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Feb 092017
 

Gabriel Bella, The Women’s Regatta on the Grand Canal, 18th-century, Oil on canvas, Venice, Querini Stampalia Foundation (via NOMA).

In addition to the New Orleans Museum of Art’s new exhibit – A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s – the museum is also hosting a Carnival ball inspired by Latin America. The Mardi Gras Mambo Ball will boast local musicians and a Cuban-inspired band for a night of dancing, elegance and the samba.

For more details, see the museum’s release below:

Carnival revelers are invited to a festive Mardi Gras Mambo Ball on February 17 hosted by Cervantes Fundación Hispanoamericana de Arte, a nonprofit organization that promotes modern and classical Hispanic cultural traditions. State Representative Juan LaFonta and New Orleans businesswoman Margarita Bergen will serve as king and queen of the festive affair. AsheSon, a Cuban-inspired band, will perform along with other surprise musicians highlighting the rhythms of Carnival in both Latin America and New Orleans. Come dance to the conga, samba and second-line. Advance tickets to the event are $10 per person or $12 at the door. Elegant attire is suggested, masks encouraged, and a cash bar will be available. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Brenda Melara at 504.615.9070 or email brenda@cervantesfoundation.org.

A Life of Seduction immerses visitors in the spectacle of 18th-century Venice: the era of Casanova, Vivaldi, Tiepolo, and countless others who spread Venetian taste throughout the world.

The exhibition continues through May 21 with a rich array of lectures, films and festivities. NOMA curator Vanessa Schmid wrote about the exhibition for Arts Quarterly.

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