Waltzing the Muse

Written by Bradley Sumrall, Curator at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Certain places in this world are forever tied in the mind of the viewer to the artists that depicted them, as if the spirit of the location is part of the artist, and the spirit of the artist is imbued into the very fabric of the landscape.

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Kate Cichosz
Architecture in Art

by John H. Stubbs • Preservationist and Educator

Architecture has been considered ‘Mother of the Arts’ and its reinterpretation in paintings lends itself to different ideas and media which are reflective of their times.

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Kate Cichosz
Interview with James Michalopoulos, 2017

by William Pittman Andrews • Executive Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The following interview was conducted by William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the artist James Michalopoulos in his Elysian Fields Avenue studio in New Orleans on January 3, 2017.

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Kate Cichosz
Architecture in Frozen Music

by Kevin Grogan • Director, The Morris Museum of Art • Augusta, Georgia

Since its founding, New Orleans has grown as an unusually cosmopolitan place. Its diversity today can be seen in the many distinct neighborhoods from the Riverbend to the Ninth Ward; from Gentilly to the French Quarter—people in exotic combinations, often in exotic costumes, everywhere at all hours; speaking in accents that have marinated together over time and from all corners.

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Kate Cichosz
Rapt in Color

Megan Valentine • Curator and Registrar, Alexandria Museum of Art

Despite the fact that he studied painting at the New Orleans Academy and University of New Orleans, James Michalopoulos considers himself a “a self-taught artist who never stopped learning.” His mindset comes through in his work, as he does not treat his subjects with the scholarly pretense of many artists.

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Kate Cichosz
Joie de Vive

By W. Dean Pulley

At the time of this writing we are approaching the year 2000. For a brief portion of that time the United States has struggled to define its place in the art world—taking the Western European tradition that overshadowed our early formation and adding the Eastern, Caribbean, African and Native influences present in our culture today. Fashion and context cycled Romantic, Minimalist, Primitive and Naturalistic movements in and out of favor in various combinations.

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Kate Cichosz