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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

Feb. 8-Feb. 15

Openings for the week include "Theme and Variations" by Sylvaine Sancton, at Barrister's, "Memories and Machinations," at Byrdies, and Dan Tague's "Crazy About America" at Good Children Gallery. Click through for more art updates from Cheryl Castjohn. 


St. Claude


Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street
Opening Reception February 8th, 6pm to 9pm 

“Theme and Variations” by Sylvaine Sancton. Abstract paintings and stunningly simple sculpture by the artist.

Pop-Up, John Isiah Walton:  “Pretty Women”

Also, Charisse Celino’s installation “State of Education” a fundraiser for UNO Fine Arts students



“Memories and Machinations,” paintings by Mecca

Recpetion February 8th from 6pm to 9pm


The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue

Gallery talk Sunday, February 9th at 2pm

Opening Reception Saturday February 8th from 6pm to 10pm

Room 1

“R U Afraid of the Dark?” Artists John Isiah and Jaroid Henry explore civil rights and racial strife from a current perspective.

Room 2

“po ten tial” artist Jessie Vogel investigates the pedestal again, exploring an objects seemingly irrepressible will to become real.  Equal parts Pygmalion and Brancusi make this a promising show.

Room 3

H Cole Wiley “Moving Forward Looking Back” Technology + art + people equals an intriguing collection of work by the artist.

Room 4

Bryan St. Cyr presents works like “Trophy #1” constructs and upholsters, and most likely promises to mystify.



Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
Dan Tague’s “Crazy About America”

Opening reception February 8th from 6pm to 9pm


The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Ste 105

Susan Bowers has “renewed her passion for the primordial medium” of ceramics and we all win.  “Triptix” at May Space throughout February.


Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue

“Between Now and Forever” Video and photography by William Lawson.  Works made in the Mojave and White Sands deserts, a video exploration of our perceptions (and pre-conceptions) about time and space.  Co-sponsored by Loyola University.


UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue
Wendell Brunious, Jr., and Jason Childers unveil the results of their travails as MFA candidates.  The blood, the sweat, the tears – and finally, the opening!   These two dynamic and inventive artists wow us with their grand finale, culminations of years of artistic G&D.



CAC, 900 Camp Street

“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.
“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 Amanda Walker, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Mary Niall Mitchell Lecture, 5pm to 9pm

Grayhawk Perkins gives an artist’s perspective titled “Woven Histories: Houma Basketry,” 7pm


“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.


Ongoing at the Ogden Museum of Contemporary Southern Art

 “Trespass,” Lee Deigaard  Photography, video installation taken from her “Unbidden” and “Pulse,” series, respectively.  Trespass is part of Deigaard’s ongoing exploration into the complex relationship between humans and nature.

“Rediscovered,” Steffen Thomas  A Stone Mountain, Georgia artist who left his native Nuremburg in 1928 to earn acclaim as a Southern American artist.  Selections of his works.

CURRENTS 2013 features works by fourteen New Orleans Photo Alliance members. Featuring four to five images by each selected artist, the show gives viewers a deeper insight into each photographer’s vision and reflects an overview of contemporary photographic practices. 


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.


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.

Daguerrotype to Digital:  A Presentation of Photographic Processes

This exhibition traces the evolution of the photographic method from the 1840’s to the present day.

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.


The Cabildo & The Presbytere, 701 Chartres Street

Krewe of Hermes:  The Diamond Jubilee

An exhibition of the accoutrements of one of the historically most opulent of Carnival organizations, including gowns, invitations, favors, float designs, crowns and scepters.


Mardi Gras:  It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana

Parades, Balls and the Courir du Mardi Gras are explored in this newly renovated show. Based on original research, the exhibit traces the emergence of New Orleans' parades and balls to the present-day, statewide extravaganza that attracts millions.


Visions of Excellence

An annual exhibition of extraordinary images by photojournalists around the world, this exhibition returns for the 5th consecutive year.  Thirty-seven photographic prints are on view in the current show, selected from more than 40,000 submissions to the Picture of the Year competition.

The Wildlife Carvings of Cleo Scott

This exhibition of life-sized bird sculptures showcases the talents of one of Louisiana's master carvers. A retired law enforcement officer from St. Mary Parish, Cleo Scott's lifelong interest in hunting and fishing led him to decoy and wildlife carving.


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 Louisiana Photographs of Robert Tebbs

Tebbs photographed nearly 100 Louisiana plantations, including well-known sites such as Elmwood, Parlange, Ormond, Whitney, Houmas House, L'Hermitage, Waverly, Belle Chasse, Chr?tian Point, Shadows-on-the-Teche, Ren? Beauregard House, Rosedown, Woodlawn, Oak Alley and Belle Grove. Because he also sought out more obscure or modest properties, the collection contains a comprehensive record of Louisiana plantation architectural styles.



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.





Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street

Taft WcWhorter is Ariodante’s featured artist throughout February, with a mix of abstract and musical paintings. Belle Bijoux shows off its femmy jewelry designs. The slick and ultra-hangable sculpture of Geoff Wilder is a lesson in Southern potential gone so, so right.  Tim Schuler continues the outsider art tradition of cigar box art with super-cool cigar box speakers.  Pop-up show features Tristan Faulman, a painter who really knows how to express abstractions of the mind.


Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street

Holton Rower, “Viscous Resin Extruding from the Trunk”
New approaches to color field genre of work crosses the line between sculpture and painting in Rower’s work.  His meticulous methods take Helen Frankenthaler’s innovation for a modern, chemically-altered spin around the block.


James Drake, “Can We Know the Sound of Forgiveness”

This show is Drake’s take on “three life cycles” which feature a “classical attitude and approach.”  Some are big, some are small, all are red, and you can rest assured in the classical tradition, there will be nipples.

Both shows hang through February 15th.



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.  February 12th through April 12th.


LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street
Nonagenarian John Clemmer’s show “Nine Years Later” features oil on canvas works of generous proportions.  Haunting vignettes and collages in subtle colors defy gravity in a particularly Cubist fashion.  Temporality rules in this show of deciduous vegetation and frigid windowscapes that marks a fleeting but momentous and ultimately mysterious occasion.  Through February 22nd.


Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street
Caroline Wright’s show “Unwinding Landscape” features large scale acrylic on canvas paintings of ambient and soothing shapes and colors. 


Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street

Regina Scully’s “Terra Incognita” populates the lux walls of Octavia Gallery throughout the month of February.  Abstracted landscapes blow up the minute with a great deal of rhythmic savvy.  Dense and colorful, these paintings are a treat for the eyes.


Soren Christensen, 400 Julia Street

“Group Work,” also known as best-of-the-best inhabits Soren Christensen this month, including more of photographer Brooke Shaden, poignant collage by Melissa Herrington and the gentle mixed media magic of Gretchen Weller Howard.  Includes works by Audra Kohout and Daniel Minter, Steven Steinberg, Evelyn Jordan and many other perennial favorites.


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.

TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine Street

“Coming Home” artist Kathy Rodriguez has created new paintings and an installation featuring characters from her 2006-2008 “Extravaganza Awaits” which revisits dreamy, cuddly bison among other exotics, and promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing feast for the senses.


Ken Kenan, from his “Discoveries” series.  Pen and ink creations are loose and playful narratives which are real only because they are imagined.  Fun, bright and owing a lot to jazz improv, Kenan’s works combine a very current aesthetic with his totally unique style.



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