This month, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art installed a pop-up gallery at the PRC headquarters at 923 Tchoupitoulas Street. The exhibit from the Ogden’s residency program Artists and Sense of Place is the first of several rotating exhibits that will be displayed at the PRC headquarters in upcoming months.
The Artists and Sense of Place residency program pairs professional artists with local schools to help the students explore the history, culture, and identity of their neighborhood. For the current exhibit, artist Gina Phillips worked with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students at the Gentilly Ridge Charter School to interpret the surrounding neighborhood through architectural drawings. Phillips is a dynamic local artist known for the raw, narrative quality of her mixed-media artworks. Her pieces are primarily done with acrylic paint on canvas or muslin, topped with with appliquéd fabric and thread.
Phillips combined multiple students’ architectural drawings and traced the images onto muslin. The students were then divided into groups to complete the images with layers of oil pastel and tempera paints, which created a layered wax-resist effect.
The completed artworks showcase the unique landscape and historic urban fabric that define New Orleans.
Come visit the lobby of the PRC headquarters at 923 Tchoupitoulas Street through the end of June to see the installation on display, and then walk three blocks over to the Ogden Museum at 924 Camp Street to see one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Southern art in the world.