Classic toys and African divas at Ohr Museum

Classic toys and African divas at Ohr Museum
“The African Diva Project.” (Photo source: WLOX)
“The African Diva Project.” (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - During the holidays, you can visit the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art and see several interesting exhibits. One is titled "The African Diva Project." Another, "The Art of Toys," shows classic toys from the past.

The exhibit inside the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art visitor's center is called "The Art of Toys." The toys are from a simpler time.

"Kids look at some of these toys and wonder who Popeye is or who Orphan Annie is. That's because a lot of these toys date back to the 1920s," according to Museum Director Kevin O'Brien.

O'Brien is always looking for displays that are beyond ordinary. They are exhibitions that reflect our culture and history.

These old fashioned toys from the 1920s through the 60s are quite different from today's electronic devices and video games.

After you explore "The Art of Toys," you can wander over to the Gallery of African American Art and discover a very unique exhibit.

New York artist Margaret Rose Vendryes is the creative force behind "The African Diva Project."

Music and art come together, featuring great female African American singers, like Dionne Warwick, Mariah Carey and more.

"She is dealing with album covers of African American artists. She takes those images and super imposes African masks over these divas," said O'Brien.

African masks, paintings and legendary performers. That's multimedia.

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