THE BIG EASY IN THE BIG APPLE
The AXA Gallery at 787 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan is presenting "The Big Easy in the Big Apple: Two Centuries of Art in Louisiana from the Battle of New Orleans to Katrina," Mar. 10-May 13, 2006. The show features approximately 100 paintings, sculptures, prints and other artifacts from the collection of the beleaguered New Orleans Museum of Art, which only recently was able to reopen its doors following Hurricane Katrina, offering free admission to Louisiana residents. The AXA exhibition includes works by Diane Arbus, Ernest Bellocq, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edgar Degas, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Jean Hyacinthe de Laclotte, Clarence John Laughlin, John T. Scott, Edward Weston and William Woodward.
One purpose of the show is to focus New York's charitable attentions on the Louisiana museum's continuing need for financial support. AXA is hosting a fund-raising event for the museum on Apr. 10, 2006, titled "An Odyssey: An Evening to Benefit the New Orleans Museum of Art." Donations to NOMA’s Katrina Fund can be made online at www.noma.org