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Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art a fascinating view into Biloxi's keystone artist

Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art a fascinating view into Biloxi's keystone artist

by Christian Michael

May 14, 2016

This museum is a mix of modern and historical and makes a quality expose on Biloxi's keystone artist, Ohr. It's been long enough for me to forget his first name, but his work will stand out in my mind for some time. A true talent behind with pottery, Ohr was quite the local character, and it shined through his genius in shaping pots and other works. 

The museum was holding some kind of baseball display when I came to see the Ohr exhibits -- I assume Biloxi played some important part in baseball history with the seeming hubaloo about it -- but we got to see the range of Ohr's works and photographs documenting moments in his life, which added depth to the art. Most notable in my mind was that he lost much of his life's work in a fire and, thereafter, produced what's considered some of the best work he ever made. It only goes to show that loss can have a profoundly positive effect in life.

Also on grounds were a pottery studio to dive in, yourself, and a reconstruction of a house owned by an African American post-Civil War. While not related to Ohr -- or even to art, really -- the display was, instead, a celebration of diversity, as the original owner built the house, himself, and was a prominent member of the Biloxi community through hard work and fellowship.

There was also a very brief display about Katrina recovery. It seemed a bit weak, honestly, compared to the care taken in the rest of the museum.

It was a great experience, overall. I highly recommend the museum for an hour or two of history, and maybe more if you get into the hands-on experiences.



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