The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will offer free admission Sunday, Jan. 25, the final day of the blockbuster show “Basquiat and the Bayou,” presented by The Helis Foundation.
It’s the public’s last chance to see the show, organized by Prospect.3, that brings together important works of Jean Michel Basquiat that have never been displayed publicly in America before.
In a review, New Orleans Advocate art writer John D’Addario said: “The show sheds new light on the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), who spent most of his life in New York, but who explored several themes and motifs related to the South — including music, slavery, racial politics and Afro-Caribbean religious traditions — over the course of his brief but intense artistic career.
Basquiat visited New Orleans only once: for Jazz Fest in April 1988, just a few months before his death of a drug overdose at age 27. But “Basquiat and the Bayou” makes a convincing case that Louisiana and the Delta region — with their layers of African, Caribbean and American cultures — always played an important conceptual role in his work.”
The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.