Paper magnolias adorned the Goldring Hall at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, heralding this year’s “Magnolia Ball” benefiting the Museum’s Center for Southern Craft and Design. Floral was the theme of the night, and the 596 attendees donned their summer best.

The event honored Candy Chang for her contributions to the New Orleans art community.

The Patrick F. Taylor Library, transformed into the Patron Lounge, featured white banquettes and clusters of twinkle lights surrounding the stage where DJ Matty spun tunes. ET’s All-Star Express played in the Main Atrium, and The Roamin’ Jasmine kept the party going on the terrace. David Halliday’s magnolia photograph served as the decor inspiration, and poster-sized reproductions displayed throughout the event.

Participating restaurants included Bao & Noodle, Bombay Club, Boucherie, Boussard’s, Carrollton Market, CellarDoor, Cure/Cane & Table/Bellocq, The Delachaise, Fulton Alley, The Grill Room at Windsor Court, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls and Joel Catering, all located throughout the museum’s five floors.

Efren Towns, founder of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and leader of ET’s All-Star Express, led a second-line down from the roof through the building to bring everyone to the library for the Live Auction. Director William Pittman Andrews led the bidding. Silent auction items were available for mobile bidding, straight from guests’ personal devices.


What: “Magnolia Ball,” benefiting Ogden Museum of Southern Art
When: Saturday, June 20
Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art