Join us August 2–5 for the 2012 New Orleans Antiques Forum, Circa 1812, a four-day forum celebrating 19th-century decorative style with talks by local and national experts, social events, and two optional preconference tours.
Since the 19th century, New Orleans has served as a marketplace for the decorative arts, and the city remains the region’s arts and antiques capital to this day. This year’s theme, Circa 1812, recognizes the bicentennials of Louisiana’s statehood and the War of 1812, and explores the prevailing decorative styles of the period. The state, by way of New Orleans and its port, became a magnet for the importation of decorative arts from around the country and overseas, transforming it into the epicenter of the Mississippi River valley’s arts and antiques community.
The forum will feature nearly a dozen talks by local and national decorative arts experts, including curators from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Hermitage: The Home of Andrew Jackson and appraisers from PBS’s popular program Antiques Roadshow.
New to this year’s program is a choice of two preconference tours. One option is a day trip to St. Francisville, La., where participants will visit three historic plantation homes, two of which are not typically open to the public. The second option is a walking tour of the French Quarter. Staff curator/historian John T. Magill will led the group on a survey of key sites and buildings that have survived since 1812, when Louisiana joined the union.
Following the final session on Sunday, guests will also have the option to join speakers and fellow participants for brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant. Separate registration is required for the preconference tours and brunch.
Thursday, August 2
Glimpses of 1812: Walking tour of the French Quarter, 8:30–10 a.m.
Plantations of St. Francisville: Day trip to St. Francisville, La., 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.*
*This is the anticipated time of return; the actual time may vary.
Friday through Sunday, August 3–5
Daily sessions in the Boyd Cruise Room,
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street.
Call (504) 523-4662 or click the link below to register.
online event registration
2012 New Orleans Antiques Forum