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The Hancock Whitney White Linen Night is an annual celebration of the New Orleans art scene. Presented by the Contemporary Arts Center and hosted throughout the Arts/Warehouse District, White Linen Night features an evening filled with exclusive performances, gallery showings, parties, and more.
The National WWII Museum joins the party this year by opening our special exhibit gallery—where In Memory of What I Cannot Say: The Art of Guy de Montlauris on view through October 20—for the evening. The exhibit explores the life and work of a French fine-art painter who fought Nazis on several battlegrounds, surviving hand-to-hand combat as a member of the French army at the onset of World War II then the perils of Sword Beach with the Free French Commandos on June 6, 1944. Guy de Montlaur, who suffered multiple wounds in combat that he carried for the rest of his life, channeled his wartime experiences into art, creating vivid abstract paintings until his death at age 58 in 1977.
Two more Louisiana Memorial Pavilion exhibits—The Arsenal of Democracy: The Herman and George R. Brown Salute to the Home FrontandThe D-Day Invasion of Normandy—will be open to tour as well. Admission to all three Louisiana Memorial Pavilion exhibits will be free for that night and a concession stand offering food and drink will also be available.
The Museum is just steps away from the Julia Street Block Party as well as the CAC’s “Party After Dark,” so be sure to include Guy de Montlaur’s striking artwork on your White Linen Night itinerary!