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. Check out the highlighted exhibits below and search our calendar to find even more art in New Orleans.
The Newcomb Art Museum’s spring exhibition asks the question what could a Louisiana without youth prisons be? Centering the voices and experiences of more than 20 system-impacted youth participants, the exhibition utilizes paintings, illustrations, photographs, performance, sculpture, sound, collage, and a mural to explore the topic. This exhibit runs from January 21 to June 10, 2023. Catch it before it closes.
On view at Arabi Visual Arts until July 2, this exhibit celebrates Louisiana's unique and diverse natural environment. Breathtaking photography and 2D art capture the beauty and wonder of Louisiana's fish and wildlife in all their glory. From the vibrant hues of a Gulf Coast sunset to the delicate patterns of a butterfly's wings, these artists have created stunning works of art that celebrate the unique character of this beloved state.
The Historic New Orleans Collection presents: “Yet She is Advancing: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote,” a new exhibit open on April 28. The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution extended the vote to American women in 1920. Its passage served as the crowning achievement of a decades-long struggle by women across the nation to be part of the democratic process. Although divided by race, class, and political strategy, Black and white women in New Orleans played a significant role in the women’s suffrage movement. The exhibition runs through November 5, 2023.
On June 17, 2023, a companion exhibit opens. Drawn from the permanent exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith” explores the challenges and triumphs that generations of Americans encountered as they sought to create a government based on the sovereignty of the people. It explores the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise from the nation’s formation to today. This exhibit closes on October 8.