Something Old, Something New:
Collecting in the 21st Century
Browse a selection of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s recent acquisitions in its latest exhibition, Something Old, Something New: Collecting in the 21st Century.
Chosen by a team of staff curators and historians, the display illustrates the growth of the institution’s holdings since the year 2000.
The exhibition features one of the most captivating pieces The Collection has recently acquired—a circa 1840 portrait, Creole in a Red Headdress by Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans (at left). The portrait defies ethnic, race and even gender distinctions, and its acquisition was made possible by the Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation.
The exhibition also features a portrait of early statesman Thomas Bolling Robertson, which Antiques and Fine Arts Magazine named as one of the nation’s top 20 museum acquisitions of 2011.
Something Old, Something New includes photographs, metalwork, pottery, letters, journals, and early copies of jazz records and sheet music, and is on view through February 8, 2013.
Something Old, Something New: Collecting in the 21st Century
July 24, 2012–February 8, 2013
533 Royal St.
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Reverend Mother Lydia Gilford Infant Jesus of Prague Spiritual Church, 1969 (negative), 1974 (print), photograph by Michael P. Smith; The Historic New Orleans Collection (2007.0103.2.1)
Hiacinthe Bernard’s letter book, 1783–1786, by Hiacinthe Bernard; The Historic New Orleans Collection (2007.0158.2)
“The Mysterious Axman’s Jazz (Don’t Scare Me Papa),” by Joseph John Davilla, composer, New Orleans: World’s Music Publishing Company, 1919 (2008.0052)
Green-winged teal drake with carver’s tool and paint brushes, 2008, carved cypress root with glass eyes (decoy); 19915– 2005 (tools), by William C. Hanemann; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of William C. Hanemann (2009.0025.1–3,.5)
Green Dragon Brand Dry Pack Shrimp, 1927, lithograph, printed for Quong Sun Co., Inc.; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of J. L. Riesden (2010.0149)
Rosalie Roos Weiner: Self-Portrait, ca. 1938, oil on canvas by Rosalie Roos Weiner; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of E. John Bullard, in memory of Charles A. Snyder (2010.0269)
Creole in a Red Headdress, ca. 1840, oil on canvas by Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans; The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by The Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation in memory of Charles A. Snyder (2010.0306)
Portrait of Thomas Bolling Robertson, 1807, chalk on pink paper under eglomised glass in frame by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mérmin; The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by the Laussat Society (2011.0408)