About the Ogden Museum


The Museum

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.


The Mission

The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.

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The Collection

The Museum is based upon the founding donation of more than 600 works from New Orleans entrepreneur and philanthropist Roger H. Ogden’s private collection. Since his original donation the Museum’s collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, wood and crafts has grown to include more than 4,000 works donated from individuals and collectors from across the US. The Museum’s collection consists of work by artists from or associated with fifteen Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia. Among the many artists represented in the Museum’s collection are Walter Anderson, Benny Andrews, Clementine Hunter, George Dureau, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw and George Ohr.

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The Building

The Ogden consists of two main buildings, the Patrick F. Taylor Library built in 1889 and designed by renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson, and the adjacent Stephen Goldring Hall, a 47,000-square-foot, five-story glass and stone building built in 2003.

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Stephen Goldring Hall Facade

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is excited to be a part of Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project by the Arts Council New Orleans. Five local and international artists’ murals transformed downtown New Orleans, with one of the five murals to be on the side of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art by artist MOMO. 

MOMO is an American artist working in public spaces with homemade tools. His current interests lie with an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques to draft, design and organize wall murals. The artist has been commissioned for murals by the New York City DOT, the John Hancock Tower in Boston, the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in Brussels, The Contemporary Art Museum in Oaxaca Mexico, Art Production Fund NY, Facebook, Pepsi, NFL, World Trade Center and The European Capital of Culture, all while living and keeping a studio in New Orleans.

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Support

Programming is supported by The Helis Foundation, the Goldring Family Foundation, the Ogden Family Foundation, the Woldenberg Foundation, the City of New Orleans | Edward Wisner Donation, a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans, and by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.