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. As summer winds down, make visiting museum a part of your end-of-summer bucket list. Check out the highlighted exhibits below and search our calendar to find even more art in New Orleans. 

“UNTITLED (Invisible Identities)” 

“UNTITLED (Invisible Identities)” is an exhibit of twelve visual artists employed at the Contemporary Arts Center. This exhibit brings attention to the ways artists working at art institutions are rarely offered opportunities to exhibit their work or expand their artistic practice. Often pigeonholed into preparatory work for other artists while their own artistic practices are seldom recognized by the very institutions that they work in, “UNTITLED (Invisible Identities)” offers a disruption of such policies and practices. The exhibit opened August 5 and is on view until October 8. 

Image credit: Richard Sexton, “Casa Hinard Parlor, Peter Yokum Residence,” French Quarter 1992, Color pigment print, 20 x 25.5 inches, Collection of the artist

“New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence” 

In a new exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, "New Orleans: Elegance and Decadence" features 17 photographs by Richard Sexton from the book of the same name, which has become in the 30 years since its release, a contemporary classic. The book, and this exhibit, focus on the interiors, furnishings, art collections, and gardens of a handful of creative people in New Orleans in the 1990s. Catch the exhibit anytime from September 16-November 26.

“Living Proof: Cultures in the Crucible” 

On view at the New Orleans African American Museum, “Living Proof” is a reflective look at 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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