Sunday, February 26, 2017
It was once among the richest cities on the continent, a home port for flotillas of ships and a magnet for artists and entrepreneurs despite its floods and epidemics. It never fully recovered from being on the wrong side of a war, yet its elaborate architecture, music, culture and carnival rituals imbued it with a reputation for romantic hedonism that few cities could match. Descriptions of Venice often sound a lot like New Orleans, and this colorfully elegant exhibit of 18th century Venetian paintings only reiterates that impression of a surreal place where theatrical ambiance and non-stop joi de vivre prevailed in spite of – or perhaps because of – its perilous position as a low lying city surrounded by water.
But as we see in Pietro Longhi's Il Ridotto, above, masquerade was a way of life in a city where illegal casinos proliferated and elegantly stylish masks were de rigueur for prominent citizens who preferred to remain anonymous. Originated by the New Orleans Museum of Art and organized by Contemporenea Progetti, A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s is on view through May 21, New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100. ~Bookhardt
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New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary Street, 513-8030; Adaptations: Photographs by Debra Howell, Through Feb. 24, LeMieux Galleries, 332 Julia St., 522.5988.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528.3805.