With so much to do in New Orleans, many forget that the city’s art scene is just as vibrant as the food and music. April is a great time to visit a museum, with multiple new openings within the month. Take a break from busy festival season and check out the highlighted exhibits below.

“Creole in a red headdress,” between 1830 and 1850; oil on canvas by Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans (1801–1888). (THNOC; acquisition made possible by the Diana Helis Henry Art Fund of the Helis Foundation in memory of Charles A. Snyder, 2010.0306)

“Unknown Sitters”

Opening April 5 and closing October 6, “Unknown Sitters” will display portraits from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s holdings of people who are unidentified in the historical record. The sitters’ identities were lost or erased from history for a variety of reasons. When family estates were sold, beloved portraits were divorced from their historical narratives. Sometimes artists did not record the name of sitters, particularly when the sitter was a paid model. These portraits of mystery stand in for the lives not represented in history and ask us all to remember—and to imagine.

Photo credit: Sonja Rieger, Stormy View Over Birmingham, 1992, Iris print, singer editions print, Somerset velvet paper 30 x 37.5 inches, Gift of the artist 2022.23.6


"Southland" examines the role photographs have played in the visualization of the natural landscape of the American South. The exhibition explores the technical and aesthetic methods photographers have used in approaching the Southern Landscape. Highlighting the marshlands in Louisiana, the beaches of Florida, the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta and the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia, the exhibition shows the landscape of the American South is as diverse as the people of the region. See “Southland” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from April 20 - September 22.

“NOLA @ Night: Teen Takes on the Crescent City” 

Join Teens throughout the Crescent City and beyond in an open call exhibition for a teen-curated teen art exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The exhibit opens April 27 and closes on May 26.

“Double Space: Women Photographers and Surrealism” 

On the 100th anniversary of the “Surrealist Manifesto,” The New Orleans Museum of Art presents works by six women photographers whose work explores the subconscious mind, blurs the boundary between reality and dreams, or magnifies the uncanny in everyday life. Drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, works by Ilse Bing, Ruth Bernhard, Lola Alvarez-Bravo, Carlotta M. Corpron, Florence Henri, and Lee Miller illustrate ways that women pushed the boundaries of surrealist art. This exhibit opens on March 29 and closes August 4.

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