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Swoon at the New Orleans Museum of Art 

Opening Party: June 10

New York-based street artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry), whose large-scale wheat-pasted posters and prints have appeared in public places from as far as Europe to as close as Bywater, unveils her umbrella-like installation Thalassa at the New Orleans Museum of Art this week. Swoon's most publicized creations include massive flotillas built with salvaged junk and launched down the Mississippi and Hudson rivers, in Venice and beyond. Her delicately detailed large-scale prints feature blockprint- and German Expressionist-inspired cityscapes — tall buildings, bicycles, shadows and the people and places occupying them. Filling the museum's Great Hall, Thalassa (named after the mythological sea goddess) features octopus-like tentacles showering the hall with images conjuring New Orleans dependence on the water. Swoon discusses her work at 6 p.m. Friday in the museum's Stern Auditorium. (An afterparty hosted by New Orleans Airlift follows at 8 p.m. at 1029 Piety St.) Regular museum admission $10, $8 students/seniors. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collin Diboll Circle, 658-4100; www.noma.org

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