This year marks the 25th anniversary of Contemporary Arts Center’s White Linen Night celebrating New Orleans’ vibrant and diverse art scene on Saturday, August 3rd. As is custom, all festival goers don white linen for a night of gallery hopping along Julia Street in the lively Warehouse Arts District. Celebrate the art event of the summer with us at Old No. 77 for not one, but two gallery openings, for a night to remember in New Orleans.

Julia Street Block Party
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Julia Street, 300 – 700 Blocks
5:30 pm – 9 pm

Slip on your best white linen and join the revelries at the Julia Street Block Party. The free outdoor event commences at 5:30 pm in the Arts District New Orleans for gallery openings, live music, and installations in addition to over two dozen restaurants and bars.

Artist in Residence Gallery Opening feat. Hattie Smith Lindsley
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
4:30 pm – 6 pm

Old No. 77 is proud to commemorate White Linen Night with a gallery opening of our own. Celebrate with us as we debut the gallery opening of Uncertainty is Sexy featuring work by Hattie Smith Lindsley. Over the past month, artist-in-residence, Hattie Smith Lindsley, has come to terms with the idea that uncertainty is sexy.

Hattie’s collages reflect on how newcomers have risked, possibly encountered, uncertainty in New Orleans. Watercolor portraiture included in the show features characters who agreed to sit for live painting sessions. Her abstract realism reflects her journey through New Orleans and addresses how uncertainty can be sexy. Representation, identity, and narrative can be stirring and unclear simultaneously.

Building Blocks, Part One Gallery Opening
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
6 pm – 10 pm

Building Blocks, The Culture of Architecture in New Orleans is curated by Gene Guidry, Architect, Trapolin-Peer Architects.

An intersection of the prevailing cultural attitudes that have shaped New Orleans’ architecture, this show is a look at the influences of French, Spanish, and American styles, overlain with the distinctive Creole character that became synonymous with the city’s unique neighborhoods.

From the grand Greek Revival homes in the Garden District to the colorful Creole cottages in the Marigny, the city’s history and dominant social trends can be witnessed from front porch to inner courtyard.

This curated body of work featuring 21+ exhibiting artists will also explore the peculiar balance between commanding municipal spaces, overshadowing private backstreets, enveloped in their intimate histories. Like New Orleans itself, Building Blocks, the culture of architecture in New Orleans is a decorative pattern of color, form, and sense of place.

White Linen After Dark
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Contemporary Arts Center: Camp Street Warehouse
8 pm – 12 am
$10 – $20

The festivities continue at the Contemporary Arts Center White Linen After Dark party. Dance the night away at the Camp Street Warehouse with a live DJ, late-night drinks and small bites. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 day-of and are available through Contemporary Arts Center.


Photography is provided courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center.