Susan Worsham, Marine, Hotel near airport, Richmond, VA, 2009

Ogden Museum to host events focused on photography of American South

Currently on exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is New Southern Photography, a collection of exciting and diverse photos taken of the contemporary landscape of the American south (and the Museum’s largest photography exhibition to date).

This weekend, the Museum will host two free events complementing the photography exhibit and its contributing photographers.

On Friday, January 11, there will be a  film screening of “Hale County This Morning, This Evening.” Created by New Southern Photography artist RaMell Ross, the film allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South, showing the consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously trumpeting the beauty of life and offering a testament to dreaming despite the odds. Following the 7 p.m. screening is a Q&A with Ross moderated by Richard McCabe, Ogden Museum Curator of Photography.

On Saturday, January 12, the Museum will host a panel discussion entitled The Dismantling of Southern Photography.  Exhibition photographers Ross, Jared Soares and Celestia Morgan will examine the New Southern Photography exhibition and L. Kasimu Harris’ essay, “The Dismantling of Southern Photography,” touching on the historical and contemporary disparities within the canon of Southern photography that exist along lines of race, gender and sexual orientation.  A live stream of this event will be available at and on the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages.