On Thursday, July 22, The Historic New Orleans Collection will host its latest exhibition John Clemmer: A Legacy in Art. Over 60 of the artist's works will be on display including painting, drawings, prints, and sculpture.
The late artist was in the New Orleans art scene for more than seven decades. He studied in the French Quarter at the Arts and Crafts Club's School of Art. He is also the only artist to have been a student, teacher, and director of the Club and its school. He later taught at Tulane University’s School of Architecture before he chaired the Newcomb Art Department.
The exhibition debuts on the centennial of his birth and also includes a companion exhibition with pieces by 76 artists Clemmer knew during his lengthy career.
"These include artists associated with the Arts and Crafts Club, the Orleans Gallery, Newcomb College, Tulane University, and the city at large. This is a wide-reaching exhibition and covers much of the history of art in the city of New Orleans during 75 years of Clemmer’s career—from 1939 to 2014."
A book of the same title accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by Judith H. Bonner, the exhibition’s curator; John Ed Bradley, author and friend to the artist; and David Clemmer, the artist's son.
John Clemmer: A Legacy in Art begins July 22 and will be on display until November 7, 2021. Admission is free and ticketed, and the exhibition can be viewed Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Historic New Orleans Collection is located at 520 Royal Street