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The Rising

May 23 – September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6, 6PM-8PM

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, and more.

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.

Southern Abstraction from the Permanent Collection

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Robert O. Preusser, Subaqueous Impression, Oil on canvas, 34x40 inches, 1948. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Gift of the Roger H. Ogden Collection

The art of the American South has never existed in a vacuum. It has – since the earliest moments of the American experience – run concurrent with dominant academic art movements and popular trends, while maintaining a distinct regional identity. As Modernism and Abstract Expressionism developed in the first half of the twentieth century, many artists working in the American South incorporated these new ideas into their practice. Through examples from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection, Southern Abstraction will both chart the development of abstract art in the American South from 1930-2015, and explore how regional identity can be expressed in non- representational art. This exhibition will include works by Will Henry Stevens, Fritz Bultman, Ida Kohlmeyer, Kendall Shaw, Jack Stewart, Dusti Bongé, Lin Emery, George Dunbar, Vincencia Blount, Merton Simpson, Bess Dawson, Sam Gilliam, Jacqueline Humphreys, Brian Guidry, Anastasia Pelias, Shawne Major and others.

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by Regions Bank

August 1 – September 20, 2015
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.

More info at http://louisianacontemporary.org

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, hippie roller girls, and rock-n-roll.

Yates made over 800 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 Art and 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.

Michael Meads: Bent Not Broken

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

Michael Meads, The Intercession, graphite on paper, 60x59 inches, 2010. Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Bent Not Broken will include photography, paintings and drawings from throughout Meads’ career, with a focus on the large narrative drawings created since his displacement from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Meads is a painter, draftsman and photographer whose work expresses a personal narrative filtered through the lens of classical themes. Born in Anniston, Alabama in 1966, he received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Auburn University (1987) and a Master of Fine Art from State University of New York at Albany (1991). His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; Center for Contemporary Art, Thesaloniki, Greece; Leslie Lohman Foundation, New York; Clamp Art, New York; Queensland Center for Photography, Australia; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. His work is held in many private and public collections, including the New York Public Library; Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans.

PhotoNOLA: Currents

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

An annual 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. The exhibition 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 new juror is selected each year to choose work for the exhibition. Past jurors have been Roy Fluckinger from The Harry Ransom Center for Photography in Austin, TX and Gordon Stettinius, Founder & Director of Candela Books + Gallery.

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