With August moving in, it’s time to unpack and brush off your whites for the annual White Linen Night on Julia Street. Starting at 6 p.m Saturday (8-1), tens of thousands of locals and tourists will descend into the Warehouse District for fine art, food and cocktails and the chance to see and been seen.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of New Orleans’ most bustling street parties. Born out of the late summer lull in business, White Linen Night was created in 1994 by Julia Street gallery owners as a way to generate interest and income. The night also served as a way to showcase functional arts and crafts such as furniture and ceramics alongside contemporary gallery pieces. Gallery owners chose white linen as way to pay homage to New Orleans' fashion past. Before the advent of central air conditioning, locals decked themselves out in crisp white linen clothing as a way to keep cool during the oppressive summer season.
The party was a hit from the start and grows larger and larger each year, despite complaints that it’s too hot, too crowded and the beer lines are too long. Police estimate that last year's attendance was around the 45,000 mark. Considered to be the biggest event in the local art scene, White Linen Night has served as a way to introduce and promote contemporary art in a city that holds tradition in high esteem and bring awareness to the Arts District.
Highlights of this year’s gallery include Gordon Parks’ documentary photography of Southern segregation, and surrealistic paintings from local artist Rolland Golden. Alongside gallery openings, live music is featured up and down Julia Street with Egg Yolk Jubilee, Mahayla, and the Unnaturals on the line up.
There will be 56 bartenders onhand to streamline drink orders at six outdoor bars and 23 restaurants are featured with a variety of cuisine. To purchase food and beverages, you’ll need to have food and drink tickets that can be purchased before hand or at the event.
White Linen Night runs officially from 6pm to 9pm and is free to the public. But for those who aren’t ready to call it quits, the White Linen Night after party starts at 9 and is held at the CAC with performances and DJ sets from Bouffant, Bouffant and DVRA. Tickets are $10.
Check out the full line up of restaurants and bars below. We’ve also included a guide to gallery openings and ongoing exhibitions.
BARS AND CUISINE
Food and beverage tickets are available for pre-sale and are required for food and beverage purchases at the Julia Street Outdoor Celebration.
Cuisine by Bratz Y’all!, Broussard’s, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar, Crêpes à la Cart, Foundation Room, GG’s Dine-O-Rama, GW Fins, Le Foret, Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Marti’s Restaurant, Mellow Mushroom, MOPHO, Nirvana Indian Cuisine, Nola Foods, Phil’s Grill, Pinkberry, Rita’s Tequila House, Rue 127, Saucy’s BBQ, Seed, SoBou, Somethin’ Else Cafe
GALLERY LISTINGS (All openings 6–9pm)
Ariodante Contemporary Craft Gallery, 535 Julia St.
Beyond the Bayou—Tanya Dischler, Shea Yetta, Christine Ledoux, Drake Fuller—Painting, jewelry, glass
Arthur Roger Gallery, 432-434 Julia St.
Third Coast Suite—Francis X. Pavy—Oil block prints on canvas and paper
Segregation Story—Gordon Parks—Color photographs
I Don't Understand—Robert Hannant—Digital video
boyd|satellite, 440 Julia St.
Sputnik 2—Marianne Desmarris, Larkin Gaudet, Mitchell Gaudet, Peter Hoffman, Mia Kaplan, Galina Kurlat, Robert Lansden, Tiffany Lin, Christopher Makos, Aaron Macnamee, Billy Name, Mason Saltarrelli, Dave Smith, Nina Schwanse, Amanda Talley, Robert Tannen—Collage,drawing, painting, photography, sculpture
Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St.
New Work—Mitchell Lonas—Incised painted aluminum
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
Mark of the Feminine—Curated by Regine Basha
International Sculpture Center: Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine St.
Student winners from the 2014 Scholarship Art Contest—Student winners from the 2014 Scholarship Art Contest and George Rodrigue—Original paintings, mixed media, silkscreen prints, sculpture
Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art,600 Julia St.
Beyond Land’s End—Will Smith, Jr.—Oil on canvas
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400a Julia St.
Accommodations—Bob Snead—Multimedia light boxes
LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St.
Glimmer Steady Inside the Stone—Nathan Durfee—Paintings and drawings
Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp St.
Hunt Slonem—Hunt Slonem
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
Louisiana Contemporary, Presented by Regions Bank
One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia
Rolland Golden: An Alternate Vision
Shawn Hall: Pastoral Universe, Presented by the Kohlmeyer Circle
The New Orleans Chapter of the Links/HBCU Art Showcase
Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia St.
Recent Works—James Henderson and Ayo Scott
Søren Christensen Gallery, 400 Julia St.
Untamed Empire—KOLLABS (collaborative artists Anke Schofield and Luis Garcia-Nerey)—Mixed media
Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St Charles Ave.
The Painted Canvas—Antonio Carreno—Acrylic on canvas
Steve Martin Studios, 624 Julia St.
Rock, Paper, Scissors—Steven Soltis—Oil on canvas, mixed media sculpture
YAYA Gallery: Sponsored by Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, 755 Magazine St.
Young Aspirations/Young Artists’ Painting Dreams—Various Youth Artists—glass, paintings, mixed-media