Thursday, Jul 11, 6-8 PM

Film Screening and Talk

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Getting there
925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA

In collaboration with the New Orleans Film Society, the Ogden Museum presents Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, a film exploring the life of a unique American artist, a man with a remarkable and unlikely biography. The film is a compelling human narrative that gives voice to a man who endures a long life of extreme hardships during an era of legalized racial indignities, to become one of America’s most prominent artists, exhibited in museums and collections worldwide.  Prior to the screening, Leslie Umberger, Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, will give a 30-minute talk entitled “The Art of Bill Traylor: Interpreting a Visual History.”  Following the screening, Bradley Sumrall, Ogden Museum Curator of the Collection, will moderate a Q&A with Umberger and Jeffrey Wolf, the film’s director, producer and editor. This event is free to Ogden Museum and New Orleans Film Society members. About the Talk In “The Art of Bill Traylor: Interpreting a Visual History,” Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, will discuss the art and life of the artist Bill Traylor, as well as the challenges of researching and interpreting an autobiographical oeuvre recorded almost solely in pictures. Umberger organized Between Worlds: the Art of Bill Traylor for SAAM in 2018-19, and is the author of the accompanying monograph, which presents an unparalleled look at an enigmatic artist whose lifetime in Alabama bridged the final years of slavery and the dawning civil rights movement.