Photographer: Paul Schiraldi
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Well Suited includes costumes designed by Wilmington, North Carolina native Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s award-winning series Treme. The series takes its name from Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans that continues to be an important center of the city's African-American and Créole culture. The series begins four months after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs and Mardi Gras Indians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.
This exhibition emphasizes fourteen exquisitely crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from Treme, and also includes Mardi Gras costumes from select characters, as well as design sketches, film excerpts, video interviews with cast and costumers and behind-the-scenes photography. Wilson inscribed layer upon layer of narrative into the beadwork of the suits. Ogden Museum of Southern Art curator Bradley Sumrall describes, “Through interviews, house visits, observations of the Mardi Gras Indians at practice, Wilson approached the task before him respectfully well-informed. One of the most impressive aspects of his work with the Mardi Gras Indians was his ability both to give back and borrow from tradition. He readily shared his beading and archival practices with the community.”
Select costumes from Wilson’s work on Treme were included in the Fifth Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2010. In 2013, Wilson’s designs for Treme garnered him a second nomination from the Costume Designer Guild Awards for Outstanding Contemporary Television Series.
Enjoy a performance by New Orleans native, Grammy winner and nominee Leon Kid Chocolate Brown. Curator Bradley Sumrall from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will also attend the reception. Purchase tickets at the purchase link above, in person or by phone at (910)395.5999.
Be the first to view the exhibition with Wilmington native Alonzo V. Wilson, creator of the incredible costumes. Get an inside look from his personal perspective. Grammy award winner and nominee Leon Kid Chocolate Brown will perform. Bradley Sumrall from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will also be attending the opening. Includes a drink ticket and New Orleans inspired appetizer. Reserve your tickets online, by phone or in person. $10 per member
This exhibition will explore contemporary artwork that was acquired since 2002 and the move to our new updated facility at the Cameron Art Museum from the historic St. John’s Museum of Art in downtown Wilmington. Among the many artists included are Romare Bearden, José Bernal, Sam Francis, Howard Hodgkin, Donald Sultan and our newest acquisition by Shahzia Sikander.
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