Visual Tales of Carnival Season
Works from the Ogden Museum's permanent collection
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – While Mardi Gras might look a little different this year, we can still pay homage to our beloved Carnival traditions. To honor the great city of New Orleans and our community’s love for Mardi Gras, the Ogden would like to highlight some works from its permanent collection that represent the festivities of the season.
In this striking 1935 Eudora Welty image, Mardi Gras Celebration, two carnival goers in costume move through the French Quarter ready to masquerade.
A different representation of French Quarter parading is shown here in Charles Surendorf’s linoleum block print, Mardi Gras, New Orleans. The frenzied excitement of the scene foregrounds the traditional torch-bearing Flambeaux of classic New Orleans parades.
Stanley Sporny’s Mardi Gras Nap depicts the essence of the Fat Tuesday tradition of parade goers flooding the streets of New Orleans. The piece shows the excitement to catch Mardi Gras throws, fashionable costumes and exhaustion from having fun!
Will Henry Stevens’ Untitled (Mardi Gras Scene) paints a familiar picture for carnival regulars. Percussion, people and parades all coalesce in a wondrous, saturated scene.
In Mardi Gras Study with Pink Boa by Michael Meads, three costumed figures represent distinct approaches to carnival. The devil, a masked person in drag and a jester impress upon the viewer the range of ways people celebrate Mardi Gras.