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.
To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults
New at the Newcomb Art Museum is “To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults” by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre. This exhibit is the result of a years-long collaboration from Dugan and Fabbre, where they travelled across the United States seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location. The resulting portraits and narratives provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds. The exhibit runs August 16 to December 10, 2022.
Featuring artwork from students at Xavier University, Dillard University, and Southern University of New Orleans, the HBCU Art Showcase has been presented annually in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’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. To date, over one hundred HBCU artists from Louisiana’s five HBCUs have participated in the annual showcase. Currently on view, the exhibition will close on October 2.
Local photography legend Polo Silk brings his decades of work to the New Orleans Museum of Art in a new exhibit. For more than three decades, Selwhyn Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell (American, born 1964) has been photographing Black New Orleans, creating a unique body of work that blends elements of portraiture, fashion, performance, and street photography. This exhibition explores how Polo Silk successfully blends all those elements, while illustrating his role as an important part of photographic history. The exhibit is on view from July 16, 2022 until January 8, 2023.