Thursday, April 18, 2013

UNO Ogden Museum Hosts Exhibitions of Post-Depression South

Works by Robert Hollingsworth, Jr., Eudora Welty and Walter Inglis
Anderson will be on display

The post-depression era of the 1930s and 1940s were a time of great change throughout the world and in the American South, where the culture and economy "saw a significant shift from its agrarian roots to a more industrialized society," said Sue Strachan, spokeswoman for the Ogden. Three artists who documented that shift were William Robert Hollingsworth, Jr., Eudora Welty and Walter Inglis Anderson.

Their work is on display this month, along with work by other Southern artists of the era that are housed in the Ogden's permanent collection. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight. Tate Moore, a singer-songwriter and electric guitarist from Ohio, and Dave Woolworth, a vocalist who plays the bass, will perform as part of the "Ogden After Hours" musical series, held Thursday nights at the museum. The pair have played together for 19 years since ate finding one another in Oxford, Mississippi.

Here are the Ogden's descriptions of the exhibitions that open tonight.

To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth, Jr.

William Robert Hollingsworth, Jr., who lived from 1910 to 1944, remains one of Mississippi's most significant artists. Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, To Paint and Pray explores Hollingsworth's life from his school years at Jackson's Davis Elementary and Central High School, through college at the University of Mississippi and the Art Institute of Chicago to his adulthood in his hometown as an artist. On view through July 14, 2013.

Eudora Welty: Photographs from the 1930s and '40s

Eudora Welty is one of America's most celebrated and beloved authors. Before gaining fame through her writing, she was an aspiring photographer whose photographs from the 1930s and '40s have since become modern day classics. This exhibition focuses on Welty's most productive period as a photographer and features a large selection of vintage prints from the collection of the Welty family. On view through July 14, 2013.

Walter Inglis Anderson: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Walter Anderson was born in 1903 in New Orleans, La. He was a painter, potter, writer and naturalist who spent most of his life working in or around his family's business, Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs, Miss. A small, undisturbed barrier island, Horn Island became his refuge and main inspiration. This exhibition will showcase works from the Ogden Museum's permanent collection, as well as those from the Wesley and Norman Galen Collection. Ongoing exhibition.

Southern Regionalists from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

This exhibition showcases the diversity of artists who reflected the changing times of the American South in the 1930s – 1950s. Artists included: Katherine Blackshear, Archie Bongé, Christopher Clark, Alberta Collier, Otis Dozier, Caroline Durieux, John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Campbell Gillis, Robert Gwathmey, Marie Atkinson Hull, Edmund Daniel Kitzinger, Florence McClung, John McCrady and Richard Wilt. Ongoing exhibition.

Admission: Free to Museum members; $10 general admission

Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans, La.

When: Opening Reception: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 18

Learn more: University of New Orleans Ogden Museum of Southern Art