Michael Meads: Bent, Not Broken Opening Reception

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Join the Ogden Museum of Southern Art during Art for Arts' Sake On October 3, 2015 for the opening reception of Bent, Not Broken, an exhibition of photographs, paintings and drawings by Michael Meads. This exhibition offers not only a close look at the output of an artist whose style is steeped in the culture of the Deep South, but also a lyrical and visionary, deeply personal depiction of that artist’s relationship with the people and culture of New Orleans.

Bent, Not Broken, will focus on the massive graphite drawings created post-Katrina. In these drawings, Meads creates a magical world (much like Carnival itself) where valkyries and Roman gods mingle with frat boys and firemen. Plague doctors and Pulcinella roam the streets of the Vieux Carré, and winged putti struggle to support the crumbling edifices of historic architecture. With a masterful hand, Meads creates a graphite opera – complete with proscenium arch – where each work is a complex visual libretto. With pencil and paper, Meads tells the story of New Orleans – the storm, the oil spill, the HIV epidemic, tourism, history, gentrification and demographic shift – all through the lens of Carnival. This body of work is both celebration and cautionary tale. It is both deeply personal and universal. To Michael, it is healing.
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By: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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