Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
Biloxi, MS
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Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
386 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 248
Biloxi, MS 39533-0248

Administrative Offices
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
City of Biloxi Center for Ceramics, 3rd floor
386 Beach Boulevard
Biloxi, MS 39530

Horton Humble: Global Log – the Lisbon Series
March 19 – May 8, 2016
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery / Gallery of African American Art

Works by visual artist Horton Humble, are a culmination of the experience of the artist from his writing fellowships journeys to Morocco, Spain, France, Yucatan Peninsula and across the United States. His art journeys have taken him to work in Chicago, New Orleans, Portugal and throughout Africa. The exhibition will feature Humble’s Lisbon works.

Horton Humble, born in New Orleans in 1970, is a self-taught African American artist. He has exhibited as in solo shows in New Orleans and group show in New Orleans, Berlin, Germany and Lisbon, Portugal. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections.

Holly Hanessian: Touch in Real Time
March 12 – May 8, 2016
IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery

Touch in Real Time, by ceramic artist Holly Hanessian, explores the power of touch at the crossroads of art, emotion and neuroscience. It is a multi-year project that is part social engagement and part scientific research ending in a series of exhibitions. It explores the intimate act of touch and its significance in a digitally mediated age. The project began in 2012 and continued through 2015 as Hanessian collected handshakes recorded on pieces of clay from across the United States. In 2013, she worked with a neuroscience team in Pittsburgh, PA measuring the emotional arousal of the activity. The ending result is a series of exhibitions that have appeared at galleries and museums throughout the U.S.

George E. Ohr: Prized, Honored & Cherished

Prized, Honored & Cherished is the inaugural exhibition in the first of the Frank Gehry-designed “Pods” to open to the public. The exhibition features many pieces of George Ohr pottery that have never been on display, including spectacular vases and pitchers, as well as a case full of recently-donated studio items. Most of the objects are from the Permanent Collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art with nine pieces on loan from private collectors. The pieces in the exhibition date from before October 1894 through the early 1900s, with one piece created before the fire that destroyed downtown Biloxi and Ohr’s studio. George Ohr (1857-1918) was an active potter from 1879-1910, creating distinctive ceramic forms adorned with vibrant glazes that exaggerated the traditional styles of his day. The exhibition explores a range of Ohr’s artistic styles in intimate artistic setting.

George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections

George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections highlights work from the collection of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art and private collections across the Gulf Coast region. George Edgar Ohr, “The Mad Potter of Biloxi”, was active from 1883 to 1910, creating innovative ceramics that are a central part of the artistic heritage of the Gulf South, and the broader canon of American Art. Today, 100 years after he ended his pottery-making career, George Edgar Ohr is considered an early leader in the American modernist movement.

Exhibition made possible by the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts

My House: The Pleasant Reed Story
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center

The Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center is a reconstruction of the original house built by Pleasant Reed in the late 19th century that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A visit to the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center provides a rare opportunity to see how an African American born into slavery persevered in spite of daunting circumstances. Pleasant Reed was not the only individual born a slave who later built his family a house with funds earned in the post-Civil War economy; but his home is one of the few that that can be identified with a particular African American builder and homeowner. Authentic items that were used by the Reed family in the late 19th and early 20th century are also on display.

The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment
Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center Gallery

Photographs from the collection of C. P. (“Kitty”) Weaver of Massachusetts from the diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels, supplemented by photographs provided by Isiah Edwards of Long Beach, Mississippi, record the history of the 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards that served for the Union at Ship Island in the Mississippi Sound. Passages from the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey were inspired by the history of the Native Guards.

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