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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.


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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, 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.

Objects of Interest: Recent Acquisitions for the Permanent Collection

September 21, 2015 – February 5, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2015 (Art for Arts’ Sake)

Jack Niven, Scarlet Georgia, oil on antique flooring, 72in diameter, 2013. Gift of the artist

On September 21, 2015, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will present an exhibition of recent additions to the museum’s growing collection of Southern art. Often on view for the first time in the museum, these paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture represent the depth and breadth of the museum’s collection practices. Ranging in styles from Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s gestural mud paintings to the classical precision of realist master, Michael J. Deas, this exhibition also showcases the diversity of studio practice across the American South. Other artists included will be Jeffrey Cook, George Dureau, Enrique Alferez, Jim Roche, Shawne Major, Mark Messersmith, Hannah Chalew, Purvis Young, Gina Phillips, Betsy Stewart and many more.

Michael Meads: Bent Not Broken

October 3, 2015 – February 28, 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

December 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.