Juliette Hare O'Connor Curiosities
About Juliette Hare O'Connor & her Curiosities
She's always been drawn to those things in New Orleans that are a little "off center" - things that are a little bit out there, you know - those darker sides of humanity.
Juliette Hare O’Connor’s work is a reflection of her interests in those things bizarre and weirdly fascinating.
All things related to the crumbling decay of a New Orleans tomb - the decadence of old New Orleans Storyville - the beauty of old Mardi Gras invitations, and of course those unfortunate NOPD mug shots have a place in Juliette's work.
Skulls, dragons, Voodoo potions & spells - all magical things.
Juliette's art pieces are created with many of her own photographs taken since the early 1970s in and around the New Orleans region. They include tombs & graves, signage and historic buildings with nostalgic significant.
Her Storyville and Unfortunate Mug Shot pieces are created with many of E.J. Bellocq's photographs of prostitutes circa 1912 and her personal collection of circa 1900-1925 New Orleans Police Department mug shots.
She loves to bring back many memories of bygone New Orleans nostalgia with her assemblages, shrines and fetish boxes. Some include those neglected and abandoned iconic "Ain't 'Dere No More" places; along with aftermath images following the devastation of the City due to the levee breaches after Hurricane Katrina August 29, 2005.
Juliette was invited to be a guest artist and speaker at the Kirkland Gallery of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois on February 8, 2007. Twenty-eight pieces of her artwork was exhibited in the Kirkland gallery from February 8 to March 27 and visited by hundreds of viewers during several open houses for the University. She spoke to Professor Jim Schietinger's art students and staff members about how her work is created. A request of the audience was for Juliette to speak about her personal story of the Katrina flooding aftermath.
In March, 2008 Professor Judy Fai-Podlipnika from The University of Southeastern Louisiana invited Juliette to speak at the Women in History Month event at the Hammond, LA campus library. Those Naughty Women of Storyville was presented to a standing-room-only crowd.
The online DIY-Magazine's 2008 July-September issue featured Juliette and her work.
In October, 2008 the Save Our Cemeteries organization selected two of Juliette's assemblages and her hand colored/distressed map of 1915 Storyville to be included in their annual Soiree Fundraiser Auction.
In March, 2009 in the French Quarter's Hotel Monteleone Juliette was invited to be the guest speaker for the 150 member SECC Physician Group.
Juliette was proud to have been selected as an artist for the 2009 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She exhibited and sold her work in the Louisiana Marketplace area.
In May, 2009 at a Warren Easton High School Hall of Fame Awards Event this Victorian wall pocket with Bellocq's "Striped Stockings" photo of a Storyville prostitute was presented to Oscar award winning actress, Sandra Bullock. Ms. Bullock has been very generous in her donations of money and time to Juliette's high school alma mater - Warren Easton High School of which Juliette is a proud 1964 graduate.
From 1994 Juliette had been a contributor for many years to WYES-TV Art Collection 12 annual Art Auction. She is a former member of Save Our Cemeteries in New Orleans, which is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the tombs and cemeteries of the city.
Juliette currently works from her home studio - she exhibits and sells her work at the innovative ART IN THE BEND events, located at located in the Nuance Gallery at 728 Dublin Street, NOLA. These events are held the 3rd Saturday of each month and published on Facebook. The next event is Saturday, April 20 from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Previously, she was a regular vendor at the New Orleans Arts Market located in Palmer Park and has been in the French Quarter Galleries: Nouvelle Lune and The Green Eyed Gator Gallery along with Gallery 421 in Covington, LA All have since closed.
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Need a speaker for your
organization or group?
Contact Juliette - she gives talks and presentations about...
The New Orleans Cemeteries & Tombs
The Storyville Madams and Prostitutes
NOPD Mug Shots from the early 1900s.
Find Juliette around the New Orleans region
taking photos of cemeteries and tombs.
Stop in on the 3rd Saturday of each month at
The Art In The Bend at 728 Dublin St, NOLA
(see Facebook for updates and featured artist info.)
Want to talk to her?
Give her a call: 504-456-6060/home or 225-241-5205/cell
email: [email protected]
Juliette and her husband, Patrick,live in a suburb of New Orleans with their 3 rescue dogs.