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New Orleans Museum of Art Presents - “Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival”

December 8, 2017
  • Location: New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Address: 1 Collins Diboll Cir., New Orleans, LA 70119
  • Times: Tuesday – Thursday 10 am-6 pm; Friday 10 am-9 pm; Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-5 pm; Closed Mondays
  • Phone: 504-658-4100
  • Venue: New Orleans Museum of Art
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Designer Bror Anders Wikstrom (1854-1909), a Swedish émigré, made a name for himself in New Orleans by engaging with the heart of the Crescent City's culture: Mardi Gras. In celebration of Wikstrom's artistry, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival, on view from December 8, 2017 through April 1, 2018. The exhibition showcases highlights from Wikstrom's Mardi Gras float and costume designs, including a full set of twenty float plates from the Krewe of Proteus 1904 "The Alphabet" parade and the only known bound set of float designs for the Krewe of Rex 1910 "The Freaks of Fable" parade.

At the turn of the century, Wikstrom elevated the extravaganza of carnival through his fantastical designs for early Mardi Gras krewes, serving as the chief designer behind twenty floats and hundreds of costumes with Rex, and then with Proteus. Bringing Fantasy to Carnival shows watercolor sketches for the elaborate floats and costumes that allowed otherworldly stories to come to life on the streets of New Orleans. The exhibition shows Wikstrom's designs as early sketches, as final design plates, and as illustrated in newspaper parade bulletins. Photographs show how these creations looked rolling through the streets on Mardi Gras day.

Bror Anders Wikstrom was a founder of the New Orleans Artists Association in 1885, one of the civic groups that sparked the Delgado Museum of Art (now NOMA) in 1910. The artist was active in the New Orleans artistic scene from 1883 until 1909 as a marine and landscape painter, cartoonist, and organizer of the art community, but is best beloved today for his hundreds of captivating carnival designs. Many of the best of these drawings are part of Tulane University's Louisiana Research Collection "Carnival Collection," which together with several private collections form the core of this NOMA exhibition.