Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans at New Orleans Museum of Art, through September 3, 2017
“Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans celebrates art collector and gallery owner Arthur Roger’s transformational gift of his entire personal art collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Spotlighting one of the city’s most groundbreaking contemporary art collections, the exhibition explores the rise of modern and contemporary art in New Orleans. Since its founding in 1978, the Arthur Roger Gallery has been one of New Orleans most exciting venues for contemporary art. Roger’s personal collection of more than eighty paintings, photographs and sculptures reflects the gallery’s storied forty-year history as well as Arthur’s skill and sophistication as an art collector. Bringing together artworks Roger has collected from the 1970s through today, Pride of Place unfolds as an evolving narrative about place, identity, and belonging in contemporary art in New Orleans over the course of the last four decades.” — NOMA
“Arthur Roger helped put the art of New Orleans into conversation with the broader art world, and into dialogue with the pressing social and political issues of our time. His collection offers an unparalleled glimpse into the history of New Orleans’ evolving art scene,” says Katie A. Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA.