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Friday Nights at NOMA: Mardi Gras Mambo Ball and Opening of “A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s”

February 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more.

  • 5 to 10 pm: Mardi Gras Mambo Ball by Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte, music by AsheSon
  • 5 to 8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 6 p.m: A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s: Gallery Talk with Curator Vanessa Schmid

Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte announces Juan LaFonta and Margarita Bergen as its King and Queen of Mardi Gras Mambo 2017. The carnival ball will take place on Friday, February 17, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The evening will be full of live music by AsheSon and surprise performances highlighting the rhythms of Carnival in Latin America and New Orleans. Come dance to the conga, samba and second-line. Advance tickets to the event are $10 per person or $12 at the door. NOMA members are free. Elegant attire is suggested. Masks encouraged, handheld or covering the eyes only. For the safety of other visitors and artworks, guests may need to remove masks at NOMA’s discretion. Cash bar will be available. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Brenda Melara at 504.615.9070 or email brenda@cervantesfoundation.org.

About A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s

NOMA debuts A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s in cooperation with Contemporanea Progetti in Florence, Italy. This exhibition celebrates the theater and spectacle of Venice—in public and private life—in paintings, costumes, furnishings, glass and ceremonial regalia. Renowned for its beauty and singularity, Venice played a central role in the history of Western art. In the 18th century the city experienced a revival in the arts and was the premier destination for intellectuals and travelers. The city and its inhabitants cultivated and eulogized a tradition of street life, festivals and fashion.

Guest curated by Giandomenico Romanelli, the former director of the Civic Museums of Venice, A Life of Seduction examines this culture of display and sensuality through four primary themes: A City That Lives on Water, The Celebration of Power, Aristocratic Life in Town and Country and The City As Theater.

Vanessa Schmid, Senior Research Curator for European Art, will guide visitors through this timely exhibition, opening eleven days prior to Mardi Gras, past paintings that depict Carnival in Venice along with 18th-century masks and costumes. Schmid contributed an essay to the catalogue that will accompany this exhibition on an exceptional series of paintings by Joseph Heintz the Younger.


February 17, 2017
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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