OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
New Orleans is a beautiful city. But very little of that beauty is natural. Even our magnificent parks and tree lined avenues are planned and planted. Mostly, when we talk about the beauty of New Orleans, we’re talking about buildings. Almost every commercial building has some sort of art-work on it. We don’t typically refer to it as “art” - we more often call it a “sign” – and many commercial buildings have branding art-work inside too. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on Out to Lunch are responsible for some of the city’s notable pieces of graphic art.
Arthur Boisfontaine is Managing Partner of Crystal Clear Imaging. Crystal Clear’s art is all around New Orleans, including the Superdome.
Mimi Levine is the founder of Mondo Murals and Designs. Mondo’s building art is all over town too, some pieces covering entire walls.Like most industries and like most art, the commercial art industry is more complex than it looks.