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White Linen Night Guide

Galleries, Food, Drink and Fashion Take Julia St.

With August moving in, it’s time to unpack and brush off your whites for the annual White Linen Night on Julia Street. Starting at 6 p.m Saturday (8-1), tens of thousands of locals and tourists will descend into the Warehouse District for fine art, food and cocktails and the chance to see and been seen. 

'Beyond Skin Color'

Brown Paper Bag Test Inspires Artist's New Series

The brown paper bag test was once used at certain African American social events to give admittance to people who had skin tones that were as light or lighter than a brown paper bag. It was a practice found in certain nightclubs, churches, sororities and fraternities. Local artist D. Lammie-Hanson still sees vestiges of this colorism today, and she is confronting them through her art.

Bourbon and Burlesque Raises CAC Money, Performers

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink,” wrote Haruki Murakami. This Saturday (June 21st) the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.) will be bringing together the beauty of a fine whiskey with the beauty of many talented ladies in its 8th annual Bourbon and Burlesque event. Proceeds from the night will go towards the underwriting of the CAC’s artistic programming.

Seeking Parallels in Portraits: Samantha Wall Opens 'indivisible'

In association with Loving Day celebrations, the Stella Jones Gallery (201 St Charles Ave) is exhibiting portraits of multiracial women by Samantha Wall. The work attempts to highlight the ambiguity, difficulty and singularity of being a person of mixed ancestry. 

Prospect.3 Artists, Details Unveiled

by Cheryl Castjohn

Prospect New Orleans announced Wednesday that the biennial’s third installment, which is set to open on Oct. 25, will feature more than 50 international artists. Franklin Sirmans, who will serve as P.3’s artistic director, comes to the 13-week event from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he is Curator of Contemporary Art. 

hello I AM

Teen Board's Latest CAC Exhibit, Reviewed

The CAC show “Hello I AM” features artwork by New Orleans high school students from NOCCA, Warren Easton, Benjamin Franklin, McMain, Haynes, Grace King, Ursuline and Lusher.

Graf Paper

Josh Wingerter's Graffiti Pop-Art

A look at the faces on newsprint of Westbank-born artist Josh Wingerter ahead of his latest opening at Gravier Street Social.

Jammin' on Julia Features Dreams, Cravings and Pop Art Legend

by Cheryl Castjohn

Julia Street’s Gallery Row has come together to ring in spring with its annual street festival, Jammin’ on Julia on Saturday, April 5.  Galleries sponsor live music up and down the street, and festival-goers will be hard pressed not to bump into a cash bar whether they begin at the River or advance from Baronne Street.  

Lake View

Billboards Dot Staple Goods Walls for 'Jack Lake, Redux': Art Review

In the 1920’s in Southern Ontario, homebuilder Jack Lake autographed his handiwork by signing a framing board inside the home he’d just built. Upon renovating that home, artist Jack Niven discovered the indexical and personal imprint and took it up like a thrift store jacket. Thanks to this random, years-old encounter, we now have “Jack Lake, Redux” posited onto two grateful walls at Staple Goods throughout the month of March and early April.

Relishing the 'Rematch'

Mel Chin Retrospective Set to Open at New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art opens a sprawling retrospective of work by Mel Chin this weekend. Cheryl Castjohn takes a first look at the works on dispay.

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