Page 13: Art moves inside the new Ohr Museum

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The clock is ticking down toward the grand opening of the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art.

Treasures from the art world are being taken out of crates, and put into cases. George Ohr pottery is finally on display.

Denny Mecham, Executive Director of the museum, said the museum staff is preparing for the ribbon cutting.

"The art is just about in place," Mecham said. "That's very important because it's the art that brings the buildings to life."

Mecham said the art of George Ohr compliments the new museum designed by internationally acclaimed architect Frank Gehry.

"What I love about the campus is that you have to walk around the buildings. There are angles and things you can't see from the front or back. You must interact with the buildings."

Mecham is very excited about what people will see, including signed silk screen prints from the late artist Andy Warhol, along with huge pieces from Japanese ceramic artist Jun Kaneko.

And in the Gallery of African American Art, you'll find the work of sculptor Richmond Barthe'.

There is a certain cosmic symmetry to this grand opening. A century ago, in 1910, George Ohr was frustrated over his lack of success. He put all of his work in crates and closed his shop in Biloxi.

"And now 100 years later, in 2010 we're unpacking it. So it's a special century mark," said Mecham.

A series of events is planned next week leading up to the opening of the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art on Saturday, November 6th.

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