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Join us for Art at the Center for “New Orleans Second Line Parades: Photographs by Pableaux Johnson.”

Most Sunday afternoons in the wards of New Orleans, locals take to the streets for raucous parades that both serve and celebrate its living and historical communities. “Second Line Sundays” turn the narrow streets and stately boulevards into a temporary dance club as crowds of hundreds pulse along the sidewalks and byways, driven by the blast of funky tuba and the pulse of bass drum and snare.

New Orleans–based photographer Pableaux Johnson began photographing SAPC Second Lines sporadically in 2001, but became more dedicated to consistently documenting the tradition around 2009. Following Hurricane Katrina, he made shooting the parades part of his weekly rhythm as a way to both preserve individual memories and serve the communities.

This exhibition was originally organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA with Patrick A. Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts, and Guest Curator Jeri Bernadette Williams.

On view through December 2019. Co-sponsored by Southern Cultures.

Opening reception

Join us on Thursday, September 5, at 5:30 pm at the Love House and Hutchins Forum for the opening reception of “New Orleans Second Lines.”

We will also be joined by a special guest, featured photographer Pableaux Johnson. Expect light refreshments and an evening of thoughtful conversation.

This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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