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"Waiting with History: Conrad Albrizio's murals for the New Orleans Train Station"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

6:30 - 7:15 PM

Yates Community Room

"Waiting with History: Conrad Albrizio's murals for the New Orleans Train Station" with Dr. Monica Jovanovich-Kelley, Visiting Assistant Professor in Art History, Millsaps College. On January 8, 1954, two months before the official start of Mardi Gras that year, the $2.2 million dollar New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal opened to the public. As the only municipally-owned station in the country at the time, it consolidated railway travel to and from the Crescent City by replacing its five functioning train depots with one that would offer the services of eight railroads. The ultramodern building proudly boasted many passenger amenities, the most significant being a four-panel mural featuring key moments in Louisiana’s history by Conrad Albrizio. By contextualizing Albrizio’s avant-garde murals, this talk will explore how the terminal’s art and architecture worked in tandem to offer tourists and locals alike a travel experience that embodied the sleekness of modernity and would be in direct competition with commercial air travel - something that boomed in the city after the completion of Moisant Field in 1947. Held in conjunction with the Museum’s Third Thursday programming. Cost: Free the public