This exhibition offers a rare overview of a Carnival organization celebrated for its dazzling parades and balls.
Named for the divine messenger of the ancient Greek gods and patron of merchants and travelers, Hermes was founded in 1937. Highlights of the exhibition include the queen's dress and mantle worn by Marjorie Lee Smith in the krewe's first ball in 1937 paired with the glittering gown of the 2013 Hermes queen, Taylor Rees. Also on display are elaborately printed ball invitations, krewe favors, costume designs and float designs; crowns, scepters and costumes. The critically acclaimed 2011 Hermes parade, The Court of the Great Mogul, receives special attention with 20 original watercolor float designs matched with color photographs of the parade itself, and a large papier-mâché float sculpture built for the procession.
Noted author and Carnival historian Henri Schindler, who also serves as the Hermes artistic director, is guest curator.
Exhibit Location: Presbytere Exhibit Runtime: Through December 2014
Cleo Scott: The Wildlife Carvings of a Louisiana Artist
This exhibition of life-sized bird sculptures showcases the talents of one of Louisiana's master carvers. A retired law enforcement officer from St. Mary Parish, Cleo Scott's lifelong interest in hunting and fishing led him to decoy and wildlife carving, learning the art under master carver Carl Danos of Larose, La. Scott's work has won numerous awards in wood-carving competitions. "Carving is satisfying," he said. "If someone admires my work, it makes me happy." The exhibition features 25 finished works - from large birds of prey to brightly painted songbirds -- and three unfinished works demonstrating Scott's wood carving techniques
An annual exhibition of extraordinary images by photojournalists around the world, Visions of Excellence returns to the Louisiana State Museum for the fifth consecutive year. Thirty-seven museum quality photographic prints are on view in the current show.
Selected from more than 40,000 submissions to the 2012 Pictures of the Year International competition, Visions of Excellence presents a wide-angle view of world events through extraordinary images of war, catastrophe, politics, sports, the arts, entertainment, science, nature and daily life. Now in its 70th year, the competition is a program of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.
Tebbs was born in England in 1875 and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1888. After a successful career as a news and sports photographer, Tebbs gradually shifted his focus to architecture and interiors, winning commissions to document major projects such as New York City's Grand Central Terminal in 1913.
In 1926, with New Orleans architect and preservationist Richard Koch as a guide, Tebbs photographed nearly 100 Louisiana plantations, including well-known sites such as Elmwood, Parlange, Ormond, Whitney, Houmas House, L'Hermitage, Waverly, Belle Chasse, Chr?tian Point, Shadows-on-the-Teche, Ren? Beauregard House, Rosedown, Woodlawn, Oak Alley and Belle Grove. Because he also sought out more obscure or modest properties, the collection contains a comprehensive record of Louisiana plantation architectural styles.
Tebbs died in 1945 and in 1956 his widow, Jeanne Tebbs, sold the complete collection of 332 Louisiana plantation prints and negatives to the Louisiana State Museum.
The Louisiana Photographs of Robert Tebbs, featuring 60 gelatin silver prints documenting plantation architectural styles from the 18th and 19th centuries, will be exhibited until June 2014. The Capitol Park Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is wheelchair accessible.
The Palm, the Pine, and the Cypress Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans
The Palm, the Pine, the Cypress and the abundant tropical flowers of the Gulf Coast, form the subjects of the unique decorations of the Pottery. Its design and color, its translucent glaze and workman-like finish give this handicraft place among the highest artistic achievements of American Ceramics.
-- Newspaper Advertisement, 1917
Founded in 1896 with a mission to train and employ young women as professional artists, the Newcomb College art pottery in New Orleans played an important role in the international Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century.
Newcomb artists drew inspiration from Louisiana's native plants and wildlife to create the distinctive forms and patterns prized by collectors today. The Palm, the Pine, and the Cypress: Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans presents more than 50 glazed ceramics pieces paired with archival photographs documenting the pottery's history through the 1940s.
The exhibition is housed in Madame John's Legacy, built in 1788, and considered one of the finest examples of French Colonial architecture in North America.
Free admission with generous support of Friends of the Cabildo.
Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Louisiana State Museum, Preservation Hall at 50 tells the story of the New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present through artifacts, photographs, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories.
Adding wider historical context are iconic objects from the Museum's world famous jazz collection-including Louis Armstrong's first cornet and instruments played by Preservation Hall jazz greats such as clarinetist George Lewis and bassist Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau.
In September 2005, a group of Houston-area volunteers started the Katrina's Kids Project to offer emotional support to young hurricane evacuees through art. The project gave hundreds of children staying in Houston shelters an opportunity to describe their Katrina experiences and express their pain, their fears and most of all, their hopes.
This selection of drawings and other artwork by Katrina's Kids makes a small, but powerful show that adds a unique perspective to our ongoing Living With Hurricanes exhibition.
Parades, Balls and the Courir du Mardi Gras are explored in this newly renovated show. Based on original research, the exhibit traces the emergence of New Orleans' parades and balls to the present-day, statewide extravaganza that attracts millions.
Upstairs at the Presbytere, on New Orleans' historic Jackson Square. Visit The Online Exhibit