Designed as a ‘temple of art,’ the New Orleans Museum of Art was a 1911 gift from philanthropist Isaac Delgado | Entertainment/Life

Any good contest must have rules. In this case there were five, all simple and all reasonable. First, the winning design would be for an entirely fireproof building. Second, the cost of construction could not exceed $125,000, including the air-conditioning, plumbing and other necessary systems. Finally, the design had to be suited to the climate … Read more

Long-lost, Katrina-inspired painting by graffiti master Banksy rediscovered, according to report | Arts

According to a CBS news report, a New Orleans painting by fabled street artist Banksy that was thought to be destroyed years ago may soon be restored. The globe-trotting British graffiti artist paid a clandestine visit to the Crescent City in 2008, as the population evacuated due to Hurricane Gustav. With the help of assistants, … Read more

Dirty Linen Night, the stained and wrinkled downtown art stroll, takes place Saturday | Arts

Dirty Linen Night, the French Quarter’s annual art block party, returns on Saturday (Aug. 13) from 6 to 9 pm, after a two-year COVID hibernation. According to organizers, the 2022 event is bigger than ever, with participating galleries, boutiques, and other businesses stretching from the 200 to 1100 blocks of Royal Street, plus outposts on … Read more

Artist George Schmidt left New Orleans, learned his lesson and came home: ‘I love the tension’ | Arts

George Schmidt moved away from New Orleans two years ago. To the culture of the city, news of his departure was like hearing that Lake Pontchartrain had frozen over. It was unthinkable. After all, Schmidt was a New Orleanian’s New Orleanian, a mustachioed eminence of the art and music scenes. Schmidt has now returned. On … Read more

White Linen Night, New Orleans’ steamy summertime art party, returns Aug. 6. | Arts

Damn the thermometer, full speed ahead. White Linen Night, one of New Orleans’ sultriest soirees, takes place on Saturday evening, Aug. 6. As many as 20,000 fashionable art lovers are expected to swarm Julia Street during the annual gallery stroll. Elegant summer-white attire is suggested, but heaven knows there’s no dress code. The big block … Read more

White Linen Night, New Orleans’ steamy summertime art party, returns Aug. 6. | Arts

Damn the thermometer, full speed ahead. White Linen Night, one of New Orleans’ sultriest soirees, takes place on Saturday evening, Aug. 6. As many as 20,000 fashionable art lovers are expected to swarm Julia Street during the annual gallery stroll. Elegant summer-white attire is suggested, but heaven knows there’s no dress code. The big block … Read more

Shouldn’t a model of Jackson Square have Jackson in the middle? Maybe not | Arts

Back in 1982, New Orleans artist Robert Tannen created a model of Jackson Square, with knee-high replicas of St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo, the Pontalba apartments, a stretch of the Mississippi River levee, and, of course, the equestrian statue of namesake Andrew Jackson. For years and years, the smooth, simplified, scaled-down buildings were … Read more