The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a southern culture two-for-one package on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 29 when Crescent City bluesman Little Freddie King opens what is billed as celebration of a new exhibit of work from Mississippi photographer Birney Imes.
The Columbus, MS-based Imes will be on hand for a panel discussion at the event, which celebrates the exhibit of selections from his series, “Partial to Home — Photographs of Mississippi.”
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with music from King. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. At 6 p.m., the Ogden will begin the panel discussion featuring Imes, along with Mississippi artist Bill Dunlap, and blues scholar and author Scott Barretta (also the host of Mississippi Public Radio’s longtime “Highway 61” blues show), along with the moderator, photographer Joshua Mann Pailet, owner of A Gallery for Fine Photography in the French Quarter.
Imes is best known for his series “Juke Joint” and an associated book, in which he documented the Mississippi variation of a nightclub and bar type closely associated with the blues played by King (who happens to be a native of McComb MS).
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located at 925 Camp St. in New Orleans. Admission to the event will be free for museum members and $10 for non-members. For more information or to reserve a spot, you may call (504) 539-9616.
Image: “Sugar Hill,” by Birney Imes. Courtesy of the Ogden Museum.