5:00 to 9:00 p.m. July 26, 2013


We’re still celebrating the world’s fairs with a lecture by John H. Lawrence of the Historic New Orleans Collection on the Creole Exhibit of the 1884 Cotton Centennial Exposition. We’ll also be screening the award-winning film: WORLD FAIR!

You can also pop in Café NOMA for “Art You Can Eat,” where Chef Steven Marsella of Heritage Grill and Ralph Brennan Catering and Events will give an Italian-inspired culinary demonstration. (This event is included with museum admission.) In honor of Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts from the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, all “Art You Can Eat” demonstrations in July will focus on cuisine from a different area of the globe.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art Activity
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by The New Orleans Saxophone Quartet
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture: John H. Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs, The Historic New Orleans Collection: “A Moment in Time: The Creole Exhibit of the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition”
  • 6 p.m.: “Art You Can Eat” with Chef Steven Marsella, Heritage Grill and Ralph Brennan Catering and Events: “Red Gravy vs Red Sauce: What, When and Why” – In tribute to the 1902 world’s fair in Turin, Italy
  • 7:30 p.m.: Screening: WORLD FAIR

About John H. Lawrence
John H. Lawrence is Director of Museum Programs at the Historic New Orleans Collection, where his is responsible for planning and implementing museum exhibitions, lectures, seminars, and related activities. He is also the head of Curatorial Collections, having oversight of pictorial and object holdings numbering in excess of 300,000 items.

In his 37 year career at the Historic New Orleans Collection, the New Orleans native has held the positions of Curator of Photographs and Senior Curator. Lawrence has written and lectured widely about aspects of contemporary and historic photography, and the administration and preservation of pictorial collections. He has served as principal or guest curator for dozens of exhibitions on a variety of photographic, artistic, and general historical topics.

About The New Orleans Saxophone Quartet

The New Orleans Saxophone Quartet is an all-star saxophone ensemble that plays anything from Bach to punk rock. Their repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, standard saxophone quartet pieces, jazz arrangements and original compositions. When Travis Blotsky (baritone sax) formed the NOSQ in early 2012 he envisioned a topnotch chamber group versitle enough to provide ambiance at a formal event, perform art music at recitals and even lead rowdy sing-alongs at neighborhood pubs. He quickly found Eric Bernhardt (alto sax), Robin Clabby (tenor sax) and Thad Scott (soprano sax), all seasoned professionals who shared his vision. Together they form a unique group that will surprise, entertain and even expand horizons.


(25 mins)

WORLD FAIR is a touching documentary that celebrates personal memory, modern design, and visions of the future at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The film weaves together vibrant, archival footage and present-day interviews with five, warm and humorous characters who attended the fair. As a meditation on the ways we remember and preserve the past, WORLD FAIR explores the stories contained in photographs and home movies, in illustrations, and in the objects we collect and save.

Directed and Produced by Amanda Murray
Co-Produced by Ian Cheney and Wicked Delicate Films
Edited by Frederick Shanahan
Cinematography by Ian Cheney
Score by Bluebrain

The film is the winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Boston Film Festival, 2013.

This event is related to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs.