East of the Mississippi exhibition features numerous special events and programming

John Moran, The Wissahickon Creek near Philadelphia, c. 1863, Albumen print, 10 3/8 x 13 inches, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation through Robert and Joyce Menschel

East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century Landscape Photography marks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view more than one hundred images of the eastern United States in the earliest decades of photography’s invention. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous lectures, gallery talks, noontime tours, and a movie series highlighting landscape in film.


Friday, November 10,  7 pm: “Past and Present Landscapes of the Mississippi Delta” with Dr. Elizabeth Chamberlain, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Tulane University

Friday, December 1, 7 pm: “Navigating Rivers and Music East of the Mississippi” with American Routes host Nick Spitzer and Captain Clarke C. “Doc” Hawley

Friday, December 8, 7 pm: “Improving Nature: Image Manipulation in Nineteenth-Century Photography” with France Scully Osterman, guest scholar, and Mark Osterman, photographic process historian, George Eastman Museum


Friday, October 6, 6 pm: Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, Prints, and Drawings, and Diane Waggoner, Curator of Nineteenth-Century Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Book signing to follow in Museum Shop.

Friday, October 13, 6 pm: Russell Lord discusses the role of nineteenth-century photography on the tourism industry

Friday, December 15, 6 pm: Mary Niall Mitchell, Co-Director, Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, Ethel and Herman L. Midlo Endowed Chair, and Joseph Tregle Professor of Early American History at the University of New Orleans

Friday, December 22, 6 pm: on photographer Jay Dearborn Edwards with John H. Lawrence, Director of Museum Programs at The Historic New Orleans Collection


Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, Prints, and Drawings, and Brian Piper, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Photography, will lead gallery talks that explore major themes in the exhibition.

Wednesday, October 11, 12 pm: Russell Lord

Wednesday, October 25, 12 pm: Brian Piper

Wednesday, November 8, 12 pm: Brian Piper

Wednesday, December 6, 12 pm: Russell Lord

Wednesday, December 20, 12 pm: Brian Piper

Saturday, January 6, 12 pm: Russell Lord


Friday, October 6, 7 pm: Opera Créole

Friday, December 1, 5:30 pm: Underground Railroad Freedom Singers


Friday, October 13, 7 pm: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000 | Rated PG-13; 1 hour, 47 minutes | Watch the trailer)

Friday, December 15, 7 pm: Days of Heaven (1977 | Rated PG | 1 hour, 34 minutes | Watch the trailer)

Friday, December 29, 6 pm: There Will Be Blood (2008 | Rated R | 2 hours, 38 minutes | Watch the trailer)