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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)

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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
Rita Benson LeBlanc
Carolyn and Jerry Fortino
Alexa Georges and Jerry Armatis
Denise Monteleone

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by Regions Bank

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

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Louisiana Contemporary, presented by Regions Bank, is a statewide-juried exhibition organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Established in 2012, this annual event promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of 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.

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).

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
James R. Bell, Jr.
Dr. Ron Cohen and Ms. Amy Martini
Betty Lou Furnash
Lynn Crosby Gammill
John and Emilie Garoutte
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hayes
Roger Ogden
Virginia N. Roddy
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
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gilliam, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. John Yarborough

The New Orleans Chapter of the Links, HBCU Art Showcase

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

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.

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.

Self-Processing – Instant Photography

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

Anna Tomczak, <i>On the Wing II</i>

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.

Gasperi Collection

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

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.

Prospect.3 New Orleans

October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015

The Ogden is pleased to participate in the third iteration of Prospect New Orleans. Selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, the city-wide international arts biennial P.3 will present 50+ artists in more than 15 locations throughout the city of New Orleans; including museums, community centers and independent sites. Accompanying programs will include educational activities for both young and old, public programs, concerts, satellite exhibits by local artists, and many more.

“Prospect at the Ogden” will include several of the participating artists, a special exhibition, and selections of work by artists in the Ogden Collection curated by Mr. Sirmans.

Prospect.3 Basquiat and the Bayou

October 25, 2014 - March 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday October 25, time TBA

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.

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.

Permanent Collection Exhibitions

Self-Taught, Outsider, and Visionary Art

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

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

Walter Inglis Anderson

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

Walter Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans, LA. He was a painter, potter, writer and naturalist who spent most of his life working in or around his family's business, Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, MS. The small undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island, became his refuge and main inspiration. Anderson was the subject of a 2003 Smithsonian Institution Retrospective that celebrated the Centennial of his birth, and solidified his stature as a preeminent American artist. This exhibition will showcase works from the Ogden Museum’s permanent collection, as well as those from the Wesley and Norman Galen Collection.

Will Henry Stevens

<i>Untitled (Stream with Mountain Landscape)</i>,1942, pastel on paper, 16

Will Henry Stevens is one of the pioneers of modernism in the American South. Surrounded by streams, woodlands, trails and other extensive vistas associated with the Southern highlands, he developed an intimate bond with these locations, which informed his art and reflected his spiritual attitude towards nature. For this exhibition, the Ogden Museum will showcase pieces from its Permanent Collection that have not recently been on view.

Benny Andrews

<i>Grandmother's Dinner</i>, Oil and collage, 1992

One of 10 children, Benny Andrews was born on November 13, 1930, in Plainview, GA as a light skinned, blue-eyed, blond haired baby. His paternal grandmother, the midwife at his birth, was Jessie Rose Lee Wildcat Tennessee. His father, George Andrews, was a self-taught artist, the 'Dot Man,' who never lived more than 10 miles from Plainview. His mother, Viola Perryman Andrews, was an advocate for education who encouraged her children to write and draw every day.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1958, Andrews moved to New York, where he maintained a studio for the remainder of his life. By 1962 he was exhibiting at Bella Fishkoís’ noted Forum Gallery. By the late 1960s, influenced by the Civil Rights movement, and troubled by the social, racial and gender inequities he discovered in the art world, he entered a period of social and cultural activism. He co-founded the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC) in 1969, and participated in marches outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, demonstrating against the exclusion of women and artists of color from those institutions. From 1982 through 1984, he served as Director of the Visual Arts Program for the National Endowment for the Arts. He died in 2006 in New York City.

Southern Landscapes

Alexander John Drysdale, <i>Bayou Teche Country 1</i>, 1927, Oil on canvas

Southern art, while closely linked to many important trends in American art, follows a different logic and unfolds at a different pace. Most historians interpret the history of art as a series of successive styles and movements with one superseding the other. The art of the South, grounded in its own complex and often complex history, unfolds in a nonlinear circuitous path that challenges historian and viewer alike. This folding and bending of styles and movements across place and time often yields unforeseen results, sometimes anticipating important national developments, and often retaining or revisiting subjects and approaches long after they have elsewhere receded into the chapters of history.

Historic Louisiana Portraits

Jean Joseph Vaudechamp, <i>Portrait of a Bespectacled Gentleman</i>, 1832, Oil on canvas

Portrait painting was one of the earliest forms of European art to establish itself in the New World, emerging shortly after the sketches made by the earliest explorers. An agrarian economy based upon the plantation system created great wealth for the planter class of the antebellum South. European painters and domestic academic painters were drawn to the urban centers such as New Orleans and Charleston during the social season to seek commissions for portraits from the wealthy land owners and their families. This exhibition includes works by Jean Joseph Vaudechamp, Francois Fleischbein, Adolph Rinck, Thomas Sully and Paul Poincy.

Southern Regionalists

John McCrady <i>Evening Meal</i>, Duck Hill, Mississippi 1934 Oil on board

This exhibition showcases the diversity of artists who reflected the changing times of the American South in the first half of the 20th Century. While American scene painting and Regionalism came to prominence in the country from the mid-1920s through the 1950s, the narrative sensibilities of the South allowed this subject to be explored in the visual arts much earlier. Artists included: Kathleen Blackshear, Christopher Clark, John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Marie Atkinson Hull, John McCrady, Harold Harrington Betts and Richard Wilt.

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