ARTmonday: The Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art


This weekend we went to a wonderful wedding in New Orleans. The reception was held in the New Orleans Museum of Art. The museum was open, so we had a chance to see paintings by Thomas Eakins, Monet, and Dutch masters, Chinese pottery, carvings from Easter Island, Louis Comfort Tiffany perfume bottles, and beaded African masks.

The ceremony was held in the sculpture garden at sunset. The garden is beautiful, with a lagoon, magnolia grove, and 200-year-old, Spanish moss-laden live oaks. There are
57 sculptures, created by 20th century masters like Henry Moore, as well as contemporary works. After the ceremony, a brass band led us over the bridges to the museum. We waved hankies and the bride and groom led the way, holding parasols. Some sort of New Orleans tradition.

I didn’t get the opportunity to take many photos, so I gathered some images from around the web. It’s a must see if you’re ever down there.

Louise Bourgeoise

Henry Moore “Reclining Mother and Child”  (via about.com)

(via Flickr)

(via about.com)

(via about.com)

“Mother and Child”  (via about.com)

(via MN Art Gal blog)

Sorel Etrog “Large Pulcinella” (via Times Picayune)

George Rodrigue blue dog  (via Flickr)

(via Flickr)

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4 Responses to ARTmonday: The Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art

  1. I love that museum and have spent hours in the sculpture garden although not since Katrina. Would love to hear more about your trip!

  2. Apparently it was closed at the beginning of the year for renovation. It looks spectacular, though admittedly I didn’t get to browse the garden as much as I would have liked. Now if I could get myself to the DeCordova.

  3. Carol

    Hello!
    I have been enjoying your site all summer thanks to our mutual friend, Shyana Harper.
    Thanks for all the great tips!

  4. I remember seeing Louise Bourgeoise’s for the first time in person at Storm King in upstate New York. Loved it! Also another great installation / art park to visit.

    Paul

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