Friday, November 17, 2017

Prospect.4 art expo opening events Nov. 18-19

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 2:59 PM

Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016. - COURTESY PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS
  • Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016.

Prospect.4, the fourth edition of the Prospect New Orleans international contemporary art triennial, kicks off with a performance event at 11 a.m. Saturday in Washington Square Park. Artist Naama Tsabar has orchestrated a performance by 21 local women musicians, who will all stand on amplifiers. They're grouped into four bands, each playing a separate piece of music created for the event. Participating musicians include Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Sarah Quintana, Kelly Mae, Julie Odell and others. The event is free. There also is an official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Prospect.4 at 11 a.m. in the park.

There are a couple of performances during the P.4's opening weekend, as well as gallery talks and events. The opening Swamp Galaxy Gala is tonight (Friday) at the Sugar Mill. P.4 runs through Feb. 25, 2018.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

"Unmasking Brain Injury" pop-up art exhibit opens Nov. 16

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 4:50 PM


Carlos, a brain injury survivor who lives in Metairie, painted his mask blue and purple.

On the purple side, he wrote the words "tired," "misunderstood" and "hatred," while the blue side includes the words "strong," "love," "grateful," and "humorous." A brain he painted above the colorful face is ringed with flames.

"My brain surrounded by fire represents light and intensity. An important message I want to share with others is to 'listen to us,'" he wrote, in a statement accompanying the art project.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Shop now open on the top two floors of the Contemporary Arts Center

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 11:46 AM

The Shop opened on the top two floors of the CAC. - WILL COVIELLO
  • The Shop opened on the top two floors of the CAC.

In September 2016, the Contemporary Arts Center announced it would lease the top two floors of its building to the Domain Companies to create The Shop, an office space targeted at cultural and arts groups and technology businesses. The Shop opened Sept. 1 and the Domain Companies are holding events to display the space.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

'Deafening Sound,' gallery show about domestic and sexual violence, opens at NOPA Sept. 9

Posted By on Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 2:15 PM


Photographer Annie Flanagan made the first image in her upcoming show about misogyny, domestic violence and sexual violence when she was 14.

She's been photographing one of her central subjects, a close friend who spent five years in an abusive relationship, for most of her life. "Deafening Sound," a show of photographs, artifacts and more documents that friend's experience and recovery. It also creates a larger narrative about gender-based violence and the experiences of American women.

"There's so much silence around rape, and there's so much silence around intimate partner violence," Flanagan says. "[The show is about] the deep roots of misogyny and rape culture in the United States."

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Books roundup: Six literary events in New Orleans in September

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 3:58 PM


In September, the New Orleans literary scene picks up again after a traditional summer lull. There are readings, book release parties and reader's conventions throughout the month; here are a few highlights and picks.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Review: Campfire Stories

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Lil' Devil by Mark Hosford
  • Lil' Devil by 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. He quickly put rich Wall Street bankers in charge of the treasury and economic policy, so presumably America is great again. But if chilling visions of “coastal elites” still give you nightmares, this John Donovan and Mark Hosford show at LeMieux Galleries may be the antidote. Based in the very un-coastal country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee, they have eloquently reinvigorated traditional Americana with timely tweaks that make their work especially relevant to this unique juncture in our long national journey.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

'The picture man': photographer Polo Silk showcases three decades of New Orleans rap in new book and gallery show

Posted By on Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 1:00 PM

New Orleans photographer Polo Silk's photo book "Pop That Thang!!!" is out now. His gallery show runs through Sept. 3 at Antenna.
  • New Orleans photographer Polo Silk's photo book "Pop That Thang!!!" is out now. His gallery show runs through Sept. 3 at Antenna.

If he didn’t write it down, Polo Silk can usually tell when he took a photograph.

“The way I’m able to tell the years most of the time,” he says, “if I hadn’t gotten it marked, is by the tennis shoes.”

Sthaddeus Terrell — aka Polo Silk, “The Picture Man” — has spent three decades photographing New Orleans on the streets, in the club, and on the stage. What started as a late-night business to capture club goers in their latest outfits has made him the de facto photographer-of-record for New Orleans’ then-emerging rap and bounce scene, a vital record of Black New Orleans chronicled in the early days of a vastly influential cultural movement.

A showcase of his photos from those scenes are on display at Antenna (3718 St Claude Ave.) and inside a new book, Pop That Thang!!!, a history of New Orleans rap, fashion and culture captured in rare, intimate portraits of the people who made it. A closing reception for the show begins 5 p.m. Sept. 2, and he'll discuss his work at Antenna's Signals show beginning at 6 p.m. Aug. 31 at Kermit's Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rodrigue Foundation reissuing Katrina Blue Dog print to raise money for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:03 PM

A detail from We Will Rise Again.
  • A detail from We Will Rise Again.

In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the late artist George Rodrigue produced a "Blue Dog" painting showing the familiar canine with a red cross on its chest, floating on an American flag in a sea of water. Sales from that silkscreen print, We Will Rise Again, raised $700,000 for disaster relief, according to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA).

Today the GRFA and the Rodrigue family announced it will be re-releasing We Will Rise Again in a 2017 edition, with sales going to schools in Texas and Louisiana that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"We Will Rise Again shows the American flag covered with water," Rodrigue explained in 2005. "The blue dog is partly submerged, and its eyes, normally yellow, are red with a broken heart. Like a ship's SOS, the red cross on the dog's chest calls out for help."

The 27"x18" silkscreen prints will sell for $500. To learn more, visit the Rodrigue Foundation website.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Culture Collision is at CAC Wednesday, Aug. 30

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision. - COURTESY CULTURE COLLISION
  • Members of The NOLA Project share information at Culture Collision.

Culture Collision, a happy hour featuring seasonal preview information from local arts and cultural groups, is 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Contemporary Arts Center. The event includes performances by Melange Dance Company, Disco Amigos, the National World War II Museum's Victory Belles, a preview of Le Petit Theatre's opening show, Once on this Island, and a video presented by Shotgun Cinema.

Roughly 80 groups, including museums, radio stations, dance and theater companies, comedy groups, festival presenters, movie and photography groups and others, will offer information about their upcoming seasons, membership, volunteer opportunities, ticket packages and more. Dancing Grounds, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans Film Society. New Orleans Photo Alliance, Prospect New Orleans, Shotgun Cinema, Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, The New Movement and WWNO 89.9 FM are among the participants.

There is a raffle featuring tickets to concerts and events and paraphernalia from presenters. Admission to Culture Collision is free. There's a cash bar.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Ogden hosts eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 3:28 PM


Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host an eclipse-viewing party Aug. 21. (No matter what it seems like, it's just a celestial phenomenon, not a sign of the end times.)

On Monday, patrons can view the eclipse from the museum's rooftop terrace from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Water and soft drinks are sold and the La Cocinita food truck will park in front of the museum for post-event snacks. Eclipse glasses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the event is $6.75; museum members get in free.

New Orleans will only witness partial effects of the eclipse, as opposed to the so-called "totality" experienced elsewhere. If you're in the mood for a last-minute road trip, here's a list of the best places where you might catch the event. Also recommended: Annie Dillard's mind-blowing essay about witnessing a total eclipse, which is available online through Monday.

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