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CAC's Mark of the Feminine Accepting Submissions

By Cheryl Castjohn

In a break with the previous format of its NOLA NOW exhibitions, the Contemporary Arts Center presents Mark of the Feminine as its annual exhibition series.  Curated by independent curator Regine Basha, Mark will showcase work from a limited number of applicants selected from Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany Parishes.  


Basha commented, “New Orleans, more than any other city in the country, is exploding with feminine power…in its own history of strength and survival.”  Also touching on New Orleans’ constant “desire to glam it up,” Basha hopes that the exhibition will attract “artists who are transgendered or who bear the mark of the feminine” and understands that the criteria might cause some debate as to eligibility, but welcomes work which addresses the ambiguities of ‘female gender’ in current social mentality.  


The exhibit is accepting photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and sound, limiting each artist to eight total files.  Basha hopes to gain a “well-rounded survey of the breadth and seriousness” of the NOLA art scene from the multiple media accepted.  


Controversial  in its criteria, the parameters invite work that is not afraid to broach the subject of gender.  Basha urges artists who submit work to briefly state their ambiguity or hesitation about the term ‘Feminine’ and how it relates or alienates.  Basha seems intent on capturing a brief moment in the “ever-evolving” spectrum of gender and gender identification. 


A graduate of the inaugural class of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Basha went on to become adjunct curator of the new Arthouse in Austin, Texas, producing special projects with artists such as Daniel Bozhkov and recent NOMA artist Dario Robleto.  She has independently curated exhibitions including The Marfa Sessions at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Substitute Teacher at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Georgia; and An Exchange with Sol LeWitt at Cabinet, Brooklyn, New York.  


Most recently appointed Executive Director at Artpace, Basha is known for “conceiving and producing innovative curatorial projects that focus on the creation and circulation of contemporary art in both the local and global arena.”  This aim meshes well with the CAC’s goal for Mark of the Feminine, which is to “provide a space for New Orleans-based contemporary artists to engage with national curators and broader audiences” or in this case – international curator.  Basha’s beginnings trace their way back to Montreal , with her role as gallery director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre.


The exhibit will continue accepting online submissions at  through June 11th.  Selected artists will be notified on June 27th, with the expectation that their work will arrive by July 21st.  The opening of Mark will coincide with Whitney White LInen Night on August 2nd, and continue through October 4th.

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