New Orleans is home to world-class art museums, many of which are participating in Museum Month this August. Museum Month is a program where one museum membership gets you and a guest access to every participating museum for the entire month. Art lovers are in for a treat—several new exhibits make their debut at participating museums this August. There couldn’t be a better time to become a member and participate in Museum Month.
Dedicated to showcasing Black art, the museum is home to rotating exhibits. The museum is housed in the beautiful Tremé villa, considered by some to be one of the finest examples of a Creole villa in the city.
The Ashé Cultural Arts Center is a gallery and performance space located in the heart of Central City. Focused on emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent since 1998, Ashé remains a pillar of the community.
Newcomb Art Museum is home to new exhibits quarterly, including photography collections, mixed media, and other art. Located on Tulane University’s campus, past exhibits have included “Core Memory: Louisiana Native American Basketry” and “PER(SISTER): Incarcerated Women in Louisiana.” A new exhibit, Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation,” is comprised of seven installations made by contemporary Black artists such as Sadie Barnette, Alfred Conteh, and others, “Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation” depicts the legacy of the Civil War in 2023, and what life looks like for Black Americans today. It opens on August 17.
The Ogden Museum is dedicated to telling the story of art in the American South through visual art from the colonial period to the present. Check out “Louisiana Contemporary,” a juried exhibition that promotes contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana.
New Orleans Museum of Art’s collection includes more than 40,000 objects, spanning 5,000 years of art. On view during Museum Month is “Photogenic: Photographs from the Collection of Cherye R. and James F. Pierce”, “Ring Redux: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection”, and “Field and Figure: Recent Gifts from Diane and Charles L. Frankel”, and the highly anticipated “Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour”, which opened July 21 and runs through November 26.
The CAC is the leading multidisciplinary arts center in the South. The CAC's 10th Annual Gulf South Open Call exhibition “Who Lit the Fire?” opens on August 5 and presents works by numerous artists that explores the question “What are the unrealized potentials imagined in the eradication of systemic oppression that move us beyond the necessity for resilience and responsiveness to perpetual threat?”
JAMNOLA offers an immersive experience in Crescent City culture through joy, art, and music. Experience the 5,400-square-foot experiential pop-up that engages audiences of all ages in a topsy-turvy journey celebrating the art, music and culture of New Orleans. With 17 exhibits carefully curated by a team of over 30 artists, JAMNOLA is the perfect place for history buffs, art lovers, children, and photo shoots.
Vue Orleans is a multi-level cultural experience, and a one-of-a-kind way to learn about the history of New Orleans. Visit one of the 360º observation decks for some views, stop by Story Café for the history of classic New Orleans cuisine, and step into the panoramic Vue Theater to hear from the ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’, Irma Thomas. The integration of different art forms, from visual and performance arts to music and culinary exhibits is sure to captivate the whole family!
See the full list of participating museums here.