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Empire Closing Party

December 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Newcomb Art Museum’s tricentennial installation EMPIRE by Fallen Fruit closes on December 22. But before that happens, let’s celebrate the run of this incredible show in style! Join us on December 8 for a day full of festivities and friends as we mark the close with three unique experiences.

At 12pm, bring out the whole family for a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition with Justin Mann, the Collections Manager of The Royal D. Suttkus Fish Collection at the Tulane University Biodiversity Research Institute (Tulane’s infamous “Fish Library). Learn all about why Tulane has the largest fish library in the world, how it got started, and all about those jars of fish in EMPIRE.

Beginning at 4pm, enjoy an improvisational jazz concert featuring composer Courtney Bryan from the Tulane Newcomb Department of Music as she (along with special guests Denise Frazier, Free feral, and Tarrah Reynolds) interpret the objects on view using an interdisciplinary framework.

From 5 to 7 pm, the party continues with light refreshments, wine, and, best of all, a chance to meet David Allen Burns and Austin Young (the amazing artists that make up Fallen Fruit) and the team behind #EMPIRE.

This event is FREE and open to all! So join us on Saturday, December 8 and let’s celebrate in style!


About the exhibition:
Celebrating the New Orleans tricentennial, EMPIRE is an art installation by Los Angeles based artists Fallen Fruit (David Allen Burns and Austin Young) commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods, and Pelican Bomb. Through the assembly of over 400 objects culled from Tulane-affiliated archives, the artists have transformed the entire museum into one immersive artwork that explores the history of people and place in terms of cultural legacy, historical narrative, and social constructs.

EMPIRE at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is part of “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” a suite of site-specific projects taking place throughout New Orleans from June 2017 through June 2018, commissioned and presented by Newcomb Art Museum, A Studio in the Woods, and Pelican Bomb. “Fallen Fruit of New Orleans” was initiated by Pelican Bomb in 2015.


December 8, 2018
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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