March 8, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Orleans, LA – Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Helis Foundation (THF) will celebrate the extraordinary life of Carmen Herrera and the acquisition of her sculpture, Untitled Estructura (Red), on permanent public view along the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation.
An Evening in 3-D Honoring Carmen Herrera in collaboration with Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation
An intimate conversation with Kaeli Deane, Director, Lisson Gallery Los Angeles, and Daniel S. Palmer, Chief Curator, SCAD Museum of Art, and moderated by Ogden Museum Executive Director, William Pittman Andrews.
Thursday, March 23 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art 925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA
Carmen Herrera was a famed Cuban American abstract painter, who, although working as early as the 1940s, did not gain true recognition until her late 80s, having passed away in 2022 at the age of 106. Today, her work is included in several public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts.
Herrera’s Untitled Estructura (Red) is the first of her monumental sculptures to be acquired for public view in North America and is in downtown New Orleans along the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition (PCSE).
PCSE is an outdoor, public sculpture exhibition, spanning Poydras Street between Convention Center Blvd and Lasalle St in downtown New Orleans. The exhibition has installed over 40 sculptures, with 15 currently on view, by artists of local and international fame and is the South’s leading rotating sculpture exhibition. It is exclusively funded by The Helis Foundation, with partners Ogden Museum of Southern Art and City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways.
Herrera’s Untitled Estructura (Red), composed of painted aluminum and standing eight feet tall, is recognized for its simplicity juxtaposed with bold, dramatic color. Herrera began the sketches and preparations for her Estructuras (Structures) in the late 1960s, yet her first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures did not take place until 2019 in New York.
An Evening Honoring Carmen Herrera is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by Victor Campbell and the Immigrant Family and light food and drink by Que Pasta Nola. Pre-registration is required. Learn more and pre-register at www.ogdenmuseum.org.
About The Helis Foundation
The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Helis Foundation’s resources and objectives are divided into two areas: the general fund, and the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds. The general fund focuses on community needs primarily within the Metropolitan New Orleans area by granting funds to numerous local nonprofit organizations. The Art Funds were established by bequests from Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin. The Art Funds make grants to sustain operations, provide free admission to and acquire significant artworks on behalf of major institutions, and site artwork in public spaces within the Metropolitan New Orleans area.
Learn more at www.TheHelisFoundation.org.
About Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition
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.
About Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999 and open to the public since 2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites visitors to experience
and learn about the artists and culture of the American South. Ogden Museum is home to a collection of more than four thousand 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. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft. Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is free to Museum Members and admission for Non-Members is $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $6.75 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5.
The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504.539.9650.