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. January 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.
In a stunning exhibit spanning centuries, the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Called to the Camera reframes the history of American photography by placing Black photographers and subjects at the center of that story, arguing for a reconsideration of how historians and institutions evaluate and display photography. This exhibition brings together over 250 photographs, many of them unique objects, from the nineteenth century to the present. Celebrating famous portrait photographers such as James Presley Ball, James Van Der Zee, and Addison Scurlock, it additionally brings attention to more than two dozen other photographers. This exhibit opened on September 16 and will remain on view until January 8, 2023.
Currently on view 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 through January 29, 2023.
The Historic New Orleans Collection brings the world heritage site to life with a 360-degree augmented reality immersion into the 850-year history of Notre-Dame Cathedral and its ongoing restoration in the aftermath of the tragic fire of April 15, 2019. This visually stunning experience joins other interactive technology on display at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s state-of-the-art new exhibition center at 520 Royal Street in the French Quarter. Visitors will navigate Notre-Dame de Paris through the ages by using a HistoPad™, an augmented reality touch-screen tablet developed by Histovery. The handheld device transports visitors back in time through its immersive, interactive reconstructions available in more than 10 languages. Catch the exhibit from November 15 to March 1, 2023.
Knowing Who We Are tells the story of the South through the permanent collection of Ogden Museum of Southern Art. This exhibition reconsiders the development of visual arts in the American South from the 19th century to the present. The first installment of the multi-year exhibit kicks off January 28, 2023, with Knowing Who We Are: The Contemporary Dialogue. This selection of works from Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s permanent collection considers how artists throughout the region explore concepts of process, place, and identity through diverse media and practices. Situated on the fifth floor, this collection contains works of art – from the late 20th century to now – that contribute to the complex dialogue in which contemporary Southern artists are engaged with their region and the rest of the world.