Louisiana native Pableaux Johnson has been photographing Second Lines—or Sunday brass band parades—in New Orleans for more than a decade. This exhibition presents 48 color portraits of participants in jubilant processions organized by African American Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, known as SAPCs, which are a hallmark of the Crescent City.
Driven by upbeat music, the second line is a unified whole made up of a first line (SAPC members and the band) and a second line (families, tourists, and neighbors who walk and dance with them). In a broader context, the choreographed dance routines and improvisational steps exemplify a legacy of African-inspired ritual and performance.
Unmistakable in custom-tailored suits and gowns, matching hats and shoes, and colorful accessories such as parasols, sashes, and feathered fans, Second Lines weave their way through the city accompanied by local musicians playing trombones, trumpets, tubas, and drums. Mixing together with crowds of all ages, the procession embodies a rich local tradition of music, movement, and the demonstration of cultural pride.
Exhibition Dates: December 16, 2018–April 28, 2019
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