Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Passenger by Kaori Maeyama and Tastier by Leslie Friedman

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Kaori Maeyama

Driving down desolate city streets on a dark night can be a dreary experience. But on misty, rain-cooled evenings there also are times when the reflections of random city lights dancing off the walls of shadowy buildings can make those same sights seem alive. The rhythmic flow of glistening city streets seen from a moving car can slip into an almost hypnotic realm reminiscent of dreamy ambient music or lyrical modern jazz riffs.

Kaori Maeyama’s nocturnal cityscape paintings in the show The Passenger at Staple Goods look starkly abstract at first, but in works like Through a Glass Darkly (pictured), dusky forms and luminous highlights suggest office towers, overpasses and traffic rendered with a cinematic sense of motion. In some, the steel trusses of the Huey P. Long bridge are conveyed by luminous slashes in inky patinas that evoke the dense mists over the Mississippi River.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Mid Mod NOLA' tours and lectures to spotlight New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street (now the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library) is a prime example of New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street (now the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library) is a prime example of New Orleans' Mid-Century Modern architecture.

While Chicago and Palm Springs, California are both renowned for their Mid-Century Modern architecture, New Orleans has more than a few examples of that classic design. This summer, the New Orleans Architecture Foundation (NOAF), the Preservation Resource Center (PRC) and DOCOMOMO/NOLA are presenting tours and discussions dedicated to local Mid-Century Modern buildings.

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Review: Troubled Waters and The Colourful South at Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Purple Rain Lounge, by Birney Imes
  • Purple Rain Lounge, by Birney Imes

Though better known for producing writers than visual artists, the state of Mississippi indirectly enabled color photography’s acceptance as an art form through native son William Eggleston’s landmark 1976 solo show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art — a show that set the tone for much subsequent color photography as we see in these two adjacent exhibitions.

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Don't want your Ivanka Trump clothes? One art collective has a solution (and revolution) for that

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM


Before her controversial ascendance to the White House, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump was best-known for her fashion line. The label sold unremarkable business apparel, shoes and jewelry marketed toward professional women, mostly at familiar suburban retailers like Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory and Sears.

But in the turbulent months up to and following the presidential election, some of the gold-leaf sheen has worn off of the Trump brand, and a number of women have found themselves less willing to sport Ivanka's signature apparel.

For those hoping to divest themselves of, say, a closet full of Ivanka-branded sheath dresses, one art collective has a solution. The Rational Dress Society (RDS)  is soliciting donations of Ivanka Trump apparel for its "Make America Rational Again" project. Donations are accepted locally at Pelican Bomb Gallery X through July.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Preview of works by Prospect.4 artists

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 3:04 PM

  • Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
  • White Rain, 2017, by Genevieve Gaignard.

Prospect.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker announced the names of the 73 artists selected for the exhibition opening Nov. 18 and running through Feb. 25, 2018. There's work by artists from around the globe, as well as some collages by Louis Armstrong. Yoko Ono also has work in the show. Works and installations will be on view at 17 museums, galleries, venues and public spaces around new Orleans.

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Prospect.4 artists announced, Trevor Schoonmaker previews expo

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. - PHOTO BY J CALDWELL
  • Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Prospect.4, the fourth installment of the international contemporary art expo founded by Dan Cameron, opens Nov. 18 and runs through Feb. 25, 2018. Trevor Schoonmaker, the head curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art is the artistic director of Prospect.4. He released the names of 73 artists selected for the triennial and previewed the expo in remarks at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art Tuesday.

Schoonmaker titled the expo "The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp," a phrase he says was inspired by jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who said jazz is the lotus in spite of the swamp. "The title is the metaphor of the lotus flower," Schoonmaker says. "That is a beautiful flower that rises through the swamp. It's about the ability to rise above one's circumstances. ... Art brings the invisible to light."

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Aurora Nealand and New Orleans artists present live music and dance performance at Marigny Opera House

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Aurora Nealand's latest is The Monocle: KindHumandKind. - COURTESY AURORA NEALAND
  • Aurora Nealand's latest is The Monocle: KindHumandKind.

Artist, bandleader and composer Aurora Nealand will partner with choreographer Shannon Stewart to perform music from Nealand's latest album The Monocle: KindHumanKind.

A fleet of New Orleans musicians and dancers join Nealand for two performances at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand St.). The piece "explores the concepts of hysteria and media, and how they affect intimacy, vulnerability, and gendered roles."

Performing with Nealand are singer-songwriter Julie Odell on vocals and keyboards, GIVERS' Tif Lamson on vocals and percussion, Stephanie Nilles on vocals, keyboard and percussion, keyboardist Will Thompson, guitarist Cliff Hines, bassist Nathan Lambertson
and drummer Graham Hawthorne.

Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, $20 general admission.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks April 21-23

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Gambit house punk socialite stops off at WWL-TV to recommend weekend entertainment options: Pile's "oral punishment" at Gasa Gasa, the return of the French Film Festival and more.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Conspiracies and Surrounding Circumstances

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Eva and Skip, Augsburg 1958, by Ruth Owens
  • Eva and Skip, Augsburg 1958, by Ruth Owens

Families can be wonderful, but they also are mysterious. Complex truths often unfold slowly, especially where children are concerned. New Orleans plastic surgeon and artist Ruth Owens was born in Augsburg, Germany in 1959 to a young German woman and a black American GI, and her new paintings in the show Conspiracies at Barrister's Gallery were inspired by childhood memories and old photos.

Rendered in loose, expressionistic brushstrokes, most convey the warmth of her supportive home life, yet ironic contrasts abound. Eva and Skip, Augsburg, 1958, portrays her parents on a date. It is touching yet crackles with the 20th-century psychic intensity of German movies by maestros like Josef von Sternberg and, especially, Rainer Fassbinder.

In Eva, Ruth and Bubi, Augsburg, 1964, a confident blondish woman is walking a black dog with her cute, bronze-tone daughters — an ordinary scene rife with complex, resonant nuances. In Sarah, Fasching, 1980, a tawny little girl wearing a crown and a long white gown appears with two German-looking kids in a Bavarian carnival pageant, a scene as dreamlike as a fairy tale. Eva reappears as a ghostly sculpture with a pale, spindly hound in White Specter, Owens’ most direct reference to race as a haunting, pervasive presence, a deeply human paradox that even the most accomplished among us must navigate.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival is May 20

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:05 PM

Felis catus, the star of the internet. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ANDREW SKUDDER
  • Felis catus, the star of the internet.

If the universe is made of stars, the internet is made of cats — hence the popularity that's led to the third annual New Orleans Cat Art & Film Festival, which will be held at the Delgado City Park Student Life Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

The event will feature internet cat videos (of course), "feline art" (presumably made my humans, not cats), jewelry, live music, food and drink, workshops by the Louisiana SPCA, adoptable cats, a kids' area and more. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA and Art for Cats' Sake.

Tickets are $5-$25 in advance. For more information or to submit your own cat film, visit the event website.
Location Details Delgado Community College
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Ave.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 671-5012

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