Furnishing Louisiana: 1735–1835

Furnishing Louisiana: 1735–1835
The Historic New Orleans Collection
New Orleans, LA
February 24– June 17, 2012

Ursuline refectory table, 1734–1753; on loan to The Historic New Orleans Collection from Robert Edward Judice; photo by Jim Zietz

From the ports of the Caribbean up the twisting Mississippi to French Canada, this groundbreaking exhibition traces the emergence of the distinctive craftsmanship of Creole America—what the New York Times called “a signature Louisiana style.” More than fifty pieces of furniture, from nearly two dozen collections, are on display, along with tools, hardware, wood samples and interactive components designed to bring early Louisiana furniture-making to life.

The Collection will present four events in conjunction with this exhibition. Reservations are recommended and may be made by emailing wrc@hnoc.org or calling (504) 523-4662.

Lecture: Historic Finishes. Friday, April 20 • 6–8 p.m. (Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St.)
Salt Lake City–based conservator Stephen Shepherd will discuss finishes used on historic furniture. He appears in costume to demonstrate the wardrobe and techniques of a 19th-century craftsman. (Free; reservations suggested)

Demonstration: Seat Treatments
Saturday, May 12 • 9 a.m.–noon (533 Royal St.)
New Orleanian Mary Cooper will demonstrate different techniques used in crafting the seating surfaces on traditional Louisiana chairs—caning, corn shuck/rush, split oak and cotton tape. (Free; reservations suggested)

Site Visit: LSU Rural Life Museum
Saturday, May 19 • Full day.
The LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, with more than 30 historic buildings on site, is the perfect place to observe the technology and architectural settings associated with the production and use of early Louisiana furniture. Following a tour, museum director David Floyd will address the group over a jambalaya lunch. ( $60/person (round-trip bus departs New Orleans 8:30 a.m.) ; $30/person (drive yourself))

Workshop: Bench Making
Saturday, June 2 (SOLD OUT)
Louisiana craftsman Greg Arceneaux will lead participants through the steps involved in building a small traditional bench.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is located at 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA.  Museum Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.  The Museum is free and open to the public.  For more information call 504-523-4662 or go to www.hnoc.org .