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Down in ‘Treme’: Real Big Indian Suits From HBO Series

NEW ORLEANS — While HBO fans were excited about returning to Westeros via Sunday night’s season-three premiere of Game of Thrones, it was the premium channel’s dramatic series Treme in the spotlight here last week.

As a prelude to the show’s concluding fourth season sometime later this year, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art hosted an exhibition of “Well-Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme.” Wi lson’s remarkable, life-sized Mardi Gras Indian suits that played such an important role in season one of the series, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, make an even greater impact when seen in person. Sewn-in details on the suits, including hurricane symbols and the familiar “X” marks rescue crews spray-painted on houses in the city after the storm, add an emotional kick to the two automatic responses: How did even a crew of six make these in less than a year? And Clarke Peters (seen above as Big Chief Albert Lambreaux) must be awfully strong and have been awfully hot wearing these.

The exhibition closed at the Ogden on Sunday (March 31) but is moving to the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, N.C., where it will be on view May 18-Aug. 25.

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.