NOLA's Big Art Party
An evening of fine cuisine, music, and great Southern art
The Ogden Museum in New Orleans has some celebrating to do. Earlier this year, the museum announced the donation of a stunning—and stunningly unknown—painting by Clementine Hunter (1886-1988) titled Baptism (which remarkably has a painting on the back titled From Cotton to Gin.) Hunter, whose colorful depictions of life in rural Louisiana have developed an almost cult following, will be the subject and theme of the Ogden’s annual “O What a Night” gala on October 17, with three of her paintings on display. But that’s not the only reason this party is worth the (steep) price of admission.
In recent years the museum’s annual benefit gala has become a who’s who of the Southern art world, with many of the South’s best artists showing up for cocktails, great NOLA music, dinner, and dancing. But the real reason to come is the live auction. Works by Sally Mann, John Alexander, William Dunlap, David Bates, Hunt Slonem, and other great Southern artists will all be on the block. And that doesn’t happen every day.
If you can’t make the trip, you can also view the art online (starting October 5) and bid by phone the night of the gala. It’s not as much fun, but it’s probably less dangerous than bidding after that cocktail party.
For tickets and more info, call 504-539-9616.