Past Exhibitions

  • 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

    History and contemporary art will interact to refresh perceptions of the city in the inaugural exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new Seignouret-Brulatour Building.

  • Original Tuxedo Jazz Band

    Original Tuxedo Jazz Band; between ca. 1925 and 1932; gelatin silver print; The William Russell Jazz Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, acquisition made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund, 92-48-L.218

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    January 19, 2019 to August 4, 2019

    The music of New Orleans is the living product of dynamic cultural interactions played out over centuries in this diverse southern port city.

  • Purchased Lives panel exhibition
    November 27, 2018 to March 31, 2019

    The Historic New Orleans Collection presents a panel version of "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" at its Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street.

  • January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2019

    The Historic New Orleans Collection is proud to announce the donation of more than 300 hand-carved decoys and other works of art by southeastern Louisianan craftsmen.

  • A tricentennial-themed artwork by Robin Reynolds

    A detail from New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell

    May 9, 2018 to December 31, 2018

    The colored pen-and-ink work—measuring three feet by six feet—is a view of an American city, held aloft by parading figures from throughout its 300-year history.

  • Louisiana's first Black Lieutenant Governor, Oscar James Dunn

    Louisiana's first Black Lieutenant Governor, Oscar James Dunn. Image courtesy of Amistad Research Center.

    June 1, 2018 to December 8, 2018

    Presented by the New Orleans Arts & Culture Coalition

  • Ike Chapman, Lillian Moore, Dorothy Quick, and Lawrence Jacobs; December 24, 1959; Williams Residence working files

    Ike Chapman, Lillian Moore, Dorothy Quick, and Lawrence Jacobs; December 24, 1959; Williams Residence working files

    June 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018

    For the month of June, The Historic New Orleans Collection will be offering a special tour of the Williams Residence focused on the individuals who spent much of their lives in the Williamses’ employ.

  • Installation of bells in the French Quarter
    January 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018

    The work, which positions ringing brass bells around the French Quarter, was the first program offered in conjunction with THNOC’s exhibition "Art of the City"

  • Le Missisipi ou la Louisiane dans l’Amérique Septentrionale

    Le Missisipi ou la Louisiane dans l’Amérique Septentrionale; ca. 1720; hand-colored engraving by François Chéreau; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1959.210

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    February 27, 2018 to May 27, 2018

    This exhibition will bring together a vast array of rare artifacts from THNOC’s holdings and from institutions across Europe and North America to tell the stories of the city’s early days.

  • June 14, 2016 to May 6, 2018

    In 2017, THNOC unveiled a scale model of the forthcoming facility accompanied by a history of the 200-year-old property, as well as information about the in-progress construction.

  • November 18, 2017 to February 25, 2018

    THNOC will host two Prospect.4 exhibitions of contemporary photography--one by the late Tony Gleaton and the other by Monique Verdin.THNOC will host two Prospect.4 exhibitions of contemporary photogra

  • Leila Williams as Queen of Mystic

    Leila Williams as Queen of Mystic; 1936; The L. Kemper and Leila Moore Williams Founders Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection, 79-78-L.12

    January 10, 2018 to February 25, 2018

    This winter, the home of THNOC’s founders—General and Mrs. L. Kemper Williams—will be decorated for the Carnival season.

  • Poster for 1988 Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw, Poland; 1988; offset lithogragh by Waldemar Świerzy; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Daguillard, 2017.0003.4

    Poster for 1988 Jazz Jamboree Festival in Warsaw, Poland; 1988; offset lithogragh by Waldemar Świerzy; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Daguillard, 2017.0003.4

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    April 21, 2017 to December 30, 2017

    Giants of Jazz: Art Posters by Waldemar Świerzy from the Daguillard Collection highlights THNOC’s new collection of jazz posters made by the Polish artist Waldemar Świerzy (1931–2013).

  • Postcard showing view of Storyville; New Orleans: C. B. Mason, [1904–8]; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.362.16

    Postcard showing view of Storyville; New Orleans: C. B. Mason, [1904–8]; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1979.362.16

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    April 5, 2017 to December 9, 2017

    This award-winning exhibition revived the sights and sounds of New Orleans’s former red-light district a century after its closing.

  • The Spring Fiesta Art Show; 1941; oil on canvas by Clarence Millet (1897–1959); The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Laura Simon Nelson, 1996.122.1

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    May 2, 2017 to November 4, 2017

    The Laura Simon Nelson Galleries will once again showcase selections from the extensive collection of Louisiana art donated to THNOC by Laura Simon Nelson.

  • A. B. Griswold and Co. advertisement; by John William Orr, engraver; wood engraving from Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated; New Orleans, 1874; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1951.41.23

    A. B. Griswold and Co. advertisement; by John William Orr, engraver; wood engraving from Jewell’s Crescent City Illustrated; New Orleans, 1874; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1951.41.23

    September 23, 2016 to April 9, 2017

    "Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans, 1825–1925" invites visitors to peer into 19th- and early 20th-century shop windows.

  • Clarence John Laughlin in his home library; 1981; photoprint mounted on board by Nancy Robinson Moss; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Mr. Stanton M. Frazar, 1985.242

    Clarence John Laughlin in his home library; 1981; photoprint mounted on board by Nancy Robinson Moss; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Mr. Stanton M. Frazar, 1985.242

    November 15, 2016 to March 25, 2017

    A Louisiana native, Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985) began his career as photographer in the 1930s, eventually emerging as one of America’s pioneers in surrealist and experimental photography.

  • May 17, 2016 to October 29, 2016

    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 US’ only paper money.

  • March 13, 2016 to September 11, 2016

    Since the founding of New Orleans, women have played an active role in shaping the city.

  • May 3, 2016 to August 7, 2016

    April 23, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most famous writer in the history of the English language.

  • January 21, 2016 to June 4, 2016

    Watercolor is a versatile and easily transportable medium.

  • December 9, 2015 to May 7, 2016

    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

  • Slave Auction; ca. 1831; ink and watercolor; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1941.3

    Slave Auction; ca. 1831; ink and watercolor; The Historic New Orleans Collection, 1941.3

    March 17, 2015 to July 18, 2015

    The exhibition Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade examined the individuals involved in the trade and considers New Orleans’s role in this era of U.S. history.