NEW ORLEANS (press release) –  The Newcomb Art Museum invites you to check out our Spring exhibition season Core Memory, with two exhibitions Louisiana Native American Basketry and Encoded, that draw from the creative legacy of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College and its prescient synthesis of art, craft, and design to understand weaving technologies. Featuring the work of more than forty artists, Core Memory puts into conversation two modalities of weaving: Indigenous basketry and the emergent field of systems-based textiles. The exhibitions will be on view through June 25, 2022.

This Saturday March 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., we invite you to The Coiled Half-Hitch Revival artist talk and hands-on weaving workshop with featured Louisiana Native American Basketry Houma weaver, Janie Verret Luster. 

Ms. Luster will discuss Houma cultural traditions including her half-hitch baskets, made using an intricate weaving technique lost to the Houma for nearly a generation. She will also teach this technique in the workshop that immediately follows the talk. Both activities are free and open to the public, but the workshop is limited to 12 participants.  You need to register to participate in the workshop, but you do not need to register for the artist talk.

Register now for the weaving workshop.