The Ogden Museum hosts several events throughout the year that celebrates the visual and artistic culture of the South.
Occurring every February, African American History Month is a tribute to the generations of African Americans who faced great challenges to achieve full rights in American society. This year, the Ogden Museum will celebrate African American History Month by promoting the life, work, and achievements of several African American artists in the museum’s permanent collection. Stop by the museum each Thursday during Ogden After Hours and participate in an art activity inspired by a specific artist’s work (also available below for download for you and your child to do at home). Also follow along the Ogden’s social media channels (@ogdenmuseum) where, each Friday, we will present an “artist takeover” highlighting a number of African American artists in the collection. And, of course, drop in to the museum Wednesday through Monday to see these artists’ work in person!
Featured artists this month include Benny Andrews, Bessie Harvey, Robert Reed, Eugene Martin, and Thornton Dial. This week’s art activity is inspired by Robert Reed and Eugene Martin.
Every Thursday night the Ogden Museum is open until 8pm for Ogden After Hours, its weekly entertainment series. OAH is a place for Southern musicians to showcase new work or break into the New Orleans market. Visitors can enjoy music in such genres as blues, jazz, R&B, country, folk, rackabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, Swamp pop, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as enjoy various food pop ups as well as a cash bar. The entertainment series also occasionally includes screening of various films and documentary and readings by Southern authors.Coming up at OAH
Each year the Ogden hosts Sippin’ in Seersucker, an evening of Southern art, cocktails, live music, delicious cuisine, fashion and shopping. Attendees are encouraged to don seersucker and celebrate the start of the summer social season in style.Sippin' in Seersucker 2017 Sippin' in Seersucker 2016
Each June the Ogden hosts the Magnolia Ball which celebrates and benefits the Center for Southern Craft and Design. The annual fundraiser serves to highlight the artistic contributions of craft artists and designers from the American South. The evening includes craft cocktail stations and open bars, a silent auction, and live music and dancing.Magnolia Ball 2017 Magnolia Ball 2016
Every August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary. Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides exhibition space for the exposition of living artist’s work, and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising, international art center.2016 LAC Winners
Each October the Ogden Museum hosts its annual O What A Night! Dubbed “the Met Ball of the South”, O What A Night! is an unparalleled celebration of Southern art, culture and cuisine. The glamorous black-tie event highlights the important mission of the Ogden Museum: to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. Each year the fundraiser honors someone in the Southern art community for their impact on the community and their work in raising awareness of the unique culture of the South.O What A Night! 2017 Patron Party 2016 O What A Night! 2016 Step and Repeat
Every December the Ogden opens the doors to its museum to host the Art of Giving, an annual holiday shopping event featuring selected craftsmen and vendors from the Center for Southern Craft & Design. Visitors can do all of their holiday shopping in one spot and enjoy meeting favorite vendors in person. Featuring original glass works, jewelry, ceramics, woodcrafts, textiles, and books. There will also be cocktails, crafts, music, food and free gift-wrap. Members receive a 15% discount off purchases and free wine.