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Selections from the Laura Simon Nelson Collection

A new exhibition in The Historic New Orleans Collection’s recently completed Perrilliat House opened to the public in October 2012. Part of the Williams Research Center, the new building—located at 400 Chartres St.—houses the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art. This new gallery space will host rotating exhibitions drawing from the substantial visual-art collection donated by Laura Simon Nelson in 1995, as well as other THNOC holdings.

The inaugural exhibition in the galleries was representative of Nelson’s collection, which is a diverse group of more than 350 objects ranging from impressionist works to cubism and other modern styles. Dozens of paintings from her donation were on display, including artists such as Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans, Josephine Marien Crawford, Ellsworth Woodward and William Woodward.

Guided by long-time friend, art enthusiast and dealer, George E. Jordan, Nelson’s collection showcases the talents of many artists who lived and worked in Louisiana. Her gift remains the largest single donation of visual art ever received by THNOC.

The Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art are open Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Admission is free, and guests may enter at 400 Chartres St. For more information, call (504) 523-4662.

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