On Friday, November 15, 2019, the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane presented by IBERIABANK. Now in its 53rd year, the premier event of the New Orleans gala season raises funds to support NOMA’s nationally-recognized exhibitions and educational programs, which bring more than 300,000 annual visitors to the museum and Besthoff sculpture garden. This year’s event co-chairs are Rupa and Tarun Jolly and Anne and Edmund Redd. Premiering that evening, Odyssey 2019 features NOMA’s fall special exhibition, "Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana." The first major exhibition on Louisiana landscape painting in more than 40 years, Inventing Acadia explores the rise of landscape painting in Louisiana during the 19th century, revealing its role in creating—and exporting—a new vision for American landscape art that was vastly different than that to be found in the rest of the United States. The evening kicks off with the Patron Party from 7-8 PM, and continues with the gala from 8 PM-midnight. Entertainment is presented by Élan Artists, and will be provided by 1718 Catering & Events.