Ogden Museum of Southern Art Selects René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, as the 2020 Juror of the

Louisiana Contemporary Exhibition


Louisiana Contemporary is the Museum’s Annual Juried Exhibition Featuring Selected Works by Louisiana Artists


NEW ORLEANS, LA (March 24, 2020)—The Ogden Museum of Southern Art announced today their selection of René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, as juror of their annual exhibition, Louisiana Contemporary, now in its ninth year. Morales will curate a selection of works submitted by Louisiana artists, and then choose four award winners to receive further recognition. Selections will be on view at the Ogden Museum beginning August 1, 2020.


"Louisiana Contemporary recognizes and champions the diversity and plurality of cultural influence across our state,” says William Pittman Andrews, Ogden Museum Executive Director. “René Morales joins a long list of distinguished jurors who examine our artistic community and add to a growing body of reciprocal knowledge. His experience in presenting international, modern and contemporary art at the Pérez will aid in sharing that knowledge with our international audience, and provide an intimate reflection for artists closer to home.”


“I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by the Ogden Museum to serve as juror for the 2020 Louisiana Contemporary,” says René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami. “I look forward to the experience of being immersed in Louisiana’s rich and unique artistic culture.”


Artist entries will be accepted April 8 through May 29 on the Museum’s website, ogdenmuseum.org, where specific guidelines will be available. Selected artists will be announced by June 30. 


Awards will be given by Morales at a private reception for artists on July 31. Included in these awards is The Helis Foundation Art Prize, an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to the selected artist.


The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, August 1 during Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, a community celebration of art and culture.


Ogden Museum first launched Louisiana Contemporary in 2012 to establish a vehicle that would bring the work of artists living in Louisiana to the fore and highlight the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. To provide opportunity for participation by the widest array of artists, and to ensure a robust curatorial program, the Ogden Museum developed a two-part selection process, which includes an open call for applications and a jurying process that is led by a different invited juror each year.


Prior jurors of Louisiana Contemporary include David Breslin, Director of Curatorial Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Courtney J. Martin, Director of the Yale Center for British Art and former Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Dia Art Foundation; Shantrelle P. Lewis, an independent curator, author and documentarian; and Bill Arning, former Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.


Louisiana Contemporary is made possible by presenting sponsor, The Helis Foundation. 


René Morales is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Morales has organized over 50 exhibitions for PAMM, including Meleko Mokgosi: Your Trip to Africa; Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art; Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, 1980–1983; Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger; A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry; and Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity. He has spearheaded the acquisition of hundreds of works for PAMM’s collection, and he played a pivotal role in PAMM’s transition into its Herzog and de Meuron-designed facility, which opened to the public in 2013. Prior to joining PAMM, he worked at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where he organized and co-organized several exhibitions, including Island Nations: New Art from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. Morales is a recipient of the 2019 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellowship, as well as a 2019 Suncoast Emmy Award, which he received for producing the film Remembering Surrounded Islands. Morales teaches museum history and curatorial practice as Adjunct Professor at Florida International University, and he sits on several local and national boards and committees, including the Board of the City of Miami Art in Public Places program. Born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, René received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.A. in Art History from Brown University.



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Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes 85,000 visitors annually to experience and learn about the artists and art movements of the American South. It is home to a collection of more than four thousand works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, photography and contemporary art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft. Among its recent exhibitions are Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry (2019-2020) Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé (2019), New Southern Photography (2018-2019), The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction (2018), and Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, presented by The Helis Foundation (2017-2018).

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