BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art will host two new exhibitions, "Cars in Art" and "Bruce Davenport, Jr: I See You Looking," starting on Sept. 16. The opening receptions for the exhibits will be held on Friday, Sept. 19, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
"Cars in Art," which will be on display during Cruisin' the Coast, looks at artistic response to the automobile, which has changed life drastically in contemporary times more significantly than any other single factor. Selected artists focus on images of the car itself, inspired by its alluring modernity and its status as an icon or expression of personal identity.
"Cars in Art" features artists Carole Marie from Ocean Springs, Bobbie Crews from Knoxville, TN, and Lory Lockwood and Tony Watts from New Orleans. Prints of original design drawings were provided by General Motors Design Archive & Special Collections in Warren, MI.
Also included in the exhibition will be 62 car models from the collection of J. Michael Hemsley from Bay St. Louis. This exhibition is sponsored by The Peoples Bank, Mississippi Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and friends of the museum.
"Bruce Davenport, Jr: I See You Looking" is a display of hand-colored drawings by a self-taught New Orleans artist. Davenport's colorful drawings of the marching bands in Mardi Gras parades strive to preserve elements of New Orleans culture.
His drawings of parades initially appear to be abstract, but upon closer inspection include minute details such as the number of marchers, detailed uniforms and the instruments played by each band member. His use of ink and colored markers to create neat rows of colorful figures captures the rhythm and dynamics of the bands of Mardi Gras.
Davenport lost his body of work in Hurricane Katrina but has since expanded the theme of his work to include scenes of his experiences in the New Orleans Lafitte Projects where he grew up in addition to scenes of daily penitentiary life where he visited his uncles as a child. His work has been shown in New York, New Orleans, North Carolina and Japan and is part of a collection throughout the United States and the world.
This exhibition is sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art is located at 386 Beach Boulevard in Biloxi. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 228-374-5547 or visit http://www.georgeohr.org