Hurricane Katrina: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art Looks Back
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be featuring exhibitions and programming that reflect upon this man-made disaster and how it changed the city and the region.
Telling their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photographs
Aug. 19, 2010 – Sept. 19, 2010
The National Press Photographers Association has organized an exhibition of photographs, and a program of workshops exploring the past, present and future of the visual storytelling about the Gulf Coast disasters.
Exhibition Opening: Thurs. Aug. 19, during Ogden After Hours (featuring Texas Johnny Brown), 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Free to Museum members and press with credentials; $10 general admission
Educational seminar with Photography Students Fri. Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (ages 13-18, Pre-registration required – 713.703.7708.)
Panel Discussion: Sat. Aug. 21: Panel Discussion featuring author Douglas Brinkley (The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast), Louisiana Speaker of the House Rep. Jim Tucker; noted national and local photojournalists, including those from the Times-Picayune. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library. This event is free to the public.
Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited – Film screenings
Thurs., Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library
Film at the O presents Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited, a daylong screening of films and videos related directly or obliquely to the tragic events of the 2005 hurricane season on the Gulf Coast. Curated by video artist and NOCCA instructor Courtney Egan in collaboration with Ogden Museum Curator of Film Madeleine Molyneaux, the films, produced between 2005-2008, will be projected continuously throughout the day, allowing visitors to experience the work in various order and combination. The program will include short films by Luisa Dantas, Courtney Egan, Gert Town Hounds-New Orleans Kid Camera Project, Sallie Ann Glassman, Paul Grass, Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas, Liza Johnson, Brent Joseph, Royce Osborn, Ivor Shearer, David Sullivan, Phoebe Tooke, José Torres-Tama, 2-Cent Media Collective, Walter Williams and The Yes Men.
One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds – Photographs by Dave Anderson
Aug. 26, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
Exhibition opening, Gallery talk, Booksigning: Thurs. Aug. 26, during Ogden After Hours (featuring Lower Ninth Ward Revue with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Guitar Lightnin’ Lee Band), 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, photographer Dave Anderson followed the reconstruction of a single Ninth Ward block in New Orleans. Through his photographs, Anderson explores the nature of community and its resilience. A book of the same title is being published by Aperture this month.
Opening/Gallery talk/Booksigning: Free to Museum members; $10 general admission
The Big Uneasy: A Film by Harry Shearer – Premiere Screening/One night only
Thurs. Aug. 26, 2010, 8:30 p.m.; In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library
In the documentary, The Big Uneasy (95 min.), humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story about the Hurricane Katrina levee failures, a disaster that could have been prevented. In the film, he speaks to investigators and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers about the flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina—the same methods being used to rebuild the levee system. In short segments hosted by actor and New Orleans resident John Goodman, Shearer also speaks with ordinary New Orleanians about life in the city. The Big Uneasy marks the beginning of the end of five years of ignorance about what happened to one of the nation’s most treasured cities.Harry Shearer and other special guests will be present at the screening.
Admission: $5 Ogden Museum members (Ogden After Hours—6 p.m.-8 p.m—& Screening; first come, first serve film seating); $10 General (Film Screening ONLY!; first come, first serve film seating); $15 General (Ogden After Hours—6 p.m.-8 p.m—& Screening; first come, first serve film seating); Buy tickets now at http://biguneasyfilm.eventbrite.com/
Block Party Celebration for One Block by Dave Anderson
Sat. Aug. 28, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Hosted by Aperture, Oxford American Magazine, and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, this event will feature music from the Rebirth Brass Band and Little Freddie King, as well as food and drink. (This event is NOT at the Ogden Museum. It is at the 500 block of Caffin Street, New Orleans). 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. This event is free to the public.
ABOUT THE OGDEN
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, and includes the Center for Southern Craft and Design. Here you will find the story of the South—the old as well as the new, as told through its art, music and education programs. The museum includes 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. Among the many artists represented in the museum’s collection are Benny Andrews, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw and George Ohr.
Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm Wednesday through Sunday and 6 pm-8 pm Thursday evenings for Ogden After Hours.
Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65 and over) and Students (with current i.d.); $5 Children 5 to 17; Free Children under 5 and Museum members. Free except for special events (i.e. Ogden After Hours – $5): University of New Orleans Students, Faculty, Staff (with current i.d.). Thursdays are free to Louisiana residents, courtesy of the Helis Foundation. Please note other special event prices (such as Ogden After Hours) may vary. For more information, call 504.539.9600