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Music Box Rewind, Flash Mob Highlight St. Claude's Second Saturday Art Openings


by Brad Rhines

While the Contemporary Arts Center will be closed this weekend for a Hollywood film shoot, St. Claude Avenue will be bustling with their monthly second-Saturday openings. Among the events this weekend are a reprise of last fall’s acclaimed Piety Street installation “Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory” and a collaborative performance event called “Posing Process,” an on-going piece originally conceived for and installed in the CAC, but recently removed and relocated in the wake of the CAC protests. 


Swoon's Sea Goddess Spotted Across the Pond


by Brad Rhines

Swoon's giant sea goddess at the New Orleans Museum of Art may stand as her great leap (or, swim) indoors. But, as she said when we interviewed her recently, there's an international community of artists that are her friends and family, and no reason to stay off the streets just because she has one piece of work in a museum. She’s worked with a like-minded band of builders and artists in Haiti, Venice, and, of course, New Orleans. And this past weekend the Great Hall's sea goddess, Thalassa, was spotted on the streets of London.


Bywater 'Music Box' to Wind Up for the First Time This Weekend


by Brad Rhines

As Prospect.2 gears up for its city-wide opening on Saturday, a satellite exhibition by the New Orleans Airlift art collective is generating some serious buzz—not mention creaks, groans, clicks, and gongs. The Airlift has created its own little world on a previously razed lot at 1027 Piety Street in the Bywater, an installation of sound and structures dubbed “The Music Box: A Shantytown Sound Laboratory.”


'Thalassa, thalassa!'

Two Local Art Exhbits Explore Linking Power of the Sea



NoDef Art Writer Kathy Rodriguez reviews Swoon's Thalassa at NOMA and mara/thalassa/kai: the SEA, a travelling group exhibition at UNO's St. Claude Gallery. 


New Orleans Airlift Kickstarts Swoon's Musical House


If you’re impressed by what Quintron can do with a light bulb and a coffee can, just wait until he gets his hands on a musical house. Dithyrambalina is a large-scale project being organized by the New Orleans Airlift, an art collective in St. Claude, along with the help of Brooklyn-based, internationally-known artist Swoon, whose recently-unveiled giant sea goddess at NOMA was conceived in part to raise awareness for the downtown project.  


Heroine of the Hall

How Swoon's 'Giant, Hanging Octopus-Jellyfish Woman' Ended Up in the New Orleans Museum of Art



Between the tentacles of NOMA's newest exhibit with street artist Swoon, and the New Orleans Airlift. 


Today's Events: 6.10.11


June 10th, Happy Birthday Bobby Jindal! On this day, in 1971, our governor came into the world. Also on this day, Ben Franklin’s kite was struck by lightning (1752), the first public zoo opened in Paris (1793), Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonomous in Akron, Ohio (1935), Saab produced its first vehicle (1947), James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King’s assassin, escaped from prison (1977), and Ray Charles died (2004). It’s Abolition Day in French Guiana, Army Day in Jordan, Portugal Day in...Portugal, Reconciliation Day in the Republic of the Congo, and The Queen’s Birthday in the Solomon Islands. There are many reasons to celebrate. Here are (more than) a few ways how:


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