Just down the street from the behemoth that is the National World War II Museum, you’ll find the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Known for holding the largest, most comprehensive collection of Southern art, the Ogden is one of many local museums participating in Museum Month. Throughout the month of August, Museum Month allows members to receive free admission to all participating museums.
The Ogden’s mission focuses on broadening the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. In addition to an emphasis on visual arts, it also celebrates Southern music, literature, and culinary traditions. The museum offers an array of rotating exhibits, gallery talks, artist workshops, and evening concerts that are open to the public.
Perhaps the most popular of the museum’s offerings is Ogden After Hours. Every Thursday evening from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Ogden features intimate concerts with local musicians (upcoming concerts include performances by Julie Odell and Sweet Olive String Band), after-hours gallery openings, and drinks available for purchase from the “O” Bar.
Current rotating exhibits include Louisiana Contemporary Presented by The Helis Foundation, The Colorful South, William Eggleston: Troubled Waters, and Profligate Beauty: Selections from the Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Exhibits at a Glance
- Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden is an annual, juried exhibit that highlights current Southern artists’ work. The exhibit is on view from August 5 – October 15.
- The Colorful South exhibit examines color photography’s role in shaping Southern photography. The exhibit explores the works of five pre-eminent color photographers: William Christenberry, Birney Imes, William Greiner, William Ferris, and Alec Soth. The exhibit is on view from June 10 – October 26.
- William Eggleston: Troubled Waters is a photographic collection documenting Eggleston’s photographs of rural and roadside life in places like the Mississippi Delta and Memphis. It is on view from June 10 – October 26.
- Profligate Beauty: Selections from the Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, featuring some of the Ogden’s most important works, celebrates the creativity of Southern artists. This exhibit runs through August 20.
In addition to the rotating exhibits, the Center for Southern Craft and Design at the Ogden features works by contemporary craft artists from across the South. The Center offers these artists opportunities to both showcase and sell their crafts. Pieces include jewelry, ceramics, woodworks, and textiles.
For those interested in a guided educational experience, the Ogden offers occasional workshops at all levels, as well as lectures by artists and curators. An upcoming photography workshop will emphasize color palettes, depth of field, and more, drawing inspiration from the Troubled Waters exhibit.The Ogden is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Thursdays when it remains open until 8:00 p.m for Ogden After Hours.
*Editor’s Note: Stop by the rooftop terrace at The Odgen to see incredible works by Southern sculptors. The Ogden Museum is offering 25% off of memberships this month.