Among the wonderful things I enjoyed doing while in New Orleans were museums.
I had always planned to go the the New Orleans Museum of Art -- as a trip down memory lane. When I was a kid, my grandmother used to take me there every time I visited. I remember some years when I went to please her, and others where I loved every minute of it.
This year, I spent Thursday enjoying Art...
First, my mother and I went to The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. I'd never heard of it before this trip, and frankly had no real interest in going, but on Wednesday evening I had the chance to talk with one of it's supporters. She made it sound irresistible, so I went.
The top floor had a fascinating collection of Self Taught Art that started its life in the House of Blues ("When You're Lost, Everything's a Sign: Self-Taught Art from The House of Blues Collection"). Their blurb said, "From its inception in 1992, House of Blues has maintained a deep commitment to the preservation of both American Blues music and American folk art. For 20 years, House of Blues has collected and showcased some of the finest examples of Southern vernacular art, linking it with American vernacular music traditions. Artists represented will include Leroy Almon, Roy Ferdinand, Reverend Howard Finster, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Sybil Gibson, Mr. Imagination, and many others, both known and unknown."
My favorite exhibit, though, was one floor down where they displayed "To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth, Jr." I love being introduced to an artist and enjoying so much of his work. The musum has this pictures of his on their current website
No promises that it will still be there when the exhibit closes. Hollingsworth painted his family, life around him, landscapes.... all sorts of things.
They also have a collection of Newcombe Pottery -- I love this stuff!
I took that picture from Live Auctioneers.com, where the opening bid is $500.00. I will NOT be browsing the auction sites. The temptation would be too much.
In the afternoon, I went to NOMA, and to it's amazing Sculpture Garden. The sculpture garden sits on almost five acres of land, with a pond, and meandering paths, and over 60 sculptures artfully placed. The stunning thing is that all sixty were donated by the same family! These are my favorites:
Overflow, by Jaime Plensa. In the background, you can see the famous Love sculpture (by Robert Indiana).
Karma, by Do Ho Suh (click on the link for far better pictures than mine.
The full name of the piece is: Karma: A tower of blinded men rising into the sky. It stands 23 feet tall.
This one is called Civitas; it's by Audrey Flack.