The History Museum of Mobile will hold two February Learning Lunches with a Mardi Gras theme, the second being on February 19 featuring Curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum, Mr. Cart Blackwell. He will deliver his presentation Broken Columns, Pointed Arches, and Bawdy Bordellos: The Architecture of Carnival.
The built environment of Mardi Gras is much more than the lasting landscapes of balconies, street lamps, and tall buildings that define Mobile year-round. It is also the architectural ephemera of floats, which might be seen by the public for a few brief hours, but has a lasting impact. Mr. Blackwell’s presentation looks at three parades from the 1880s as means of conveying the witty and at times risqué architectonics of float design.
Learning Lunch begins at noon in the auditorium and admission is free.