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James Beard Awards 2017

"A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s"
February 16-May 21, 2017

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Venetian vivacity is often read about in history books, depicted in movies and celebrated through carnival and revelry, but New Orleans is getting a piece of Venetian history that will transport visitors to a time of grandeur and merriment. The wealth and creativity of Venetian Carnival inspired many of the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations. From elaborate masks to impeccable dancing, Venice has a history of celebrating Mardi Gras in an imaginative way.

The opulence of Venice is transported to the New Orleans Museum of Art in “A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s”. From February 16-May 21, 2017, peak into the historic Venetian livelihood and carnival celebrations. With Mardi Gras taking place on February 28 this year, there’s no better time to head to this exhibit and learn about the history and culture of Venetian Carnival.

The NOMA exclusive installation highlights Venetian pageantry, costumes, art and overall extravagance. Visitors to the exhibit will time-travel to the 18th century, surrounded by the elements that made life back then so grand. The exhibit includes three-hundred-year-old carnival masks, regal costumes, handbags, luxurious glass objects and paintings by Canaletto and Guardi.

Carnival is quite familiar to the city of New Orleans, but historic Venetian Carnival and its entire splendor is a majestic pastime that we can only experience through details of this exhibit. Four themes will be presented: A City that Lives on Water, the Celebration of Power, Aristocratic Life in Town and Country, and the City as Theater. The gondolas, palaces and theatric life of Venice are depicted throughout, to show the unique and historic elements of the eighteenth century and the city.

The exhibit is originated by NOMA, organized by the Contemporanea Progetti, and Guest-Curated by Giandomenico Romanelli.


You can see this exhibition with admission to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors (65+) & military with active ID, $8 for university students with active ID, $6 for children, and children 6 and under enter for FREE.

About NOMA

NOMA is located in colorful, historic City Park, at the end of Esplanade Avenue and just across Bayou St. John, minutes from downtown New Orleans. Visitors can also travel to NOMA via the North Carrollton Avenue Branch of the Canal Streetcar line. NOMA's hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and active military and $6 children (7-17). Children 6 and under are free and university students with valid ID receive $8 admission. Wednesdays are free admission days for everyone, courtesy of the Helis Foundation.

For more information call (504) 658-4100 or visit the NOMA website at

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