Art at the Center: Pableaux Johnson

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5
5:30–7:00 PM

Join us for Art at the Center for “New Orleans Second Line Parades: Photographs by Pableaux Johnson.”

Most Sunday afternoons in the wards of New Orleans, locals take to the streets for raucous
parades that both serve and celebrate its living and historical communities. “Second Line Sundays” turn the narrow streets and stately boulevards into a temporary dance club as crowds of hundreds pulse along the sidewalks and byways, driven by the blast of funky tuba and the pulse of bass drum and snare.
New Orleans–based photographer Pableaux Johnson began photographing SAPC Second Lines sporadically in 2001, but became more dedicated to consistently documenting the tradition around 2009. Following Hurricane Katrina, he made shooting the parades part of his weekly rhythm as a way to both preserve individual memories and serve the communities.


On view through December 2019. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South.

FREE | Love House & Hutchins Forum | 410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC