Happy Friday, ARLISians!
Good news for attendees to our 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans!
With your member’s badge you will get into both the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art FREE. The Newcomb Art Museum (at Tulane) is always free and open to the public, but they would love to have ARLIS/NA members sign their visitors book when they visit.
At the Center for Contemporary Art you will have entry to the Shop only, and Louisiana State Museum has free venues, and we are waiting to hear about which of the fee venues will be free to our attendees. Stay tuned for updates on these and other “lagniappe” (a little something extra) for attendees!
And don’t forget, Tulane has several different libraries to visit. One is the Latin American Library on the fourth floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. They have a collection of books (over 510,000), including those by Latin American women and artists’ books, newspapers (from 22 countries), periodicals, rare books (over 14,500 titles), an image archive (113,000 images), and much more. For instance, they have the Spratling-Taxco Collection — original design drawings by William Spratling and other sliver designers from Taxco, Mexico.
There is a link to this repository on our Pinterest board, too.
Another collection unique to New Orleans is The Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection. It consists of over 4000 pieces, 1724-1897. It relates to the social, economic, civil, and legal status of enslaved Negroes and Free People of Color in Louisiana, especially in the city of New Orleans.
New Orleans has a very rich history of having the largest population of free people of color in the United States. Xavier University of Louisiana (1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, 504-520-7311), who purchased the collection, is actively digitizing it. You can see the collection guide or finding aid online, and view the collection at the Xavier University Archives and Special Collections – Digital Collections page.
Check out New Orleans Magazine for more “things to do” while you are in the Big Easy. Shopping? Music? Dancing? You will find links to all of it there.
I was interested to hear from a member that there is a Belloq Lounge at the Hotel Modern, named after the New Orleans photographer Ernest Joseph Bellocq (1873–1949). For you photo folks, the hotel is on the St. Charles streetcar line at 936 St. Charles Ave. at Lee Circle, near the Ogdon Museum.
Another ARLIS member told me something I wish I had known sooner. On Saturday February 4 is a symposium at the Historic New Orleans Collection called “Storyville and Jazz, 1917.” It includes Jeff Rosenheim on “A Taste of the Tenderloin: The Photographs of E.J. Bellocq and Eugene Atget.” Sigh. I hope some of you registered and are in town early to attend.
Don’t forget to check out the ARLIS/NA Instagram page (@ARLIS_NA) and Pinterest board (ARLIS/NA) for information and for fun. The Pinterest board now includes links to those people, places, books, movies, photo collections, etc. that I have mentioned in these “Thinking About —“ posts.
In addition, you can monitor conference happenings and updates through the conference website and blog, the ARLIS/NA Facebook page (ARLIS/NA FB), and via Twitter (@ARLIS_NA). Please track and share your conference questions and experiences and snapshots using the official conference hashtag: #ARLIS2017.
And now for something completely different — Staying Safe.
In any big city it is always important to be aware of and to pay attention to your surroundings — whether you are simply crossing the street, going outside the hotel for a walk or a meal, or going to catch the streetcar to explore more of the city.
Your conference badge makes it plain that your are a visitor to the Crescent City. Unless you are with an ARLIS-sponsored tour group, or with a group going out of the hotel to a Conference reception, remember to take off you conference badge and tuck it away (to pull out for those FREE museums!). As in every big city, there are sometimes persons out there who “target” visitors.
But think about this! “Downtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in New Orleans, thanks in part to the Downtown Development District’s robust Public Safety Ranger program.” New Orleans offers us an excellent service with its Downtown Public Safety Rangers.
More detailed information on the DDD and the Safety Rangers is found at the Downtown NOLA website. Take a look at the additional information and the additional Tips and you will realize how very useful the Safety Rangers are!
The Rangers are on duty every day of the week from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. They assist visitors with directions, maps, etc. as well as act as extra eyes and ears for the police. Speaking of police, the DDD provides NOPD Officer Details for Downtown around the clock.
The DDD also has their Downtown SafeWalk escorts who are offered free of charge and will safely escort you to your Downtown destination. To take advantage of this service, just call or text (504) 415-1730 and check availability (put this number into your smartphone). Give them your name, location, and when they should meet you, but they do need a 20 minute lead.
Be smart, and you will have such fun in New Orleans at Arts du Monde! Can’t wait to see you there!
E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 publicity coordinator