The Ogden Museum is hosting a free Family Day

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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – On Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a paid Family Day. The event will celebrate the exhibition A Summer’s Prayer, photographs that capture America’s love affair with summer. The celebration will include free admission, summer-themed activities (including art activities inspired by the artworks on display), a Museum scavenger hunt with prizes, and entertainment for the whole family. Drawn from the Museum’s extensive permanent photography collection, 36 of the 40 photographs have never been exhibited publicly before.

Other summer celebration activities will include:
• Food to buy from Tanjarine Kitchen;
• Entertainment featuring the Homer Plessy Community School Orchestra and a puppet show presented by the Museum’s teen interns;
• Local art vendors showcased at the Ogden Museum’s Southern Craft and Design Centre;
• And community partner activities with The Green Project, Urban Conservancy, Electric Girls and more!

“We encourage our community friends and neighbors to visit the Ogden Museum on Free Family Day when the museum opens to celebrate the art on display. Free Family Day: A Summertime Prayer Celebration honors the joy of summer; whether it’s snowballing with friends or taking a family vacation (or vacation), it’s a time to relax and make memories with friends and family. We are thrilled to be able to offer this celebration of our community and create our own memories at the end of the summer,” said Michelle Pontiff, Education Manager, Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

  • For more information on this free family day, please visit www.ogdenmuseum.org
  • About A summer prayer

Beginning in the 19th century, photographs captured America’s love affair with summer. A season defined by family, holidays and the outdoors – the long, hot days of summer offer many opportunities for an escape from the daily grind of work and school. A Summer’s Prayer examines photographs from the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that address themes reflected in the summer season – leisure, travel, memory and place.

Beginning in the 19th century, photographs captured America’s love affair with summer. A season defined by family, holidays and the outdoors – the long, hot days of summer offer many opportunities for an escape from the daily grind of work and school. A summer prayer examines photographs from the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that address themes reflected in the summer season – leisure, travel, memory and place.

The wonders of the natural world and the architectural monuments found in cities were among the most popular summer subjects of 19th century photography. Before simple handheld cameras became widely available to the public, photographs were taken with large, complex cameras by photographers working almost exclusively for commercial studios. These photography studios produced views of the natural and man-made world as well as portraits of famous people. The photographs were then sold to eager audiences as souvenirs in the form of postcards, visiting cards and stereograms.

When the inexpensive, portable Kodak camera became widely available to the general public in the early 20th century, photography became an egalitarian hobby practiced by the masses. Family photographs taken around the house (and especially on vacation) have become fashionable. Everyone with a camera could then make their personal memories in the form of a photographic print. The intersection of the car and the camera created the travelogue Where road travel genre, an aesthetic sensibility that has become one of the most important forms of documentary photographic art and expression of the 20th century.

A summer prayer is a meditation on summer in the southern United States. Hopefully, like the season, this exhibit can offer the viewer a temporary diversion, a brief respite, and an escape from the turmoil of recent years.

About South Ogden Art Museum

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999 and open to the public since 2003, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites visitors to discover and learn about southern artists and culture the United States. The Ogden Museum houses a collection of over four thousand works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository of Southern art, with particular strength in the genres of self-taught, regionalism, photography and contemporary art. The museum is further recognized for its original exhibits, public events, and educational programs, which examine the development of the visual arts alongside Southern traditions in music, literature, and local crafts.

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

Admission is free for Museum members and $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and over, $6.75 for children 5-17, and free for children under 5 year.

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

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