Material Life Shop

2521 Bayou Road

New Orleans, LA 70119 USA

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Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

February Gallery

Opening April 2019

Original photographs of Black subjects from the 19th century to the present. We've selected some of the best images to present here.


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Material Life is the only retailer of its kind specializing in vintage items by Black designers.

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February Gallery

Our first exhibition in 2017 featured vintage photographs of Black burlesque performers and pinups (like a young Nichelle Nichols up there!)

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Cover art by Georgia Smith

Submit to Rigorous: January 11 deadline

Submissions for Vol.3 Issue 1 are now extended until Jan. 11th. We look forward to seeing your work at   Rigorous is an online journal highlighting the works of authors, artists,...

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Yeah, that's not the Fall 2018 cover (it's the Summer issue), but love these ladies!

Thanks, Armina, for the shoutout in Domino!

I can't believe I never got around to posting this, well, during the actual fall, but one of our favorites at Material Life, artist Armina Mussa, was profiled in the fall...

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Photograph by Jimmy Baynes, Cleveland, Ohio, 1960s

Yay! It's Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans

For those of you who don't know, the Mardi Gras season begins each year on January 6, which in the Catholic Church is King's Day, or Twelfth Night, or the...

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