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A Visit to Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art

On my third visit to Biloxi MI, I decided to stop in at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Its strangely shaped buildings had caught my eye several times, and I just had to know what was inside! On that day, I learned three things.

First, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has nothing to do with the renowned artist Georgia O’Keefe. The museum was funded by a Mr. O’Keefe to house the works of George Ohr (pronounced like “oar”), who called himself the “Mad Potter of Biloxi.” He loved to turn perfectly good pieces of clay into crazy, twisted shapes. Sort of like the Mad Hatter’s distorted top hat in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Second, the reason the buildings look so strange is because the architect has mimicked, to the best of his ability, George Ohr’s strange clay art. The museum architect twisted perfectly logical buildings into what must have been nightmares for the general contractor. But what beautiful nightmares they turned out to be!

Third, There’s no “ox” in “Biloxi.” They call it “Biluxi.”

 

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