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Friday, November 12, 2010

Bugging out at Multispecies Salon 3

Posted By on Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Paranoia Bugs by Marnia Johnnston
  • Paranoia Bugs by Marnia Johnston

Mid-November seems to be the specialized micro-season of challenging and alternative art. Prospect.1.5 began its rollout of openings last weekend and continues Saturday with gallery receptions at Good Children Gallery on St. Claude Avenue and NOCCA Riverfront school. And the New Orleans Fringe Festival opens its array of alternative arts, taboo ruminations and genre mashups on Wednesday. But between those more widely recognized name brands is the Multispecies Salon 3:Swarm, largely in association with the American Anthropological Association (AAA) which has a conference in the city beginning next week. The Multispecies Salon is an artistic investigation of insects and the relation between species, and it features more than 70 local and visiting artists. Three art shows open in the St. Claude Corridor on Saturday, Nov. 13 — at The Ironworks (612 Piety St.), The Front (4100 St. Claude Ave.) and Kawliga Studios (3331 St. Claude Ave.). The front show will feature a display of edible insects curated by Zack Lemann of the Audubon Insectarium and puppeteer and artist Nina C. Nichols. Viewers are invited to partake and they exhibit is even using hummus and tabbouleh as simulated sand and dirt so that just about everything in the exhibit is edible. There will also be goat's cheese from the Pretty Doe Dairy, an urban farming initiative. And there will be costumed goats — as long as the goats can stand the outfits.

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