Over the past 25 years, Whitney Hancock White Linen Night has become an opportunity for attendees to perfect the art of jockeying for the precious few spots in the Arts District that balance proximity to air conditioning with the nearest place to score a cold drink.
Of course, there will be plenty of art to look at on Saturday (Aug. 3) — and this year’s exhibitions represent one of the strongest collective offerings in recent memory. Here are five shows worth braving the crowds and humidity for:
Courtney Egan @ Ogden Museum of Southern Art
In an ideal situation, you’d have Courtney Egan’s lyrical, transfixing installations all to yourself on White Linen Night, the better to experience the blend of poetry and technology that makes her projections of flowers burst into bloom as you approach them, and appreciate the wonder of the surreal botanical vignettes she creates with video, light and sculptural objects.
But it’d be a shame to miss them while you’re passing through the Ogden on Saturday. Cross your fingers that most of your fellow gallery-goers that evening will be busy buzzing around the newly opened Louisiana Contemporary group show so you’ll be able to take in Egan’s work with at least a bit of solitude…