First Draft - Arts and Entertainment

December 22, 2021
By Molly Reid Cleaver, editor

The photographer and art-world star makes his New Orleans debut at THNOC with a powerful pair of installations for Prospect.5.




December 15, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication strategist

The 8th Cavalry Mexican Military Band was a sensation in 1884 New Orleans. 




October 15, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

Author John Ed Bradley recalls meeting artist John Clemmer and opening a door into the world of 20th-century New Orleans art.




September 24, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

To get the inside story of brass bands and second lines, we talked to THNOC's own Douane Walpes, who tells us what it's like to play for the clubs and second liners on the streets.




June 24, 2021
By Sarah Duggan, DAGS coordinator and research curator

The work of the Decorative Arts of the Gulf South project has revealed stories of African American material culture throughout the region.




May 11, 2021
By Dave Walker, communication specialist

Access to capture the intimate action of a second line is earned over beers in favorite club watering holes, in the quieter moments that precede and conclude a parade, and during the kinetic events themselves, where unspoken rules of artistic engagement are observed.  




May 3, 2021
Katie Bowler Young, author of "Enrique Alférez: Sculptor"

Enrique Alférez’s lasting imprint is seen throughout New Orleans, among figurative sculptures, monuments, fountains, and architectural details in prominent locations from the Central Business District to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain and beyond.




April 28, 2021
By Sarah Duggan, DAGS coordinator and research curator

Since 2011, graduate students and other emerging museum professionals have spent their summers traveling throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama cataloging historic objects made or used in the region before 1865. These are some of the highlights.




April 23, 2021
By Fatima Shaik, author of "Economy Hall: The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood"

Untold thousands have gathered under the Economy Hall tent at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to hear traditional local music, but how many have known the history behind the name? 




April 19, 2021
By Dhani Adomaitis, Libby Neidenbach, and Douane Waples

In four videos, we chart the evolution if New Orleans brass bands from their Civil War–era origins up to the modern day.






 

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