Events

Exhibitions

Spotlights

Past Exhibitions

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Money, Money, Money! Currency Holdings from The Historic New Orleans Collection

May 17–October 29, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres Street

American banknotes in the twenty-first century are recognizable for their uniform size, green ink, built-in anti-counterfeiting features, and universal acceptance as the United States’ only paper money. (more…)

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Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans

April 13–September 11, 2016
533 Royal St.

Since the founding of New Orleans, women have played an active role in shaping the city. The approaching tricentennial in 2018 provided an ideal opportunity for reflecting on the many women who fought for the welfare and rights of their fellow citizens and the preservation of the city’s rich heritage. (more…)

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“Merry as the Day Is Long”: Shakespeare’s Hand in New Orleans

May 3–August 7, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres Street

April 23, 2016, marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most famous writer in the history of the English language. To commemorate this event, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, assembled a traveling exhibition of the Bard’s first printed collection of works, known as the First Folio and considered one of the most valuable books in the world. The exhibition visited all fifty states, and the Newcomb Gallery at Tulane University represented Louisiana, hosting the First Folio May 9–31, 2016. To show support for this wonderful cultural opportunity, THNOC presented “Merry as the Day Is Long”: Shakespeare’s Hand in New Orleans, a small-scale exhibition at the Williams Research Center examining the lasting influence of Shakespeare’s life and work in New Orleans. (more…)

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Awash with Color: Seldom-Seen Watercolor Paintings by Louisiana Artists, 1789–1989

January 21–June 4, 2016
Laura Simon Nelson Galleries
400 Chartres St.

Watercolor is a versatile and easily transportable medium. Artists in the nineteenth century used it to paint landscapes en plein aire and to make preliminary sketches before executing an oil painting. In the 20th century, the medium became more popular for completed paintings. (more…)

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At Home and at War: New Orleans, 1914–1919

December 9, 2015–May 7, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres St.

With the onset of hostilities in the summer of 1914, Europe hurled itself into a conflict of enormous proportions, the ripple effects of which were quickly felt in New Orleans. Nearly three years later, on April 6, 1917, the United States officially entered World War I when the House of Representatives voted in support of a declaration of war against Germany. (more…)

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An Architect and His City: Henry Howard’s New Orleans, 1837–1884

November 18, 2015–April 3, 2016
533 Royal St.

One of the nineteenth century’s most prolific architects but also, until recently, one of the most historically elusive, Henry Howard (1818–1884) called New Orleans home for nearly fifty years. (more…)

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The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City

August 22, 2015–January 9, 2016
Laura Simon Nelson Galleries, 400 Chartres St.

The Historic New Orleans Collection marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with the release of the book and exhibition The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City, featuring the haunting black-and-white images of New Orleans–based photographer David G. Spielman. His photographs, seventy-seven of which were featured in the exhibition, chronicle the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and the arrested processes of rebuilding and recovery that persist in many neighborhoods.

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Rolland Golden’s Hurricane Katrina Series: A Selection

July 29, 2015–January 23, 2016
WRC, 410 Chartres St.

Many of the creative and artistic residents of New Orleans responded to Hurricane Katrina with bodies of work that used the storm as their subjects. Rolland Golden (b. 1931) is such an artist. (more…)

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It’s Only Natural: Flora and Fauna in Louisiana Decorative Arts

July 29–November 28, 2015
WRC, 410 Chartres St.

The  exhibition It’s Only Natural: Flora and Fauna in Louisiana Decorative Arts, running in conjunction with the 2015 New Orleans Antiques Forum, celebrated the use of natural motifs on objects made or used in Louisiana. (more…)

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Visions of a City: Printed Views of 19th-Century New Orleans

May 20–August 15, 2015
Laura Simon Nelson Galleries
400 Chartres St.

The image of New Orleans as a network of streets clustered into the Mississippi River’s crescent is well established today, often appearing in logos and other insignia of local pride, but such place-based branding was a rarity until recently. Before the advent of Google Earth and, before that, mass-media photography, people relied on illustrations to show them the world from afar.

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