The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi has received a major donation of 50 artworks by Los Angeles-based, advocate and collector Gordon W. Bailey.
The transformative gift features African American artists Leroy Almon, David Butler, Richard Dial, Thornton Dial, Minnie Evans, Roy Ferdinand, Sandy Hall, Clementine Hunter, Charlie Lucas, Juanita Rogers, Sulton Rogers, Welmon Sharlhorne, Herbert Singleton, Willie White, and Purvis Young; Native Americans, Silas and Bertha Claw, Betty Manygoats, Elizabeth Manygoats, Wallace Nez, and Lorraine Williams; and Southern potters, Burlon Craig, Cheever Meaders, and Lanier Meaders.
“All of the artists are new additions to the museum. We are extending the reach of our exhibitions to include more national and international artists,” said Ohr-O’Keefe’s Executive Director David Houston, “Mr. Bailey’s carefully organized gift greatly enhances our collection, and will anchor a new direction for the museum over the coming decades.”
The Ohr-O’Keefe joins other institutions that have benefited from Bailey’s largesse including the California African American Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, High Museum of Art Atlanta, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Speed Art Museum and Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support the museum’s abiding commitment to honor the wishes of its progressive benefactor Jerry O’Keefe,” said Bailey, “who envisioned an inclusive museum that served the entirety of the region.”
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art will showcase Bailey’s donation in the feature exhibition Changing Tides: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey, opening July 12.