Current Exhibitions

New Orleans is known for its distinctive Creole heritage—evident in its food, architecture, and people—but it is part of an entire family of Latin Caribbean cities that forged new identities from their colonial histories. This exhibition will explore these connections, featuring the work of renowned photographer Richard Sexton. Over the course of 38 years (1975-2013), Sexton traveled across Latin America—from Haiti, Columbia, Argentina, Cuba and Ecuador back home to New Orleans—capturing the architectural and urban similarities among these culturally rich locales. The exhibition contains more than 50 vibrant images from the permanent holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
June 10, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Clark uses the centuries-old technique of taxidermy to sculpt human-like facial features with wild animal hides. Her hybridized sculptures are at once familiar yet strange, insinuating primal similarities between humans and animals and evoking questions about identity and societal values. Her sculptures' strong presence also evokes a sort of absence, rendering the figures aloof and mysterious. Often working with live models and using a polymer clay, Clark creates realistic faces for her figures and then applies sections of shaved hide to match the animal's skin to the shape of the human face thus facilitating the inter-species transformation.
May 28, 2016 - August 27, 2016

From the Permanent Collection of the Hilliard University Art Museum
Human geography is the relationship that individuals have to their surroundings defined through the terms space and place. As people move through their lives, their experiences with their surroundings ultimately define their sense of themselves. Nowhere is this connection stronger than in south Louisiana where generations of families have intertwined the narratives of outsiders and insiders instilling this place with a legacy influenced by fact, fiction, assumptions, misconceptions and even fantasy. With works dating from mid-Nineteenth Century to the present, the exhibition, accompanied by selected texts from Louisiana literature, constructs, deconstructs, represents and interprets this place through artists' expressions of individuality, belief, space and place.
January 2, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Preserving Our Community's Art Collection
Offering a behind the scenes look at the daily preservation practices at the museum, this exhibition highlights the key concepts of conservation science—which inform the museum's stewardship of its permanent collection. It also presents a selection of artworks typically unseen, due to their fragile condition. At the museum, a "condition report" is a document that the staff generates whenever an object is moved, damaged, or repaired. This periodic record of inspection provides evidence that an artwork's physical stability has been evaluated. Over time, as the artwork ages, condition reports and photographic records can become valuable tools for understanding facts of a previous object's presence and history. Among the ten pieces featured in the exhibit are an early 20th century botanical drawing by Harriet Joor, a Thomas Sully portrait from 1812, and a recently restored painting by John McCrady. This exhibition was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
March 19, 2016 - August 13, 2016



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