Review: the power of objects in Ephemera Obscura

Mixed-media works by local artists at the CAC
The newly renovated Contemporary Arts Center looks more polished than ever, so it may come as a surprise that the lobby gallery currently resembles a vast curiosity cabi- net — or maybe the most meticulous estate sale ever. But a T.S. Eliot quote in Aaron Levi Garvey's curator statement explains everything: "It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves."

Review: Campfire Stories at LeMieux Galleries

Hell in Middle American from John Donovan and Mark Hosford
We have all heard chilling accounts of the diabolical harm that "coastal elites" — such as Wall Street tycoons and entertainers — have inflicted on innocent Middle Americans. In 2016, Middle America defiantly rebelled by electing a New York real estate tycoon and reality TV host as president.

Review: Constellation at Stella Jones Gallery

Mixed-media works by Delita Martin
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour..." So wrote William Blake in his poem Auguries of Innocence.

Review: Ritual and Ruin showcases haunting Civil War-era photomontages

The exhibition at Cole Pratt runs through Sept. 19
What is it about the Civil War? It killed more Americans than both world wars and Vietnam combined, yet the stark realities of that horrific conflict often are veiled in mystery.

Review: New Orleans street life from John T. Scott and Dapper Bruce Lafitte

Two shows at Arthur Roger Gallery run through Sept. 23
"This is the only city I have ever been in where, if you listen, the sidewalks will speak to you." So said John T. Scott, the late gentle giant of the New Orleans art world.

Review: Doyle Gertjejansen's floating world in Faith and Reason II

The artist's work is at Callan Contemporary through Sept. 20
In 1904, the great French cinema pioneer Georges Melies released his silent film classic, The Impossible Voyage, about a farcically misguided scientific expedition to the sun. Although an amazing innovator himself, Melies portrayed science as a disorienting force that always took people back to the same old human foibles in a new form.

Review: The Plaza Tower, reimagined, in Tower Fantasy

Spangenberg's abandoned skyscraper is alive on Instagram
It is often assumed that architecture is all about form and function, whereas visual art is inspired by more subjective notions of truth, beauty and the sublime. Buildings provide shelter while visual art nurtures our inner lives, but occasionally iconic structures like the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower inspire reverie no less than da Vinci's Mona Lisa or Botticelli's Birth of Venus.

Review: David Emitt Adams and the drama of Power

The photographer's archaic images are at New Orleans Photo Alliance
The technology gods are fickle. What they give with one hand, they take away with the other.

Review: New work at The Front reflects our rapidly changing world

The St. Claude Arts District came about as an experiment in community self-determination by artists rebuilding their lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. Today, the arts are thriving in a community where the freedom to explore new things is its own reward, so it's fitting that the current shows at The Front focus on our rapidly changing world.

Review: Kevin Brisco and Kristina Knipe at Good Children

(For) What Is(s) Worth and Talisman run through Aug. 6
It has been said that New Orleans' collective soul is creative to the core and that it uses time like a tone, or patina, that dissolves the boundaries between dark and light, present and past. This mysterious quality sometimes is seen in altar-like arrangements of curious mementos on mantels in Marigny and Bywater, and while some newcomers may not get it, Pennsylvania-born photographer Kristina E. Knipe expresses it eloquently in large, dreamy photographs of her colorful friends in their native habitat.

Review: black artists at Stella Jones in HERstory, plus paintings by Keith Duncan

Genre paintings at a group expo of art stars and at CANO Creative Space
in the 21st century we have quick access to information, but many of us have less and less time to make sense of it all. There also is less time for the ordinary rituals that traditionally held lives and families together.

Review: Pride of Place and the art of art collecting

Arthur Roger's personal collection runs at NOMA through Sept. 23
When Arthur Roger launched his gallery in 1978, there were only a handful of others focused on new art. The scene has expanded greatly since then, but Roger has more than kept abreast of the ever-changing art world through the years, as we see in this sprawling new exhibition of works from his personal collection, which he donated recently to the New Orleans Museum of Art.


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