Preserving New Orleans Second Line Culture
November 5 – December 18, 2016
Opening: Saturday, Nov 12, 6-9pm
Preserving New Orleans Second Lines Culture. An exhibition featuring the photographic works of Judy Cooper, L.J. Goldstein, Brad Edelman, Charles M. Lovell, Jerry Moran, M.J. Mastogiavanni, Leslie Parr, and historical work by Michael P. Smith and Jules Cahn from the Historic New Orleans Collection, and by John Messina and Eric Waters from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Collection. The exhibition is organized by Charles M. Lovell, volunteer curator for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery.
The history of New Orleans second lines and social aid and pleasure clubs is directly linked to traditions of African American cultural practices including brass bands, jazz funerals and African dances that date back over two centuries to Sunday celebrations in Congo Square. Through the exhibition, Preserving New Orleans Second Lines Culture will bring to the New Orleans public and visitors to our region a greater understanding of the importance of these rich cultural traditions by showing some of the best contemporary and historical photography representing the subject.