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Celebrating Creole Culture

"Creole New Orleans, Honey!" named Museum Exhibition of the Year

Published: June 1, 2024
Last Updated: June 5, 2024

Celebrating Creole Culture

The exhibition on display at the Cabildo.

Photo by Carroll Grevenberg, Louisiana State Museum

The Louisiana State Museum’s exhibition Creole New Orleans, Honey! The Art of Andrew LaMar Hopkins, co-curated by Joyce Miller and Polly Rolman-Smith, is the Museum Exhibition of the Year. On view at the Cabildo in New Orleans from November 18, 2022, to September 30, 2023, the exhibition included more than seventy works by Mobile, Alabama, native Andrew LaMar Hopkins interspersed with notable historical paintings, textiles, and furnishings from LSM’s permanent collections. Hopkins, whose work is inspired by the people, history, and material culture of nineteenth-century New Orleans and its environs, describes himself as “a historical folk outsider artist.” Of Creole descent, Hopkins is a longtime student of Louisiana history who has spent decades immersing himself in museum collections and archives. His fascination with Creole culture—with the blending of languages, racial and ethnic lineages, architectural and culinary traditions—translates directly to the often intimate and always detailed scenes that form the core of his oeuvre. The richly illustrated exhibition catalog, with essays from the exhibition’s curators as well as scholars Shirley Elizabeth Thompson, William Keyse Rudolph, Robert Cangelosi Jr., and 64 Parishes own foodways columnist Jessica B. Harris, is available for online purchase through the Louisiana Museum Foundation.