Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Seeking African American Cultural Items for New Exhibition
(Biloxi, MS) – The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is asking the public for pertinent information such as photos, maps, objects and ephemera that can be borrowed for use in a new exhibition called A City Within a City: African American Culture in Biloxi.
The exhibit is being installed in the Pleasant Reed Interpretative Center on the museum campus. It will tell in part of the cultural history of a vibrant, segregated “city within a city” in Biloxi during the post WWII years, consisting of schools, theaters, visiting celebrities, night clubs, restaurants, and other businesses owned, operated, and employed by African Americans.
The geographic boundaries of this neighborhood, once called “back of town,” were Caillavet Street on the west, Bayou Auguste on the north (near what is now Bradford Street), Lee Street on the east, and the railroad tracks on the south.
The exhibit will benefit the public by assisting in the dissemination of the story of A City Within a City, details of which are little known outside the African American community in Biloxi.
For inquiries and submissions, please contact Assistant Curator, Rhea Miner
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum is Open for Business after Fire
Now that two weeks have passed and the smoke has cleared literally, we want to let citizens and visitors know that the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is indeed open for business after the recent electrical fire in its Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. (The museum’s Welcome Center is the home of the museum store, offices, admissions, and public meetings/ lectures). The Welcome Center will remain closed for the time being.
We have to remember that even George Ohr came back stronger than ever after a catastrophic fire consumed his original pottery studio in downtown Biloxi. Ours was an electrical fire in a display case that caused extensive smoke damage that will close our Welcome center for many months. We are appreciative of the efforts of the Biloxi Police and Fire departments to minimize the impact on this beautiful $40 million beachfront showplace and resource center.
The big thing for you to know is this: Even in the wake of this event, there’s so much more to see on the Ohr-O’Keefe campus. The IP Casino Resort Spa Gallery, the Beau Rivage Gallery of African American Art, the Knight Pod Gallery and the Biloxi Center for Ceramics are all open.
The museum is currently exhibiting the popular “Our Love Affair With Baseball” exhibit through Nov. 4, 2016. Permanent exhibits, the George Ohr Collection, and Katrina exhibits remain open. The Pleasant Reed Interpretative Center is also open.
The museum’s hugely successful “Our Love Affair with Baseball” Luncheon Series, sponsored by Sal & Mookie’s, has been moved to the 2nd floor of the Biloxi Center for Ceramics and has resumed in September, Fridays at noon. This has been a great opportunity for diners to have an inexpensive meal and meet a weekly lineup of baseball greats.
The museum has temporarily housed a small version of its museum store in the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center.
We will know soon when the Welcome Center will be up and running. In the meantime, we want our visitors and supporters to know that we are open to the public with interesting exhibits, lectures, education and studio programs.
We need your support and visitation while we go through the process of repairing our Welcome Center.
We also hope that you’ll take part in The Wizard of Ohr magical evening at the IP. It’s going to be Sept. 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. and it’s going to be spectacular.
For details on all of these things and more, visit the website at www.georgeohr.org