A Special Place in Time: Preserving Memories through Southern Decorative Arts
August 6–8,  2021
Offered online as a virtual event.

Registration opens June 15, and admission starts at $20. 

Today we live in a world of rapid change and endless self-documentation. Through smartphones and social media, people have come to document their lives as they’re living them, amassing heaps of digital debris that are quickly forgotten. There was a time, though, when the recording of life’s events held a deeper significance, when cherished physical items served as a connective fabric between the past and the future.   

The 2021 New Orleans Antiques Forum will explore how southerners documented those special moments in time through various forms, including silver, ceramics, engravings, furniture, textiles, and more. This year’s forum will be a virtual event, with pre-recorded sessions and live Q&As. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and connect with noted experts as we celebrate the many different vessels of memory that give shape to our lives. 

This year's forum will take place virtually through Zoom. Registration opens June 15, and admission starts at $20. 


Advisory Committee: The quality of the New Orleans Antiques Forum depends in part on the gracious assistance of a network of experts.

Previous Forums: Programs from past Antiques Forums provide examples of the topics presented at each event.


Above left: Sauce boat; ca. 1776; sterling silver; by Patrick Robertson (Edinburgh, Scotland); The L. Kemper and Leila Moore Williams Founders Collection at THNOC, 72.602.2 WR

Above right: Bough pot; ca. 1756–70; by Worcester Porcelain Company; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund J. Katz, RISD Museum, Providence, RI