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Street Scenes 

Art For Arts' Sake opens the art season

Receptions take place from the French Quarter to the Warehouse District, up Magazine Street and to the budding cluster of galleries on Oak Street in the Riverbend area. During gallery reception hours (6 p.m.-9 p.m.) there will be live music and food and drink booths on Julia Street. A free shuttle provided by the Magazine Street Merchants Association will run between the Warehouse District and Uptown as far as Jefferson Avenue. Following the shows, the CAC hosts 'Hot Jazz," a jazz-themed edition of its annual fundraising party. The CAC unveils two new shows, and preceding the opening of Willie Birch's Celebrating Freedom exhibit (see Art Recommended, p. 58), there will be a ceremony to cleanse and bless the space.

Complementing the Birch show is Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode. Created at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the exhibit looks at cultural identity in urban landscapes around the world, from South Central Los Angeles to Berlin to Johannesburg. The three artists explore how identity is expressed and space and territory are culturally appropriated at street level through everything from graffiti to discarded and found objects to sneakers thrown over telephone wires.

Across the street at the Ogden Museum, an exhibit of Ed McGowin's work explores and in some ways defies identity in another postmodern vein. His Name Change project led him to continually change his legal name and create and display art under a series of new identities. Thorton Modestus Dossett is one of the personas with work on display. Also on display is McGowin's collection of works by self-taught artists from across the South, including Howard Finster and painter Jimmie Lee Sudduth, who died recently at the age of 97.

Ogden's two new photography shows offer views from more familiar and locally grounded artists. Richard Sexton's Terra Incognita focuses on the coastal regions of the Gulf South from New Orleans to Florida. Letters from My Father features complementing personal letters and portraits from local photographer David Rae Morris.

During the art crawl on Julia Street, there will be music by the Panorama Jazz Band. The 'Hot Jazz" party (7 p.m.-midnight) at the CAC will feature music by students from the Thelonious Monk Insititute of Jazz, Pinstripe Brass Band and New Orleans Jazz Vipers. Art for Arts' Sake

Gallery openings citywide 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Hot Jazz at the CAC
7 p.m.-Midnight
900 Camp St., 528-3800;
Tickets $10, free for CAC members

Scattered Thoughts, painting by Terri Hallman at Angela King Gallery


From Richard Sexton's Terra Incognita show of landscape photography at Ogden Museum of Southern Art


the sawdust ring, encaustic collage, by Miranda Lake at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery


Wholesellers, Retailers & Bullshitters, 2005, ink, graphite, gold leaf on paper by William Cordova in the Street Level expo at the CAC


Louivere + Vanessa work in photography and mixed media to create mythic images like this work at A Gallery for Fine Photography.


Ed McGowin has created art under a series of legally changed names, including these works by "Thorton Modestus Dossett" which will be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

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