With so much to do in New Orleans, especially during Holidays New Orleans Style, many forget that the city’s art scene is just as vibrant as the food and music. December is a great time to visit a museum. Check out the highlighted exhibits below and search our calendar to find even more art in New Orleans.

“A Mystic Brotherhood: Fraternal Orders of New Orleans” 

The Historic New Orleans Collection’s latest exhibit, “A Mystic Brotherhood: Fraternal Orders of New Orleans,” explores the sometimes-hidden history of fraternal organizations and how they helped shape today’s city. Visitors will meet many familiar names from New Orleans history as they survey the narrative, including William C. C. Claiborne, Oscar J. Dunn, and Homer Plessy—all lodge members—as well as learn about the many landmarks across the cityscape in which the history happened. See the exhibit from December 8, 2023 - May 10, 2024.

“I Found My Thrill: The Music and Artistry of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew” 

A new exhibit at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, “I Found My Thrill,” beautifully captures the essence of two iconic figures in the music industry, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, showcasing their immense contributions to the world of rock-n-roll, jazz, and funk. The exhibit provides a unique insight into the lives and careers of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, exploring their groundbreaking collaborations and individual achievements. Browse rare photographs and personal artifacts in this exhibit now open through March 2024.

Image courtesy of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Hadley Chittum, “Lashonia and Sean in the Backyard,” 2020, Archival color pigment print, 12 x 14 inches

“CURRENTS 2023: A New Orleans Photo Alliance Member Showcase” 

“CURRENTS” is an annual exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art that highlights the diverse photographic work being created by New Orleans Photo Alliance members. The showcase is designed to give an overview of contemporary photographic practices and projects. “CURRENTS 2023: NOPA Members Showcase” is curated by Jacob Moscovitch, photo editor at “The New York Times,” and features 19 photographers. See it on view from December 15, 2023 - January 28, 2024.

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