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From Pakenham to Playgrounds

THNOC's New Exhibit Fetes 200 Years of Louisiana Art

Sometimes, the past is best celebrated by looking to the present. The Historic New Orleans Collection THNOC) will fete over two centuries of local art with a show featuring additions made over the past four years in the organization’s newest gallery. THNOC just opened “Recent Acquisitions in Louisiana Art, 2010–2014”.


Senior Curator and Curator of Art at The Historic New Orleans Collection, Judith Bonner says, “The paintings and decorative arts on view at The Historic New Orleans Collection represent various aspects of Louisiana history and culture. More than 50 objects now on exhibition came to The Collection during the past four years as gifts, through bequest, or through purchase. Included are portraits, landscapes, dock scenes, and genre scenes.”


The show includes renowned artists such as Jacques Amans, William Henry Buck, Leonard Flettrich, Clarence Millet, William Tolliver, Ellsworth Woodward and William Woodward.


Many of the items on display will touch familiar veins with modern New Orleanians. For example, Cabrini Park, now the center of a sale controversy, plays prominently in one piece. In 1939, the Works Progress Administration demolished buildings on the site and built a Mother Cabrini Playground in their place. Clarence Millet captures children running through the new space in one of his oil works.


The bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans plays into the show as well. Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Maxwell Tylden was the adjutant to British commander Major General Edward Pakenham and the first to announce Pakenham’s injury. Tilden left behind a silver teapot now on display at THNOC. On the American side, the exhibit features a portrait of John Dandridge Henley. Henley commanded the USS Carolina. The ship bombarded British troops for three days before succumbing to enemy fire.


Bonner has a few favorites of her own. “A watercolor painting by an African American master’s mate documents the taking of the forts below New Orleans on April 24th, 1862, when Union troops captured the city. Other portraits show historic figures: William Kenner, his wife Mary Minor Kenner, Reverend Doctor Theodore Clapp, and Jelly Roll Morton playing a grand piano in a concert hall. Miniature paintings from the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries document early residents from France and the Caribbean.”


Long before potholes became an issue, infrastructure was still pertinent to every New Orleanian. The show features Paul Poincy’s 1890s view of a streetcar navigating St. Charles Avenue, and Gene Rogas's eerie view of shroud-wrapped pillars when the expressway was built in the late 1960s.


“Recent Acquisitions in Louisiana Art, 2010–2014” will be on display to the public at 400 Chartres St. through May 2. The galleries are open Tuesday–Saturday from 9:30a.m.–4:30p.m. Admission is free

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