Sunday, February 3, 2013

An Art History of Mardi Gras:

Designing Pandemonium
By D. Eric Bookhardt

Design for Proteus Parade Float, 1906, by Bror Anders Wikstrom

Mardi Gras has long existed as a multi-dimensional phenomenon that somehow incorporated both the street and the elite, the mainstream and the esoteric, dark and light, Apollonian and Dionysian--though, with Mardi Gras as with all carnival celebrations, the Dionysian has always held a distinct advantage. Forever skirting the margins between the officially celebrated and the outré or forbidden, it has always been propelled by a spirit of creative anarchy that harks to its origins in the myths and mysteries of pre-Christian antiquity. More>>

Carnival Colorplate, March 1, 1892 Picayune Newspaper More>>