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Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Marcus Akinlana | Lecture: “Improving Nature: Image Manipulation in Nineteenth-Century Photography,” by France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman

Fri, December 8th, 2017 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table 
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Marcus Akinlana
  • 6:30 – 8 pm: Create Late: Black and White (charcoal still life)
  • 7 pm: “Improving Nature: Image Manipulation in Nineteenth-Century Photography,” a lecture by France Scully Osterman and Mark Osterman


Marcus Akinlana is an artist, traditional African Sango priest, martial arts instructor and drummer. He lives in New Orleans, where he co-runs Positive Creations Fine Arts and WON Mural Society with his wife Fatu Akinlana, two art companies both founded in the 1980s. He has also cofounded Ile Eko Asa Yoruba Ni New Orleans, a study institute for traditional African culture and spirituality. In 2012, Akinlana also founded Avalanche JA Self Defense and Combat School, a martial arts training academy. Akinlana is a professional drummer and now combines his visual arts with music.


France Scully Osterman is an artist-educator and lecturer at Scully & Osterman Studio and guest scholar at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, both in Rochester, New York. She has received glowing reviews of her “Sleep” exhibit in Art in America, Paris Photo Magazine, and the Village Voice.  France is recognized for her extensive knowledge of early photographic processes including photogenic drawings, wet-plate and dry-plate collodion, albumen, and salt print methods. She gives lectures and workshops at museums and universities and teaches in her nineteenth-century skylight studio.

Mark Osterman is Photographic Process Historian at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He teaches the technical evolution of photography from Niepce heliographs to making gelatin emulsions. As an artist, his series “Confidence,” based on a traveling medicine show he performed for twenty years, received high praise in Photo Review, After Image, and Zoom magazines. Osterman’s most recent writings on the subject of early photographic processes include the nineteenth-century chapter for the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography . He began research in historic photographic processes while attending the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1970s.

Friday Nights at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.


Fri, December 8th, 2017
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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