Rob Hammer's photographs at Boyd Satellite Gallery
In America, sports have evolved into a big, multibillion dollar spectacle, but in the late 20th century, sports also became a great, if imperfect, democratizing force by which anyone with talent might succeed regardless of race, color or creed. Although the massive multistory "Equality" banners on the Benson Tower by the Superdome suggest a bit of satisfying civic schadenfreude after the NBA All-Star Game was moved here in response to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, equality is what makes America's democratic version of patriotism very different from mere mean-spirited nationalism.
The legacy of the Underground Railroad and dreamlike visions of nature
In antebellum America, secret trails dubbed the Underground Railroad spanned the continent's vast spaces as runaway slaves fled north toward freedom in the dead of night. Assisted by sympathizers who sheltered them in churches, homes and barns called "depots," it was a migration that has spanned time in words and pictures.
The New Orleans native's collage and video work runs through Feb. 12
In the 1981 cult classic film, Escape from New York, Manhattan is a maximum security prison ruled by a self-proclaimed "Duke" (Isaac Hayes) who drives a gaudy Cadillac festooned with huge baroque candelabra. Rashaad Newsome's 2013 New Orleans Museum of Art expo harked to the Duke with heraldlike works that bridged the gap between gangs, rap and medieval warlords.
Works explore local connections to water and road trips
Visitors to this Siren Song expo may wonder why it sometimes looks like whimsical elves got high in a marine salvage yard. But seen in its totality — including Isabelle Hayeur's Castaway video, which was filmed at a marine salvage yard — the overall ambience is quite contemplative.
A retrospective marked by stark imagery
When he was a child in Brooklyn, he heard a loud crash and a round object came rolling down the street toward him. When he reached for it, he saw it was a little girl's severed head, and someone yanked him away.
Works by Anastasia Pelias, Kikuo Saito and James Kennedy
Are there more coincidences in New Orleans than elsewhere? Sometimes it seems that way, as evidenced by three abstract painting shows on Julia Street that remarkably yet coincidentally complement each other.
Seeing Nature includes 39 old and modern works from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection features 39 paintings by old and modern masters spanning five centuries. The Microsoft co-founder's collection features a stellar array of big names, and the New Orleans Museum of Art is its only Southern venue.
Clarence John Laughlin and His Contemporaries: A Picture and a Thousand Words at Williams Research Center
Clarence John Laughlin, the "father of American surrealist photography," was a puzzling character. His 80-year life spanned five wives and more than 17,000 photographs, but he remained an enigma long after his death in 1985.
A look at New Orleans' year in art
There is a line in the great 1932 Greta Garbo movie Grand Hotel when a jaded habitue offhandedly says, "People come, people go, nothing ever happens here." The irony of his remark soon becomes apparent as dramatic events, long bubbling below the surface, unfold on the silver screen.
Mary Magdalene and a repressed legacy, in photographs at the International House and New Orleans Healing Center
Every December for the last four years, the International House has staged Magdalena, a photo exhibit inspired by the biblical figure Mary Magdalene. Her role as the most controversial biblical saint underscored her stature as an icon of female mysticism, while the mystery surrounding her life afforded artists much poetic license in their depictions.
Innovation and collaboration at The Foundation Gallery and Pelican Bomb Gallery X.
Sometimes the most telling things hide in plain sight. One of the literal watershed moments in local history was the way diverse communities came together to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
A quirky, sprawling expo of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The title of this new exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art sounded like overkill from the start. Profligate Beauty conjures up rapturous visions like fever dreams of glittering Swarovski crystals or grand ballrooms bursting with bejeweled Faberge eggs.