On October 18, as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art celebrates it’s annual “O What A Night” gala, the passageway connecting the Ogden’s Patrick F. Taylor Library, designed by noted architect H.H. Richardson, with Goldring Hall, designed by architect Errol Barron, will be open just that night to link the past and present. (The official opening is tentatively scheduled for late 2009.) So it’s apt that on that night, architect Arthur Davis, a pioneer of modern design and architecture throughout the Gulf Coast, will receive the 2008 Opus Award.
The merging of the historical and the modern is nothing new for the Ogden. As the Odgen celebrates its 5th anniversary, the University of New Orleans, with which the Ogden is affiliated, will be celebrating its 50th this month!
Part of this celebration includes Odgen’s exhibition (through Sept. 28) of “Fundamental Abstraction: Paintings by Tom Young.” Pictured in front of Young’s “Untitled” painting are gala co-chairs Virginia Saussy and Robin Burgess, Arthur Davis and UNO Chancellor Tim Ryan.
At the gala you’ll be treated to food from renowned chefs, libations, live music, a live auction helmed by Sotheby’s auctioneer and vice-chairman Jamie Niven, and a silent auction, both featuring art from noted Southern artists. With support levels starting as low as $300, and patron levels starting at $1,000 – which also includes VIP treatment and tickets to the auction preview party on October 17, at the St. Charles Avenue home of George and Fran Villere – supporting New Orleans’ history, and its future, has never been easier. For more information, call 539-9613.
Photographed by Greg Miles
Special thanks to Sue Strachan!
In the July 2008 issue, the following quote should have been attributed to NCJW’s president, Ina Weber Davis: “Since 1993, dedicated NCJW volunteers have responded … We are grateful for the heart and energy that our volunteers have poured into this program!” Sincerest apologies for the error.