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2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum to explore 19th-century exoticism

Monday, May 13, 2013

Teresa Devlin, The Historic New Orleans Collection
(504) 598-7170 |

Vicki Voelker, Gambel Communications
(504) 324-4242 |


2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum to explore 19th-century exoticism

Program to be held August 1-4 in the French Quarter; registration opens
June 15

May 2013 | New Orleans, LA - The Historic New Orleans Collection's sixth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum takes place Thursday, August 1-Sunday, August 4, in the French Quarter. The four-day program includes talks by local and national decorative arts experts and optional preconference activities. Registration for the event opens Saturday, June 15.

With the theme "Opulence and Intrigue: Exoticism in the 19th Century," this year's forum will examine the proliferation of non-Western motifs and styles in decorative arts and architecture. Exoticism was a defining trend in the 1800s as doors to new worlds were opened and interest in ancient and distant cultures flourished.

Designed for a general audience, the forum sessions take place Friday-Sunday, at THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St. This year's topics include decorative arts at World's Fairs, exotica-influenced Carnival designs, Middle East- and Far East-inspired architecture, Chinese art and American artists who found inspiration in the Holy Land.

Those who register for this year's program will once again have a choice of optional preconference tours-a day trip to visit two plantations in south Louisiana (Lakeside in Batchelor, La., and Poplar Grove in Port Allen, La.) or a walking tour of the historic French Quarter. Following the final session on Sunday, forum participants will also have the option to join speakers and fellow participants for a brunch at New Orleans's celebrated Antoine's Restaurant. Separate registration is required for the preconference tours and the brunch.

This year's panel of speakers includes Priscilla Lawrence, John H. Lawrence and John T. Magill of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Joining them are Jason T. Busch, chief curator and the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College; Nicholas M. Dawes, vice-president of special collections at Heritage Auctions, New York, and a frequent appraiser on the PBS program "Antiques Roadshow"; Ulysses Grant Dietz, curator of decorative arts at Newark Museum; Alison McQueen, professor of art history at McMaster University; Holly H. Shimizu, executive director of the US Botanic Garden; Richard Guy Wilson, the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia; and Donald A. Wood, curator of Asian art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, is returning as the forum's moderator.

Registration for this event is required and the registration period will open June 15. Rates start at $100. For a detailed event schedule or to register, visit or call (504) 523-4662.

The 2013 New Orleans Antiques Forum is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Neal Auction Company. Additional support provided by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, Garrity Print Solutions: A Harvey Company, New Orleans Silversmiths, French Antiques Shop, Inc., Royal Antiques, Keil's Antiques, Moss Antiques, Silk Road Collection, Hotel Monteleone, Antoine's Restaurant, The Schon Charitable Foundation, City Sightseeing New Orleans, Fleur de Paris and Community Coffee.

Editor's Notes:
• Media representatives are invited to interview the speakers and event organizers. For more information, contact Teresa Devlin at or at (504) 598-7170.
• Photos are available upon request. Please contact Anne Robichaux at or (504) 598-7137 for digital images.

About The Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Collection offers guided tours, free rotating exhibitions, a research facility and a museum shop. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662.

About the New Orleans Antiques Forum
The Historic New Orleans Collection created the New Orleans Antiques Forum to further knowledge and appreciation of decorative arts and to promote cultural tourism following Hurricane Katrina. Since the inaugural event in 2008, each annual four-day program has drawn approximately 200 participants, the majority of which reside more than 50 miles outside of the city.

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