NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 2, 2021) – Ogden Museum of Southern Art will feature two exhibitions of photographic work from the permanent collection from March 27 to September 5, 2021, including Roland L. Freeman – Portfolio and Revelations II: Recent Photography Acquisitions.
In 1997, The Center for the Study of Southern Culture at The University of Mississippi, in conjunction with Diogenes Editions, published Roland L. Freeman – Portfolio. The portfolio highlights more than 30 years of Freeman’s photographic documentation of Black communities throughout the American South.
The 12 photographs included in the Roland L. Freeman – Portfolio span from 1969 to 1985. These images were culled from hundreds of published and unpublished photographs made by the photographer. It is a visual testament to the spirit and resilience of historically Black communities in the Southern United States.
“These photographs speak to the cultural diversity and regional traditions of Black American life – from the rural countryside to the urban city centers of the South,” says Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum Curator of Photography.
Opening simultaneously is Revelations II: Recent Photography Acquisitions, a sweeping survey of documentary and fine-art photographic traditions practiced from the early 20th century to the present. Acquired by the Museum over the past decade, these photographs represent diverse perspectives and experiments within the medium, and reflect the depth and complexity of the region.
Photographers included in Revelations II are Kael Alford, Todd Bertolaet, Jane Rule Burdine, Debbie Fleming Cafferty, William Christenberry, Marti Corn, Matthew Cronin, Jim Dow, Matt Eich, Birney Imes, Dorothea Lange, Eddie Lanieri, Clarence John Laughlin, Alex Leme, Louviere + Vanessa, Guy Mendes, Wright Morris, Ken Murphy, Josephine Sacabo, Magdalena Solé, Frank Stewart, Bruce Taylor, Warren Thompson, Bradly Dever Treadaway, Bruce West and Marion Post Wolcott.
“The second edition of Revelations at Ogden Museum will exhibit 37 photographs by 26 artists,” says Richard McCabe. “It has been a joy to see both prominent photographers and up and coming photographers on the walls of Ogden Museum. This show speaks to the diversity of Ogden Museum’s permanent collection of photographic works.”
William Andrews, Executive Director of Ogden Museum adds, “This is a great opportunity to focus on the Museum’s scholarship of photography in particular. This exhibition embodies the ability of our mission to tell our story through our people and places, and we are truly grateful for the contributions to the permanent collection by artists, collectors and galleries that make up this most unique and distinctive collection.”
ABOUT OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents the art and culture of the American South through dynamic exhibitions and engaging educational programming. It is home to a collection of more than 4,000 works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, photography and contemporary art. Museum admission is free on Thursdays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans Louisiana 70130. For more information, visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.