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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
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.
Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street
“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
“R U Afraid of the Dark?” Artists John Isiah and Jaroid Henry explore civil rights and racial strife from a current perspective.
“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.
H Cole Wiley “Moving Forward Looking Back” Technology + art + people equals an intriguing collection of work by the artist.
Bryan St. Cyr presents works like “Trophy #1” constructs and upholsters, and most likely promises to mystify.
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
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
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.
NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
Friday Nights at NOMA
Featuring music by Amanda Walker, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
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
Thornton Dial’s “Struggling Tiger in Hard Times”
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
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
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.
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
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”
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
LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street
Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street
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)
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.
Listings by Cheryl Castjohn
Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,
Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall
Michael Weber, B.A.
B. E. Mintz
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