Who is this Baby Doll, and why is she referred to as such? This is her story. ~Robert McKinney, February 9, 1940

Recent Work

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Exhibit Opening: They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition

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Lionel Batiste on “Men as Baby Dolls” from Offbeat 2000

Lionel Batiste loved “to talk about the...

New Orleans’: Resilience goes way back before Katrina

New Orleans’: Resilience goes way back before...

More About the Exhibition


“Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls” is an exhibition of art about and inspired by the Baby Doll masking tradition.

There are few artistic representations of this little known tradition. The artists will be able to create works about a visually undocumented practice dating back to around 1912 that has endured as a living art form through the current day. The artists and the Xavier University of Louisiana students who will produce the show will be engaged in the important work of educating, preserving and making contemporary a cultural heritage that has gone virtually ignored.  The show will open in the Spring of 2015 at the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans.

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Upcoming Events

March 15, 2013 |

Kim Vaz talks about “The Baby Dolls”, Fri. March 22 at 2pm for The New Orleans Jazz NHP program series

The New Orleans Jazz NHP hosts live educational performances most days of the week at the Old U.S. Mint, our...

February 18, 2013 |

Xavier University Jazz Performance–April 16-18 at the Old U.S. Mint–Baby Dolls Were and Are “Women who Dance the Jazz”-Come to this free event to learn about New Orleans Music’s Past and Present

XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA JAZZ FESTIVAL April 16 – 18, 2013  The Xavier University Jazz Festival is a...

February 7, 2013 |

Kim Vaz discusses “The Baby Dolls on “The Reading Circle with Marc Medley”Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 6am EST

“The Reading Circle with Marc Medley” airs live every Saturday morning from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. Eastern...

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