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Self-Processing – Instant Photography

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

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.

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)

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 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: Angola No Place to Be

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.

Prospect.3 Herbert Singleton

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

Drawing upon the Ogden Museum’s own collection in addition to a loan from his most important collector, Gordon W Bailey, the selection of work by Herbert Singleton for Prospect.3 exemplifies the artist’s contribution to Southern contemporary art practices. His self-taught “folk” style demonstrates a strong use of found materials, the lasting influence of Louisiana craft traditions, and a commitment to address the socio-economic realities the artist saw around him. 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—not least of which were his 14 years spent in the Angola Prison in Louisiana.

Prospect.3 Basquiat and the Bayou

October 25, 2014 - January 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.

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