Gibbes Museum of Art Opens In Search of Julien Hudson

Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans

The Gibbes Museum of Art presents In Search of Julien Hudson an exhibition on view July 22 – October 16, 2011.

This exhibition is the first retrospective of the brief but important career of portraitist Julien Hudson (ca. 1811 – 1844), one of the earliest- documented free artists of color working in New Orleans during the 19th century.

In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans is co-organized by Worcester Art Museum and The Historic New Orleans Collection and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Creative Genius. Initial research was funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Society 1858 is hosting a summer soirée entitled Bitters & Twisted in the Salon d’Orleans on July 29 in conjunction with this exhibition

Image: Creole Boy with a Moth, 1835, by Julien Hudson, oil on canvas, courtesy of a private collection, photo courtesy of Fodera Fine Art Conservation, Ltd.

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