Rolland Golden’s Katrina Series
Hurricane Katrina visited Louisiana on August 29, 2005, and affected the creative and artistic residents of New Orleans in different ways. Many responded with bodies of work that used the storm as their subjects. Rolland Golden (b. 1931) is such an artist.
For about two years following the storm, Golden was a painter possessed. Absorbing the imagery of endless television reports and adding his own eyewitness observations recorded in photographs and sketchbooks, the artist combined these multiple visions into paintings. The fruit of this labor was 32 major works first displayed at the New Orleans Museum of Art in late 2007. The title of that exhibition, Katrina: Days of Terror, Months of
Anguish, expressed Golden’s lament for the city of his birth.
Through a joint acquisition of these 14 paintings (made possible by the Diana Helis Henry Fund of The Helis Foundation and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Fund), The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Museum of Art ensured that a large selection of Golden’s Katrina paintings will be accessible to the public. As the third anniversary of the storm sliped into the historical record, the paintings remain both vivid and timely.