The Dooky & Leah Chase Collection
Dooky and Leah Chase worked together to develop Dooky Chase’s, the family restaurant established in 1941 into a New Orleans culinary institution. Mr. & Mrs. Chase are patrons and advocates of African American art and have helped to create opportunities for African American Artists to showcase their talents. Their collection, displayed on the walls of their restaurant, is considered by many to be New Orleans’ best collection of African American Art.
The dining rooms of Dooky Chase’s graciously display the visual gifts of African American Artists that range from world-renowned artists to artists that are just starting to share their talents. The Art Collection features artistic works from friends, admirers of Mr. and Mrs. Chase and of African American Artists that have inspired them.
Some of the artists featured in their collection are:
Lois Mailou Jones
Ulrick Jean Pierre
Gustave Blache, III
John T. Biggers
Sue Jane Mitchell Smock
The Main Dining Room and Victorian Room showcases art from some of the most prominent African American Artists.
Mrs. Chase proudly describes the art displayed in the Gold Room, as her “Salon Collection,” as the pieces displayed range from folk art, to works that serve to personally inspire her, challenge or broaden the perspectives of others, or give the viewer a moment of reflection.
Mr. & Mrs. Chase were true ambassadors for the creative arts and encouraged and inspired artists to live their dreams. Mrs. Chase testified before Congress to lobby for greater funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.