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Art Openings and Shows in NOLA

Each week, NoDef brings you a comprehensive directory of visual arts
in the Crescent City from Julia to St. Claude

Dec. 12-Dec. 19

PhotoNOLA continues through the weekend, drawing artistic and curatorial talent from around the globe. Tonight, take a stroll through the Ogden’s Taylor Library for a PhotoWalk which features portfolios of Jane Fulton Alt, Linda Alterwitz, Bruce Ambuel and Susan Barnett.  GAS and Epaul Julien grace Julia Street, alongside Brooke Shaden and Kate Blacklock for the Photographic Event of the year.  If your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 included getting out to Second Saturday in St. Claude Arts District, this is your last opportunity to keep it! 


St. Claude

Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street
Opening Reception Saturday from 6pm to 9pm

Barrister’s ends the year with a veritable plethora of talent featuring the photographic mastery of Tim Best, Dennis Couvillon, Euphus Ruth and Artemis Antippas.

Opening Reception Saturday from 6pm to 9pm

“Streets Not To Cross” features cyanotypes by Philip Roderic Yiannopoulos, a multi-media exploration into the proximity of disparate neighborhoods, their interdependence, and the streets of New Orleans.


The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue

Opening Reception Saturday from 6pm to 10pm
Backyard Performance by Architects of Cinema at 8:30pm

Gallery Talk on Suday December 15th at 2pm
Room 1 & 2: PhotoBOMB curated by Lee Deigaard & AnnieLaurie Erickson
An all-star blowout featuring the work of Deigaard and Erickson, Jack Niven, Pinky Bass, China Langford, Jill Frank among many, many talented more!
Room 3:  “Re-wilding the Dream,” JoAnne Carson
Work meant to express and reflect on our culture’s seemingly paradoxical wish to believe simultaneously in alchemy and science. Charcoal and pastel on paper  

Room 4:  “Lawss of the Land,” Kant Smith

Lawss of the Land is an exploration of that peculiar pride of America: the individual citizen's right to keep and bear arms.Lawss of the Land seeks to undermine the gun's symbolic authority by ridiculously and horrifically asserting the gun's own corporeality

Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
Panel Discussion led by Emily Wilkerson, 4pm to 5:30pm

Opening Saturday from 6pm to 10pm

Group Show, “Friday the 13th”

Features the work of Katie Kline, Rachel Granofsky, Jared Ragland, Timothy Briner and Aaron Collier.  Curated by Sophie T. Lvoff.  The imprecise origins of the Friday the 13th superstition suggests that our collective psyches are as susceptible to the idea of the superstition as much as its ardent believers feel they are susceptible to the benevolent or malicious forces that a superstition carries with it. The day stands out, even for those who don't believe. Yet an observer would not be surprised to see even the non-believers acting with an extra sense of caution throughout the day.
The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Suite 105
MOMO, throughout December


Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Reception 6pm to 9pm
Carlie Trosclair’s “(un)dwelling” explores new appropriations for familiar frameworks withing the domestic realm in both uncanny and dreamlike scenarios.  In a constant state of change each surface, pattern, and form becomes a suspended moment of wonder and evolution through a lens of reordering and rediscovery.


Staple Goods, 1340 St. Roch Avenue

Opening Reception Saturday from 6pm to 9pm
Group show by the members of Staple Goods.


UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Saturday the 14th from 6pm to 9pm




Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street

Ariodante proudly displays the fun, whimsical abstract expressionist paintings of St. Martinville artist Louise Guidry. The wooden-inlaid, unconventionally styled furniture of Peg Martinez takes a fresh perspective on woodcraft, jewelry by Peggy Logan, more furniture by Trent Marek, and a Lagniappe Show of artistic fashion drawings by Rhonda Corley.  All through December


Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street

Kate Blacklock, Still Life/Nightscape
Blacklock’s “medium-scale works on metal” are captured on dye-infused aluminum and use a scanner as the camera, resulting in exuberant and dreamlike still lifes of bright colors and bold objects. Exploring the transience of objects in our lives, Blacklock’s method takes an intriguing approach to photography which manage to capture the uncanny quality of Freudian lore.


Boyd Satellite, 440 Julia Street

Stephen Forster exhibit.  Called “The Richard Avedon of the South” by the Times-Picayune, Forster is a New Orleans native who displays selections from his now 35 years of photo’ing celebrities.  On display through December 30th.


Sandra Russell Clark, “Traces” – Portraiture Clark collected during travels in Italy which she has retrieved for its revealing look into the various subjects which “reveal an emotional breadth and psychological intricacy in the sitter’s expression” which invite the viewer to speculate on endless psychological projections.  This is an excellent opportunity to discover the neuroses, fears and general gossip of unsuspecting company through a little covert adult play therapy.  Sounds fun! Take a secretive friend and prepare to listen.


Jeremy Kidd “Fictional Realities” stunning photographs slice, dice and skew the urban landscape of Italy in color-saturated “temporal excursions” he pieces together.  Mystifying compositions which seek to rebuild a new three-dimensional world of his imagining through vivid and lovely photography. 


Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia Street

Opening Reception Saturday, November 2nd from 6pm to 9pm
Twelve new paintings by Margaret Evangeline grace the walls of Callan Contemporary this month.  Though Evangeline loves to experiment in different mediums, her heart always returns to painting.  Evangeline’s abstractions feature clearly defined lines and bold sizes.  Through  December 30th.


d.o.c.s Gallery, 709 Camp Street

d.o.c.s. prepares for the new year, installing a solo show by Brad Dupuy which opens January 5th of 2014.


The Foundation Gallery, 608 Julia Street

Jeana Baumgardner’s “Beyond this Point” exuberant works placed lovingly, imaginatively on the universal grid by an artist to watch.


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street
Reception Saturday the 7th from 6pm to 9pm

Generic Art Solutions in the persons of Matt Vis and Tony Campbell take cute cuddly baby Jesus out of the Manger this Christmas season and out to dinner at Emmaus, leaving stones of Baroque art unturned forever.  A tour of human drama through examination of recurring themes in art, G.A.S helps us put it together and it shouldn’t be missed. Only one piano was harmed in the making of this really, really, really great show.  Up through December 30th.


Marcus Kenney, “Fallen Animals” This rurally raised Louisiana photographer brings us the stark and visually compelling black and white photography from locations like Burnt Pot Island and the Parish Line.  SCAD educated artist whose work has traveled all over the globe and come back to New Orleans for a jarring and technically magnificent visit.


LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street
The magical, wishful scenes of Leslie Elliotsmith’s “Footnotes” present us with the challenge of returning to real life unscathed.  Resentful we don’t live in her fanciful digital collages?  Obviously.  Enter her world if you dare, but be prepared to never want to leave.  In the words of the always profound Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.”  Spoiler Alert: re-entry will be a bitch.


Mary Lee Eggart’s “Spiritus Sanctus” offers an aviary visit back to Renaissance tapestry through her fanciful paintings.


Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street
Marjorie Pierson’s “Immersion” joins the PhotoNOLA festivities with her painterly photographic interpretations of environmental issues facing the South.  A native of Durham, North Carolina, Pierson’s recent monograph Struck by Nature: Bald Head Island further explicates this highly imaginative, savvy auteur’s body of work. See her dream-like visions of endangered wetlands and evolving oceans Through January 25th.


Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street

E2’s “Art of Empathy” re-enacts historic paintings through the medium of photography. The duo, Epaul Julien and Elizabeth Kleinveld insert themselves seamlessly into paintings by VanEyk, Titian, and Manet not through digital manipulation, but with live props.  A fun and visually striking addition to PhotoNOLA.  Only up through December 28th.  Get there.



Soren Christensen, 400 Julia Street

Brooke Shaden’s “The In-Between” features the haunting photography of a haunted imagination throughout the month of December at Soren Christensen.  Large-scale photos envelope the viewer, so be careful how close you stand.  These are images that will stay with you in spirit and memory, so viewer beware!


Gretchen Weller-Howard’s “Witness” – Paintings by the artist.


Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles (enter on Gravier)
“Twentieth Century Works on Paper by Artists of the Diaspora” featuring the clear and brilliant grandeur of works by Faith Ringgold, the distinctive clarity of Elizabeth Catlett, the sweet, serene scenes of Huey Lee-Smith, and the impressionistic interpretations of Louis Delsarte among works by other critically important artists of the 20th century.
Richard Dempsey’s “Modernist: A Look Back” works of abstractions in paint remains on display.


TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine Street

“Grotesquerie,” Shiverbones (Matthew Kirscht and Michael Bonfiglio)

Façade, new works from Sarah Wiseman

The Great Work Presents, “Blue Kachina/ Red Kachina”

CAC, 900 Camp Street


Unfolding Images

Organized to celebrate the printed image in book form through photography and repurposed images, Unfolding Images is a functioning library and reading room, allowing visitors the opportunity to review a juried selection of photobooks at the CAC during PhotoNOLA 2013.


“The Great Picture” memorializes a moment of radical change in photography. The image is a final marker at the end of 170 years of film/chemistry-based photography and the commencement of digital dominance. The photograph was made using an abandoned fighter jet aircraft hangar in Southern California transformed into a gigantic camera obscura—the world’s largest camera.


SUBMERGE, Lee Deigaard
NEA-sponsored digital video exploring the commonalities between nature and the corporeal body.
“Walking, Sometimes Standing Still” Brendan Connelly
Five-channel field recording compositions by sound designer Brendan Connelly feature decisive moments in ambient sound recorded on foot throughout Connelly’s travels, most recently northern Scotland, London, Paris and the South of France.
“Visual Arts Network Exhibition 2013 Annual Meeting Exhibition”
VAN 2013 features multidisciplinary work by VAN Exhibition Residency graduates including Castillo, Katrina Andry and photographer Eric Gottesman.  Sculpture/installation, digitally planned  woodcut, and framed inkjet prints are just a few of the attractions on view.



NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park


Friday Nights at NOMA

Featuring music by the Pfister Sisters 5pm to 8pm
Art on the Spot from 5pm to 7pm

Film: American Experience: Ansel Adams, 7pm


“Photography at NOMA”

Opens November 10th 
“Photography at NOMA” explores the museum’s extensive 10,000-work photography collection and demonstrates the city of New Orleans’ role in the history of photography. In the first comprehensive display of works from its collection since the 1970s, the exhibition will include 130 photographs spanning from the early 1840s to the present and created by some of the most recognizable names in the field, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Frank, as well as by anonymous photographers. Images of New Orleans will be a connecting thread throughout the exhibition.


Gordon Parks “The Making of an Argument”

Described as “a remarkable, inspiring creative force. . . . who sought to put a human face on the currents of history” by Life Magazine, Gordon Parks’ photos helped shape our views of the tumultuous 20th century as it unfolded.  Parks’ subject matter ranged from fashion and politicians to poverty and crime.  “The Making of an Argument” exhibits photos from Parks’ documentation of gang problems in Harlem that turned into a close rapport with a gang’s leader, Red Jackson.  The show opens Thursday, September 12 and runs through January 19th.


NOMA & Contemporary Arts Center team up to present Edward Burtynsky’s “Water” 
Freeman Family Curator of Photographs Russell Lord prompts, “Burtynsky's work functions as an open ended question about humanity's past, present, and future," "The big question is: do these pictures represent the achievement of humanity or one of its greatest faults, or both?”  The visually dazzling and thought-provoking photography of the legendary Edward Burtynsky is a feast for the eyes and mind. 
Ongoing at the Ogden Museum of Contemporary Southern Art
PhotoNOLA Events

Juror’s Talk, 4:30pm

Currents 2013 Exhibition Opening, 5pm to 7pm

PhotoWALK, 6pm to 8pm, Showcasing 70 photographers


Curator’s Talk, Richard McCabe

Sunday, December 15th at 2pm


Gina Phillips, “I Was Trying Hard to Think About Sweet Things”

Wood, metal, paint, and fabric figure into this magical collection of works by local renowned artist Gina Phillips, sometimes all in one composition.  The exhibit features a three feet tall skating skirt and Fats Domino levitating.  Try hard to see all the sweet things Phillps has created!


Annie Collinge, “Underwater Mermaid Theater”
English-born Brooklyn transplant Annie Collinge takes you on a backstage tour to WeekiWachee’s best-loved roadside attraction.  Collinge shoots her striking photos on traditional film to create color-saturated prints in a uniquely vivid signature style.


The Mythology of Florida
The ideal lead-in to Collinge’s solo show, Richard McCabe tells Florida’s story from a loving and respectful point-of-view, beginning with its discovery.  This unique collection of etchings, paintings, postcards and photographs provide a biographical perspective you are only going to get from an institution like the Ogden. 


Jim White presents Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller
Southern music troubadour, filmmaker, writer and visual artist: Jim White Presents Scrapbook of a Fringe Dweller. Incorporating found objects, photography and film, White will construct a site specific installation filled with ephemera culled from his wanderings through flea markets and back roads of the American South.


Into the Light: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art: This exhibition will highlight many rare and previously-unseen photographs from the permanent collection. Included will be photographs by: Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.


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.


George Rodrigue’s Aioli Dinner depicts members of the Creole Gourmet Society at dinner. 

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
Civil WarBattlefields and National Parks: Photographs by A.J. Meek


In 1993, long before the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War—upon which we, as a nation, are now reflecting—A. J. Meek, professor of photography at Louisiana State University, presented a proposal to the university’s council of research stating a desire to photograph the 384 documented Civil War battlefield sites at the same time of year the battles were fought


Occupy New Orleans!  Voices from the Civil War
New Orleans, the largest and most prosperous city in the antebellum Deep South, spent the Civil War in fetters.  Occupied by Union troops in late April 1862, the city emerged from the conflict with its infrastructure intact but its psyche fractured. This exhibition taps into the experiences of ordinary men and women—Northerners and Southerners alike—to tell the story of the war years. Exhibition visitors will discover that these 19th-century voices sound remarkably modern, for debates over the meaning and cost of occupation continue to this day.
Alternative Imprints: Jon Webb, Gypsy Lou, and the Hand-Sewn World of the Loujon Press
By day, Gypsy Lou sold paintings on a street corner, and by night set the type that introduced the world to beat poet Charles Bukowski, and hand-published two books by Henry Miller as well.  Find out more about LouJon Press and this Bohemian couple who founded the literary magazine The Outsider in 1960 here in New Orleans.  On view through November 16th.
WRC, 410 Chartres St

The Cabildo & The Presbytere, 701 Chartres Street

The Wildlife Carvings of a Louisiana Artist

Cleo Scott’s life-sized bird sculptures, 25 finished works.


Visions of Excellence


An annual exhibition of extraordinary images by photojournalists around the world, Visions of Excellence returns to the Louisiana State Museum for the 5th consecutive year.  Thirty-seven museum quality photographic prints are on view in the current show.  Selected from more than 40,000 submissions to the 2012 Pictures of the Year International competition, this exhibit presents a wide-angle view of world events through extraordinary images of war, catastrophe, politics, sports, the arts, entertainment, science, nature and daily life.


They Call Me Baby Doll

Dating to about 1912 among women working in city's red-light districts, the Baby Doll tradition both embraced and mocked stereotypes of women as "babies" or "dolls" in popular culture. They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition features historic photographs, costumes and artifacts, including many items loaned by baby doll members.


The Palm, the Pine, and the Cypress

Newcomb artists drew inspiration from Louisiana's native plants and wildlife to create the distinctive forms and patterns prized by collectors today. The Palm, the Pine, and the Cypress: Newcomb Pottery of New Orleans presents more than 50 glazed ceramics pieces paired with archival photographs documenting the pottery's history through the 1940s.


Preservation Hall at 50 
Co-curated by Preservation Hall and the Louisiana State Museum, Preservation Hall at 50 tells the story of the New Orleans music landmark from the early 1960s to the present through artifacts, photographs, film and audio clips, interviews and oral histories. 


Living with Hurricanes: KATRINA & beyond 
Katrina and Beyond is a must-see exhibition on the history and science of these awesome storms -- and their profound impact on our lives. At the Presbytere on Jackson Square.



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