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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lee Deigaard: Trespass

January 16, 2014 - April 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday January 16, 6PM - 8PM

Lee Deigaard, <i>Behold Through Her Eyes</i>, Archival Pigment Print, 2011, Collection of the Ogden Museum

Lee Deigaard is one of the most versatile and dynamic artists working in New Orleans today. Her art seamlessly moves through photography, video, sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting. Lee Deigaard: Trespass will feature photographs from her Unbidden series, as well as the video installation - Pulse. Trespass is part of Deigaard’s ongoing exploration into the complex relationship between humans and nature.

Host Committee
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Lynn and Steward Gammill in memory of Donald Nalty
Tia Nolan and Jimmy Roddy in memory of Louise Roddy
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton

Steffen Thomas: Rediscovered

January 16, 2014 - April 6, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday January 16, 6PM - 8PM

<i>Land Forms</i> ca 1958, Mixed media collage, 34 x 28 ½ Hathia & Andy Hayes Collection

Born in 1906 in Fürth, Germany, Steffen Thomas apprenticed under a stone carver as a young man, and then attended both the School of Applied Arts in Nuremberg, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. He earned "Master" status at age of 21, and received his own studio. In 1928, Thomas left his native country, and after brief stays in Florida, Illinois and Alabama, settled in Atlanta at the end of 1929. For the next 60 years, Thomas established himself as an important member of the Georgia art scene. Steffen Thomas: Rediscovered will assemble more than 90 works from both public and private collections that reveal his mastery of various mediums and the depth and breadth of his subject matter. Ranging from floral still lifes and portraiture to pure abstraction, this exhibition is the story of one artist’s love affair with the American ideals of freedom and innovation.

Host Committee

The Brandon Burns Stewart Family Memorial Gift through the Artists Welfare Fund of New York Artists Equity Association Richard H. Lowrance
Conway D. Thomas, Diane Anthony and Family
Regine and Ramon Everts
KEM Performance South, LLC, Monticello, GA; Pamela and Charles Burnett
Lisa and William C. Conner
Medallion Financial Group
Jane and Mark Crawshaw
Betty B. Giles
Janet and Charles Mason
Julie and Alan Moore
Edna L. and Thomas D. Searles
Smith Communications, Inc - A. Mark Smith
Earl and Patti Morrow
Robin Thomas Burnett, Michelle Burnett Donovan and Juliet Robin Donovan
Stephen D. Cooke
Georgette and Dick Daniels
Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher
Mary Frances Gardner
Rachel Hampton
Mary Nell McLauchlin
Jessica J. and Smiley N. Pool
Karen and Greg Strelecki
Steffen Thomas Jr. Family
Susan and Clay Weibel, Weibel and Associates
Katharine Wibell
Eleanor and G. Philip Wright
Madison Georgia Artist Guild
Alice Lee Andreotolla
James Applefield
Constance and George Cooke
Bonnie and George Cooke
Elizabeth and Lee Durham
Mary P. Jones
Christine D. Lambert
Beverly K. Libby
Anna D. Marett
Wendy and Charles Mason
Dorothy C. Porter
Emmie C. Smock
Linda and Daniel Thoman
Joyce S. Thomas
Nancy L. Vaughan

Into the Light: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum has one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Southern photography in the United States. This exhibition will highlight many rare and previously-unseen photographs from the permanent collection. Included will be photographs by: Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others. Exhibition closes March 10, 2014

Host Committee

Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Sandra and Arthur Pulitzer
Lisa Pulitzer and Gary Zoller

I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things

Rogue Wave with Fist Wave Untitled I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things is a mid-career survey of New Orleans artist, Gina Phillips. Born in 1971 in Madison, Kentucky, Gina Phillips is a painter, sculptor, fabric artist, educator and musician. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Kentucky in 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in 1997. Her work is included in the private and public collections worldwide, including the University of Kentucky, Lexington; New Orleans Museum of Art; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; The House of Blues Collection; NASA; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

Hailing from rural Kentucky, Phillips childhood was spent surrounded by a musical and artistic family known for their mechanical and creative abilities. Her grandmother was a self-taught artist, and Phillips learned early on that almost anything can be re-used to create something functional or artistic. This exhibition will include works from throughout her career, from the raw narrative works made from paint, wood, metal and fabric from her early years as an artist in Kentucky, to the most recent narrative paintings and sophisticated fabric work created on her “free-motion thread-drawing machine” in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. On view through January 27, 2014.

Host Committee

Dathel and Tommy Coleman
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Positive Vibrations Foundation
Van Schley
Beth Wheeler

Currents 2013 (in conjunction with PhotoNOLA)

Annie Laurie Erickson, <i>30°28'5.88N, 91°12'37.73W (Port Allen)</i>, 2013, Archival pigment print from color negative taken with after-imaging camera

CURRENTS 2013 features works by fourteen New Orleans Photo Alliance members. The fifth annual exhibition was juried by Gordon Stettinius, Founder & Director of Candela Books + Gallery, and highlights the diverse work being created by NOPA members. Featuring four to five images by each selected artist, the show gives viewers a deeper insight into each photographer’s vision and reflects an overview of contemporary photographic practices.

A Sense of Place: Ten Years of Art from the Ogden Museum

William Christenberry, <i>Ghost Form</i>, 1994, mixed-media sculpture and red soil

In August 2003, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art opened to the public in the newly completed Stephen Goldring Hall on Camp Street in New Orleans. Driven by the mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South, the museum has built perhaps the most comprehensive and significant collections of art from or about this region.

The founder of the collection, and namesake of the museum, Roger Houston Ogden, began building this magnificent collection more than forty years ago. What began as an initial purchase of a painting—a gift for his mother—developed into a collection of such significance, that a museum was envisioned and established for the benefit of the public. From that moment, the collection has continued to grow, initially through the vision of Director Emeritus, J. Richard Gruber, PhD., and former Chief Curator, David Houston. Their pioneering vision created a standard of curatorial and collecting practices that still stands today.

As the Ogden Museum of Southern Art celebrates its tenth anniversary, A Sense of Place brings together some of the most important and significant acquisitions from the permanent collection to celebrate and expand upon the original vision for the museum. Ranging from works included in the initial donation from the Roger Houston Ogden Collection to more recent acquisitions, this exhibition showcases one of the most important collections in the United States. It is a visual affirmation of why the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is the Nation’s museum dedicated to the American South.

Host Committee

Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Jay and Stacy Underwood

The Mythology of Florida

Lisa Elmaleh, <i>Paurotis Palms</i>, Silver Gelatin Print, 2010 Joseph Janney Steinmetz, <i>Photographer's daughter, Lois Duncan Steinmetz, Admiring the scenery of the Suwannee River</i>, 1949,<br>State Archives of Florida.

From the time Spanish Conquistador Ponce De Leon landed on her shores 500 years ago, Florida has held a special place in the imagination of the world. This exhibition explores the myths and legends of the Sunshine State captured on film by photographers Joseph Janney Steinmetz, Warren Thompson, Walker Evans, Michael Carlebach, Todd Bertolaet, Tom Wik, Lisa Kereszi, Lisa Elmaleh and many more. On view through January 5, 2014

Host Committee

Coleman E. Adler II
Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Ellen LaGrone
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Lisa Pulitzer and Gary Zoller
Amanda Sibley

Annie Collinge: The Underwater Mermaid Theater

Annie Collinge, <i>Mermaid Maggie</i>, Digital C - Print, 2012

London-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Annie Collinge traveled south to Florida to photograph the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs. These beautiful color images provide the viewer with a fascinating insiders look into one of Florida’s oldest and most beloved roadside attractions. On view through January 5, 2014

Host Committee

Alexa Georges
Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Judith Oudt

Art of the Cup 2013

Since 2008, the Ogden Museum's Center for Southern Craft and Design has been presenting Art of the Cup: Functional Comfort. Each invited artist has a Southern connection, based on where they choose to live, work or teach. Participants submit up to two ceramic pieces -- either tea bowls, cups and saucers, or mugs.

Jim White Presents Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller

Jim White, <i>Pegasus</i>, Archival pigment print, 2012

Southern music troubadour, filmmaker, writer and visual artist: Jim White Presents Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller. Incorporating found objects, photography and film, White will construct a site specific installation filled with ephemera culled from his wanderings through flea markets and back roads of the American South. On view through December 8, 2013.

Host Committee

Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes

Seeing Beyond the Ordinary

JOSHUA DUDLEY GREERSomewhere Along The Line
SUSAN WORSHAMBy the Grace of God

"I am at war with the obvious," wrote William Eggleston in the afterward of his book The Democratic Forest. Yet, it is the obvious – the simple and everyday – that have produced some of photography’s finest images. Photographers are always battling with the obvious. They are in a constant struggle to see beyond the obvious to form and create a new personal vision. Seeing Beyond the Ordinary features three rising stars of Southern Photography - Susan Worsham, Laura Noel, and Joshua Dudley Greer. These photographers confront the ordinary and make extraordinary photographs from everyday moments that are often overlooked or taken for granted. Their photographs are meditations on the present, and what seems to be lurking under the surface. The mundane and banal are revealed with a quiet intensity, giving the viewer a new appreciation of life’s rich pageant.

Host Committee

Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Fran and Mark Scofield
Cornelia Wyma

Joshua Dudley Greer: Somewhere Along The Line

Joshua Dudley Greer, Makeshift Bedding near the Interstate, Johnson City, TN. Archival Pigment Print, 2012

Project statement:

Early settlers imagined the New World as a pristine, uninhabited wilderness – a landscape of unparalleled beauty, magnitude and possibility. Yet the driving impulse of expansion was rarely to commune with nature, but more often a desire to carve a garden from these wilds and create a new civilization, unique from all others. Lines began to be drawn, initially through agriculture and settlements, then railways and cities, and eventually the road.

Today, the American landscape is carved up by nearly 4,000,000 miles of roadways that lead us to just about anywhere we need or want to be. The Interstate Highway System in particular has permanently altered the way we experience the landscape and in turn, each other. By leveling mountains, mowing down forests and circumventing rivers, we have created an easily accessible, anonymous landscape that allows us to enact our fantasies and freedoms, but may also be loosening the bonds that tie people to one another and to place. While the majority may view this infrastructure as nothing more than a necessary evil of modern existence, there are people and places that rely on the road for something more. The ideas of mobility, prosperity, community and growth, cornerstones of the American Dream, still motivate many of us to strike out on the road in search of something beyond what our daily lives provide. For some it may be a job or a lifestyle, for others an escape. Whatever the motivation may be, we are all visitors somewhere.

The photographs that comprise this body of work have been made on an extensive series of road trips taken throughout the United States over a number of years. The sites and people depicted are all united by the influence of the road, by our shared history, and by my attempts to reconcile the past with the present.

Laura Noel: Smoke Break

Laura Noel, Whitney Behind the Restaurant Where She Works, Marietta, GA. Archival Pigment Print, 2006

Project statement:

These portraits show us the attitudes, defiance, enjoyment, resignation and contentment, of those who continue to smoke cigarettes in the face of intense public disapproval. A residue of glamour can also be seen in these photographs – the theatrical inhaling and exhaling, the sensual pleasure of watching smoke float and dissipate in the air and the primal lure of fire. More importantly, these images reveal that for some, smoking is a gateway to a state of contemplation. A former smoker describes this experience; "Unique among the addictive drugs, smoking has the special power to bring the user to a medium. It doesn’t make you high and it doesn’t calm you down. It does both. If you’re feeling anxious, it has a leveling effect. If you’re feeling down, it has a leveling effect."

This introspective break in a busy world is more valuable to smokers than non-smokers would imagine. Since the anti-smoking movement began gaining momentum in the early 1970s, culminating in the current ban on public consumption, smokers have become social refugees banished to windy corners, cars and private rooms. I am interested in the idea that society has become so disenchanted with smokers, it has tried to legislate them out of existence. I’m fascinated by the small rebellions and compulsions that propel people to continue smoking in such a socio-political climate. Of course, smoking is unhealthy and potentially fatal. These images are not a defense of this dangerous practice, but instead a portrait of a diverse group of people united by a habit.

Susan Worsham: By the Grace Of God

Susan Worsham, Marine, Hotel near Airport, Richmond, VA. Archival Pigment Print, 2009

Project statement:
Growing up in Virginia, my childhood field trips were to cigarette factories and Civil War battlegrounds, with a brown bag lunch in tow. As a young girl I could often be found holding a Dixie cup full of Kool-Aid powder, with a few drops of water, making a sweet sugary paste for finger dipping. My childhood travels were spent wandering different neighborhoods on my Schwinn, and knocking on strangers' doors with those same sticky fingers. I can remember one such house, where I knocked on the door to ask if I could jump on the trampoline in the front yard. It was the Gibson Girls' trampoline, the descendants of Charles Dana Gibson, the famous illustrator. He drew the ideal woman of the early 1900s, coined the Gibson Girl. I became a constant bouncing fixture on their lawn. Kudzu is now making it's way over my childhood home, covering the past like a blanket, and putting it to rest, as I look for the intimacy of "home" in other places. Following a Southern road with the slow pace of a funeral march, this series takes me beyond the backyards and trails of my youth. It deals with the hospitality of strangers, and hits on a feeling that I have sometimes when taking portraits. The feeling that I was supposed to meet a particular person, or turn down a certain road. The title is taken from the old saying "American By Birth, Southern By The Grace Of God". The images are made up of the places, and characters, that I believe, I have found through a sort of divine intervention. They are strangers, that invite me into their homes, to sit awhile and hear their stories. Characters that are real, and not imagined by the literary greats of the South.

Kohlmeyer Circle Presents Craig Damrauer: After the Forest

Photo credit: Dorka Hegedus

After the Forest is a choreographed installation created with tree branches, wires, and a coded software system that creates movement of little micro propellers attached to branches hanging from the ceiling. On view through September 22nd

Artist Statement
I've been cutting apart fallen tree branches then editing them back together again with little micropropellers in their tips. They dangle from the ceiling on wires and are asked to dance using computer code, custom electronics and microcontrollers. What results is an otherworldly forest that begins to ask questions about nature and technology, about interior and exterior, about sacred spaces, longevity and about what is funny and what is not.

Host Committee

Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes

Southern Imagists: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Robert Warrens, Carpet Tacks, 1980-1985, Acrylic on canvas, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden Collection

In the late 1960s, a group of artists emerged from the Chicago art scene that eschewed the dominant trends in American art of abstraction and minimalism, opting instead to focus on the image and landscape. Using a bold palette and drawing inspiration from surrealism, pop culture and personal experience, these artists used image as metaphor in an expressionist style. The fantastical imagery, bold palette and strong narrative element of the Chicago Imagists created a style that was easily adapted by artists throughout the country, but perhaps no region as naturally and enthusiastically as the American South, especially in New Orleans. This exhibition will include works by artists ranging from Roger Brown (an Alabama-born original member of the Chicago Imagists) to Amita Bhatt (a contemporary Indian artist living and working in Houston, Texas). Also included will be Robert Gordy, Douglas Bourgeois, Robert Warrens, Charles Blank, Frederich Trenchard and other artists whose work is included in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. On view through September 22nd

Host Committee

Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Martine Chaisson Linares
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by Regions Bank

Recognizing the need to engage a contemporary audience that appreciates the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has organized the second annual Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank.

A statewide, juried exhibition for residents of Louisiana. The juror for 2013 is Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art for the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) and the artistic director for Prospect.3 New Orleans. On view through September 22, 2013 Click here for a list of artists in this exhibitions.

Host Committee

Martha Anne Foster
Anne and Herman Franco
Robert L. Herndon Jr.
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Cornelia Wyma
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