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Birney Imes exhibit opens at Ogden on Jan. 13

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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art of New Orleans will present an exhibit of photographs from the Columbus MS-based Birney Imes, widely known for his 1990 series and book Juke Joint, which documented a now-disappearing sort of Mississippi Delta club and bar. His new series, “Partial to Home,” will open at the Ogden on Thurs., January 13 and run through mid-April 2011.

Imes is lifelong resident of Columbus, Miss., where he serves as the editor and publisher of The Dispatch, the Columbus area’s daily newspaper.

The museum describes “Partial to Home” as a candid exploration of African-American culture, taken over a ten-year period in Mississippi. Many of the series’ early, black-and-white photographs were taken during the period in which Imes did research and took photographs for the “Juke Joint” series.

The Ogden Museum, located at 925 Camp Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings for its Ogden After Hours series. For more information on the exhibit or the museum, including admission, please call (504) 539-9600, or check out the museum’s website at

Image: Selection from Birney Imes’ “Partial to Home,” via the Ogden Museum.