Cityscape; 1987; gouache on paper by Krista Jurisich; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Judith L. Jurisich, 2017.0021

Cityscape; 1987; gouache on paper by Krista Jurisich; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Judith L. Jurisich, 2017.0021

April 6, 2019 to October 6, 2019

Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

520 Royal Street

Admission is free.

The inaugural exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new Seignouret-Brulatour Building, Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, constitutes THNOC's first major exhibition of contemporary art, along with with a robust programming series to accompany the display.

In Art of the City, New Orleans interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator Jan Gilbert—along with THNOC President and Chief Executive Officer Priscilla Lawrence as assisting curator—assembles the diverse perspectives of artists reacting during three decades of strife and progress in the layered city that fueled their inspiration.

“The fecund and tumultuous climate of this period in the life of this city steeps artists and their visions,” said Gilbert. “For THNOC to showcase this recent explosion of the New Orleans contemporary art culture, here at this tricentennial moment, is to recognize its importance as history in the making and is a significant commitment to the future of art in this city.”

The exhibition, made possible by a significant gift to THNOC from The Helis Foundation, includes a robust programming schedule and components that live outside the gallery walls.

“The Helis Foundation is proud to support this important exhibition celebrating New Orleans’s finest contemporary artists responding to our rich cultural history,” said David Kerstein, president of The Helis Foundation. “THNOC is uniquely positioned to tell this story within the context of 300 years of significant artistic achievements highlighted in its collection.”

Art of the City will feature the work of more than 75 artists, both homegrown visionaries and devoted visitors. It includes established masters like Krista Jurisich, Douglas Bourgeois, and Luis Cruz Azaceta; familiar names like Candy Chang and Gina Phillips; and rising stars like Zarouhie Abdalian, Brandan Odums, and Rontherin Ratliff.

“In few cities do the historic and the modern commingle more naturally than in New Orleans—this harmony guided us as we both renovated the historic Seignouret-Brulatour Building and added to it with the new construction,” said Lawrence. “We hope Art of the City and its arresting assembly of contemporary art brings the citywide conversation about past and present to the fore.”

The exhibition will run through October 6 at THNOC’s new, $38 million exhibition center at 520 Royal St.

Media Coverage

The New Orleans Advocate: Art of the City: Sprawling inaugural exhibit at Historic New Orleans Collection's new space is 'like walking through New Orleans'

NolaVie: HNOC’s Art of the City searches soul of New Orleans

Beyond Bourbon Street: Art of the City, Postmodern to Post-Katrina – Episode #90

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