Absorb Art in New Orleans

Art is everywhere in the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans; you can enjoy the art and beauty just by walking in the beautiful streets of the French quarter. The design and décor of the buildings are like an open gallery, some of its hidden corners and alleys also gave inspiration to famous artists.

In addition to the beauty in the streets, art can be found in the more conventional way at museums, art galleries, art markets. At last, not surprising, as a colorful and artistic city, the street art scene is living and bubbling.

A central area for exterior exhibitions, more than a dozen of galleries, and several museums.
Along Poydras St. there is the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, an exterior exhibition of 33 sculptors of different artists, among the female artists are Lin Emery, Rachel David, and Chakaia Booker.

Another exhibition, “Unframed”, is showcasing five large scale murals in the district.
Only one of the murals was co-created by a woman, Carrie Norman from team A/C.
The mural can be seen at 746 Tchoupitoulas St.
See the full list of the murals here.

Art museum in this district are the following two:

Founded in 1976 by a group of artists, the center’s mission is to break the boundaries between visual and performing arts.

The exhibits showcasing artworks in all mediums, including painting, photography, dance, music and sculpture theatre.

In addition to lectures and concerts, the center hosts special events, such as art happenings and the annual White Linen Night festival, people are wearing white and celebrating art in the Art District.

Open Wednesday–Monday, 11 AM – 5 PM. Free admission to Louisiana residents on Sundays
For more information check the museum’s website.

The museum showcasing the history and visual heritage of the American South, from the 18th century to present days.
It holds the largest collection of southern artworks created by artists associated with the fifteen Southern states.

Based on the donation of the private collection of New Orleans businessman Roger H. Ogden’s, the museum presents more than 4000 works of renowned artists, such as Clementine Hunter, Benny Andrews, and Ida Kohlmeyer.

The museum hosts special events, such as gallery talks and live music performances and is the home to the Center of Southern Craft and Design.

Open Monday – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM, Thursday till 8 PM on Ogden After Hours days. Free admission to Louisiana residents on Thursdays 10 AM – 5 PM.
For more information check the museum’s website.

The largest and first art institute in New Orleans – New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124.

Located at the heart of the City Park, the museum was founded in 1910, and is the oldest fine arts institution in New Orleans.
The museum hosts a permanent collection of almost 40,000 pieces, from the Italian Renaissance to modern days, which includes glass, furniture, antiquities, photography, textile of French, Asian, Japanese, African and American art.

The museum is featuring works of notable artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, Picasso and Monet.
Outside, the 11-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden has more than 90 sculptures surrounded by beautiful landscape.

Open – Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM. On selected Fridays there are extended hours till 9 PM. Free admission on Wednesdays for Louisiana residents
For more information check the museum’s website.

A collection of more than 90 sculptures situated at a 11-acre garden.
The landscape includes camellias, magnolias, and 200-year-old oak trees, walkways and pedestrian bridges and surrounded by two lagoons.
The sculptures on display are made by renowned artists, such as Katharina Fritsch, Tony Cragg, Shirazeh Houshiary, Jeppe Hein, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Most of the artworks were donated by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff, native New Orleans philanthropists and patrons of the arts.

Open – Summer Hours, April 1 – September 30, 10 AM – 6 PM
Winter Hours 10 AM – 5 PM. Free admission.
For more information check the museum’s website.

Art Galleries

In the French Quarter many galleries are located along Royal St.

The women-owned galleries are Lucky Rose GalleryGallery OrangeGallery Burguieres of the artist Ally Burguieres, Angela King GalleryCaliche & Pao Gallery, and Claire Elizabeth Gallery.

Jackson Square serves also as an open art market space for local artists showcasing their paintings for sale.
During the weekends there is an unofficial festival, with many artists, musicians, stands, and a joyful crowd out in the streets.

More art galleries can be found along Magazine St. which also has many dining options and fun shops.

Handmade crafts can be purchased at shops in many of the locations we discussed above as Magazine St, Royal St, Julia St and more.

The main art markets are:
Palace Market Frenchmen – open Sunday – Friday 7PM till 12 AM and Saturday from 3PM, and The Art Garden & Floating Gallery – open Thursday – Monday 6 PM – 12 AM.
Slightly more commercial but still worth a visit is the French Market – open daily 10 AM – 6 PM.

This is probably the one thing that you will hardly find when walking around the French Quarter, but discovering street art is a great reason to discover other areas of the city.

A great place to see street art is around the Art Garage ( at 2231 St Claude Ave) and towards the junction of Claude Ave and Elysian Fields.
Notice Harriet Tubman mural and the Aretha Franklin one.

The Art Garage is a cool event venue which has several nice murals on its outdoors walls.
It’s also worth checking the calendar and attend the events.

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