January 22, 2013
Detail from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Phunny Phorty Phellows 1883 invitation
Shakespeare-inspired Mardi Gras ball invitations, call out and admittance cards, dance cards and parade bulletins dating from 1870 to 1932 will be on view through March 30 at Tulane University's Louisiana Research Collection.
"Welcome Merry Shrovetide: Shakespeare on Parade," will include Shakespearian designs from the krewes of Comus, Consus, Disciples of Thespis, Elves of Oberon, Falstaffians, Phunny Phorty Phellows and Twelfth Night Revelers.
The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Research Collection’s exhibition gallery in Jones Hall, Room 200.
Shakespeare's works and characters, from A Mid-Summer's Night’s Dream to Falstaff to The Merry Wives of Windsor and more, have long inspired Carnival krewes with their themes of misrule and merriment, pleasure and masquerading. The exhibit will also feature Rex ducal medals and souvenir pins from the krewes of Amphictyons, Argonauts, Athenians, Atlanteans, Comus and Consus.
The Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane preserves the largest Carnival collection in the world and recently completed a two-year project to place more than 5,600 original float and costume designs from Carnival’s “Golden Age” online. Support for the Louisiana Research Collection’s Carnival holdings is provided, in part, from a bequest from Charles L. “Pie” Dufour.
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