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Art Openings and Shows in NOLAEach week, NoDef brings you a comprehensive directory of visual arts
in the Crescent City from Julia to St. Claude
St. Claude comes back strong in April, with porcelain mishima at Byrdie’s that will melt your heart; wonky travel machines at UNO St. Claude and Barrister’s, and process as task-master at Press Street. Andre Bohren entertains with classical at Ogden After Hours this week, and NOMA goes semi-pro with Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble. Somethin’ about springtime really gets art’s blood pumping this month on the NOLA visual arts scene.
Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street
Opening Reception Saturday the 12th from 6pm to 9pm
Ben Reid’s “Blip. Repeat” is going up through the month of April, launching out from a Second Saturday to another Second Saturday. A fleet of vessels made from leftover scraps, Reid explores the physical and metaphysical ramifications of items that “seem already old before their fabrication” and whisper a little about the clunkiness of living on planet earth.
Pop-Up show, David McPherson’s “179 Apples” pops in representing the pop art still life genre, of which there are no others. Isn’t McPherson a variety of apple? Well, it should be.
Byrdie’s, 2422 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Reception, Saturday the 12th from 6pm to 9pm
“Still” by Miki Glasser features works in porcelain mishima in contemporary, childlike designs (think: lovable dinosaurs and imaginary flying machines) that would make Anthropologie’s Keith Johnson drool. Sorry, Keith, Byrdie’s has dibs on Glasser this month! Mishima is a traditional Korean surface decorating technique that involves inlaying a colored slip into incised lines on leather-hard clay.
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Reception Saturday the 12th from 6pm to 9pm
Brian Guidry’s “Phantom Vibrations” brings ghostly abstractions into real space and then paints them, as if documenting the Memphis Movement firsthand. Imagine what it must have been like to party a little with Ettore Sotsass through the painting of Brian Guidry!
The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue
Text to Textile, featuring work by women produced by digital means. A little
Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Leah Floyd, Katerie Gladdys + Deshae E. Lott, Maria Lino, Venessa Monokian and Garima Thakur
“Grown Ass Kids” invites an exploratory look into hobbies, adulthood and the appropriateness of grown-up kickball leagues. You must be this high you must be to ride this ride? 50iv, John Isiah, Jason Childers and Ron Bennett contribute to an intriguing show which seeks to explore pastimes with artists.
James Goedert’s left hand, Toby Franklin reminds us that “There Are Only So Many Days in a Planet.” In a show possibly channeled from Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” during a late-night nap on the couch, Toby kept control of the remote while James Goedert slept. James lets Toby out to tell the tale, proving that every day is Groundhog Day for the majority of left hands in the world.
Southern-educated New Orleanian Angela Berry explores the boundaries between public and private space in “Outside the Latmian Cave.” Berry’s work focuses on mundane scenes where encroachment and intrusion is happening all the time. New Orleans’ lack of zoning makes for an interesting case study by this accomplished Southern photographer.
The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Ste 105
Opening Friday, April 11th
Lotte Geeven’s “VIGOR” is “a solo exhibition comprised of a video projection, a moving image and an immersive installation with a proprietary publication” which explores our relationship in this specific place, to the forces of matter, power and water. Multi-media artist Geeven collaborated with Milo Daemgen and Alexander H Payne in conjunction with Greenhouse Collective to produce the video projection portion of the installation.
Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Reception Saturday the 12th from 6pm to 9pm
“Parameters” features multi-media works by artists Gerald Cannon, Jessica Hoffman, Heidi Neilson and Robin Price who use chance experiments, media or process restrictions, and conceptual rules to form their work.
“Diversions” presents a juried selection of artist books and book-related works in Press Street’s new Reading Room 220. Selected by local artists Friedrich Kerksieck and Luba Zygarewicz, these works explore the use of rules and play as a way for making work and/or creating interaction with the viewer. Usually open from Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5pm, the Reading Room will participate in Second Saturday this month.
Second Story Gallery at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue
The nature photography of Cindy Kassab, printed using an Epson archival ink printer onto watercolor paper to enhance their painterly appearance.
UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue
An alumni exhibition featuring works by Alex Podesta, Nina Schwanse, and Monica Zeringue, each of whose work investigates notions of identity formation. The alumni exhibition offers another chance to see Alex Podesta’s “Victor,” a life-size plus sculpture which destroys the prevailing assumption that very large bunnies simply cannot get any more adorable.
“You Are a Weird Bird” features drawings, sculptures and prints by Natalie McLaurin that are “reflections on humans as animals.” Sounds wild!
CAC, 900 Camp Street
“Hello, I Am” is a peer-curated exhibition of contemporary artworks by New Orleans area teenagers. Developed by the CAC’s Teen Board, the show is comprised of art inspired by the “30 Americans” show of work selected from an open call.
“30 Americans” showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. This provocative exhibition focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations. “30 Americans” involves all three floors and a one-time-only collection of prominent and important black artists. Through June 13
NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
Friday Nights at NOMA
April 11th, 5pm to 9pm
Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble entertain between 5:30 and 8:30 pm
The only ensemble of its kind, SKNME is comprised of high school, college and professional classical musicians.
6pm - Keith Weldon Medley’s lecture “Emancipation in Treme!”
7:30 pm - Artist Perspective with photographer Bruce Schultz, “Silver and Cyanide: The Alchemy of Making Photographic Images in the Civil War Era"
Mel Chin’s “Rematch” continues on the first floor. This legendary Chinese American Southern artist’s most important and best loved works remain on display. A video game, a deconstructed encyclopedia, a creative and massive attempt to clean up New Orleans lead-contaminated soil, and so very much more await you at NOMA through May. “Rematch” is a great family-geared show, fun and thought-provoking for all ages.
“Photography and the American Civil War” traveling exhibit organized by Met Curator Jeff Rosenheim features rare and newly discovered photography and objects which tell the story of photography’s intimately intertwined relationship with the War Between the States. Innovations on the stereograph incorporate some shockingly modern technology into the mix in this one-of-a-kind, one-of-a-lifetime exhibit.
Camille Henrot’s “Cities of Ys” continues. A multi-media exhibition wrapping up on April 13th.
Ongoing at the Ogden Museum of Contemporary Southern Art
Ogden After Hours
Thursday, April 10th
Andre Bohren, founder of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes promises a lively evening of music with his far-flung and masterful musical talents. This Thursday, Bohren gets on the roots, the roots of the classical.
“Into the Light II: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art”
Housing “one of the most important and comprehensive collections of Southern photography in the U.S.” Ogden’s second phase of this unique exhibition highlights rare and previously-unseen photographs from its holdings. More work culled from the ouvres of Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, the late George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.
“I’ll Save You Tomorrow” Juan Logan’s multi-media collection continues on the fourth floor, with installations, paintings, collages and sculpture.
Walter Inglis Anderson: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Southern Regionalists: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Andrews-Humphrey Gallery: George “The Dot Man ”Andrews (1911-1996) was a self-taught artist from Plainview, Georgia. The exhibit also includes his son, the late Benny, who was a civil rights activist and proponent for change in the art world, where he faced discrimination as a multiracial artist. Nene Humphrey is a sculpture, drawer, and printmaker whose work draws from her Roman Catholic background.
Thornton Dial’s “Struggling Tiger in Hard Times”
Will Henry Stevens Gallery: A pioneer of southern modernism, Stevens organizes the landscapes around him in clean shapes and colors
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
“In Liberty’s Name” book signing with Eva Augustin Rumpf
Saturday, April 5th from 2pm to 4pm
Jacob Haight and Mary Meek Morrison Memorial Lecture
Sunday, April 6th beginning at 4pm
Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans
Opening Reception Tuesday, March 25, 6:30pm to 8pm
In the 1920s and ’30s, a trio of sisters from New Orleans became the darlings of radio’s golden age. Martha, Connie, and Vet Boswell were classically trained musicians heavily influenced by the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Together they pioneered the cheerful, close-harmony style that became emblematic of 1940s girl groups. Join The Historic New Orleans Collection in rediscovering the Boswell Sisters, one of the city’s most celebrated musical exports.
“Civil War Battlefields and National Parks” the photography of AJ Meeks final weekend, through Saturday the 5th.
Scale Model of 1915 French Quarter
In conjunction with HNOC’s 2007 exhibition Four Hundred Years of French Presence in Louisiana, the Minister of Culture and Communication of France presented a model of the French Quarter as it would have appeared in about 1915 to the people of New Orleans. Built in 1962 by French artists and jazz enthusiasts Pierre Atlan and Pierre Merlin, the large model depicts the look and character of the French Quarter when it was still a thriving residential area, as well as Storyville and the city’s rail lines. Although the original model covered the entire city, the only surviving portion is the French Quarter.
Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street
Furniture and curious objects by Abe Geasland introduce New Orleanians to the post-industrial primitive style of this master maker. A real highlight of Jammin on Julia. Alix Travis’ breezy watercolors depict leisurely life amidst New Orleans architecture, and sumptuous subtropical scenes. The fine, original jewelry artistry of Jivita Harris Casey explores abstracted as well as realistic natural shapes with inspired precision. The highly stylized handmade furniture of Craig Taylor that you will just hate to obscure with everyday objects round out an abundant month of April at Ariodante.
Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street
Arthur Roger celebrates openings with “New Orleans A to Z” by Bunny Matthews and Edward Whiteman’s “Swinging Pendulum” in conjunction with Jammin on Julia.
Boyd Satellite, 440 Julia Street
Gallery talk with celebrated Pop artist Derek Boshier at 2pm, followed by an opening reception to coincide with Jammin’ on Julia this Saturday the 5th. Boshier is an artist with a 50-plus year career who is considered a part of Pop Art’s founding history. Featured in Ken Russell’s documentary “Pop Goes the Easel.”
Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia Street
Adrian Deckbar, “Transformations” These staggeringly lifelike paintings utilize broad, horizontally oriented canvases to envelop the viewer in cycles of life. Vignettes of pond life stay oh-so-true to the palettes of wild and placid ponds. A must-see for serious shoppers, meant to be ooh’ed and ahh’ed over in an inviting architectural setting.
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street
Mel Chin’s “More Greatest Hits” features works like “Impotent Victory” and QWERTY Courbet whose materiality leaves no realm of common object untouched. From AK-47’s to high-tops to blasting powder, their flammability is ironically not what makes this show so explosive. Trough April 12th.
LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street
Benjamin Shamback’s “Color is a Vessel” continues through April 19th which features lush flora on copper plates in the 16th and 17th century traditional style.
Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street
Joli Livaudais’ “Dreams and Replies” comes to Chaisson Gallery for the month of April with a wildly mixed media show of resins, light, innovative photographic incorporations and stunning hand-craft. See how it all comes together at her opening this Saturday the 5th from 6pm to 9pm.
Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street
Octavia Gallery affords us the opportunity to check in on the multi-media works of distinguished artist Nall. A student at L’Ecole de Beaux Arts during the 1970’s and a student of Salvador Dali, this Alabama artist’s pedigree promises a new and exciting show. Reception Saturday from 6pm to 8pm.
Soren Christensen, 400 Julia Street
A collection of Eric Abrecht’s cheerful, lovely, atmospheric oils on canvas whisper of JMW Turner’s love of weather in its more sanguine moods.
Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles (enter on Gravier)
“20th Century Works on Paper by Artist of the Diaspora continues.
TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine Street
“Illustrations for Stories that Haven’t Been Written” by Harriet Burbeck explores the relationship between image and narrative in this surreally misleading collection of black and white drawings. Part of the exhibit involves viewer authorship of the drawings, which will be posted on Burbeck’s “Stories” site. A fun cooperation between an artist and her public promises to be entertaining, so throw in your narrative and join Burbeck’s beautifully twisted adventure.
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