About Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art campus was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry as a tribute to the ceramic art of Biloxi potter George E. Ohr (1857-1918). The mission is to promote and preserve the legacy of Ohr, as well as the diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Rotating contemporary exhibitions epitomize Ohr’s independent, innovative and creative spirit. Compelling exhibitions and educational programs have a strong focus on ceramic arts. The diverse cultural heritage is represented, not only by exhibitions, but also by the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center, a replica of a home built in the 1880s by a man born into slavery, which contains original items from the Reed family.
The collection focus of the museum is the pottery of namesake George Ohr, as well as other innovative ceramics. The museum collection contains almost two hundred pieces of Ohr pottery, as well as collections of ceramics by Joseph Fortune Meyer (1848-1931) and Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011). Asian ceramics and pieces by contemporary ceramists, sculptors and painters accent the collection. A large selection of the pottery of George Ohr is always on display and rotating exhibitions focus on innovative artists of all media. Many of the featured artists have ties to the Southern culture.
The “Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art” app offers three exhibitions that explore the life and work of Biloxi potter George Ohr. The “Ohr Pottery” exhibition showcases several of Ohr’s unique pottery pieces that represent a wide range of work. “Ohr Photographs” features photographs of Ohr, his studio, and his family throughout his life, while “Ohr Archives” includes letters, advertisements, and other items relating to Ohr and his art.
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