In conjunction with the citywide PhotoNOLA festival, “Queens Rule!”, an exhibit of images of Mardi Gras Indian queens with photographs by more than 20 photographers, opens Saturday at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the McKenna Museum of African American Art, 2003 Carondelet St.

The exhibit will feature over 40 archival photographs, studio portraits, Queens’ ritual attire and other artwork inspired by Mardi Gras Indian Queens.

The exhibit is curated by Herreast J. Harrison of the Guardians of the Flame Institute and designed by graduate students in the Museum Studies program at Southern University at New Orleans, which is led by Dr. Sara Hollis.

The opening Saturday will include a short theatrical performance featuring Tribal Queen Littdell Banister, Big Queen Laurita Dollis, Maroon Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Barbara Lacen Keller and Dr. Roslyn Smith. The Queens’ “Theatre of Place” performance will be directed by Gerald Stropnicky, co-founder of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

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