This Saturday night will kick off the 21st annual White Linen Night in New Orleans, taking place in the New Orleans Arts District on August 1. This tradition has become a favorite in the Crescent City, even spawning a Dirty Linen night the following weekend in the French Quarter.
Whitney White Linen Night is completely free and encourages attendees to wear white or light colored outfits. It runs from 6-9 pm up and down Julia Street from the 300-700 blocks and throughout the Arts District. Even better- for those who desire air conditioning as an option, there is hope! The Contemporary Arts Center is offering a Cool Down Lounge, sponsored by Cox Communications, and is $40 per person. It includes 2 complimentary drinks, light bites, private restrooms, and seating with air conditioning.
An impressive 20 museums and galleries and 25 restaurants are participating. Here are some highlights you can’t miss:
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Julia St.
Meet Jacques Rodrigue from 6-7 p.m., Executive Director and George Rodrigue’s son, as he signs copies of Rodrigue Studio’s latest book, Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
August will be the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and museum visitors will get the opportunity to document and preserve their memories from that time. Attendees will fill in after the prompt “Ten years later, I still remember….” The opening reception will be during White Linen Night, but the program continues through August 31.
Where Y’Art, 835 Julia St.
Speaking of hurricanes, this exhibition is focused on the progress New Orleans has made post-Katrina and future goals.
Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St.
The CAC’s opening reception for their exciting exhibit REVERB: Past, Present, Future will take place during White Linen and is curated by Isolde Brielmaier, Director of the Contemporary Art Initiative, the public art platform at Westfield World Trade Center, New York. REVERB, according to the CAC, “explores the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding region over the last decade.”