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A Summer Celebration Presented by The Helis Foundation

/// July 21, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, July 21 for an evening celebrating the highly anticipated return of Ida Kohlmeyer’s Box of Artificial Flowers #6 to the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation and the opening of the artist’s Aquatic Colonnade Maquettes at Ogden Museum.

Plus, to honor the closing of Luis Cruz Azaceta’s show What a Wonderful World, the evening will also feature a musical performance presented in collaboration with CubaNOLA Arts Collective.

Additionally, the summer celebration will recognize the Museum’s current photo exhibition A Summer’s Prayer, and will include a book signing by David Rae Morris, author of Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father.

5 – 6 p.m. – David Rae Morris book signing (Free)

6 – 8 p.m. – A Night of Contemporary Cuban Music with VicJcom presented in partnership with CubaNOLA Arts Collective (Ticket required)

6 – 8 p.m. – Open Gallery with Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography, and photographers featured in A Summer’s Prayer (Free with concert)


More details to be announced! 

About Ida Kohlmeyer’s Box of Artificial Flowers #6

Ida Kohlmeyer’s sculpture Box of Artificial Flowers #6 has become an icon on the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation. When the beloved sculpture was damaged by Hurricane Ida in September of last year, the work of art was sent back to the original restoration team in Kansas City to make repairs and restore it to its inspirational beauty. Stay tuned for the reinstallation date! 

About Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, presented by The Helis Foundation

Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, presented by The Helis Foundation is the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition. The Helis Foundation, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways work together to bring interesting and inspiring sculptures to the residents and visitors of New Orleans. Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition has installed over 40 sculptures by artists of local and international acclaim on Poydras Street between Convention Center Boulevard and South Galvez. The Helis Foundation funds every aspect of the exhibition.

About David Rae Morris’ “Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father”

“Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father” examines the complexities of father-and-son relationships through letters and photographs. Willie Morris wrote scores of letters to his only son, David Rae Morris, from the mid-1970s until Willie’s death in 1999. From David Rae’s perspective, his father was often emotionally disconnected and lived a peculiar lifestyle, often staying out carousing well into the night. But Willie was an eloquent and accomplished writer and began to write his son long, loving, and supportive letters when David Rae was still in high school. An aspiring photographer, David Rae was confused and befuddled by his father’s warring personalities and began photographing Willie using the camera as a buffer to protect him and his emotions.

The collection begins in early 1976 and continues for more than twenty years as David Rae moved about the country, living in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Minnesota, before finally settling in Louisiana. “All the while my father was writing to me I somehow managed to save his letters,” David Rae writes. “I left them in storage and in boxes and in piles of clutter on desks and in basements. They were kind, offering a love that he found difficult to express openly and directly. He simply was more comfortable communicating through letters.”

The letters cover topics ranging from writing, the weather, Willie’s return to Mississippi in 1980, the Ole Miss football season, and local town gossip to the fleas on the dog to just life and how it’s lived. Likewise, the photographs are portraits, documentary images of daily life, dinners, outings and private moments. Together they narrate and illuminate the complexities of one family relationship, and how, for better or worse, that love endures the passage of time.

About VicJcom and CubaNOLA Arts Collective

VicJcom is a young jazz piano player hailing from Camagüey, Cuba. His compelling style combines virtuosity, whimsy, charisma and technical prowess. Most importantly, it is just plain fun to watch Vic perform. He started playing piano at 5 years old and went on to train at Cuba’s National School of the Arts. He has played all over the United States and internationally. Vic first visited New Orleans in 2012 as part of an exchange program with the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp. That visit changed his life and in 2019 Vic decided to move to New Orleans. He has been feverishly studying every form of New Orleans music ever since and incorporating it into his unique musical language. In a 2019 interview the great Chucho Valdés predicted that Vic will revolutionize Cuban jazz piano.

The CubaNOLA Arts Collective is a New Orleans community arts organization that uses the power of live music, dance, festivity and diversity to promote cultural wellness and equity.


July 21, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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