Pableaux Johnson Photo Exhibit Opening Night
The LeFevre Hall Art Gallery was the setting for the opening night of Pableaux Johnson's photography exhibit entitled "Of the Nation: New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians 2014". Pableaux Johnson brings New Orleans to Newark with these portraits of the Mardi Gras Indians during Carnival season 2014. Mardi Gras Indians are the African-American practitioners of a tradition dating back to the 19th century, a tradition believed to have originated as a tribute to Native Americans. The Indians spend the better part of each year designing and hand-sewing elaborate suits that they will wear as they parade through their backstreet neighborhoods during Mardi Gras season. The intricate suits are the most immediately recognizable part of the tradition, but other aspects of “masking Indian” — community service, chants and song, ritual street confrontations, drums and dance — form the living core of Mardi Gras Indian culture in a time of change.