In the Arts District of New Orleans is a museum dedicated to art and artists of the Southern United States. A part of the University of New Orleans, the Ogden has an impressive collection.
The Ogden is a result of the great appreciation of one man, Roger Ogden, a private collector of paintings by southern artists. Mr. Ogden gradually acquired sculptures, photographs, and other artistic media, eventually coming to realize the importance of the collection. He collaborated with the University of New Orleans, and the museum came to life. The mission of the Ogden is to broaden knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. The Ogden has a number of permanent collections, and also sponsors educational programs. In addition, it has a research center, and the Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture.
The Ogden has over 4000 works including a permanent collection of paintings, photographs, and sculptures from such artists as Clementine Hunter, Ida Kohlmeyer, Robert Tannen,Kendall Shaw, and William K. Grenier. Mr. Ogden's collection on display features, among others, the works of Frederich Trenchard, Ellsworth Woodward, and Seldn Bybee. Five other collections are on display, and include glasworks in addition to many more paintings and sculptures.
Exhibitions have included jazz photos by Jerry Dantzic, furniture of Randy Shull, ceramics by Norm Schulman and Cynthia Bringle, sculptures of Martin Payton, a Lionel Hampton collection, and Letters From My Father: Photographs by David Rae Morris and Letters from Willie Morris.
More at the Ogden
Ogden After Hours is on Thursdays at 6 pm. The Museum presents southern musicians of all genres, including jazz, jazz/funk, and folk. In addition to the Museum Shop, the Ogden has the Center For Southern Design and Design. Art glass, jewelry, pottery, photographs, and more are available for sale.
The Ogden an affiliate of the Smithsonian. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-17, $8 for seniors. It is located at 925 Camp St. Visit the website.