Much of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's annual Louisiana Contemporary exhibition looks like it might have been curated by our native musical voodooist, Dr. John. In fact, it was curated by Prospect New Orleans director Brooke Davis Anderson, whose background in folk art may have helped prepare her for south Louisiana. But the anthropological spirituality seen here is really part of a broader move away from the academic theory of recent decades, and toward work that harks to the origins of art inancient rituals and the far recesses of the psyche. For instance, Kristin Meyers' Bound by Nature, above left, is a vaguely figurative concoction made up of whorls of wicker, hair, basketry, cowry shells and twine tied into a psychically charged fetish that resonates an eerie, mother earth vibe. Meyers says she engages in ritual practice "to explore the human condition," and indeed, her work can seem curiously alive. But for sheer weirdness it's hard to beat Elizabeth Derby's We Tease to Please hair assemblage, a tangled mat of braided and unbraided locks like something conjured by Marie Laveau reincarnated as a street corner beautician.