Ogden Museum of Southern Art to Host Annual Magnolia Ball Saturday, June 1 Celebrating the exhibition, Southland

NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, June 1, Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host its annual Magnolia Ball, celebrating Southland. Highlighting the marshlands in Louisiana, the beaches of Florida and the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta, Southland shows how the landscape of the American South is as diverse as the people and culture of the region. The evening will feature live music, DJs, entertainers, a silent auction, cuisine from local restaurants and specialty cocktails. The chairs of the 2024 Magnolia Ball are Storm & Katherine Ainsley, William Bryan, Shabez Jamal, Ruth Owens and Erica Washington.

Fifteen local restaurants will be a part of the evening including Galatoire’s Restaurant, MaMou, Pluck Wine Bar & Restaurant, Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar and Galaxie Tacos. Entertainment for the evening will feature DJ TAF, Rozay, Pixie Dust Biodegradable Glitter and Grace Gibson.

The Silent Auction, held live and online, features over 100 regional artists and businesses. Artists include Mary Ball, Richard McCabe, José Torres-Tama, Josh Hailey and Kimberly Ha, while businesses include Dew Drop Inn Hotel & Lounge, Paris Parker Salon & Spa, Ficus Ceramica, The Exchange Pickleball + Bar and Le Meriden New Orleans.

Bidding opens Saturday, May 25 and will close Sunday, June 2 at 5 p.m. The silent auction will be on display at the Museum for public preview May 25 through June 2.

In addition to Magnolia Ball General Tickets, there are VIP Tickets which provide access to a VIP Lounge sponsored by Bryan Subaru & Octavia Art Gallery. The lounge experience includes a premium beverage service with private seating, Magnolia Ball branded keepsakes and additional cuisine.

2024 Co-Chair Erica Washington shares, “I am honored to serve as a co-chair for this year’s Magnolia Ball. Southland strings stories of the South together through scenery in a familiar, yet nuanced, way. I look forward to viewing the exhibit with other partygoers, as well as snagging a great find at the silent auction!”

Magnolia Ball is supported by Bryan Subaru & Octavia Art Gallery (VIP Lounge Sponsor), Neal
Auction (Silent Auction Sponsor), The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate and St.

Charles Avenue. Benefactors include Eclectic Home, Debra J. Fischman, Peggy & Timber Floyd, The Helis Foundation, Ruth Owens, Charles D. Urstadt & David Bernard, Fern & Kevin Watters and WWNO.

“We are looking forward to sharing this festive summer evening with our friends and supporters,” says William Andrews, The Helis Foundation on Executive Director of Ogden Museum.“In addition to being a fashionable and fun event, Magnolia Ball provides critical support for Ogden Museum and its unique educational mission to celebrate the art and culture of the American South.”

For a full list of Silent Auction artists and business and to purchase tickets, please visit ogdenmuseum.org/magnoliaball. Attire is summer cocktail.

About Southland

Southland examines the role photographs have played in the visualization of the natural landscape of the American South. The exhibition explores the many technical and aesthetic methods photographers have employed in approaching the subject of the Southern Landscape. Highlighting the marshlands in Louisiana, the beaches of Florida, the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta and the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, the exhibition shows the landscape of the American South is as diverse as the people and culture of the region. Southland not only investigates the topographical physical characteristics of the land of the American South, but the metaphysical and emotional role romanticism plays in the understanding of landscape photographs made of and about the American South.

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 with almost five thousand works, making it the largest publicly available 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 exhibition, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, culinary heritage and craft and design.

Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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