Matt Vis and Tony Campbell, the duo behind Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.) and Good Children Gallery, are familiar faces at White Linen Night. They have walked the beat as the Art Cops, issuing tickets for artsy pretention — they also escorted art fans through the 9th Ward in a former squad car to view Prospect.1 installations. Purveyors of both art and performance art interventions, they have a show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery during White Linen, and they will stir up both a protest and counter-protest in front — enlisting protestors to hold signs proclaiming, "I'm for it" and "I'm against it." The Art Cops will provide crowd control.
G.A.S.'s Anarcadia exhibit features large-scale, billboard-style works that point to the struggle to maintain momentum in movements for change.
"When we're faced with a situation beyond our control, we're either excited or fearful," Vis says. "You have to get something in your head to keep you motivated."
The show and spectacle are part of the bustling street scene of White Linen, which will fill Julia Street and the surrounding Warehouse District with art fans, food and drink booths and live music by Alex McMurray's Old-Timey Revue, Ingrid Lucia and the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles. Gallery openings are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there's an after-party at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Shows opening on White Linen Night run the gamut from new works by contemporary artists to 20th century masters. Arthur Roger Gallery presents Louisiana landscape painter Elemore Morgan Jr. Heriard-Cimino Gallery opens a show of Audra Kohout's box assemblages. Stella Jones Gallery's exhibition "20th-Century African-American Icons" includes 25 pieces by Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Dempsey, Hughie Lee-Smith and Jacob Lawrence.
"These are African-American masters whose careers really flourished in the middle portion of the 20th century," Jones says. "Two of the pieces were the last Hughie Lee-Smith did before his death."
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art opens four exhibitions with roots in Mississippi. Photographer Birney Imes' Whispering Pines chronicles the slow decline of a popular rural bar over three decades. Another photography collection features works by William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Eudora Welty, Clarence John Laughlin and many others. Other shows feature paintings, sculpture and pottery by Mississippi artists.
The CAC presents two ongoing shows, including a sound installation titled "Drip: The Music of Water of New Orleans." Created by John Kleinschmidt and Andy Sternad, its audio component is activated by the voices and movements of spectators.
At the White Linen after-party (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.), there will be food and drinks for sale and DJ Matty will spin Louisiana swamp pop and New Orleans soul tunes.