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. 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.

Photo credit: Aaron Turner
Black Alchemy: Remembering Fazendeville

Black Alchemy: Remembering Fazendeville

Opening December 9 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Black Alchemy: Remembering Fazendeville gives us a glimpse inside a community that no longer exists: Fazendeville, a former African American community in St. Bernard Parish. Through a photographic archive, artist-in-residence Aaron Turner brings the narrative and legacy of the community to a new audience. Catch this exhibit on view through January 29, 2023.

Looking Glass

On view from November 19, 2022 - Jan 5, 2023, at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Looking Glass is a mirror to the soul. The exhibit features photographs from New Orleans-based photographer Gason Ayisyin. Looking Glass celebrates the simplicity of everyday life captured through a beautiful lens.

To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Currently on view at the Newcomb Art Museum is “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre. This exhibit is the result of a years-long collaboration from Dugan and Fabbre, where they traveled across the United States seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location.  The resulting portraits and narratives provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds. The exhibit closes on December 10, 2022.

Charles Muir Lovell Archives

Opening December 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Second Story Gallery in the New Orleans Healing Center, this exhibit features 75 photographs from over four decades of Charles Muir Lovell's photography career. His exhibition includes photographs from New Orleans second-line parades, images he shot from around the world, a new series of limited-edition color monoprints, and his earlier silver gelatin prints. The exhibit runs through January 7, 2023.

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