New Orleans is a series of neighborhoods each with a unique vibe. Each one has its own feel, architecture, and residents. Each is known for bringing something different to the city, and making New Orleans an international and cultural hub. One thing that each neighborhood shares in common is its own art scene. Whether it’s through galleries, museums, events, or education, art is an important aspect of New Orleans that is not to be overlooked.
This fall, several of the city’s most prominent art institutions will be hosting and opening art exhibitions that coincide with the city’s Tricentennial and celebrate the city’s history and connection to the arts. Read about this season’s can’t-miss exhibits below.
The Orléans Collection
October 26, 2018 – January 27, 2019
To celebrate the city’s tricentennial, The New Orleans Museum of Art presents The Orléans Collection, which will bring together a collection of masterpieces from the private collection of The Duke of Orléans, Phillippe II. The collection contains works that once hung in the Palais Royal in Paris and includes masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Poussin.
Thirty New Orleans Artists
September 8 – November 3, 2018
Thirty New Orleans Artists includes the works of thirty different local artists and their reactions to the resilience, multiculturalism, and dynamism of the city through two and three-dimensional artwork. The artwork will be exhibited in the Second Story Gallery, an artist-run cooperative gallery located in The New Orleans Healing Center in the burgeoning St. Claude Arts District.
Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina presented by The Helis Foundation
Opening Fall 2018 (exact date TBD) and will remain open for 6 months
Art of the City captures the reflection of the past 30 years in New Orleans, which includes the rise, friction, resilience, and rebirth of the city through a series of artwork as seen through the eyes of over 75 different artists. The pieces have been handpicked by artist, curator, and educator Jan Glbert, and includes work from established, renowned, and rising names such as Candy Chan, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lynda Benglis, and Brandan Odums, among others. This will be the first exhibition to be housed inside the Historic New Orleans Collection’s newest state-of-the-art space, The Seignouret-Brulatour House. Stay tuned to The Historic New Orleans Collection for updates and the opening date.
Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation
August 4 – November 4, 2018
Since 2012, Louisiana Contemporary has highlighted several contemporary artists from the state of Louisiana through this annual statewide exhibition. Through the Ogden Museum and a jury of art experts, artists have been given the chance to engage with a contemporary audience that recognizes New Orleans as a rising, international art center. This year, Louisiana Contemporary features 34 works by 25 artists.
November 29, 2018 – February 17, 2019
BIG is an exhibition at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art highlighting the museum’s largest holdings, drawing from the museum’s permanent collection for the first time. This exhibition will bring together artwork that has not been showcased together before. The art was even hidden from public view, due to their complicated size, and will celebrate the Southern works of art on a grand scale. Artists included are Willie Birch, Nicole Charbonnet, Michael Roque Collins, Clyde Connell, Jeffrey Cook, Robert Gordy, Gregory Saunders, Kendall Shaw, and Hunt Slonem, among others.
Me Got Fiyo: The Professor Longhair Centennial
August 2, 2018 – July 1, 2019
Me Got Fiyo launches just in time to celebrate both the city’s 300th birthday as well as the 100th birthday of one of the most beloved New Orleans musicians – pianist Henry Roeland Byrd. Most notably known as Professor Longhair, his music has been influential to New Orleans music and culture throughout his life and even after his untimely death. The exhibition, held at The New Orleans Jazz Museum, will showcase all things ‘Fess, including the development of his early hits, his 1970s comeback, and his continued presence in New Orleans.
Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories
June 29-September 16, 2018
This exhibit celebrates New Orleans’ three-hundredth anniversary by bringing together a group of seven contemporary art projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city. Don’t miss this last chance to see installations that pay tribute to the UpStairs Lounge fire of 1973, the commonalities of Vietnamese funerary rituals and jazz funerals, the legacy of urban renewal in black communities, the changing face of the Old Prieur neighborhood, a photo exhibition addressing the history of New Orleans’ public education system, and more. You can read more about the artists here.