|“.Members of Pageant of Birds,” from the Ogden’s Eudora Welty exhibit|
New Orleans’ Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a panel discussion and gallery walk-through in connection with an exhibit of Mississippi author Eudora Welty’s classic Works Progress Administration-era photographs on Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The exhibit, which is being presented with the support of Eudora Welty Foundation, focuses on photographs Welty took during her years as a WPA publicity agent during the Great Depression. She traveled throughout Mississippi for her work. Welty referred to the spontaneously-produced photographs she took in her travels as “snapshots.”
The exhibit features a large selection of vintage prints from the collection of the Welty family.
The July 13 event will explore Welty’s life as a literary, as well as a visual, artist. The panel discussion will be moderated by Ogden director William Andrews and include Richard McCabe, the Odgen’s Curator of Photography, a NOPA member, who will also lead the walk-through. They will be joined on the panel by two women who knew and worked closely with Welty, listed below:
- Suzanne Marrs: Eudora Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at Millsaps College of Jackson, Miss. She is the author of “Eudora Welty, A Biography,” and editor of “What There is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.” Marrs worked with her friend Welty in cataloguing her photographs for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
- Mary Alice White: Welty’s niece and a board member of the Eudora Welty Foundation, White provided the majority of photographs for the Ogden exhibit.. White served as the first director of the Eudora Welty House in Jackson from 2002 to 2009. Under her leadership, the Welty House and Gardens were restored and opened to the public. The house was named a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
The Welty exhibit will run through Sunday, July 14.