POSTED Mon. Aug 25, 2014

Creative Culture

Comparing Creole
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN
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While I want you to explore our website as much as possible, every now and then an external long read comes up that I can’t, in good conscious, keep you away from. Today’s example: this piece in the New York Review of Books on Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere, a photography exhibit running at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

The photos in Creole World, taken by local photographer Richard Sexton, examine parallels between the great Creole communities of the New World: New Orleans, Cartagena, Havana, Quito and Cap-Haitien. The images do not merely suggest “Hey, these two buildings look alike” (although they often do); they’re indicative of shared cultural substrate that is the soil so much of our arts and aesthetics has grown from.

Those washed out shotgun homes and dark wooden interior joins are also signs of history that is, if not directly shared, at least closely related, thanks to similar elements of colonialism, slavery, segregation and miscegenation. But hey – let’s stop reading about these pictures and see them in person.. Head to The Historic New Orleans Collection and witness the pictures and the stories they have to tell for yourself, because that’s something the average New York Reivew of Books audience simply can’t do.

Image: Street scene on Rue H at the Place d’Armes, Cap Haitien, Haiti, 2012, courtesy of Richard Sexton and The Historic New Orleans Collection.

POSTED May 10, 2017

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Carnival Redux at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Carnival Redux at the New Orleans Museum of Art

On May 12 the New Orleans Museum of Art will fling open its doors for Masquerade: Late Night at NOMA, a costume party replete with float builders, mask-makers,…....
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Written by DAVID JOHNSON
POSTED Dec 23, 2016

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Some Holiday Music for the Weekend

Some Holiday Music for the Weekend

Happy holidays, y’all. We hope you find plenty to occupy you during this busy Christmas weekend, but if you find yourself having a small, quiet moment, or just…....
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Written by ADAM KARLIN
POSTED Dec 21, 2016

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A Native New Orleanian's Retrospective at NOMA

A Native New Orleanian's Retrospective at NOMA

Imagine doing something you love for seventy years. Many people aren’t lucky enough to live that long, much less put their heart and soul into their passion projects…....
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Written by FRITZ ESKER
POSTED Dec 20, 2016

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Losing Our Heads Over the Asylum Chorus

Losing Our Heads Over the Asylum Chorus

On a Sunday afternoon in November, The Asylum Chorus plays to a packed house at The Spotted Cat on Frenchman. Wandering in off the street, it takes a…....
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Written by MEGHAN HOLMES
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