Art & Identity in New Orleans

HNRS 109 Spring '18


1. A few links to interesting pages: Online home of the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. To mark the city’s tricentennial, the paper has launched a series entitled 300 for 300 that throughout 2018 will highlight “300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans.”

The Historic New Orleans Collection: “…a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.”

Prospect New Orleans: “…a citywide triennial of contemporary art.  Emphasizing collaborative partnerships, Prospect presents the work of diverse local, national, and international artists in unique and culturally exceptional venues, creating an optimistic cartography through the education and engagement of residents and visitors.”

Hogan Jazz Archive: “…the leading research center for the study of New Orleans jazz and related musical genres, including New Orleans ragtime, gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, and Creole songs.”  The archive includes digital images, music, and oral history.

A Closer Walk NOLA: “…online guide to New Orleans’ authentic music history. Discover more than a century of the city’s greatest musical treasures…Follow the footsteps of legendary artists on your mobile device, or dig deep into videos, songs, archival photos, and curated links to other resources on the web.”

New Orleans Public Library Digital Photo Archive: “…includes thousands of photographic prints, negatives, slides, and born-digital images from individual photographers and New Orleans municipal government agencies.” For more photos, go to Shorpy, an archive of old photos, and search for “New Orleans.” The photos are very hi-resolution and reveal rich detail. A personal blog entitled Elephant in Tiger Skin also contains a number of interesting old photos of the city. The blog’s author, James Shaw, is a photographer notice to New Orleans. His website includes many contemporary photographs of the city and its residents.


2. An array of randomly listed items, any of which might send you on a Google spree and then spur some serious New Orleans research:

[*visual artist   **writer   ***musician]

Second Line
Brass Bands
Dialect & Vocabulary
Street Names
Napoleon Bonaparte
Ruby Bridges
Marie Laveau
The Original Pinettes Brass Band***
Monique Verdin* and **
Edgar Degas*
Aaron Neville***
Bunny Matthews*
St. Joseph’s Altars
Charter Schools (Post-Katrina)
Housing Projects
George Washington Cable**
Michael P. Smith*
The Mississippi River
Lillian Hellman
Congo Square
E.J. Bellocq*
Lauren Hind*
Sister Gertrude Morgan* and ***
Newcomb Pottery
Leslie Staub*
Ellen Gilchrist**
Shirley Ann Grau**
The Marsalis Family***
The Baby Dolls
Dr. John***
John James Audubon*
Buddy Bolden***
Pete Fountain***
Women in Jazz (See A Feminist Perspective on New Orleans Jazzwomen)
Enrique Alférez*
Professor Longhair***
Jacques Amans*
George Rodrigue*
James Michalopoulos*
Willie Birch*
John Kennedy Toole**
Tom Piazza**
Boyfriend***(Rap Cabaret)
David Spielman*
The Angolite
The Angola Rodeo