Art, Architecture and Ideas: Frank Gehry and Rober Tannen

Exhibition Closes July 6th

Art, Architecture and Ideas: Frank Gehry and Robert Tannen, brings together over five decades of work in a range of media, including architectural models, sculpture, painting, printmaking, urban planning, and product design. Recognized as the defining architect of our times, Frank Gehry changed the cultural landscape with his designs for Walt Disney Counter Hall in Los Angeles and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. At ninety-five years old, he continues to evolve his architectural and part practices through the exploration of energy and dynamic movement. Robert Tannen’s career includes sculpture, painting, conceptual art and urban planning. After coming to Biloxi, Mississippi to create a masterplan for the Gulf Coast post-Hurricane Camille, he relocated to New Orleans where he master planned the second span of the Mississippi River Bridge, was founder of the Contemporary Art Center, and continues his distinctive practice of urbanism, art and community activism.

Frank Gehry and Robert Tannen’s work have interested with major projects, built and unbuilt, in New Orleans, the Bio Museo in Panama, and the Freeman house in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Tannen, and his partner, Jean Nathen, were also instrumental in the choice of Frank Gehry as the architect of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, Gehry’s only museum in the Southeast.

This exhibition of work by Frank Gehry and Robert Tannen celebrates and extends the creative legacy of George Ohr (1857- 1918), who is now recognized as the most significant art potter of his time.

There will be an opening reception open to the public on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 – 7:30 PM as part of OOMA After Hour. This event is free with RSVP at In opening will be in tandem with a new exhibition by Vietnamese-American ceramicist Christian Dinh and a book signing for Securing Our Future: Embracing The Resilience and Brilliance of Black Women in Cyber, in honor of Women’s History Month.

Exhibition will be on display from Wednesday, March 3rd- July 2024.
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About the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art:
The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s mission is to promote and preserve the unique legacy of Biloxi potter George E. Ohr and the diverse cultural heritage of the Mississippi Gulf Coast; and to exhibit works which exemplify the independent, innovative, and creative spirit of George Ohr, emancipated craftsman Pleasant Reed, and Ohr-O’Keefe Museum architect Frank Gehry. This mission is served through compelling exhibitions and educational experiences viewed from a fresh perspective relevant to our community, the region, and the nation with a strong focus on ceramic arts.

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