Final Call for #ARLIS2017 Tours

Only two weeks until the conference, and tours are filling up fast! If you are already registered and want to add a tour, you can call ARLIS/NA HQ at 414-908-4954 ext 116 to pay over the phone or email registration@arlisna.org.

The last tour we are going to highlight is a very special opportunity to tour the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé neighborhood with Museum founder Sylvester Francis. The Museum officially opened its doors in 1999, however it really began in the 1980’s when Mr. Francis began documenting Carnival celebrations, jazz funerals, and second-line parades throughout New Orleans. He would often give copies of the photographs he took to the people they documented. In thanks, many of them donated their Mardi Gras Indian costumes as well as an array of other memorabilia. These artifacts now make up the bulk of the Museum’s collection.

Our tour will last an hour, and transportation will be provided. However, participants are encouraged to stay in Tremé to explore Armstrong Park with it’s historic Congo Square or the St. Augustine Church, founded in 1841 by free African Americans, both right across the street from the museum.

  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $40 (includes transportation)

Don’t forget that Monday, January 23 is the last day for advanced registration. After that there will be on-site registration only, February 5-9.

Lindsey Reynolds, ARLIS/NA 2017 Tours Co-Coordinator

 

Going, going, gone: sign up for NOLA tours before they’re filled up!

With less than a month to go, all of our tours are filling up fast so consider this your reminder to sign up asap!

Tour offerings include walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District, institutional tours at various special collections and museums, and two exciting opportunities for tours with some of the city’s resident artists. These tours are exclusively offered to ARLIS conference attendees – don’t miss your chance to get to know this magical city for yourself.

One tour that is filling up fast is being offered on both Monday (2/6) and Thursday (2/9). Industry of Ink will be led by local preservationist and champion of New Orleans print history, Joseph Makkos, founder of the New Orleans Digital Newspaper Archive. The tour is organized around Makkos’s personal research into the city’s print culture. We will learn about the untold and unexpected history of the South’s original hub for print as we walk through the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Points on the tour will highlight the industry-leading presses, newspaper histories, and renegade printers that created the material culture of New Orleans in the late 19th & 20th centuries. Highlights include Storyville Blue Books, the Times-Picayune’s first female editor (who took over the paper in 1876) and the site of the Loujon Press who first published Charles Bukowski in their Outsider literary magazine.

Ticket price for this tour also includes a special guidebook & ephemera, hand-printed on one of our subject’s own letterpresses!

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Co-coordinator

 

Thinking about New Orleans: Photography

It’s a Friday, and you have another weekend to consider your trip and make plans to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference this coming February — which is fast-approaching. We will be in the beautiful city of New Orleans for Arts du Monde. Registration will be open online on the first of November, in only a few more days!

We recently examined NOLA-centric films, so let’s take a look (of course!) at still photography related to New Orleans. When it comes to photography collections, New Orleans is the proverbial embarrassment of riches, but here are just few of interest.

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