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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. 5-Dec. 12

First Saturday on Julia gears up for PhotoNOLA with top-notch work from G.A.S, Leslie Elliotsmith and E2.  Jonathan Ferrara and Arthur Roger take their wares to Miami Basel in the form of art by Dan Tague, Courtney Egan and Nikki Rosato.  Roman Street and The Moonshiners entertain on Thursday and Friday night respectively at the big two, and the CAC gets in the game with Kyle Abraham’s “Pavement.”




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

Opening Reception Saturday, December 7th from 6pm to 9pm
Boyd Satellite kicks off PhotoNOLA a week early with its 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.
CAC, 900 Camp Street

Pavement, the latest work from MacArthur “Genius Grant” and Bessie Award winning Choreographer Kyle Abraham, transforming the CAC Warehouse into the abstract metaphor of a basketball court suspended in time and place as the setting for Abraham’s choreographic exploration of an entirely different brand of human sport.


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.


St. Claude

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

VonHoffacker invites you to get down on the level of your public servants in his show “Heads of State.”  A foray into the world of political scandals that read like movie titles populates Barrister’s walls this month. See Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” misadventure; Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s moose-shopping exploits; the Benghazi twins Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, and so very much more.

Pop-Up Show, Aimee Farnet Siegel “No Hiding,” abstract paintings by a woman artist who has come full circle, geographically speaking. 

NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park


Friday Nights at NOMA

Featuring music by the New Orleans Moonshiners 5pm to 9pm

…and $1 PBR’s all night
Art on the Spot from 5pm to 7pm

Comedy tours by The New Movement


“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
Ogden After Hours – Thursday, December 5
Roman Street, 6pm to 8pm

New flamenco from the fraternal guitar duo out of Mobile, AL


Art of the Cupcake

Free Family Day at the O
Saturday, November 16 from 10am to 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
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

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.


IMAGE: Solar Anus, on view at Good Children Gallery 




Byrdie’s takes a coffee break following Fringe Fest!  Check back in the New Year to see great art.

The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue
Celebrates 5 years with an anniversary party from 6pm to 11pm this Saturday 
Room 1: Carol Dass, “Beauty
When the women artists work in the medium of underwear, the gloves typically come off and what fun it promises to be!  Photographs and Cyan-o-panties rule Room 1.
Room 2: John Hathaway’s “Wild Life”
A shaped/shaped by show about class and recreation in Tennessee’s beautiful and previously overlooked Cherokee National Forest.  Hathaway explores the bigger idea of national forests and how they interact on the economic and commercial scene.
Room 3 & 4:  “Future Perfect,” paintings by Rachel Jones Deris
Founding member of The Front makes time to bring her own work out into the light for our viewing pleasure.  Deris’s works are in collections all over the map, including the permanent collection at NOMA.  Impressionistic, bold and constantly a new perspective are just a few of the ways to describe her work.  

Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Saturday from 6pm to 9pm


Group Show, “The Solar Anus”

Kyle Eyre Clyd, Jesse Greenberg, David Hassell, Mary Morgan and Matt Savitsky
Works about the American Nihilist Underground Society’s promotion of nihilism, black metal and death metal?  Or an interpretation on Bataille’s theme:  wrestle with infinite analogy of the human condition.  Bataille wants to have his throat slashed while violating the girl?  You had me at hello, Solar Anus.  Opening reception Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.
The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Suite 105
Thomas Grill “World construction, variation: Empty vessel”
The massive, multi-channel sound installation continues!


Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue
Memory Project is a two-part international exhibition that explores the theme of memory and place through two post trauma cities. The biography of New Orleans resident Anne Skorecki Levy, born in Lódz, Poland, in 1939, inspired this multi-generational project first presented in Lódz and now in New Orleans.  Is the New Orleans trauma Katrina or the political specter of David Duke?  Other artists in the show are Agnieszka Chojnacka, Adam Klimczak, Piotr Szczepalski, Justyna Wencel of Lodz; Coourtney Egan and Deborah Luster of New Orleans.  Organized by Marta Madejska and Robin Levy respectively.


Staple Goods, 1340 St. Roch Avenue

“All the Things that Go” continues
Featuring the art of:  Sesthasak Boonchai, Patrick Coll, Aaron Collier, Adam Mysock, Kenneth Steinbach, and Kristen Studioso
A belief in progress implies that there’s a prize to be won, a goal a bit further on, eyed with yearning. Things will get better! The future is before you! Dreams come true! Truisms, mantra-like, beat determinedly in our minds, heightened in anxious moments. “All The Things That Go” explores the forms and images that emerge as symbols of our visions of progress and the processes of striving that we undertake to attain them.


UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue
Opening Saturday the 9th from 6pm to 9pm
“Objects in Mirrors” featuring the work of Bill Finger, Chris Jordan, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Susana Reisman.  These artists work with subjects including figuration, narrative, and landscape, making images ranging from the abstract to the representational. The subject matter may differ, but the photographs all contain a playful and thoughtful understanding of ourselves and our surroundings.


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