“Treme” at CAM closing in New Orleans fashion

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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The Cameron Art Museum will host a series of events from Nov. 1-3 to close the exhibition of Wilmington native Alonzo V. Wilson’s Mardi Gras Indian costumes created for the HBO show “Treme.”


To close the exhibition of Wilmington native Alonzo V. Wilson’s Mardi Gras Indian costumes created for the HBO show “Treme,” the Cameron Art Museum will host a three-day series of events from Nov. 1-3. 

While the “Well Suited The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO’s Treme” exhibition is closing, the CAM is incorporating an exclusive premiere of the fourth season of “Treme” a month before it premiers on HBO. 

Museum curator of public programs Daphne Holmes said actors from the show like Clark Peters and Rob Brown, and executive producer Nina K. Noble will be present throughout the weekend’s festivities. 

“They were all very willing,” Holmes said. “For the actors, cast and executive producers, the show is finished and they have gone on to other projects but yet they had good feelings about seeing each other again and giving one last farewell to the show.”

The events scheduled range from live music by world famous Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans Band and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, to authentic New Orleans food and drinks, a panel discussion following the premiere of the fourth season and a final guided tour through the exhibition by Alonzo V. Wilson.

Holmes said the exhibition’s popularity and the achievements of Wilson warranted the closing celebration.

“We do periodically try to have special programming to close out an exhibition … and it seemed logical to do it as you would in New Orleans and have an extended party,” she said. “People have loved the installation and of course people are surprised to learn he is a Wilmington native and still has a lot of family here. On the other hand there are a lot of people that went to school with him or know his family so there is an instant connection and pride in him.”

The events vary in price from $100 per person for the Friday evening events to $50 for the Saturday events and free for a guided tour with Wilson on Sunday with the purchase of brunch at the CAM Café. Holmes said this would give patrons the opportunity to participate in the closing weekend through a variety of ways. 

In addition to the patrons, Holmes said Wilson’s exhibition has been a favorite of the museum staff as well. 

“I think everyone probably has their favorite costume from it or just the whole spectacle of seeing those costumes in real life when you realize this is something the Mardi Gras Indians do every year,” she said. “As Alonzo has said, the Indians have a year to make their costumes and he and his crew had four months each season of the show to make up many costumes, so just looking at the sheer work that goes into it is incredible.”

For more information about the CAM’s Celebrate New Orleans Weekend or to purchase tickets, visit www.cameronartmuseum.com 

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