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Applauding American Art

“Odyssey Ball” heralded the exhibition, “Visions of US: American Art” at NOMA.

Cary Grant, Deborah Augustine Elam, Willy Monaghan and Elizabeth Monaghan

photographed by melissa calico

“Ghosts Along the Mississippi” was the theme for the annual “Odyssey Ball” as the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrated the exhibition “Visions of US: American Art.” The exhibition features works by John Singleton Copley, Ansel Adams, John Singer Sargent, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and others.
Images from the new exhibition were superimposed on the museum’s façade as approximately 500 guests arrived. Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin performed for an extravagant seated dinner throughout the first floor of the museum, hosted by Event Chairs Robin Burgess and Terence Blanchard. The night closed with an after party sponsored by Chevron, featuring DJ Soul Sister.

Two nights before the “Odyssey Ball,” the Sponsor Party was held at the Audubon Place home of Dathel and Tommy Coleman. Members of Alvin Ailey II dance company performed to “Everglades,” a piece by Terence Blanchard. The Sponsor Party closed out with a live auction hosted by Mark Romig and a performance by Grammy-nominated Monica Mancini.


What: “Odyssey Ball presented by IBERIABANK and WDSU-TV,” benefiting New Orleans Museum of Art
When: Wednesday, November 11 & Friday, November 13
Where: Sponsor Party: home of Dathel and Tommy Coleman; gala: New Orleans Museum of Art


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