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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
March 27-April 3
by Cheryl Castjohn
“Into the Light II” opens Thursday night at the Ogden amidst the musical stylings of songwriter and musician Jim McCormick and songstress Kristin Diable. The Bywater’s Alvar Library opens an expedition of Cynthia Scott’s socially-conscious and environmentally astute works as a part of its ongoing Alvar Arts Series. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery continues its open call for entries into its annual “No Dead Artists” competition, and MFA Candidates Valerie Corradetti and David Hassel, Jr. continue to hold court at UNO St. Claude.
Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street
This will be the final weekend to see paintings by Kim Howes Zabbia and Dana Manly, the jewelry designs of Betsy M. Green, and the bright and bold sculpture of Hernan Caro.
Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street
Bunny Matthews’ “The People of New Orleans from A to Z” continues into mid-April, with a reception on Saturday, April 5th.
“Swinging Pendulum” by Edward Whiteman, comprised of mixed media on reconstructed paper. Unique and intriguing processes result in works not impressive just for their size.
Boyd Satellite, 440 Julia Street
Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia Street
Adrian Deckbar, “Transformations” These staggeringly lifelike paintings utilize broad, horizontally oriented canvases to envelop the viewer in cycles of pond life. Final weekend.
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. An excellent complement to Chin’s retrospective at NOMA. February 12th through April 12th.
Adam Mysock’s “Voltany,” March 5th through 11th only. Tiny, amazing “devotional objects” by this artist and professor at Tulane. “Voltany” features George Washington as Jesus, tying balloon animals with one hand and depictions of St. Bartholomew depicted as the Patron Saint of Tanners.
LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street
Ben Shamback’s “Color is a Vessel,” through April 19th. Bright and lavish florals in the realistic style, painted on copper plates. Traditional beautiful still lifes.
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. Final weekend.
Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street
Jeffrey Pitt’s “Everything is Connected,” a collection of abstract designs that border on the psychedelic in appearance. Final showing through Saturday the 29th.
Soren Christensen, 400 Julia Street
“Group Work,” also known as best-of-the-best inhabits Soren Christensen this month. The exhibit includes hyper-realistic works by Larry Preston, the haunting photography of Brooke Shaden, and the dreamy waterscapes of Drew Galloway. Also featured are many other perennial favorites like Gretchen Weller Howard, Michael Dickter and Harry Paul Ally.
Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles (enter on Gravier)
“Modernist: A Look Back” features the work of Richard Dempsey. Of his work Dempsey says, “I used to do drawings and sketches of scenes, or of people, in preparation for a painting. But later I trained myself to take a good look and remember enough details. I'm not too interested in literally transferring the scene to canvas--it's more a representational interpretation by me..."
TEN Gallery, 4432 Magazine Street
“Illustrations for Stories that Haven’t Been Written” by Harriet Burbeck explores the relationship between image and narrative in this surreally misleading collection of black and white drawings. Part of the exhibit involves viewer authorship of the drawings, which will be posted on Burbeck’s “Stories” site. A fun cooperation between an artist and her public promises to be entertaining, so throw in your narrative and join Burbeck’s beautifully twisted adventure.
Ogden Museum of Contemporary Southern Art
Ogden After Hours
Chris Mulé, member of Honey Island Swamp Band enjoys stylistic descriptors like “finger-pickin” and “chicken-scratching” and promises a Thursday night to revel in.
“Into the Light II: Photographs from the Permanent Collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art” - Phase two of this uniquely Southern exhibition highlighting rare and previously-unseen photographs from the Ogden’s holdings. More work culled from the ouvres of Shelby Lee Adams, William Christenberry, George Dureau, William Eggleston, Birney Imes, Roland L. Freeman, Marion Post Wolcott, and many others.
“I’ll Save You Tomorrow” Juan Logan’s multi-media collection continues on the fourth floor, with installations, paintings, collages and sculpture.
“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.
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
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. “30 Americans” involves all three floors and a one-time-only collection of prominent and important black artists. Through June 13
NOMA, One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
Friday Nights at NOMA
March 28th from 5pm to 9pm
Cinema in the Garden returns with Hitchcock’s “Notorious”, 7:30pm
Music by Cindy Scott, 5pm to 7pm
Mel Chin’s “Rematch” continues on the first floor. This legendary Chinese American Southern artist’s most important and best loved works remain on display. A video game, a deconstructed encyclopedia, a creative and massive attempt to clean up New Orleans lead-contaminated soil, and so very much more await you at NOMA through May. “Rematch” is a great family-geared show, fun and thought-provoking for all ages.
“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.
The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference
Shout, Sister, Shout! The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans
Opening Reception Tuesday, March 25, 6:30pm to 8pm
In the 1920s and ’30s, a trio of sisters from New Orleans became the darlings of radio’s golden age. Martha, Connie, and Vet Boswell were classically trained musicians heavily influenced by the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Together they pioneered the cheerful, close-harmony style that became emblematic of 1940s girl groups. Join The Historic New Orleans Collection in rediscovering the Boswell Sisters, one of the city’s most celebrated musical exports.
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.
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. Exhibition closes March 29th.
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.
Bywater’s Alvar Library, 913 Alvar Street
Opening Reception March 20, from 7pm to 9pm
Works by Cynthia Scott
Contemporary sculptor, photographer and installation artist Cynthia Scott gives an overview of her sociologically- and politically-themed work over several decades. Since 2005, Scott has focused primarily on humankind’s interference with the planet’s ecological balance.
Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street
Dan Tague curates “Thy Will Be Done” a show featuring works by Generic Art Solutions, Heathcliff Hailey, Charlie Hoffacker, Elizabeth Kleinweld, Epaul Julien and Michael Greathouse.
Pop-Up show, Demetri Masiakos’s “Dekatria” features 13 creepy and beautiful precious objects fashioned of old photos set into cabinets and behind curtains. A little Dr. Caligari, a little Joseph Cornell, a lot of questions.
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue
“HEIIR” Curated by Tameka Norris, co-curated by Ernest Littles and Breana Thompson
The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue
Rooms 1 & 2
Kyle Bravo’s “As It Was in the Beginning Is Now And Ever Shall Be”
John Isiah, Carl Joe Williams, Ayo Scott, Keith Duncan, Bruce Davenport, Jr., 501V
“28 Days Later”
Jamie Alonzo’s “Handle with Care”
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.
Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue
“Gimme that ol’tyme religion” by street artist MRSA consists of large, abstract cutouts of gods and monsters, woven together with folklore and artistic license.
Second Story Gallery at the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue
Gina Laguna and Cynthia Ramirez take over the Second Story Gallery with steel sculpture by Laguna and mind-blowing, colorful work by Ramirez.
UNO St. Claude, 2429 St. Claude Avenue
Valeria Corradetti’s “Paper Mountains” features drawings and photographs in vivid colors and luscious textures.
David Hassel’s “AUTOREPAIR: Pulsed Plasma Stimulation” investigates branding and pleasurable consumer experience by packaging an unseemly latex product of his own making.
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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