Arts & Culture

From The Frontline: Artist Josh Wingerter

Nov 20, 2020
The Historic New Orleans Collection

The image of boarded up shops is both familiar and disheartening here in New Orleans. A couple of months into the COVID-19 pandemic, local graffiti artist Josh Wingerter found a way to create beauty out of these barriers. The Historic New Orleans Collection interviewed Josh for their project, From The Frontline: Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans.

Walter Washington
American Routes

Walter Washington, or the Wolfman as many call him was born and raised in New Orleans’ Garden District. He sang in a church choir with cousin Ernie K-Doe. His uncle was in a spiritual group the Friendly Five and gave Wolf his first guitar. Prior to his solo career in the 60s, Walter Washington had backed Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey and was in Irma Thomas’ first touring band, the Tornados. Before getting into the past though, I asked how the Wolfman got his name.

Photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

Conversation with New Orleans artist Susan Gisleson. Her whimsical installation, Land of Dreams, is now on view in the gallery of the Historic New Orleans Collection's Tricentennial Wing. It is an immersive experience she describes as a "love letter to a New Orleans summer."  

Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer / Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show Harry brings us It’s a Smart World, Up to Here, The Apologies of the Week, The Appresidentice, News of the Atom, News of the Godly and more.  

Susan Larson talks with Alice Quinn, editor of the new poetry anthology, “Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic” and Megan Holt, executive director of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans.