Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


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Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn

Spanning decades of enormous political and cultural changes in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century, Revolution! traces how the ideal of popular sovereignty and the radical rethinking of the role of hereditary privilege and slavery soon led to more radical calls for a recognition of universal human rights. The light of this ideal would set off attacks on both sides of the Atlantic, manifesting itself in the American Revolution and the French Revolution.

More information about the exhibit can be found here:

Exhibit Location: Capitol Park Museum
Exhibit Runtime: Through February, 2015
Web Link:http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-museum/exhibits/revolution

KreweOfHermes.jpg Krewe of Hermes:
The Diamond Jubilee

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

Newcomb_Pottery.jpgThe 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.

                       Exhibit Location: Madame John's Legacy
                       Exhibit Runtime: Through September, 2013

Katrina and BeyondLiving with Hurricanes
KATRINA & beyond

Katrina and Beyond is a must-see exhibition on the history and science of these awesome storms -- and their profound impact on our lives. Now at the Presbytere on Jackson Square. More.

Katrina's Kids ProjectKatrina's Kids Project

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.
Exhibit Location: Presbytere
Exhibit Runtime: Through 2013
Web Link: http://hurricanearchive.org/collections/show/21

Mardi Gras decorated sea horseMardi Gras: It's Carnival Time in Louisiana

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