The White Linen Night time block occasion is one in all New Orleans’ nice see-and-be-seen scenes. On Saturday evening (Aug. 4), hundreds and hundreds of of artwork followers crammed Julia Road from curb to curb. Most wore elegant summer time white outfits, turning the Warehouse District right into a flouncy, heat-defying trend blizzard.
Although rain fell by a lot of the day, the skies cleared by the early night begin of the 24th annual occasion; not that rain would have stopped White Linen Night time. Final yr’s occasion persevered regardless of the Aug. 5 rains and flood that swamped a lot of the town.
The White Linen Night custom began almost a quarter century ago as a modest Martini-sipping, block party for Warehouse District galleries and the Contemporary Arts Center. It was an antidote to August doldrums. It has since evolved into the blockbuster opening event of the Crescent City arts season, a dreamy blend of contemporary art and conviviality that costs nothing to attend.
Considering the preponderance of eminently stain-able white outfits, the Arts Council of New Orleans courted colorful disaster by erecting a huge blank canvas on Julia Street, dispensing brushes and inviting passersby to paint. The point of the DIY mural was to call attention to an upcoming project funded by the Helis Foundation that will bring five new outdoor murals to the arty neighborhood.
Of all the gorgeous and compelling artworks on display, the most memorable was a 55 gallon drum of crude oil mixed with human blood on the top floor of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
WLN is sometimes the scene of subversive political and artistic expression. This year, however, the most audacious thing we saw was that patrons were asked not to use cellphones while attending one of the Julia Street gallery exhibits.
Did that include selfies? If so, it’s an outrage. To inhibit selfies on White Linen Night is like inhibiting surfing on Maui. Ask anybody: I selfie therefore I am.
White Linen Night 2018 — Me & Gene Koss pic.twitter.com/X9j4yUJmz0
— Doug MacCash (@dougmaccash) August 5, 2018
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