Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
NEW ORLEANS - September 29, 2014
On October 29, 2014, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will celebrate the release of Tina Freeman's book Artist Spaces. Tina Freeman will sign books at the event.
Few artists have the luxury of working and living in separate spaces, thus work and life often end up compressed into a singular personal environment. Artist Spaces provides a comprehensive portrait of New Orleans artists and their relationships to space.
The book showcases more than 100 extraordinary photographs by Tina Freeman, accompanied by more than a dozen artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop. Together, these examinations of artists and their spaces provide a meaningful and novel look at New Orleans art luminaries including George Dureau, Ron Bechet, Ma-Po, Dawn Dedeaux, Elizabeth Shannon, Willie Birch, Ersy, David Halliday, Robert Tannen, Elenora "Rukiya" Brown, Nicole Charbonnet, Kevin Kline, Amy Weiskopf, Keith Duncan, Josephine Sacabo, Lin Emery, and graffiti artist, "Fat Boy."
"Artist's spaces and artist portraits were part of my earliest work," Tina Freeman said. "It is a thread that I have come back to over the years. This group started when I started shooting with my first serious digital camera. I am not finished, yet."
The interviews and photos complement one another expertly. While Freeman poetically captures an intensely personal vision of the artists and their spaces, Molthrop reveals the variety of ways the most accomplished artists in the city view their relationships to those spaces. What results is an indication that each artist's style is often reflected in the quality, character and aesthetic of their living/working environments - a striking illustration of the interconnectivity of life and art.
"This is a very exciting topic and a long overdue survey of an energetic - and essential - community of artists," Ogden Museum Director William Andrews said, "Tina Freeman has typically lent her investigative lens in faraway places, and it is invigorating to see her focus on a subject closer to home. As seen countless times, the opportunity to document an artist's studio and artistic practice is truly fleeting."
The Ogden Museum invites guests to join us in celebrating the launch of this important work. The book launch is free and open to the public, and will feature a cash bar. Copies of Artist Spaces will be available for purchase on site for Tina Freeman to sign.
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events, and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999 and in Stephen Goldring Hall since 2003, the Museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.
The Ogden Museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10AM-5PM and also on Thursdays from 6-8PM for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $10 for adults, $8 to seniors 65 and older, $5 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10AM-5PM courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
The Museum is closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day following, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504-539-9650.