Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Old Library building, Confederate Hall, and Ogden Museum of Art
|Location||925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Curator||Bradley Sumrall; Richard McCabe (photography)|
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located in New Orleans, within the Central Business District adjacent to Lee Circle. It is associated with the University of New Orleans. Its focus is the visual arts and culture of the American South within the context of the region's history and culture.
The collection consists of work by artists from or associated with fifteen southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. It is based upon the founding donation of more than 1,100 works from New Orleans businessman Roger H. Ogden's private collection. Since this original donation the museum’s collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, wood and crafts has grown to include more than 4,000 works donated from individuals and collectors from across the US.
The collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world and embodies the visual heritage and history of the American South from 1733 to the present. Among the many artists represented in the museum’s collection are John Alexander, Walter Anderson, Benny Andrews, Clementine Hunter, George Rodrigue, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw, Hunt Slonem and George Ohr. The museum also includes the Center for Southern Craft and Design, the Stephen Goldring Hall, which opened in 2003, and two buildings under construction and renovation: the Clementine Hunter Education Wing and the Patrick F. Taylor Library, designed by American 19th-century architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.
The Museum has permanent galleries and changing exhibitions throughout the year.
Since 2003, the Ogden Museum has hosted Ogden After Hours on Thursday nights, 6pm-8 pm. It is a place for Southern musicians who want to showcase new work or break into the New Orleans market. Visitors can enjoy music in such genres as blues, jazz (contemporary and traditional), R&B, country, folk, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, Swamp pop and rock 'n' roll. Musicians who have performed at OAH have included Ellis Marsalis, John Mooney, James Andrews, Jeremy Davenport, Mary Gauthier, Honey Island Swamp Band, Zachary Richard, Helen Gillet, and many more.
Other programming includes: Southern Storytellers: A literary showcase (that includes a reading, Q&A and booksigning) for Southern writers. Previous participants include: Ellen Gilchrist, Julia Reed, Tim Gauthreaux, Rick Bragg, Winston Groom, Donna Tartt, among others. Artists and Sense of Place puts artists into New Orleans area schools; Summer camps focusing art and fashion; and Films at the O screens movies that explore the culture of the American South.
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