With so much to do in New Orleans, don’t forget that the city’s art scene is just as vibrant as the food and music. Fall brings exciting exhibits at various museums. Check out the highlighted exhibits below and search our calendar to find even more art in New Orleans.

Image Courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection
The Trail They Blazed

“The Trail They Blazed”

“The Trail They Blazed," part of the NOLA Resistance collaborative initiative by The Historic New Orleans Collection, is a traveling exhibit built collaboratively with the community that participated in the local Civil Rights Movement and those working to preserve its legacy. Featuring more than 1,000 square feet of historic visuals and more than 40 sound bites, visitors can hear and read stories about boycotts, public school desegregation, the march on City Hall, voter registration, and activism in the Desire neighborhood straight from the people who lived them. The Trail They Blazed is on view at the TEP Center now until November 10.

10th Annual HBCU Art Showcase

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The New Orleans Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary the HBCU Art Showcase. The partnership was formed 10 years ago to create an exhibition that would spotlight works created by students attending Louisiana’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Since then, the HBCU Art Showcase has been presented annually in the Museum’s Education Gallery, a space designated to honor the teaching of art and works created by students in the Southern region of the United States. The exhibit closes on October 8.

© Debbie Fleming Caffery
Debbie Fleming Caffery, Planting Sugar Cane, 1974

“In Light of Everything”

Including nearly 100 dramatic black-and-white photographs installed in three distinct spaces of the museum, “In Light of Everything” is the first career retrospective for the Louisiana-born photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery. The exhibition presents examples from her most important series made in the American South, Mexico, and France, from the 1970s to the present. Catch the exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art from October 6, 2023, to March 3, 2024.

“Living Proof: Cultures in the Crucible”

On view at the New Orleans African American Museum, “Living Proof” is a reflective look at the contemporary works of six local artists: Bryan Brown (Browno), Devin Dennis (Cyph), Kara Crowley, Kentrice Schexnayder (Ken 6), Jay McKay, and Ryan Gilbert (Phlegm). It offers a captivating glimpse into the artistic petri dish that is New Orleans—where creativity thrives and acknowledges and nurtures the existence of Black life and creation, and all the nuances encompassed with the experience. The exhibit is on view from August 24-October 24.

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