The Ogden Museum of Southern Art began more than four decades ago with Roger Ogden?s collection of paintings. The Louisiana entrepreneur was entranced with Southern art and his first painting was made by Alexander Drysdale and which he purchased in 1966. By the time the 1980?s rolled in, Ogden?s collection was extensive, including paintings made by the likes of William Henry Buck, Jacques Amans and Dominico Canova. In time, he also broadened his collection to include landscapes featuring other Southern states beside Louisiana as well as other art media like sculpture, works on paper, photos, and many others. Soon, the Ogden collection became famous in art circles and later became part of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which was formally opened in 1994.
Also of note are the live concerts that regularly take place at the museum every Thursday evenings. Music is provided by the best and latest Southern bands, with genres ranging from jazz to swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco, blues, and others. Admission rates for the museum?s concerts are priced at $10 although museum members can enjoy the concert for free as well as avail of drinks at a discount.
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