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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 31 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 31 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 31 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Apr 1 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Apr 1 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

Tennessee Williams:…

Apr 1 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Apr 2 - 4, 2015
Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of a couple… more

Longvue House and…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Dine at the magnificent estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens while brushing… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

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

August 01 – 04, 2013

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.

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.