What: New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell, artwork by Robin Reynolds
Where: The Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal St.
When: Through October 1, 2018; Tuesday -Saturday, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM; Sunday, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM
New Orleans: Between Heaven and Hell is a highly detailed 3×6 ft. work that spans New Orleans history, from the city’s founding up to the removal of Confederate monuments last year. Each of the small ink drawings tells a story that artist Robin Reynolds and local historians researched using the Historic New Orleans Collection, and you can read about each one using the interactive guide next to the piece. From the drawing of a woman holding a sign reading, “Vote for the Dead Guy—It’s Important,” I learned about Antoinette, Ernie K-Doe’s widow, putting him up for Mayor after he’d been dead for five years! And from another drawing of a sign a bit further back in time on the piece, I learned that the K-Doe sign was a reference to the “Vote for the Crook” gubernatorial elections of 1991! Also included: Henriette DeLille and Ruthie the Duck Girl.
Read more about New Orleans: Heaven and Hell here