A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s conjures one of Italy’s most fabled destinations: a gloriously theatrical setting for festivals, balls, processions and Carnival revelry. Opening February 16, just twelve days before Mardi Gras 2017, the NOMA exhibition is especially timely for New Orleans art lovers and pleasure seekers with a taste for dramatic cultural displays. A Life of Seduction immerses visitors in the spectacle of 18th century Venice: the era of Casanova, Vivaldi, Tiepolo, and countless others who spread Venetian taste and style throughout the world.
The exhibition continues through May 21 with a rich array of lectures, films and festivities.
NOMA curator Vanessa Schmid wrote about the exhibition for Arts Quarterly.
Venice in the 1700s: Related programs
FEBRUARY 18 | 10 a.m. CONCORSO d’ELEGANZA: The Ferrari clubs of New Orleans and Houston will display historic and beautiful cars in front of NOMA.
MARCH 17 | 6:30 p.m. LECTURE: Shakespeare and Mardi Gras. Jennifer C. Vaught, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
MARCH 24 | 6 p.m. LECTURE: Masks and Identity in Casanova’s Venice. James H. Johnston from Boston University will provide a spirited analysis of masking both during and outside of Carnival.
MARCH 31 | 6:30 PM LECTURE: Canals, Cellos, and Costumes: Eighteenth-Century Venice from Vivaldi to Guardi, Peter Björn Kerber, assistant Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
APRIL 21 | 6 PM ARTIST PERSPECTIVE: Mitchell Gaudet, New Orleans glass artist from Studio Inferno
APRIL 28 | 6 PM LECTURE: Hidden Musicians of Venice: The Fascinating Story of Vivaldi’s All-Female Orchestra. Kim Teter, author of Isabella’s Libretto
MAY 12 | 5 PM MASQUERADE AT NOMA: Part of Friday Nights at NOMA, open until midnight with exclusive programming at 5 p.m. Pull out those favorite costumes and wigs.
Visit noma.org/events to find out about our NOONTIME TALKS with Curator Vanessa Schmid and the VENICE FILM SERIES moderated by Laszlo Fulop of UNO.
Highlights from A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s
Click on the images to expand.