Opening Reception for Special Collections New Exhibition - Absolutely Unpredictable: Anne Rice in the City of Transgression

From Carnival decadence to the macabre made ordinary, New Orleans is absolutely unpredictable and assuredly uncertain. As both a landscape and a collection of cultures, the Crescent City has long inspired transgression in the creative arts and in public life. The works of New Orleans born author Anne Rice are a testament to that tradition, pushing against the conventions of religion, family, sexuality, gender identity, and accepted cultural norms. With the acquisition of the Anne Rice collection in 2019, Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) places Rice in conversation with the creative minds of New Orleans authors like George Washington Cable and John Kennedy Toole. Its newest exhibition features rare items and archival materials from its holdings that complement her papers, invoking further dialogue between Rice and her native city. It centers her among celebrated New Orleans touchstones such as Carnival and the Southern Gothic genre, while examining her writing’s influence on portrayals of the city in popular imagination.

Curated by Faye Daigle, Nix Mendy, and Leon Miller, Absolutely Unpredictable: Anne Rice in the City of Transgression opens October 27, 2022 and is on view through February 17, 2023 at the Tulane University Special Collections 2nd Floor Gallery, 6801 Freret Street, Jones Hall, on Tulane University’s Uptown campus. Hours are 10am–4pm Monday-Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Opening reception October 27, 2022, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Costumes welcome.

The acquisition of the Anne Rice papers was made possible by the generous support of Stuart A. Rose and the Stuart Rose Family Foundation. Support for the exhibition and reception provided by the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser, Jr. Fund. This exhibition is in memory of John Geiser III.

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Drawing by Liesbeth Blundell, Tulane School of Architecture, Class of 2025

Anne Rice Drawing by Liesbeth Blundell