White Linen Night, New Orleans’s annual celebration of art, is quickly approaching. In addition to the plethora of white clothing and food and drink, galleries throughout the Arts District will open their doors to the public. For the 25th anniversary of White Linen Night this year, more than 20 galleries will present exhibitions on Saturday. Here are 4 unique gallery events that you should plan on visiting during your stroll.
In Memory of What I Cannot Say: The Art of Guy de Montlaur
National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St.
This exhibit explores the life and work of Guy de Montlaur, a French visual artist who fought in World War II, first as a member of the French Army and later as part of the French Free Commandos. He created abstract paintings that reflected his wartime experiences until his death in 1977. In addition to this exhibit, the World War II Museum will also have two standing exhibitions open for touring: The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front and The D-Day Invasion of Normandy. Admission to the museum will be free that night and there will be concessions available. Open 5:30-9:00 p.m., more information here.
Wind and Whisper—Key-Sook Geum
Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St.
South Korean artist Key-Sook Geum presents her 5th solo exhibition at Callan Contemporary, Wind and Whisper. The exhibit features a series of sculptural objects made from beads, wires, and semi-precious stones, among other materials. The works are inspired by both Korean traditional garments and Western haute couture. Geum has been featured in galleries around the world, including New York, Berlin, and Tokyo. Last year, she served as the costume director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, receiving critical acclaim. Geum will attend the event on Saturday. Open 6-9 p.m., more information here.
612 Julia St.
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of the opening of M Contemporary, the gallery is featuring new works from artists such as George Alexander, Deborah Mansfield, and James Strombotne, among others. Previously based in Santa Fe, M Contemporary features a variety of works from both regionally and nationally acclaimed artists, all rich in color and with strong point-of-view. The gallery also has a collection of African art from all over the continent, including masks and textiles. Open 5:30-9:30 p.m., more information here.
The House I Live In—Regina Scully
Octavia Art Gallery, 440 Julia St.
New Orleans-based artist Regina Scully returns for her 5th solo exhibition with Octavia Art Gallery. The House I Live In features paintings and two-dimensional mixed media works that explore themes of belonging, place, and attachment. The artist continues her depictions of abstract landscapes and atmospheres in this collection. Scully has been featured in galleries all over the United States. Her work is present in the Microsoft Art Collection and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among other collections. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious grants and received her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Open 6-9 p.m., more information here.