BIG Exhibition Presents Works, Grand and Complicated in Size, from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Permanent Collection, Opening November 29 Works by Willie Birch, Jeffrey Cook, Gregory Saunders, Kendal Shaw, Among Others

New Orleans – November 28, 2018

Opening at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursday, November 29, 2018 and on view until February 17, 2019 is BIG, an exhibition that is drawn from the Ogden Museum’s Permanent Collection, highlighting the Museum’s largest holdings. Assembled together for the first time, this exhibition will showcase works that are typically hidden from public view due to their complicated size, and will celebrate artists’ endeavors on a grand scale.

Artists included are Willie Birch, Nicole Charbonnet, Michael Roque Collins, Clyde Connell, Jeffrey Cook, Robert Gordy, Gregory Saunders, Kendall Shaw, Hunt Slonem, among others.

The idea for this exhibition was born out of a continual challenge most museums face, which is a lack of storage space for large scaled works. This show embraces these large scaled works and assembles them in one exhibition for the first time in the Museum’s history.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 29 from 6 – 8 p.m. during the Museum’s weekly concert series, Ogden After Hours. The event is free for members and $13.50 for guests.

BIG is supported by B. Benjamin Lowry and Shelly Gallender, Roger Ogden and Ken Barnes and Terese and William Winslow.

About the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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 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 Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $6.75 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5.

The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of the Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

The Museum is closed Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504.539.9650.

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