Ogden announces exhibitions for Art for Art’s Sake _lowres

'Playtime in Heaven' by Howard Finster is part of the Gasperi Collection of outsider art.

An exhibition of instant photos and an outsider art show will open Oct. 4 for Art For Art’s Sake at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, museum officials announced Tuesday.

“Self Processing — Instant Photography” features a wide variety of photos shot with instant film, otherwise known as Polaroids. The exhibition will include photographs by Pinky Bass, Blake Boyd, Linda Burgess, Bill Dunlap, Michael McCraw, Anna Tomczak and others.

For Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum, this topic has been a passion for years. “Polaroid or Instant photography has sometimes been thought of as lesser form of photography,” says McCabe, “much like a drawing is sometimes considered less prestigious than painting, yet the Polaroid print is an incredible object on its own — it is a unique print, and the scale and color saturation make instant film so special.”

Meanwhile, “Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art from the collection of Richard Gasperi” will showcase the extensive collection of New Orleans gallery owner and scholar Gasperi, who opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980.

The Gasperi collection includes objects ranging from Native American basketry and Tramp Art furniture to icons of self-taught art such as ZB Armstrong, Eddie Arning, David Butler, Sam Doyle, Howard Finster, Charles Hutson, Pappy Kitchens and many others.

This exhibition will showcase the depth and breadth of the Gasperi Collection, and will include a portfolio of 26 previously unseen works on paper by Louisiana artist, Clementine Hunter.

TheOgden is located at 925 Camp St. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call (504) 539-9650.