Drop by the museum every Third Thursday at noon for a guided tour by museum staff of Newcomb Art Museum’s new art installation EMPIRE created by Fallen Fruit!
Free and open to the public. Contact Tom Friel at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
What is EMPIRE?
Celebrating the New Orleans tricentennial, EMPIRE is an art installation by Los Angeles based artists Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods, and Pelican Bomb. Through the assembly of over 400 objects, the artists will transform the entire museum into one immersive artwork that explores the history of people and place in terms of cultural legacy, historical narrative, and social constructs.
The project uses objects culled from the diverse archives and collections across Tulane’s campus, including art, sound, documents of record, material culture, and artifacts. It activates objects held by the Hogan Jazz Archive, The Latin American Library, Louisiana Research Collection, Middle American Research Institute, Newcomb Art Museum, Newcomb College Institute, Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection / Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane Law Library, and Tulane University Archives, among other campus collections as well as the Amistad Research Center, shifting the lexicon of historical meanings into one work of art.
EMPIRE critically examines the principles of archives and anthropology to interrogate the ways histories are told, remembered, and revised. The immersive artwork considers the historical and contemporary effects that colonialism, slavery, trade, and tourism have had on the movement of culture across and beyond borders to better understand the geographic and cultural position of New Orleans in relationship to Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. EMPIRE invites viewers to creatively interpret the displayed objects, their connections, and their juxtapositions to generate new meanings.