Find some time in your schedule to expand your horizons with fine art, performance art, historical deep-dives, and sensational music and dance.
Hillard Art Museum
Opening Friday, September 8, 2023 at the Hilliard Art Museum – University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Sam Reveles: Solastalgia features abstract interpretations of landscapes inspired by Philosopher Glenn Albrecht’s concept of grief caused by environmental destruction.
For more information, visit HilliardMuseum.org or call 337-482-0811.
The Historic New Orleans Collection
A free museum, publisher, and research center in the heart of the French Quarter, The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) features permanent and changing exhibitions exploring the history and culture of the Gulf South, a courtyard café, and a nationally heralded gift store at 520 Royal Street.
On view through October 8, 2023, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, examines the continuing evolution of America’s experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people.” A THNOC companion exhibition, “Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970, is on view through November 5, 2023.
Register now for the free public program “Hail to the Chief: New Orleans and the American Presidency,” scheduled for September 14, 2023. The event begins with an archival show and tell at 5 p.m. before esteemed guest scholars Ted Widmer (moderator), Richard Campanella, and C. W. Goodyear explore the historic and geographic connections of New Orleans to the American presidency.
To register or for more information, visit hnoc.org.
The Helis Foundation
Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation, brings to the fore the work of artists living in Louisiana and highlights the dynamism of art practice throughout the state. This year’s exhibition will be on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art now through February 18, 2024. Since the inaugural exhibition twelve years ago, Ogden Museum has shown works by over 500 artists, making Louisiana Contemporary an important moment in the national arts calendar to recognize and experience the spectrum and vitality of artistic voices emanating from New Orleans and in art communities across Louisiana.
This year’s guest juror, Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, the Robert M. and Ruth L. Halperin Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford, has selected 45 works by 31 artists from a total of 790 submissions.
Stroll the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation (PCSE), the South’s leading outdoor, rotating public sculpture exhibition located in downtown New Orleans spanning Poydras Street between Convention Center Boulevard and North Galvez Street.
And, thanks to The Helis Foundation’s year-round Art for All initiative, Louisiana residents may enjoy free general admission to several of New Orleans’ favorite cultural institutions on select days during the week, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art. To learn more, visit TheHelisFoundation.org.
New Orleans Opera Association
Fasten your seat belts for a powerful journey through the human experience with New Orleans Opera Association’s (NOOA) 2023-2024 season. From The Marriage of Figaro, a dark comedy surrounding infidelity, to a familial tragedy brought on by police violence in the award-winning production of Blue, a family feud triggered by politics in Lucia di Lammermoor, and a one-night-only concert by New Orleanian and global operatic sensation Lisette Oropesa, this season offers relatable experiences for everyone.
Off the stage, NOOA shares fun and thought-provoking musical experiences across the community through its popular Opera on Tap series and Community Conversations. Upcoming events include Opera on Tap at The Abita Brew Pub (Sept. 23) and The Domino (Sept. 28) and Community Conversations at the New Orleans Opera Guild Home (Oct. 5).
For tickets or additional information about these and other programs, please visit the New Orleans Opera website at neworleansopera.org.
New Orleans Ballet Association
New Orleans Ballet Association’s (NOBA) curation of vibrant, culturally-significant, captivating and awe-inspiring dance offerings represents the best and brightest of what the dance world has to offer today. NOBA returns for the 2023-2024 season at Mahalia Jackson Theater with a full roster of world-renowned dance launching on October 21st with the mesmerizing Complexions Contemporary Ballet performing a world premiere NOBA-commissioned work with critically acclaimed jazz artist Chief Adjuah (formerly Christian Scott).
The season continues with a rare performance on January 20, 2024, by Spain’s Compañia Nacional de Danza, returning after a 22-year absence. On March 2, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo performs LAC, a stunning reimagining of the classic ballet masterpiece Swan Lake, marking the only location in the US to see this work. The season concludes on April 20 with Parsons Dance with the Allen Toussaint Orchestra, a gravity-defying, joyous celebration of the music of Allen Toussaint.
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Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Ogden Museum’s annual O What a Night! Gala takes place on October 21 and honors artist Luis Cruz Azaceta. The evening features a live auction, cuisine and cocktails, live music and dancing. A Patron Party will be held on October 19 at the home of gallerist Arthur Roger. The Gala co-chairs are Coleman E. Adler II, Tiffany Adler, Penny Francis and Deanna Rodriguez.
For tickets or additional information, visit OgdenMuseum.org or call 504-539-9650