into the country's consciousness. Richard Sexton, along with many Southerners, knows the Gulf Coast intimately. The exhibition, Terra Incognita, will appeal to lovers of fine photography and particularly to those who appreciate landscapes. But most of all, it will be cherished by anyone who spent time running through the dunes or lush forests and tropical landscapes of this beautiful and sometimes stark area. Chronicle Books has just published a fine art photography book, Terra Incognita, with Sexton's photographs as the central focus of the work, including an essay by Museum Director, J. Richard Gruber, PhD. The book is available in the Museum Store.

Alva Isaiah Fost - Open Nov 1, 2007 - Dec 1 2007

"Shy, recticent, with brown straight hair, slicked back. He is tired but willing, and yet scared to death. He is constantly changing his prospects and moves from job to job. Knows a little about a lot of things".

Artist's Statement This work activates the space between the surface of the transparent object and the opaque ground that is behind it. It is a literal extension of some of the visual space concerns related to modernist painting.

Transitional opening of the Patrick F. Taylor Library featured an exhibition of Alabama Iron Sculptors

Exhibition Closed October 7, 2007

About the Exhibition

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.

About the Library

The Patrick F. Taylor Library is the only example of the prolific and legendary architectural work by native son Henry Hobson Richardson in the South. Heading the neo-romanesque movement of the 1870s and 80s, Richardson created a distinct style that bears his name. Examples of Richardsonian architecture can be found across the US, many of which are libraries. He is one of the few architects to be accepted by modernists for his rational approach to design and construction, the Patrick F. Taylor library represents his vision as a bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Hunt Slonem: Artist and Collector

This major exhibition offers a glimpse into this famous painter's life including his two Louisiana plantations and his New York loft and studio. For those who have followed Hunt Slonem's career and much has been reported the exhibition will be familiar as well as new. The Ogden will create an environmental installation inspired by Slonem's homes and studios, including a comprehensive range of his paintings (some in vintage frames) and selected highlights of his collection of American antiques, unique objects, and historic artifacts. Even his specially formulated wall colors will be incorporated into the museum space. As Curator, David Houston said, "In true Hunt Slonem style, too much is not enough for this exhibition."

Southern Masters Series: Robert Warrens

This exhibition, one in an on-going series of The Ogden Museum's career overviews mounted in four galleries, reflects the phases of the artist's evolution. It will be centered on a body of post-Katrina exuberant paintings of the Lakeview neighborhood, and complimented by a range of earlier, well known narrative paintings.

Portraits of Southern Artists: Photography of Jerry Seigel

Atlanta-based photographer Jerry Seigel has devoted 13 years to creating this large body of portraits of Southern artists. Travelling across the South, he has photographed a wide range of artists, including many featured in the Ogden's Permanent Collection, such as Enrique Alferez, William Christenberry, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer and New Orleans sculptor, Lin Emery. This exhibition chronicles three generations of many of the most important artists whose work has come to define the genre.

Benny Andrews: A Memorial Exhibition

The exhibition featuring the work Georgia born artist Benny Andrews is drawn from the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum. It reflects the range of Benny's work including narrative pieces about his Southern upbringing, his experiences in the New York art world and his ongoing concerns for the subjects of family social justice and equality. The initial installation of this exhibition is from Benny's well known narrative collage work. Subsequent other installations will follow featuring drawings from early years and more recent work. Benny passed away in November of 2006. He was a leading figure in American art and his influence as an artist, arts administrator, advocate and teacher continues to touch the lives of many. Benny was one of the members of the founding Board of Trustees of the Ogden Museum. The Andrews Humphrey Family Gallery will maintain a presence of the work of Benny, his father George and his wife Nene in perpetuity.

New Aquisitions: Lin Emery and Jesus Morales from the Pat and Denver Gray Collection

Highlights new aquisitions to the Museum's permenant collection made by a donation from the Gray Collection.

George Ohr Pottery

From the collections of Robert Tannen and Jeanne Nathan and Roger Houston Ogden. Self-proclaimed as "The Mad Potter of Biloxi," George Ohr is nationally recognized as one of America's greatest art potters. This exhibition features a range of early red clay vessels, to his later works, such as his signature pinched vessels. The works from Tannen and Nathan are paired with vessels from the Roger H. Ogden Collection forming a small survey of Ohr's work from 1886 to 1915.

Self-taught, Visionary And Outsider Artists: Works from the Permanent Collection

This exhibition is a survey of important artists from the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art including Howard Finster, Mose Toliver, Celementine Hunter and Jimmy Suddeth

Works from the Jesselyn Benson Zurik Collection: Newcomb in the 1930's

The Jesselyn Benson Zurik Collection exhibition brings together the artist's work as a graphic designer, sculptor and painter duriong her student years at Newcomb College where she was a student of the important New Orleans painter Will Henry Stevens. Her work chronicles her evolution as a young artist and outlines the arts and crafts based pedagogue of Newcomb College. Selected works will also document her evolution as an artist after her Newcomb years.

Kendall Shaw: Let There Be Light

Born and raised in New Orleans, Kendall's grandmother Emma Lottie was a political activist and suffragette who worked for many infrastructure improvement - social and environmental changes for the quality of life in New Orleans. Let There Be Light features work from five decades that chronicles Ken's strong and lasting ties to the city of New Orleans and his influence in the New York art world and his influence on postmodern British painting. One gallery will feature a career overview of Kendall's path through all of these movements in American art. The large gallery will premier 23 new abstract works on the theme of Let there be Light.

Southern Quilts from the Jay Wiener Collection

This exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Jackson, Mississippi/San Francisco, California collector Jay Wiener who has collected a range of quilts from three states across the South East. This collection reflects the range of Southern quilt making from decorative through narrative and abstract designs. Best known are the quilts of Gees Bend, Alabama which were brought to national attention in 2000 by the exhibition organized by Bill Arnett and the Houston Museum of Fine Art which is still traveling across the country to museums. Many of the quilts have never been on public view.

Contemporary Quilts by Christine Tedesco

Christine Tedesco was trained as an architect, but has been making fiber-based works since childhood. Her works are hand-sewn interpretations of designs influenced by both American quilting traditions and abstract painting.

Wall Hangings by Shawne Major

Shawne major of Opelousas, Louisiana uses found objects to create complex encrusted fiber surfaces, that suggests layers of meaning drawn from the tradition of modern bricolage sculpture, a technique of layering things to more than what they are and still maintaining their integrity of the original form that is rooted from surrealism.

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.

William Dunlap: Panorama of the American Landscape

Made possible by Mignon Faget through the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

Dunlap, a Mississippi native, was commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to make a major work of art for installation and exhibition. He created a contemporary response to the historical cycloramas of the 19th century, consisting of 14 stretched canvas panels, each 68" x 94", or 112' long. This is the 1st public viewing in the Gulf Coast region.

George Dureau: From the Studio 1969 - 2006

This exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the artist's creative process. The exhibition explores the relationship between drawing and painting and the boundary of what constitutes a finished work of art.

Minnie Evans from the Jo Kallenborn Collection

Born in Long Creek, North Carolina, Evans' imgs were inspired by dreams. Her initial drawing efforts began after a compelling spiritual experience on Good Friday, 1935, when she heard God telling her to draw, inspiring her to paint for the next 50 years. The collection was assembled in North Carolina by Jo Kallenborn and was recently donated to the Ogden Museum.

Vanishing South by William Christenberry

The William Christenberry exhibition, Vanishing South, features selections from the Lee Friedlander Collection. Friedlander, one of America's most important photographers, donated the small, personally-assembled collection to The Ogden in 2004. Also featured will be Christenberry's influential sculpture Ghost Form, from the Museum's Roger H. Ogden Collection.

Walter Anderson Watercolors - Watercolors from the Wesley and Norman Galen Collection

This collection of small watercolors, many of Horn Island, capture his intimate view and understanding of the natural world. Wesley Galen began collecting Anderson work as a young woman living in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

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.

It's a Circus: Arnold Mesches

In this series, Mesches uses imagery from carnivals and circuses as metaphors for current social and political issues. It's a Circus is a poignant and powerful critique of current society and features figures that defy gravity as they float, flip and fly through dream-like environments.

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.

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.

Mardi Gras Indians, Jazz Funerals and Second Line Parades: works from the Backstreet Cultural Museum

Exhibition explores the importance of the Backstreet Cultural Museum as a repository of New Orleans African-American culture documenting the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, Second Line Parades, and Jazz Funerals.

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.

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.)

Vanishing South by William Christenberry

The William Christenberry exhibition, Vanishing South, features selections from the Lee Friedlander Collection. Friedlander, one of America's most important photographers, donated the small, personally-assembled collection to The Ogden in 2004. Also featured will be Christenberry's influential sculpture Ghost Form, from the Museum's Roger H. Ogden Collection.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art and life in Louisiana: Elemore Morgan Sr. and Elemore Morgan Jr.

Illustrating the ongoing importance of The Artof Family as a major theme in Southern art, this exhibition celebrates the art and life of this father and son while also celebrating Louisiana. It brings together examples of the life's work of photographer Elemore Morgan Sr. (1903-1966) and the photographs and paintings of his son, Elemore Morgan Jr. (b. 1931), who paints primarily in rural Acadiana and Vermilion Parishes. Each artist has been recognized with exhibitions, however this is the first major exhibition showcasing father and son together. (Presented with the support of Chevron, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Nancy Link Adkerson, and the 2005 O WHAT A NIGHT organizing committee.

High Density oh 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.

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.

Walter Anderson's Ceramics

Showcasing Shearwater pottery painted by Walter Anderson. Shearwater Pottery, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Benny Andrews' Migrant Series: The Trail of Tears

The second in the artist Benny Andrews Migrant Series makes its national premiere at the Ogden Museum, honoring the migration of Native Americans from the southern homeland to other regions across America. This suite of works was scheduled to be unveiled during Art for Arts' Sake this past October, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The series is today all the more poignant, as tens of thousands of Louisiana residents now have their own migration stories that they have experienced having to evacuate because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

LouisianaStory: A Photographic Journey

Documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty's last feature, Louisiana Story, is his most beautifully photographed work, but it also proved to be his most controversial as well. Sponsored by Standard Oil, the film can be seen as a paean to the minimal effect an oil company can have on the wilderness it seeks to exploit. The Ogden Museum is pleased to present photographs documenting the making of the classic film released in 1948. Taken by American photographers including Todd Webb, John Collier and Arnold Eagle, the exhibition includes over twenty 16 x 20" black and white imgs of the people of Abbeville, Louisiana and the film's creative team, including Flaherty. The photographers were sent by Standard Oil to Louisiana to document the making of the film. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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.

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.

The Art of Rebellion: The Wraith

This past summer, Memphis' WONDERS series focused on the art of the motorcycle, exploring the history of its innovative industrial design and its role as a cultural icon, adding a new chapter to the original exhibition launched by the Guggenheim Museum. Now the Ogden Museum presents its own chapter with a focus on perhaps the most innovative motorcycle of all - the Wraith. The newest product of Confederate Motor Company, founded by Matt Chambers and based in New Orleans. Part of the company's mission statement says: Dwell in the creative process; Treasure American hand-craftsmanship. The exhibition focuses on that process and craftsmanship, offering an exploration of the art and innovative design behind the vehicle's minimalist design, which the Wraith's designer J. T. Nesbitt describes as "more art-formed based, more inspirational." Presenting the evolution of his thinking and design process, from his sketchbooks, drawings and paintings, and the stages of assemblage, the design process will unfold in the gallery, displaying a mixture of engineering with the themes of innovation in design and aesthetics.

Walter Anderson's Ceramics

Showcasing Shearwater pottery painted by Walter Anderson. Shearwater Pottery, located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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

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.

Observation: Sketchbooks, Paintings and Architecture of Errol Barron

An architect, painter, professor of architecture at Tulane University, and a musician, Errol Barron has used sketchbooks for over 25 years to record ideas, events and observations from daily life. This exhibition presents a collection of these sketches, along with painting and photographs that grew out of them. The works record a number of subjects - landscapes, buildings, objects and people, providing a unique perspective on the creative process itself as well as the connection between painting and architecture. Barron is a partner in the firm of Errol Barron/Michael Toups Architects, the award-winning firm that continues to serve as lead architects on the Ogden Museum project. Barron, a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, was the recipient of the Gabriel Prize in 1995, which enabled him to travel and draw in France, where he created some of these works. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, with an introduction by Rick Gruber, Director of the Ogden Museum. August 6 - October 17, 2005.

Recent Acquisitions: Paintings and Sculpture

Since opening the doors to the Goldring Hall in August, 2003, the Ogden Museum's Permanent Collection has shown steady growth. Recent acquisitions reflect the diversity of the South in media and subject matter, as well as the regions from which they come. Artists include Mark Bercier, Charles Blank, Jeffrey Cook, Michael Crespo, C. Dawn Davis, Brian Guidry, Charles Hutson, William Jameson, Richard Jolley, Bill Jonas, Bryan Lafaye, Shawne Major, Arnold Mesches, Philip Morsberger, Robert Rector, Ben Smith, Jim Sohr, Vernon Thorsberry, Arlington Weithers, Willie White and Margaret Witherspoon. August 6 - November 6, 2005.

William Eggleston: People

Widely regarded as the leading and most influential color photographer of the 20th century, William Eggleston is known for pictures that some call banal, and others call extraordinary. He says his subjects are "the very stuff of life." The Ogden Museum showcases 13 photographs by Eggleston; from an elderly woman perched on a rusting glider in Jackson, Mississippi, to two young boys and a dog walking along a Gulfport road - all are of people engaged in the very stuff of life. August 1 - November 13, 2005.

Passport: Classic and Unknown Photographs by Herman Leonard

With the camera as his backstage pass, New Orleans-based Herman Leonard has photographed and developed friendships with some of the greats of jazz history. His world travels have also provided inspiration and a resource for his work. With over 100 exhibitions held around the world since 1988, the Ogden Museum presents a suite of photographs by Leonard, including some of the classics from his jazz portfolio and others never before shown. Passport: Classic and the Unknown Photographs by Herman Leonard is on display in the Contemporary Photography Gallery. Opening Thursday April 22, 2005 6pm.

Generations of Hands: Recent Works by Nene Humphrey

"I see the hand as a metaphor for tool, for portrait, for the way we leave our mark in the world," wrote Nene Humphrey in her journal. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents an exhibition of recent works by Humphrey celebrating the theme of hands and the art of family. Opened April 17, 2005, Hands of Generations: Recent Works by Nene Humphrey displayes in the Museum's Andrews Humphrey Family Gallery. The exhibition, will remain on display through July, 2005, will include photography, mixed-media drawings and sculpture.

Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Photography

An exciting installation showcasing the work of 26 photographers

Readers, Advisers and Storefront Churches: Works by Renée Stout

Renée Stout began her career as a photo-realist painter, but eventually the realism of everyday life filtered into her work. This African-American artist, who currently lives and works in Washington, D.C., began to create imgs that inspired her, incorporating into her work actual objects to create mixed-media assemblages or found-object sculptures that convey a new, direct realism. This mid-career retrospective of her works from the mid-1980s to the present, includes works that address many societal issues, including violence, economics, religion, race or gender. Stout is strongly inspired by the urban texture and spirituality of New Orleans and from that inspiration she presents both an outsider's view and an insider's view of urban life through her work. Only a few artists succeed in doing that with New Orleans. From the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation. August 6 - September 24, 2005

The Highway of Temptation & Redemption: A Gothic Travelogue in Two Dimensions, Photographs by Richard Sexton

The Highway of Temptation & Redemption: A Gothic Travelogue in Two Dimensions showcases photography by Richard Sexton. In 1992, Sexton, the nationally-known photographer who was Georgia-born and now lives and works in New Orleans, began photographing road signs along a highway that he frequently traveled in the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia. The project gradually developed into a photo essay of road signs, typically centered within square photographic compositions, and accompanied by prose in travelogue style. The process eventually was organized and designed for publication, the first edition of which was recently published. The Ogden Museum presents the photographs and related materials. Sexton's travelogue is presented in the Florida Gallery.

Texas: Grassy Lake

In collaboration with Claude Allbriton, featuring the works of John Alexander, David Bates and Brian Cobble

Sprit of Place: Art of Acadiana

This exhibition focuses on natives, transplants to the region and artists who use to live in Acadiana and now live elsewhere. In examining the visual culture of a region the importance of common experience and shared sensibilities are sometimes direct - people, places, objects and human activities - but also can be intangible - color, texture, archetypal forms, materials and visual rhythms. The work in Spirit of Place: Art of Acadiana looks at individuality grounded in the idea of place. The three generations of artists represented in the exhibition share more than a common geography and culture. They share an artistic community created by teacher/ student relationships, personal friendships and professional cross-pollination that has created an unusually tight knit sense of community. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Haynie Family Foundation. Opens Thursday, May 5, 2005 at 6pm.

Walter Inglis Anderson: Everything I See is Strange and New

Opening Thursday, January 13th at 6pm, this installation will include approximately 145 works by the artist including paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, furniture, pottery and sculpture. The exhibition will remain on display through April 17, 2005, encompassing the Museum's entire fifth floor. The installation will expand upon the exhibition of Anderson's work presented by the Smithsonian Institution September 25, 2003, the centennial year of the artist's birth, through January 11, 2004. The Smithsonian's presentation received extensive critical praise, welcoming over 300,000 visitors through its extended run. The exhibition is being organized and presented as part of the Museum's ongoing collaboration with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and the Anderson family. This exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Goldring Family Foundation, the 2004 "O What a Night" Gala, Tidewater Inc., J.T. Spinosa, and WWNO-FM, University of New Orleans.

Looking Back, Looking Forward:
The Art, Architecture & Design of the 1984 Louisiana World's Fair with Support from Bank One

Becoming Ida Kohlmeyer
Paintings and Drawings 1960 - 1976 in collaboration with the family of Ida Kohlmeyer

Clementine Hunter and Melrose
The Ann Brittain Family Collection in collaboration with the Brittain Family

Margaret Witherspoon:
Portraits from Seven Decades, Opening 6pm Thursday, November 11, 2004

Walter Anderson and Friends
in collaboration with the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and the Dusti Bonge Foundation

Treme Storytelling Quilt Project
by YaYa, Young Aspirations/Young Artists

The Jazz
The Team and the Times in New Orleans

Looking Back: The Wonder of the 1984 World's Fair Photography by Joshua Mann Pailet

This exhibition, featuring photographs by Joshua Mann Pailet, is the first in a series of events and exhibitions that the Museum will host, as it serves as host institution for a re-evaluation of the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition (LWE) entitled "1984 - 2004: Looking Back / Looking Forward." Beginning May 12, 2004.


Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass

June 4 - September 24, 2004 Richard Jolley: Sculptor of Glass, features the bold and intricate work of acclaimed artist Richard Jolley. On display from June 4 to September 24, 2004, this exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the career of one of the country's leading glass sculptors, examining his innovations and influences in the field.


The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003, Chapter 3.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art unveils its latest chapter in the inaugural "Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003," building on previous chapters to tell the Museum's story of the South through the visual arts. Chapter 3 introduces over 100 new works to the public.


Benny Andrews "The Migrant Series"

Inspired by the writings of John Steinbeck, Flannery O'Connor, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, "The Migrant Series" follows the great American migrations that redefined the population of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003, Chapter 2.

The inaugural exhibition of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, celebrates "The Story of the South: Art and Culture: 1890-2003." And, as is the case with any good story, this story has different chapters unveiling the tale the Ogden Museum reveals through the visual arts.


The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, celebrates its grand opening in New Orleans' Warehouse District with the unveiling of Stephen Goldring Hall. This opening also marks a milestone in the national presentation of the art and culture of the South with its inaugural exhibition The Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003, featuring seminal works of art from the American South from 1890 to the present.


Enrique Alférez

The sculpture of Enrique Alférez has left an indelible mark on the city of New Orleans. From his first commission in New Orleans in 1930 until his death in 1999, Alférez undertook a steady stream of public and private commissions that ranged from the streets of the Central Business District to uptown homes.


New Photographs: Recent Acquisitions

As the Ogden Museum works to advance the knowledge and appreciation of Southern Culture as seen through the eyes of the region's artists, this exhibition focuses on the most recent acquisitions of photography. The black and white photographs of Elemore Morgan, Sr. deal with such broad themes as forestry, industry and folk life unfolding in Louisiana from the 1930s through the 60s.


From the Outside (In): Self-taught and Visionary Art

Self-taught and visionary artists have existed on the outside of the established art world on the one hand, while on the other, most of them have work in galleries and museums as well as being respected and recognized for their accomplishments as artists. The source of inspiration, in view of life that sustains their works, may be outside the normal realm of traditional artists.


Southern Contemporary: New Art From the Ogden Museum

The Southern Contemporary exhibition highlights the recent growth of the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The exhibitions range from Abstract Expressionist-inspired work from the late 1950s and early 1960s of Kendal Shaw and Vincencia Blount to recent sculpture work of Robin Horn and Jeffery Cook.


Art in the South: Recent Acquisitions and Projects

This exhibit showcases the Museum's community outreach program Artists and a Sense of Place. The program, a partnership initiated by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art with New Orleans public schools McDonogh 15, Craig Elementary and Guste Elementary, pairs students with artists who live and work in their neighborhoods. Together they explore a "sense of place" with the final class project featured in this exhibition.


The Michael Brown and Linda Green Collection

The collection offers striking insight into the art and gallery scene in New Orleans in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Shows at local museums and galleries, the Contemporary Arts Center and alternative spaces fostered the growth of the collection. Many of the featured artists were, at that time, still emerging in the local art scene.


Benny Andrews and Nene Humphrey

Benny Andrews has achieved national and international recognition as an artist, one known his unique collage compositions, as well as his drawings, prints, sculptural projects and book illustrations. Nene Humphrey is a sculptor, photographer, educator and installation artist who has been exhibiting her art for the past twenty years.



During the years from 1930 to 1950 a remarkable change of artists and photographers worked in the South documenting and responding to the changing conditions. Wilt's painting, Farewell, and the other works featured in this exhibition, have been selected from the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to reflect the larger context of life in the South during the Depression era, the war years, and the beginning of the postwar boom era.


Christenberry Exhibit and Lecture

The Christenberry name is synonymous with the South. The family of artists, trained and untrained, from Hale County Alabama has produced a body of work over four generations that captures the spirit of the place and the people of rural and small-town Alabama.


Artist Views of New Orleans, Part One, Two and Three

This three part series featuring works from the Ogden collection and curated by Museum Director Rick Gruber offers a unique look at the Crescent City as it evolved from the heady antebellum years to the close of the 20th century.


Poetic Vision: The Art of Will Henry Stevens

Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949) began working in New Orleans in 1921, when he was recruited by Ellsworth Woodward to teach art classes at Newcomb College. He remained an active and popular member of the Newcomb College faculty for more than 25 years.


Visualizing the Blues

With imgs from Beale Street to the Mississippi Delta to the French Quarter, this collection of black and white and color photographs from the turn-of-the-century to the present attests to the rich variety of experiences, social and geographic roots, and collective soul that make up the unique culture of the American South.


Then and Now: 1941-2001

This exhibit showcases works created by Southern artists and photographers that reflect a changing America during times of war and peace. Ranging from the era of Pearl Harbor to the recent events of September 11, 2001, the exhibition premiers new works created in response to the World Trade Center tragedy by Benny Andrews, Nene Humphrey, Frederick Brown, William Dunlap, Christopher Saucedo and Robert Tannen.


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