Scott Jordan

George Rodrigue's NOMA exhibit breaks attendance record

Renowned Acadiana artist George Rodrigue has made the New Orleans Museum of Art very, very happy. On March 1, NOMA debuted Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina, a 40-year retrospective of Rodrigue’s work. The 14-week exhibit closed last weekend with a blowout party featuring Rodrigue, Chef Paul Prudhomme and clarinetist Pete Fountain, attracting more than 6,000 visitors for the show’s final days.

The final-weekend tally was just the tip of the iceberg. The total number of visitors was 52,813 — a NOMA record for most visitors for an exhibition of work by a living artist. The exhibit benefited NOMA in other ways, too; the museum gained 545 members during the run, and NOMA also notes that its gift shop did “robust business” throughout the Rodrigue exhibit.