Exploring the theme "Opulence and Intrigue: Exoticism in the 19th Century," The Historic New Orleans Collection's sixth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum brings together local and national decorative arts experts to present lectures and workshops, lead walking tours, host day trips, and host social events throughout the French Quarter and further afield. Designed for a general audience, forum sessions take place throughout the weekend at THNOC's Williams Research Center in the heart of the Quarter. The 'Exoticism' theme will examine the proliferation of non-Western motifs and styles in decorative arts and architectureâa defining trend in the 1800s as doors to new worlds were being opened and interest in ancient and distant cultures flourished. This year's topics include decorative arts at World's Fairs, exotica-influenced Carnival designs, Middle East and Far East-inspired architecture, Chinese art and American artists who found inspiration in the Holy Land.
Those who register will have a choice of optional preconference toursâa day trip to two plantations in south Louisiana (Lakeside in Batchelor, La., and Poplar Grove in Port Allen, La.); or a walking tour of the historic French Quarter. Following the Sunday sessions, forum participants will also have the option to join speakers and fellow participants for a brunch at New Orleans's celebrated Antoine's Restaurant.
Speakers include Priscilla Lawrence, John H. Lawrence and John T. Magill of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Joining them are Jason T. Busch, chief curator and the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College; Nicholas M. Dawes, vice-president of special collections at Heritage Auctions, New York, and a frequent appraiser on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow; Ulysses Grant Dietz, curator of decorative arts at Newark Museum; Alison McQueen, professor of art history at McMaster University; Holly H. Shimizu, executive director of the US Botanic Garden; Richard Guy Wilson, the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia; and Donald A. Wood, curator of Asian art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Registration is required. Rates begin at $100. For a detailed event schedule visit hnoc.org/antiques.htm or call (504) 523-4662.