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August 10, 2015

New Orleans Museums Show How City Has Moved On After Katrina

Many museums in New Orleans have taken an understated approach to marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, according to NPR.

Some curators were concerned that exhibits that were explicit about the effects of the storm on the city would be too painful for viewers who had lived through it. Others wanted to showcase what the city's artists have been creating over the past decade.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, for example, is presenting an abstract show. One room contains cast-bronze crawfish dwellings, which the artist says signifies survival. Another exhibit contains tall acrylic slabs that appear filled with water, based on conversations the artist heard while waiting in lines at places like the Red Cross after the storm.