A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History and the American Library Association.
Purchased Lives is a traveling exhibition from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. From the colonial period and into statehood, slavery was a ubiquitous element of everyday life in New Orleans and Louisiana—affecting all parts of the local community, economy, and culture. The official end of the international slave trade, marked by the signing into law of An Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves on the second day of March 1807, dramatically altered the way slaves were bought and sold in the United States of America. In New Orleans, this meant an increase in sales of slaves brought to the city from the Upper South, and eventually the establishment of the city as a primary hub of the domestic slave trade.
Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors, an exhibition of high-quality reproduction drawings of interiors, furnishings, and household objects offers a view into Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative conception of the interior spaces of his houses. Every feature of the house—from the overall structure, to the interior, down to the smallest details and objects—was conceived by Wright from the beginning as a single idea. Added to this exhibition will be an addition of Louisiana Arts and Crafts: Newcomb Pottery, Ford Thomas furniture, and Sam Corso stained glass.
This summer the West Baton Rouge Museum will host an exhibit commemorating the historical floods that have affected our area. Open June 3rd through August 27th, the exhibition, The River Rises, features images and artifacts from the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s permanent collection illustrating the history of flooding from shortly after the Civil War to the Great Flood of 1927 and the last inundation in West Baton Rouge which occurred in 1949. Collin Ritchie’s images from last year’s historic flooding will conclude the exhibit.
Life in southern Louisiana is shaped in both positive and negative ways by the rivers that surround us. The rivers bring rich alluvial soil that yields diverse crops and plays a major role in the agricultural success of our state. However, living near the rivers is a serious gamble, due to the potential for the devastation caused by seasonal floods. This summer’s exhibit, The River Rises, illustrates just how dangerous our natural providers can be.
The West Baton Rouge Museum presents a new exhibition entitled Mardi Gras Indians: By J. Nash Porter. The exhibit, which runs from January 6, 2018 through February 25, 2018, features a selection of full color photographs documenting the rich tradition of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indians and second line groups.
J. Nash Porter was born in New Orleans and raised in an Uptown neighborhood surrounded by the sights and sounds of the urban streets. His career combines documentary and commercial photography, and photo-journalism. “Through the lens of my camera, I share with others the exciting tradition that I grew up with. Hopefully, I can ignite a spark of enthusiasm and bring about an awareness in other communities for the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians,” said Porter in a past interview. Formally trained at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley, Porter owned and operated a photography studio since 1972. Although his most prolific work was with the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, his photographic exhibits encompass an amalgam of African American blues and jazz musicians, and traditional cultures of the American South, West Africa, and the Caribbean. Porter passed away in 2007 but his images continue to captivate audiences across the globe.
Interested participants should contact Gwenn LaViolette, Museum Educator, for more details at 225.336.2422 ext. 16 or email [email protected]. Also, please dress for industrial conditions–closed toe shoes, long sleeves and pants. Dresses and skirts are discouraged. The deadline for interested parties is Monday, December 11th. There is no fee for participation.