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Currents 2015: New Orleans Photo Alliance Members Showcase

December 11, 2015 - January 24, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, December 11

Heather Oelklaus, View From the Garden, 78 - 8 x 10" Silver gelatin prints, ND

CURRENTS is an annual juried exhibition showcasing members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance. 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. Alexa Dilworth, Publishing and Awards Director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University, juried the seventh annual exhibition. In her words: “The thirteen series that I’ve selected for this show interested me in the way they construct stories, shift perspectives, incorporate language, and speak to questions of representation separately and in conversation with each other.”

The featured artists are: Alia Ali (New Orleans, LA /Marrakech, Morocco), Keliy Anderson-Staley (Houston, TX), JT Blatty (New Orleans, LA), Francis Crisafio (Pittsburgh, PA), Benjamin Dimmitt (Fairview, NC), Matt Eich (Charlottesville, VA), Richard Max Gavrich (New Orleans, LA), Molly Lamb (Quincy, MA), Jennifer McClure (Astoria, NY), Heather Oelklaus (Colorado Springs, CO), Donna Pinckley (Little Rock, AR), Aline Smithson (Los Angeles, CA), Qian Zhao (San Francisco, CA)

Bill Yates: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink

October 3, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, October 3 during Art for Arts’ Sake, 6PM-9PM

Bill Yates, Untitled 498, Gelatin Silver Print, 1973

In September 1972, Bill Yates was driving the back roads of Florida outside of Tampa, looking for things to photograph, when he came upon the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink. Yates stopped his car, went inside and started photographing – thus beginning a seven month long project documenting the skaters of the Sweetheart roller rink. Set within the backdrop of sandy remote Florida, Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink is a visual time capsule documenting a transitional period of lost innocence, laid back days of heat and humidity, Spanish moss, roller girls, and rock-n-roll.

Yates made over 600 photographs in the seven month period ending in May 1973, when he packed the negatives away and moved to Providence, to enter school at Rhode Island School of Design. Forty years later, Yates rediscovered his Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink series and began scanning the negatives. In 2013, Yates entered the series into the Photolucida Critical Mass competition where it placed in the Top 50 and became an instant classic.

Sponsor
Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan
Host Committee
Molly & Paul Babineaux
Shelby Cobb in honor of Bill Yates and in memory of Mildred Scherer Yates
Milly & George Denegre
Alexa Georges & Jerry Armatis
B. Benjamin Lowry & Shelly Gallender
Michael Wilkinson

Art of the Cup & Teapot Spotlight

September 3, 2015 - December 8, 2015
Presented by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Center for Southern Craft & Design
Opening reception: Thursday, September 3 during Ogden After Hours, 6PM-9PM

Hayne Bayless

Teapot and Cup by Hayne Bayless

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host its eighth annual invitational exhibition, Art of the Cup, hosted by the museum's Center for Southern Craft and Design, opening during Ogden After Hours, 6-8pm, September 3, 2015 and on display until December 8, 2015. The annual, invitational exhibition was established in 2008 to celebrate the aesthetic and design freedom that this fundamental ceramic medium offers to enhance everyday routine. Traditionally, Art of the Cup has featured two cups by each selected Southern ceramicists. For the second year, select teapots will be featured in the Teapot Spotlight, exhibited in conjunction with the annual Art of the Cup exhibition.

The 2015 Art of the Cup & Teapot Spotlight exhibition features approximately sixty artists, including: Anderson and Jessie Bailey, Posey Bacopoulos, Alice Ballard, Chris Baskin, Hayne Bayless, Birdie Boone, Eileen Braun, Jessica Broad, William Brouillard, Jeff Brown, Amy Chase, Andrea Christie, Jim Connell, Craig Clifford, Don Davis, Israel Davis, Elise W. Pincu Delfield, William DePauw, Rachael DePauw, Mark Derby, Ross Edwards of Oyster Design Co., Heather Mae Erickson, Marty Fielding, Susan Filley, Yoshi Fujii, Marah Gaiti, Andrew Gilliatt, Miki Glasser, Marian Haigh, Priscilla Hollingsworth, Sarah House, Michelle Benson Huck, Lynda Katz, Jason Kishell, Debbie Kupinsky, Jim Lawton, Haejung Lee, Mimi Logothetis, Robert Long, Laura Jean McLaughlin, Paul McMullan, Sandy Miller, Ray Morales, Jeff Oestreich, John Oles, Casey Parkinson, Joseph Pintz, Emily Reason, Lindsay Rogers, Melanie Sears, Ken Shipley, Yoko Sekino-Bove, David Scott Smith, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Susan Thomas, Julie Ann Travis, Julie Wiggins, and Lana Wilson.

Self-Taught, Outsider & Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection

April 2 – November 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, The Deceiver of the Whole World, oil on canvas, 1964. Gift of the Roger Houston Ogden Collection

This exhibition will showcase works from the Ogden Museum?s growing collection in these genres. Examples of each genre will be represented, including the naïve abstracted landscapes of Civil War veteran and self-taught artist, Charles Hutson (1840-1936); visionary organic forms by Minnie Evans (1892-1987) inspired by Arlie Gardens in North Carolina; and the stunning Struggling Tiger in Hard Times by Outsider artist, Thornton Dial (1928 - ). This exhibition will showcase the depth and breadth of the Ogden Museum?s collection of vernacular art from the American South. Also included will be work by Purvis Young, Reverend Howard Finster, Clementine Hunter, George Andrews, Lonnie Holley, Wellmon Sharlhorne, Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, and Michael Frolich.

This exhibition is one of a continuing series, which examines the correlation of southern self-taught art with other forms of artistic expression such as music, literature and culinary heritage.

The New Orleans Chapter of the Links, HBCU Art Showcase

August 1 - Late September, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1 during Whitney White Linen Night, 6PM-9PM

Veronica Carter, Miles, Mingus and Trane, Oil on Canvas, 2014

A curated show of works from students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Louisiana, including Xavier University of Louisiana; Dillard University; Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (Baton Rouge); and Grambling State University.

Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire

June 13 - October 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 18, 6PM - 8PM

Betsy Eby, Sanguine XIV, 2009

In her paintings, Betsy Eby fuses the line between the musical and the visual composition. A classically trained pianist, she seeks in her work what Rothko described as "the place where music lives.” The layers and gestures of her paintings evoke musical spaces and rhythms while drawing on patterns found in nature. From her early childhood, musical and natural rhythms blended in Eby's sensibility. She spent her first years of life in a small town on the Oregon coast, practicing at the family piano by the age of five. Today her work reveals that interconnected sensitivity: her delicate, organic compositions become synesthesias of sound and image.

Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire features the artist's recent paintings that utilize the technique of encaustic, which means "to burn.” The process is an ancient one by which layers of pigments, sap, and wax are fused together by the flame of a torch. Eby has slowly refined the technique to her own language, composing dynamic surfaces and deep, luminous spaces. Her paintings are visceral, yet for Eby they shimmer with something more of the mystical, hovering between material and immaterial worlds as do the worlds of sight and sound.

Betsy Eby received her BA from the University of Oregon. She and her husband, painter Bo Bartlett, split their time between studios in Columbus, Georgia, and Wheaton Island, Maine. She savors the spaciousness and light of both of these studios, and her paintings evoke the atmosphere of the vast ocean that surrounds her small island residence in Maine. Her work has been shown and collected by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum, and she has shown frequently with Winston Wachter Fine Art in their Seattle and New York galleries.

Sponsored by

Host Committee
Valerie Besthoff
Jan Katz and Jim Derbes
Jane Murray and Peter Politzer
Stacy and Jay Underwood

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by Regions Bank

August 1 - September 20, 2015
Click here to purchase the digital or print version of The Louisiana Contemporary exhibition catalog.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1 during Whitney White Linen Night, 6PM-9PM

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 center.


Sponsored by

Host Committee
Anonymous
Vivian and Richard Cahn
Martin J. Drell
Dale Fleishmann
B. Benjamin Lowry, MD and Shelly Gallender
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Judith Y. Oudt
Renée and Stewart Peck
Peter Politzer & Jane Murray
Laura and Sonny Shields
Terese and William Winslow
Cornelia Wyma

More info at http://louisianacontemporary.org

The Rising

May 23 – September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6, 6PM-8PM
Click here to purchase the digital or print version of The Rising exhibition catalog.

Sophie Lvoff, St. Claude Avenue, (Saturn Bar I), Archival Inkjet Print on Dibond, 2014

The Rising celebrates the renewal and re-birth of the City of New Orleans ten years after one of the worst disasters in American history, and examines how art and photography was central to the revitalization of New Orleans. Spearheaded by the Ogden Museum (the first arts institution in New Orleans to open after the storm), the New Orleans Photo Alliance (formed in 2006), and Prospect.1 (organized in 2008), a collective arts exhibition throughout the city which fostered a creative outlet that helped enable a community to recover and begin the process of healing, and attracted by the lure of what is frequently called the most unique city in America, young photographers flocked to New Orleans and infused their creativity and vision into a city already known for its incomparable culture. The Rising will highlight the photographic work of Sophie Lvoff, Jonathan Traviesa, Tammy Mercure, Colin Roberson, L. Kasimu Harris, William Widmer, Jennifer Shaw, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Cristina Molina, Vanessa Centeno, and David Armentor.

Host Committee
Xiomara and Brad Brewster
Monica Frois and Eve Masinter
Shelly Gallender and Benjamin Lowry
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Elizabeth and Willy Monaghan
Jane Murray and Peter Politzer
Sandra and Larry Sams

Hurricane Katrina Digital Memory Bank Project

August 1 - August 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1 during Whitney White Linen Night, 6PM-9PM

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in collaboration with the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, will present an opportunity for members of the community to document and preserve their individual Katrina experiences. Beginning August 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015, those affected by Hurricane Katrina are invited to respond to the prompt “Ten years later, I still remember_____” at computer stations located in the Ogden Museum’s Circle Gallery. All statements will be included and archived in the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank. Participants will also have the option to record their stories on paper and included in an exhibition of collected memories installed on the walls of the gallery. Those wanting to record their memories may also submit their stories at http://hdmb.ogdenmuseum.org/

Early Childhood Curriculum Program Student Exhibition

May 6 - June 29, 2015
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Gentilly Terrace Charter School
Medard H. Nelson Charter School
In collaboration with Suzanna Ritz, Teaching Artist

The Early Childhood Education Program, a cornerstone of the Ogden Museum?s educational initiatives, was developed in 2007 in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Using books, objects and art, this program is designed to enhance pre-literacy for students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grades and to create opportunities for young students to experience works of art in a museum setting.

Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces

March 7 – September 6, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2015

With this body of photographs, and the subsequent book, Tina Freeman documents the working spaces of twenty-one New Orleans artists. With text provided by Morgan Molthrop, this series sheds new light on the artists' work and process. From George Dureau to Willie Birch, each of the artists included invested their aesthetic into the spaces where they work. Ranging from established masters to a young graffiti artist, these images give insight into process and personality, providing the viewer glimpses into the creative process.

An exhibition planned at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will contextualize these images with masterful examples of each artist's work. Beautiful objects in their own right, Tina Freeman's photographs will become windows into the history of the objects, and into the creative soul of their makers.

Featured artists include Willie Birch, David Halliday, Fat Kids From Outer Space, Robert Tannen, Jeanne Nathan, Elenora Rukiya Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Ron J. Bechet, Elizabeth Shannon, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Keith Calhoun, Chandra McCormick, Ma-Po Kinnord-Payton, George Dunbar, Stephen Coenan, Keith Duncan, Dawn Dedeaux, Ersy, Amy Weiskopf and George Dureau.

Host Committee
David Briggs and Mark Romig
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Linda Green and Michael Brown
Susan and Jimmy Gundlach
Gregory Holt and Lucy Burnett
Allison Kendrick
Elizabeth and James Landis
Marguerite Moisio/Whitney Bank
Denise Monteleone
Betsy Nalty and Dick Simmons
Lola and Don Norris
Judith Y. Oudt
Peter Politzer and Jane Murray
Julia Reed
Virginia Roddy
Miriam Schulingkamp
Julie and David Silvers
Clara Walmsley and Richard Wilkof
Terese and William Winslow
Cornelia Wyma

Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic

February 27 - July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jim Roche, <i>Crabeye</i>, 1977, graphite on paper, 30x42 inches. Collection of the artist

Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961) and an MA and MFA from University of Dallas (1968 and 1970). He was Professor of Art at Florida State University from 1973 until his retirement in 2013. Over the course of a career that spans the better part of five decades, he has created a narrative of place, ecology, Southern culture, the art world, and the human condition through his work. His practice has ranged from the groundbreaking and meticulous ceramic work in his Potted Mama Plants from the 1960s, through conceptual and expressive drawings, massive maximalist installations in museums and in the landscape, found object constructions, art cars, video, spoken word performance, and the delicately detailed documentation of his life as Dr. Curve, a motorcycle legend. Drawing inspiration from the lush and delicate environment of his native Florida, the complicated artists and common people of that place, Americana, evangelical traditions, and his never-ending observations and critiques on the human condition ? Roche has created a body of work that stands testament to the life of an artist with an unflinching vision and unstoppable creativity. After working in ceramics at the University of Dallas (1966-1970), Roche?s thesis exhibition was displayed for only three hours before being shut down for it sexually charged content. Following that, Roche was invited to the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual in 1970. His Life Symbols, Human Condition Packets and Animal Ascension Plot installation opened at The Walker Art Center in 1972. A solo exhibition of his installation, All in my Background, was mounted at the Whitney in 1974. Tree Grave Site was chosen for the Art Park in Lewiston, New York in 1975. He was included in the Venice Biennale in 1976, and his piece, Vampire Alarm, was included in the Paris Biennale in 1977. His work has been reviewed in both national and international publications, including ARTnews, Art Forum, Time Magazine, Stern, and The New Yorker.

Sponsors
Julia E. Reed
Judith and Van Schley
Host Committee
Linda Burgess and William Dunlap
Evelyn Merz and John Berlinghoff
Stephanie Smither

Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter

Organized by David Wolkowsky and the Key West Art & Historical Society
February 7 – May 31, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), <i>The Blaze of the Moment</i>, c1970s, Oil on Canvas

Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century. While he wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays, Williams is best known for his plays, which are chiefly set in the South. Several of his plays including “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Glass Menagerie,” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” are considered among the finest of the American stage. For more than 30 years, Williams lived and wrote in a cottage on a quiet Key West street. As a form of relaxation, he took up oil painting on his patio, often sketching friends, acquaintances and characters from his plays.

Sponsors
Peter Rogers in honor of Bradley Sumrall
David Wolkowsky
Host Committee
Xiomara and Brad Brewster
Leslie Cecil and Creighton Michael
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Martha Anne Foster
Janet and Scott Howard
Allison Kendrick
B. Benjamin Lowry, M.D. and Shelly Gallender
Roger H. Ogden and Kenneth W. Barnes
Peter Politzer and Jane S. Murray
Jay Wiener
Cornelia E. Wyma

Mark Steinmetz: South

January 17, 2015 - May 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mark Steinmetz, <i>Off Interstate 40, Knoxville</i>, Gelatin Silver Print, 1993, Collection of the Artist

Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the traditional boundaries of documentary, street and fine art photography. Photographing almost exclusively in black and white, Steinmetz explores the fragile and sublime visual tapestry of everyday life, where the mundane and banal become elevated to the exquisite through the lens of his camera. Mark Steinmetz: South will include photographic selections from three of his books published by Nazraeli Press – South East, South Central and Greater Atlanta, along with a compilation of new and unseen work. Mark Steinmetz is represented by several galleries around the world including – Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, Yancey Richardson Gallery; New York City; and Galerie Wouter van Leeuween, Amsterdam. In 1994, Steinmetz was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Host Committee
Coleman Adler
Anonymous
Xiomara and Brad Brewster
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
B. Benjamin Lowry, M.D. and Family
Linda and Peter Mayer
Denise Monteleone
Dale Mott and Kenneth Hyle
Rebecca and Thomas Myers
Lisa Pulitzer and Gary Zoller
Mark Romig and David Briggs
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton
Pat and Henry Shane
Cornelia Wyma

The SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show

March 12 – April 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The 3rd International SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show is organized in conjunction with the 2015 SPE National Conference. In an effort to provide our members with additional exhibition opportunities, we are excited to announce that this year’s exhibition will be held across two fantastic venues! We are so fortunate to have both the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) hosting this year’s event. Facilitated by two accomplished jurors: Deborah Willis and

Carol McCusker, the artworks selected will reflect the diversity of the three caucuses. This dual venue exhibition will be on view March 12 through April 5, 2015 with opening receptions taking place on the evening of Saturday, March 14 during the SPE 2015 National Conference. There is no specific theme. For more information on the caucuses’ missions, click here

The Gasperi Collection: Self-taught, Outsider and Visionary Art

October 4, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday October 4, 6PM - 9PM
(Art for Arts? Sake)

Share your thoughts about this exhibition @ogdenmuseum #Gasperi

Richard Gasperi opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980. Eventually moving to Julia Street in the New Orleans Arts District, the gallery focused on Self-Taught art of the American South. With a strong passion for the genre and a deep respect for the artists creating this uniquely Southern vernacular art, Gasperi built a strong personal collection. Consisting of more than 500 objects, the Gasperi Collection includes objects ranging from Native American basketry and Tramp Art furniture to icons of self-taught art such as Clementine Hunter, David Butler, Howard Finster, Charles Hutson, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

This exhibition will showcase the depth and breadth of the Gasperi Collection, and will include a portfolio of 26 previously unseen works on paper by Louisiana artist, Clementine Hunter.

Host Committee
Sponsors
Bobbye Carraway
Becky and Wyatt Collins
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Betsy Nalty and Dick Simmons
Evander Schley

Presenters
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Dr. Troy Scroggins
Stephanie Smither

Patrons
Neal Auction Company

Co-Hosts
Xiomara and Brad Brewster
Fay and Phelan Bright
Martin J. Drell
Dale Fleishmann
Peter Politzer

Prospect.3 New Orleans

October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015

The exhibition for Prospect.3 at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art takes as its point of departure the unique mission of the Ogden as one of the first museums grounded in the geography of the South and New Orleans, featuring specifically Southern Artists and/or Southern Themes.

Prospect.3: Notes For Now is organized with seven curatorial themes in mind, which find cohesion under the rubric of “Somewhere and Not Anywhere.” Two of these themes are “The South” and “Crime and Punishment”, both of which are given space at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

“Basquiat and the Bayou”, which will be on display on the fifth floor, is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the important psychological and aesthetic presence that the South and the Bayou had in Basquiat’s work. Herbert Singleton’s work showcases another self-taught artistic practice, grounded in New Orleans, and that connects the two themes, as his practice was begun as a result of his imprisonment in Angola Prison.

New Orleans artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick’s documentary installation on the fourth floor chronicles the realities of life in this infamous prison of Louisiana, and the effect the penitentiary system has on both the incarcerated and their families.

In addition, a selection of works from the museum collection by Georgia-born Benny Andrews is being highlighted by Prospect.3’s Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in collaboration with Ogden Curator Bradley Sumrall. A foremost draftsman, and a self-described “people’s painter,” Andrews work serves as a counterpoint in demonstrating Southern artistic sensibility as integrated to classical artistic training.

Keith Calhoun & Chandra McCormick: Slavery, The Prison Industrial Complex

Share your thoughts about this exhibition @ogdenmuseum #p3nola
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday October 25, time TBA

A selection of images from Calhoun and McCormick's extensive body of work on Angola Prison will be exhibited as part of Prospect.3: Notes for Now. Focusing on the lives of Angola's incarcerated men and the impact the prison system has on their families, these images document the quotidian reality of our institutions of crime and punishment. The images of the art fairs, rodeos, and family visits, all within the prison walls, offer not voyeuristic manipulations but rather attempt to restore humanity to a population often marginalized from the national conversation. This body of work, which began in the early 1980s and continues today, serves as historical record and chronicle of African-American daily life within the prison system in Louisiana.

Herbert Singleton: Inside Out/Outside In

Share your thoughts about this exhibition @ogdenmuseum #InsideOut #p3nola
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday October 25, time TBA

Come Out of Her
Painted wood bas relief
17 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in.
Gordon W. Bailey Collection

Herbert Singleton’s brightly painted bas-reliefs defy progressive, linear narratives of the past, which often gloss over the magnitude of racial discrimination in this country. A lifelong resident of Algiers, the Fifteenth Ward of New Orleans, and a carpenter by trade, Singleton made art empowered by his life experience, which included incarceration in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Unlike the scenes of spiritual uplift rendered by other self-taught carvers, racial strife and urban crime are abundant in Singleton’s work. Drawing upon the Ogden Museum’s own collection in addition to loans from collector Gordon W. Bailey, this selection of work exemplifies the artist’s contribution to Southern contemporary art practices. His self-taught style demonstrates a strong use of found materials and a commitment to address the deeply entrenched socio-economic realities of the South. His life and art were not separate endeavors and the artist himself explicitly indicated that the act of creating helped him to confront the hardships in his life. According to Bailey, “Singleton railed against hypocrisy on both sides of the racial divide.”

Prospect.3 Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation

Share your thoughts about this exhibition @ogdenmuseum #BasquiatAndTheBayou. Presented by #HelisFDN #p3nola
October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday October 25, time TBA

Acrylic, wax, and felt-tip pen on canvas; 79 3/4 x 100 3/8 in. (202.5 x 255 cm)<br>
	Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Government of Catalonia Art Fund, Former Salvador Riera Collection, Spain<br>
	©Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, ARS/ADAGP (photo: Gasull Fotografia)

Acrylic, wax, and felt-tip pen on canvas; 79 3/4 x 100 3/8 in. (202.5 x 255 cm)
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Government of Catalonia Art Fund, Former Salvador Riera Collection, Spain
©Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, ARS/ADAGP (photo: Gasull Fotografia)

Curated by Franklin Sirmans, the Artistic Director for P.3: Notes for Now, “Basquiat and the Bayou” is an in-depth survey examination of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s relationship to the South. Over the course of his brief yet spectacular career—1979 to 1988—Basquiat created a body of work that often addresses the deep psychological and spiritual terrain of America, in its broadest sense. The selection of works presented at the Ogden Museum of Art constitutes a meditation on the powerful symbolic presence of the Mississippi River and its delta in the work of this iconic artist, as a physical and cultural conduit for Africans in the New World. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by DelMonico/Prestel.

Basquiat and the Bayou will be on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during the run of Prospect.3 from October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2014. While admittance to the exhibition is included in the Museum’s general admission price, timed ticketing will be in effect for entry to Basquiat and the Bayou. All individuals, including Ogden Museum members, or groups wishing to enter the exhibition are advised to reserve a ticket in advance to ensure they are able to view the exhibition at their desired date and time.

Listen to the Basquiat Exhibition Audio Guide
by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans

Visitors who arrive without a reservation, including Ogden Museum members, will be admitted to the museum, but will be asked to wait for the next available time slot if they wish to enter the Basquiat and the Bayou exhibition.

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PhotoNOLA Currents

December 5, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6pm - 8pm

A juried photographic exhibition from the members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, this exhibition takes place during PhotoNOLA - the month-long celebration of photography held annually in New Orleans. Roy Fluckinger from The Harry Ransom Center for Photography in Austin, TX will serve as juror.

Self-Processing – Instant Photography

October 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday October 4, 6PM - 9PM
(Art for Arts’ Sake)

Share your thoughts about this exhibition @ogdenmuseum #Polaroid

David McCarty,<i> Biloxi Hotel 2</i>, Polaroid Type 600 Prints, 2008, Courtesy of the Artist

Before the instantaneous gratification of digital photography there was instant film. Instant and Polaroid film made photography quick and accessible to all without having to rely on a darkroom or lab for film processing and printing. Self Processing – Instant Photography features a large and varied array of photographs shot with instant film. The exhibition will include photographs by Pinky Bass, Blake Boyd, Linda Burgess, Michael McCraw, Anna Tomczak and more.


Host Committee
Patron
Dr. Troy Scroggins

Co-Hosts
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis

Day of the Dead

September 24 - November 10, 2014, 2014

The tradition of Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, is celebrated in Mexico, the southwestern U.S. and parts of Latin America. During this celebration, families come together to pay respect to relatives who have died and celebrate their life and rebirth to another world. Anthropologists and historians say that the holiday is a blend of the Catholic All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days and pre-Columbian traditions that honored ancestors in a celebration of the dead. It is generally celebrated through the construction of altars to the dead, which feature food, paper decorations and representations of skeletons.

This fall, the Ogden Museum is pleased to again honor this tradition with a series of events focused around the exhibition of a Day of the Dead Altar designed by local artist Cynthia Ramirez dedicated to artist George Dureau.

The following programming is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico, New Orleans, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Host Committee
Patron
Dr. Troy Scroggins

Kohlmeyer Circle Presents:
Shawn Hall's Pastoral Universe

August 2 - November 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)


In this immersive installation the viewer is placed within the piece looking out: out into leaves, branches, into space; planets, stars, moving/living orbs, everything outside of us, and therefore everything inside us, too. At its center seems a soft, marshy environment / reflecting pool with an ever-changing fluid surface. Looking up, it references the tree that is absent from the space. It references the universe as a whole, cellular activity, and what Shawn refers to as ‘particle space’, which is formally dots, but relates to decorative, “charged” space in Medieval and Renaissance painting.

The Kohlmeyer Circle presents an exhibition each year at White Linen Night featuring new ideas in Southern Art. Past exhibitions include After the Forest by Craig Damrauer (2013), A Technological Terrarium curated by Myrtle Von Damitz (2011), Flight Lab by Jenny K. Hager (2010), Electro-Sonic Painting by Marcus Brown and Nathan Weidenhaft (2009).

Into the Light II

March 20 - October 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday March 20, 6PM - 8PM

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

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

The New Orleans Advocate reviews "Into the Light II"

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

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by Regions Bank

August 2 - September 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)

Louisiana Contemporary Website

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 art, and engages an audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.

New Orleans Chapter of The Links HBCU Exhibition

Saturday, August 2 – September 28, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)


Taufeeq "Feeq" Muhammad, <i>Kahlilah with Lute</i>, acrylic on canvas (2013)

A curated show of works from students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Louisiana, including Xavier University of Louisiana; Dillard University; Southern University, New Orleans; Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (Baton Rouge); and Grambling State University. This exhibition is supported by the New Orleans Chapter of The Links, one of the oldest and largest national service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry

Ogden Photo Camp 2014 Exhibition

August 2, 2014 - TBA
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)


This student-curated exhibition presents the work created during Ogden Museum Photo 101 Camp and Advanced Photo & Portfolio Building Camp. Working with music photographer and educator Aubrey Edwards, students learned basic elements of photography, including composition, exposure, storytelling, and functions of the camera to create these powerful and beautiful images.

One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia

July 24, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)


Paul Kwilecki, <i>Mrs. Tomlinson in the house of tomatoes</i>, Gelatin Silver Print, 1967, Collection of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Paul Kwilecki owned and operated a hardware store in Bainbridge, GA, and spent over 40 years photographing his native Decatur County, GA. From the 1960s - 2000s, Kwilecki made thousands of black & white photographs that captured the passage of time and the changes that took place in this southwest corner of Georgia. One Place is an intimate and focused portrait of a single place that resonates with a universal vision of humanity.

Host Committee
Presenter
Rita Benson LeBlanc
Co-Hosts
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Denise Monteleone

Rolland Golden: An Alternate Vision

August 2, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday August 2, 6PM - 9PM
(Whitney White Linen Night)


Rolland Golden is an accomplished artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscapes and culture of the American South, and is focused on bringing deeper significance to the mundane through juxtaposition of objects or unique perspectives. Born in 1931 in New Orleans, LA, Golden moved throughout his childhood between different places in the Deep South. New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta, in particular, had a great influence on the development of his visual aesthetic.

During an artistic career that spans over five decades, Golden has exhibited his work throughout the world. Solo exhibitions of his work have toured both the former Soviet Union (in 1976 and 1977, with shows in Moscow, Kiev, Leningrad and Odessa) and France (1993 - 1995). His work is included in private, corporate and public collections worldwide, most notably the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Mississippi Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

This exhibition will include over 70 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings. These works were chosen to give the viewer a new look at Golden’s work through the lens of Magical Realism.

Host Committee
Presenter
James R. Bell, Jr.
Dr. Ron Cohen and Ms. Amy Martini
Betty Lou Furash
Lynn Crosby Gammill
John and Emilie Garoutte
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hayes
Roger Ogden
Virginia N. Roddy
Patron
Ginni and Michael Boyd
Dr. Mary Frances Gardner
Robert D. Guyton and Bob Goggin
Jan W. Katz and James G. Derbes
Sonya and Renaud Rodrigue
Robert and Sharon Weilbaecher
Co-Host
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gilliam, Jr.
Ronald and Antonia Porterfield
Dr. and Mrs. John Yarborough

Sense of Place II: Selections from the Permanent Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

April 24 - July 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday April 24, 6PM - 8PM

As the Ogden Museum of Southern Art continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary, A Sense of Place II once again 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 America. 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
Presenter
Rita Benson LeBlanc
Co-Hosts
Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes
Micheal Sartisky, Ph.D
Amanda and Teddy Winstead

Juan Logan: I'll Save You Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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
LAURA NOELSmoke Break
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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