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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)

A Place and Time Pt. 1: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

February 6, 2016 – May 29, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, March 3, 2016 (OAH)

Ben Shahn, Church in Louisiana, 1935, Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

A Place and Time is a two-part photographic exhibition that features works from the Ogden Museum's permanent collection. Part 1 will focus on photographs dating from 1864 - 1945 and will include photographs from the Civil War, Reconstruction, early 20th century photographs of New Orleans, and pictorialism with a special emphasis on Depression-era documentary work by Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers.

Bright Fields: The Mastery of Marie Hull

February 20, 2016 – May 28, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Marie Hull, Tenant Farmer, 1935, Oil on canvas, Roger Houston Ogden Collection, Courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Marie Atkinson Hull remains one of Mississippi’s most significant artists and teachers, beloved by generations of collectors and students. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s legacy as teacher and creator, showcases her prolific life and career, and marks the 125th anniversary of her birth. This exhibition was organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, and sponsored by Ambassador John Palmer, with additional support from Susan and Ruff Fant.

Arthur Kern

April 16, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Raymond Smith: In Time We Shall Know Ourselves

June 12, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Raymond Smith , Rural Highway, Southern Georgia, after Rainstorm , Gelatin Silver Print , 1974 , Collection of the Artist

In the summer of 1974, Raymond Smith drove a Volkswagen Beetle from New England through the South and into the Midwest, camping and photographing people and places along the way to California. The car broke down in Kansas City and Ray Smith took the train home to New Haven, Connecticut, where he printed some of the 750 exposures he had made with his Rolleiflex and Minolta twin-lens cameras. Few of these rare prints have been exhibited or published until now, the fortieth anniversary of Smith’s trip. Hence, the title of this portfolio of 52 black and white prints—In Time We Shall Know Ourselves: American Photographs, 1974.

Smith has acknowledged “the work of Walker Evans, with whom I studied while in the Graduate Program in American Studies at Yale University in 1971-1972, and Robert Frank, whose The Americans (1959) suggested a model for my sequence.” The majority of his photographs are portraits of people encountered in his travels, with additional images of the American vernacular landscape (i.e., highways, street scenes, storefronts, movie theatres) serving as punctuation. This exhibition was organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, and curated by Michael Panhorst.


July 2, 2016 – November 6, 2016

Seymour Fogel, Working, 1934, charcoal on paper, Gift Of The Roger H. Ogden Collection

Paper: A substance composed of fibres interlaced into a compact web, made (usually in the form of a thin flexible sheet, most commonly white) from various fibrous materials, as linen and cotton rags, straw, wood, certain grasses, etc., which are macerated into a pulp, dried and pressed (and subjected to various other processes, as bleaching, colouring, sizing, etc., according to the intended use); it is used (in various forms and qualities) for writing, printing, or drawing on, for wrapping things in, for covering the interior of walls and for other purposes. -- Oxford English Dictionary

Since the invention of paper in China during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), artists have used it as a medium to express their ideas. It quickly replaced vellum, papyrus, palm leaves and parchment as an economical and readily available medium for recording images and text. It revolutionized the transfer of information, and has been used to create sacred ritual objects in cultures throughout the world. Even in today’s digital environment, paper maintains its presence as a beautiful physical medium, and to some artists, occupies an almost spiritual role as a vehicle for inspiration.

Works on paper are by nature light-sensitive and susceptible to the environment. For that reason, these works in museum collections are often kept in the dark, and only displayed for short periods of time. This exhibition brings many of the masterful works on paper from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection out of the dark, climate-controlled drawers of the vault, and into the light of exhibition, often for the first time.

Ranging from historic drawings to contemporary papier-mâché, /'pāpər/ will showcase the diversity and depth of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s collection of paper works. This exhibition also celebrates the diverse ways in which Southern artists have approached their medium. Works on paper are not necessarily preliminary studies for paintings or sculptures (although some definitely play that role), but are finished works of art, each with a unique character expressed through the hand of the artist, translated through the medium itself. These artists have manipulated the material through cutting, painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, book arts and sculpting. Through this broad survey of processes and artists, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will offer the public a chance to explore the vast possibilities for expression contained within the seemingly simple medium of paper.

This exhibition will include work by Robert Rauschenberg, Benny Andrews, Ellsworth Woodward, John McCrady, John T. Scott, Dusti Bongé, George Dureau, Caroline Durieux, Michael Meads, Jules Pascin, Gregory Saunders, Seymour Fogel, John Alexander, Minnie Evans, Clementine Hunter, Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, Andrew Bucci, Enrique Alferez, Fritz Bultman, William Hollingsworth, Noel Rockmore, James Surls, Hudson Marquez, George Biddle and others.

Louisiana Contemporary Presented by Regions Bank

August 1, 2016 – September 25, 2016

Louisiana Contemporary 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.

Maude Schuyler Clay: Mississippi History

October 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Maude Schuyler Clay, Bonnie Claire, Green Car, Chromogenic Print, N.D. (No Date), Collection of the Artist

Maude Schuyler Clay is a fifth generation Mississippian. Clay started her color portrait series Mississippi History in 1975 when she acquired her first Rolleiflex 2 ¼” camera. At the time, she was living and working in New York and paying frequent visits to her native Mississippi Delta, whose landscape and people continued to inspire her. Over the next 25 years, the project, which began as The Mississippians, evolved in part as an homage to Julia Margaret Cameron, a definitive pioneer of the art of photography. Clay's expressive, allegorical portraits of her friends, family and other Mississippians, as well as her artful approach to capturing the essence of light, are the driving forces behind her recollection of moments of family life in Mississippi in the 1980s and 90s.

Simon Gunning (title TBA)

October 1, 2016 – February 5, 2017