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NoDef Hosts Public King Cake Quest at the Ogden

It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason. Mardi Gras revelers do their fair share of imbibing, but New Orleanians don’t need an excuse to drink. The true spirit of the season is in the food, and there’s no better way to celebrate than a king cake party. NOLA Defender is taking another King Cake Quest this year to find the best Carnival confection in town, and we’re inviting you to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to help us pick the winners.

Ogden's Online Auction

by Emma Boyce

If you’re searching for that perfect piece of Southern art to transform your living room, look no further than this very Internet. This year, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art has taken to offering online auctions, and now the bidding is back. Each month a work by some of the most renowned southern artists will go up to bid 

Loose Canon

From Terra to Verde Showcases 30 Years of Aritst's Work at Ogden Museum

Emma Boyce takes a look at an Ogden Museum exhibit that showcases an artist's reckoning of Catholic beliefs through the use of symbols gleaned from outside of a church.

Something Whispered, Something Sung

Ogden Museum Exhibit Highlights Surrealist Work of Rising New Orleans Stars

Something Whispered, Something Sung sits somewhere between a nightmare and a dream.  Divided into several different parts, titled Slumberland, We’re Wolves, Instinct Extinct, Counterfeit, Folie a Deux and Creature, the collection gives viewers a multi-media experience, utilizing film, print, photography and painting.   

Full Exposure

Ogden Museum Shows Shelby Lee Adams' Piercing Portraits of Appalachian Life

Salt & Truth, now on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, captures rural residents of Appalachia, a way of life very much outside of the public eye. The exhibit exposes New Orleanians to the penetrating, and sometimes controversial, photography of Shelby Lee Adams.

Uncle Lionel Batiste Honored with Day of the Dead Altar

by M.D. Dupuy

With all the clever costumes and undead debauchery in the Crescent City, it’s easy to forget that this time of year is also a spiritual celebration for the faithful. This year, one local artist is offering something for those deeply rooted in the traditions of both New Orleans and religion. Local artist and Southern University Art Professor Cynthia Ramirez  is displaying a Dia de los Muertes Altar to honor to honor the recently departed "Uncle" Lionel Batiste until November 9 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 

Art of Louisiana

Ogden Museum Spotlights Contemporary Pelican State Arists at White Linen Night

White Linen Night is right around the corner, and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is taking the opportunity to honor Louisiana’s brightest artists with some wall space. The inaugural competition Louisiana Contemporary presented by Regions Bank has made its final selections, and the winners get to cash in on Saturday, August 4.

Newspapers, Post-Its Turn Into Latest Fashions at Ogden Museum

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Today at the Ogden, some of New Orleans’ most creative young people got a chance to strut on the catwalk wearing their own custom pieces. The Museum’s Fashion Camp came to a close with the fashion show “Up-Cycled.” The event featured the work of fourteen kids that repurposed items like post-its, grocery bags, old gum wrappers and the Times-Picayune. They turned would-have-been waste into fashion that was anything but trashy.

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