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Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic

February 27 – July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jim Roche, <i>Crabeye</i>, 1977, graphite on paper, 30x42 inches. Collection of the artist

Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961) and an MA and MFA from University of Dallas (1968 and 1970). He was Professor of Art at Florida State University from 1973 until his retirement in 2013. Over the course of a career that spans the better part of five decades, he has created a narrative of place, ecology, Southern culture, the art world, and the human condition through his work. His practice has ranged from the groundbreaking and meticulous ceramic work in his Potted Mama Plants from the 1960s, through conceptual and expressive drawings, massive maximalist installations in museums and in the landscape, found object constructions, art cars, video, spoken word performance, and the delicately detailed documentation of his life as Dr. Curve, a motorcycle legend. Drawing inspiration from the lush and delicate environment of his native Florida, the complicated artists and common people of that place, Americana, evangelical traditions, and his never-ending observations and critiques on the human condition – Roche has created a body of work that stands testament to the life of an artist with an unflinching vision and unstoppable creativity. After working in ceramics at the University of Dallas (1966-1970), Roche’s thesis exhibition was displayed for only three hours before being shut down for it sexually charged content. Following that, Roche was invited to the Whitney Museum of American Art Annual in 1970. His Life Symbols, Human Condition Packets and Animal Ascension Plot installation opened at The Walker Art Center in 1972. A solo exhibition of his installation, All in my Background, was mounted at the Whitney in 1974. Tree Grave Site was chosen for the Art Park in Lewiston, New York in 1975. He was included in the Venice Biennale in 1976, and his piece, Vampire Alarm, was included in the Paris Biennale in 1977. His work has been reviewed in both national and international publications, including ARTnews, Art Forum, Time Magazine, Stern, and The New Yorker.

Julia E. Reed
Judith and Van Schley
Host Committee
Linda Burgess and William Dunlap
Stephanie Smither

Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces

March 7 – July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2015

With this body of photographs, and the subsequent book, Tina Freeman documents the working spaces of twenty-one New Orleans artists. With text provided by Morgan Molthrop, this series sheds new light on the artists’ work and process. From George Dureau to Willie Birch, each of the artists included invested their aesthetic into the spaces where they work. Ranging from established masters to a young graffiti artist, these images give insight into process and personality, providing the viewer glimpses into the creative process.

An exhibition planned at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will contextualize these images with masterful examples of each artist’s work. Beautiful objects in their own right, Tina Freeman’s photographs will become windows into the history of the objects, and into the creative soul of their makers.

Host Committee
Elizabeth and James Landis
Betsy Nalty and Dick Simmons
Lola and Don Norris
Julia E. Reed
Terese M. Winslow
Cornelia E. Wyma

The SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show

March 12 – April 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

The 3rd International SPE Combined Caucus Juried Show is organized in conjunction with the 2015 SPE National Conference. In an effort to provide our members with additional exhibition opportunities, we are excited to announce that this year’s exhibition will be held across two fantastic venues! We are so fortunate to have both the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) hosting this year’s event. Facilitated by two accomplished jurors: Deborah Willis and

Carol McCusker, the artworks selected will reflect the diversity of the three caucuses. This dual venue exhibition will be on view March 12 through April 5, 2015 with opening receptions taking place on the evening of Saturday, March 14 during the SPE 2015 National Conference. There is no specific theme. For further information on the caucuses’ missions, please visit https://www.spenational.org/about/caucuses

Self-Taught, Outsider & Visionary Art from the Permanent Collection

April 2 – November 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, The Deceiver of the Whole World, oil on canvas, 1964. Gift of the Roger Houston Ogden Collection

Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden Museum’s growing collection in this genre. 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 will be work by Thornton Dial, Reverend Howard Finster, Clementine Hunter, Nellie Mae Rowe, Wellmon Sharlhorne, George Andrews, and others.

This exhibition is one of a continuing series, which examines the correlation of southern self-taught art with other forms of artistic expression such as music, literature and culinary heritage.

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

July 25 – September 20, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 1 during Whitney White Linen Night, 6PM-9PM

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 – October 25, 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.

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

December 4, 2015 – January 10, 2016

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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