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Exhibitions:

MEMORY IS A STRANGE BELL: THE ART OF WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY

ELEPHANT NECKLACE Works by Lynda Benglis

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation

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MEMORY IS A STRANGE BELL: THE ART OF WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY
OCTOBER 5, 2019 – MARCH 1, 2020

Memory is a strange Bell – Jubilee and Knell.
- Emily Dickinson, 1882

Perhaps no other artist in the American South engaged more deeply and consistently with the concepts of time, place and memory through their work than William Christenberry. Although widely known as a pioneering master of color photography as an art form, Christenberry was a multifaceted artist – utilizing painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, found object assemblage, and installations to weave a deeply personal narrative with universal relevance. Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry draws inspiration from a line of Emily Dickinson – often quoted by Mr. Christenberry – to explore the role of remembrance and the passage of time in the artist’s work.

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1936, William Christenberry had deep familial and cultural ties to Hale County, Alabama – a place made famous through the writing of James Agee and the photographs of Walker Evans in Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. After studying painting and sculpture at the University of Alabama, Christenberry lived briefly in New York City and then in Memphis before settling in Washington D.C. in 1968. As an artist, his work moved easily from Abstract Expressionism to figurative realism, and had strong connections to Pop Art and documentary photography. As an educator, he was a well-respected teacher, lecturer and mentor to hundreds of students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

For half a century, the artist made annual pilgrimages home to Hale County, documenting the landscape, signage and vernacular architecture transformed by the passage of time. Through a focused examination of particular structures – the Palmist Building, the Green Warehouse, the Abandoned House near Montgomery – Christenberry created mythic symbols of a changing culture, and very personal symbols of a life lived fully. “They are not self-portraits,” he said, “but they are everything I know.” Through the poetic use of signifiers that permeate his body of work from the earliest objects to the last — the Gourd Tree to represent a connection to the land, unity and shared values; the Klan Hood to represent hatred, evil and the darkest side of the human soul – Christenberry created a body of work that is both a celebration of all that the artist held sacred about his native South, and a condemnation of the worst parts of the culture.

Major Sponsor
Belger Foundation

Supporting Sponsor
Roger Ogden & Ken Barnes
The Schley Family Foundation

Host Committee
Shelby Cobb
Carolyn & Jerry Fortino
Monica Ann Frois & Eve Barrie Masinter
Mike Goodrich
Sandra B. Heller
Stuart B. Hurt
Sharon & Gus Kopriva
Dale A. Mott & Kenneth P. Hyle, Jr.
Sherry Owens
Karen & Cameron Rezai
Holly & Geoffrey P. Snodgrass

ELEPHANT NECKLACE Works by Lynda Benglis
September 21 - January 19, 2019

Since the 1960s, Lynda Benglis has employed a variety of materials including beeswax, latex, vaporized metals and ceramic to explore the physicality of form. She has worked as a sculptor, painter and filmmaker in pursuit of a codified duality, seeking to expose the process of creation in its realization of finality. Her work is fluid, yet inert; organic, yet fabricated; sensual, yet rigid. The work invokes a corporeal reckoning within the viewer, exposing the preconceived constructs that exist within us.

Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation
August 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020

In August the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in connection with Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, hosts its opening reception for its annual exhibition Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by The Helis Foundation.

The juror for the 2019 exhibition is David Breslin, the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Established in 2012, this statewide, juried exhibition promotes the contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, provides an exhibition space for the exposition of living artists’ work and engages a contemporary audience that recognizes the vibrant visual arts culture of Louisiana and the role of New Orleans as a rising international art center.

Presenting Sponsor
The Helis Foundation

Supporting Sponsor
Charles D. Urstadt & David Bernard

Host Committee
Vivian & Richard Cahn
Martin J. Drell MD
Carolyn & Jerry Fortino
Peter Politzer & Jane S. Murray
Elizabeth Wheeler
Terese & William Winslow

2019 Accepted Artists
John Alleyne
Luis Cruz Azaceta
Mac Ball
Sean Clark
Tony Dagradi
Sarrah Danziger
Rachel David
Thomas Deaton
Ben Depp
Sarah French
John Gargano
Kristina Larson
Julian Martin
Kristin Meyers
Lara Morgan
Tom O’Brien
Ruth Owens
Dan Rule
Claire Samani
Jill Shampine
Leona Strassberg Steiner
Jessica Strahan
Carlie Trosclair

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