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. 

“Celebrating the Life & Work of Chuck Siler: Memorial & Exhibition” 

This exhibit at Ashé Cultural Arts Center honors Baba Chuck Siler's life, times, and commitment to Black institutions. The exhibit is on display from May 25 - June 15, 2024.

2024 MAAFA Exhibit

Opening at Ashé Cultural Arts Center on June 28, the 2024 MAAFA exhibition, “Radiant Rhythms,” celebrates the power and resilience of African drums, symbols of strength and unity, story and sound, and rhythm and joy. Maafa is a racial healing commemoration of the ancestors, known and unknown, from the Transatlantic & Domestic Slave Trades, commemorated every year at Ashé with a procession. This year’s procession will begin at Congo Square at 7 a.m. on July 6; all white attire is preferred. Find more information here.

Image Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Brown Pelican by Laurent Verdin Jr.

"A Vanishing Bounty: Louisiana’s Coastal Environment and Culture"

Through images, objects, and interactive multimedia installations, “A Vanishing Bounty: Louisiana’s Coastal Environment and Culture” will address both the region’s abundance of natural life and the threats to its welfare. Visitors will experience the beauty and utility of cypress forests, learn of the peoples of the coast and their adaptations to its ecosystems, and see (and hear) the wildlife that inhabits the region’s land, air, and water. This exhibit opens June 21 at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Photo credit: Diego Bernal

“Rich Soil”

Longue Vue House & Gardens presents an outdoor exhibit: Rich Soil. Sculpted from thousands of pieces of wire hooked and looped together, each of presenting artist Kristine Mays’ garments, embodies a fleeting gesture or expression that delivers a message of strength while challenging how we view ourselves and others. Rich Soil challenges people to acknowledge the ancestors, the workers of the land, those deemed lesser than, and the bodies that have been used and disposed of. The artwork moves beyond beauty and decoration– provoking thoughts of spirituality, racial justice, and humanity. The exhibit opened last year and is on view through August 17.

Courtesy of Louisiana Children's Museum

Steward's Ship

Set sail for learning and adventure with Steward's Ship, the newest traveling exhibit from Louisiana Children’s Museum, docking at the museum throughout August. It’s designed to highlight the ways that humans and animals have adapted to survive and thrive in the wetlands. It helps kids explore what we eat, how we build our homes, and even why we look the way we do.

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