Thursday, November 8, 2012

New Orleans African American Museum

Fig. 1  New Orleans African American Museum
While in New Orleans for a weekend trip, I discovered the New Orleans African American Museum (NOAAM).  It is a beautifully restored, culturally rich venue located in Tremé Villa, the most historic Black neighborhood in America (fig. 1).  The museum, originally built in 1828, is housed in five buildings on what was once a plantation.  Its architecture is that of old world Creole Villa, and much of its original decorative details remain today.  NOAAM provides an enlightening and enjoyable learning experience about the art, culture and history of African Americans in this region.  During my trip to NOAAM, I gained an appreciation for and knowledge of information about African American sculpture, painting, head dresses, textiles, utility objects, ironwork and other media.  I also discovered the exciting world of jazz.

Fig. 2  NOAAM outdoor mural
 As I toured the facilities, I was impressed by the tranquil, landscaped gardens, welcoming gazebo and brick-lined courtyards.  I was also drawn to the vibrant, colorful outdoor mural that captivated me as I walked between buildings (fig. 2).  Dedicated to the community, NOAAM showcases the artwork of both established and emerging artists.  Its exhibitions change throughout the year, but there are typically several on display during a given time frame.