Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On the 10th anniversary of one of our country's worst natural disasters, New Orleans makes room to process the events of Hurricane Katrina, celebrate what has been accomplished so far, and highlight the rebuilding that still needs to be done. 

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is one of many cultural institutions hosting a special interactive exhibit for visitors and city residents. The basement walls of the museum are covered with neatly printed cards of stories from survivors. The three major visual arts venues in the city — the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center — have all timed exhibitions of living artists to coincide with the anniversary. The New Orleans Museum of Art's exhibit, "Ten Years Gone," is a conceptual abstract collection, which has been recieived with mixed reviews. Organized by Russell Lord, the museum’s curator of photographs, prints and drawings, the exhibition features in-depth bodies of work by six artists, three of whom have significant ties to New Orleans.

As Cameron Shaw from the New York Times asks in this article, "how can museums and contemporary art help people think critically and constructively about the post-Katrina decade?"