Art Exhibits to Visit in New Orleans This Month

As students, from New Orleans or out of town, we have the chance to explore the art that lives in the city. Created by individuals who reconstruct cultural narratives by creating their own, the following exhibits are an opportunity to learn more about the culture that surrounds the student population. Take advantage of the artistic nature that is available to explore around us. It’s worth it.

Newcomb Art Museum

Some galleries are particularly close to us on campus, including the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane. Located past Tulane’s Commons Dining Hall, the gallery is on the first floor of the Newcomb Art Museum. The current exhibition, “To survive on this shore”, is by Jess T. Dugan. Dugan’s works are based on the exploration of identity through the photographed portrait. The gallery walls are filled with approximately two-by-three-foot photographs. The room is laid out in a simplistic way, allowing viewers of the exhibition to see each photo clearly. These photos are associated with personal stories that match those presented in the image. Dugan empowers the subjects of her art to relate their experience of living as transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Each pigment print does a phenomenal job encompassing the personalities of each individual’s subjects. The show will continue until December 10, 2022.

South Ogden Art Museum

If you are able to travel a little further, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is currently displaying the “Contemporary Louisiana” show, presented by the Helis Foundation. The Ogden is located in the central business district at 925 Camp St. You can get there by taking the streetcar to St. Charles Avenue and walking no more than five minutes to the museum. The exhibit is located on the fifth floor of the museum and unlike current exhibits at Newcomb or the New Orleans Museum of Art, it features a variety of genres and themes. While relevant to Louisiana culture, artists and their styles vary. Videographer and former Loyola student Madison Spinner presents a film “Checker Print Kitchen”. Laura Welter and Trinity Thomas submitted their paintings “Patterns of our Skin: Stars and Flowers and Loyalty”. Ben Depp presented his photograph “A lifeline floats near a wrecked boat after Hurricane Ida”. These sculptures, paintings and art projections each tell the story of local artists and their relationship with the South as at home. This exhibition will be presented until January 8, 2023.

New Orleans Art Museum

NOMA, located at 1 Collins Diboll Circle in City Park, is currently presenting two exhibitions relating to the photography of black Americans and black people around the world. An exhibition bears the name “Call to camera: Black American Studio.“This exhibition is a composition of various black photographers. Austin Hansen, Hooks Brothers Studio, Nolan Marshall, Morgan and Marvin Smith each have works on display. This exhibition aims to highlight the importance of studio photographers in the history of black Americans. The photos present the everyday experiences of black life in the 20th century. These moments in time were captured through the lenses of black photographers, showcasing the fabric of the culture of their communities. Similarly, another exhibit at NOMA features the work of Polo Silk, which depicts black culture in New Orleans. The exhibition, “The man in the picture: Portraits“, features images taken in the 1990s. Each photo is taken via Polaroid and is individually framed. Two large spray-painted rooms and a glass podium are also on display. Both shows at NOMA will run until January 8, 2023.

Julia P. Cluff