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Defender Picks


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

Nov. 1- Nov. 7

The art beats strong this weekend as temperatures drop and the fever for Southern arts runs at an all-time high. NOMA makes a strong argument for the sovereign king of documentary photography Gordon Parks, and Jonathan Ferrara Gallery shows us how to navigate all this remarkable artwork with the mapmaking portraiture of Nikki Rosato.  Don’t laissez the bon temps rouler without you this weekend!


Julia & CBD


Ariodante Gallery, 535 Julia Street

Opening Reception Saturday, November 2 from 6pm to 9pm


Featuring the paintings of Myra Williamson-Wirtz and Timothy Maher, ceramics by Sandra Maher, the jewelry of Chester Allen, sculptural tables and various sculptures by Matthew Greig, Ariodante keeps us well-versed in art developments on all fronts.  These are available for your visual and retail pleasure through October 31st.


Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 & 434 Julia Street


Edward Burtynsky, Courtney Egan, and John Hartman will continue to be featured through November 23rd


432 Julia Street – Dizzying selections from Edward Burtynsky’s photographic series “Water” remain up through November 23rd.  What you can only see at NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center, you can purchase at Arthur Roger.  Deepwater Horizon, the rice terraces of Yunnan Province, China, the Colorado River Delta and so very much more!  See your world from a new perspective and ponder how we shape the earth with our need for the the earth’s most valuable resource:  water.


Video Room – The much-celebrated Courtney Egan graces AR with her video installation “Cultivar.” Cultivar promises to transport the experient to a strange world somewhere between the digital and natural with its techno-garden of blooming enchantment.  An interactive wonderland housed beautifully in the Arthur Roger space.


434 Julia Street – John Hartman takes the painterly approach to the terrestrial side of NOLA in his “New Orleans from Above” works.  Hartman combines the lively, exuberant colors of the less tangible spirit of New Orleans and applies them to her natural curves.  Experience the beauty of the Crescent as if from a hot air balloon – low, slow, and full of luscious detail.



Boyd Satellite, 440 Julia Street


Opening Reception Saturday, November 2nd from 6pm to 9pm


The multi-layered art of Greg Miller seeks to reconcile the impermanence all around us with its frenzy of “drips, patterns and phrases.”  Works constructed of paper, wood and natural materials on display through November 30th.


Robert Hodge continues a long tradition of griot story-telling with his artistic creations at Boyd Satellite for the month of November, working in found paper from advertisements in and around Houston.  The concept of the griot is omnipresent in northern West African tribes from the Mandinke to the Pulaar, and is generally a social leader and political advisor.  Responsible for a tribe and a country’s oral histories, Hodge interprets the fleeting nature of advertising and imagery as the words of today’s cultures, recording and retelling for our consideration.  Through November 30th.


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

Adam Farrington’s “Burn Again” examines the idea that obsolescence is just a lack of context.  Farrington’s assemblage is on display through December 5th.  Colorful, spirited, imaginative wall-hung sculptures intermingle with sculpture-in-the-round.


The Foundation Gallery, 608 Julia Street

Daniel J. Victor’s “Forms of Abstraction” photographic series.  Through November 30th.


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street

On October 1st, Dan Tague’s “The Almighty Dollar” looms large at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.  These inkjet on rag paper works occupy roughly 12 square feet of thought-provoking space and leave the viewer aspiring to be better with money.  I can’t wait to try this at home.


“Cut” from Nikki Rosato asks: What could you make out of a road map and armature wire?  Probably nothing.  But Nikki Rosato will wire your world wide open with these insanely detailed, ingenious sculptures she hand cuts and fashions into mysterious figures like Tom: Jamaica NY, and Nathan: Buffalo NY.  Ordinary guys?  Extraordinary work.


LeMieux Gallery, 332 Julia Street

Kate Samworth’s fanciful and fantastical series of paintings, sculptures and drawings, “The Immortal Charles Peale” features imaginary landscapes, assemblage men, surreal Siamese accordionists and bird replacement kits.  See what this Chattanooga, TN, native dreams up in this exciting show of many masterful mediums.  Through November 16th.


Martine Chaisson Gallery, 727 Camp Street

Tim Hope’s “Continuum Series” features digital collage like you have yet to experience, constructing fantasies made of bygone figures in timeless backdrops, with a touch of psychedelia here and there to complete their trippy effect.  A little Maxfield Parrish, a little Field & Stream, a lot of digital acumen.  Through November 30th.


Octavia Gallery, 454 Julia Street


In her show “Ritual Devotion,” colorist Anastasia Pelias expresses volumes in shades and mists of minimal but luxuriant color. Massive abstracts with titles like Delphi, End of Love 1 and 2, and multiple Ritual Devotions explore the emotional life as a world free from edges and divisions.  See what’s happening in current color field painting and allow Pelias to be your guide.


“Light on Water” features a study on the subject by Eliza Thomas. Works in watercolor, pencil and china marker on paper. On view through November 30th.


Soren Christensen, 400 Julia Street


Stephen Seinberg’s mixed media abstracts on canvas reveal dry humor and painterly skill.


The debut of Audra Kohout at Soren Christensen introduces us to curious assemblage under cloche, and shadow boxes which peer into strange unrealities.


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


“Water” Edward Burtynsky fifty-some aerial, large scale photos shot with a 60-megapixel Hasselblad.  These shots offer a dizzying view of water features from irrigation systems of the Panhandle to terraced rice farms of Yunnan Province in startling detail.


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


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. 


Barrister’s, 2331 St. Claude Avenue at Spain Street

Lisa Osborn “Wheels, Figures, Choices: Ceramic Sculpture by Lisa Osborn”

Barrister’s has a knack for finding the most provocative women sculptors around, and Osborn continues this tradition with ferocity.  Take a strange voyage into Dr. Polidori’s cabinet with these eerie creations you won’t believe are ceramic.  Happy haunting of my dreams, sculptor Lisa Osborn!




Huggy Behr, “Look What I Did!”

an introduction to Huggy Behr's fascination with paper, and the cutting of it.  Janzhi, the art of paper cutting and Kirigami, the art of cutting & folding of paper, has been around since Ts'ai Lun discovered it in 105 AD. Huggy, found out about it just recently, and has become increasingly obsessed with it, much to our viewing pleasure.  Have a coffee, have a look at this intricate and stirring show.


The Front, 4100 St. Claude Avenue

Special gallery walk-through with Syuta Mitomo at


Room 1: Taisuke Morishita, “Silence is Violence”

Work about Japan’s 3.11, the nuclear meltdown following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.  The silent violence of radioactivity and its impact on a population.


Room 2: Keiko Kamma, “Mirage Project”

An installment the artist describes as material poetry.  Kamma experiments with poetic association in this highly sensory-oriented collection of goods, texts, sounds and images which Kamma connects for the viewer.


Room 3: “Jomi Kim,” curated by Kentaro Chiba and Emma Ota

The mythology of the pomegranate, rumored to taste like human flesh brings to the artist’s mind the “humanly and primitive” way that we see, inspiring this intriguing exhibition.


Room 4: Syuta Mitomo in collaboration with Tokihiro Sato, “Sightseeing Buscamera Project”  

A public bus as camera obscura, exploring the themes of peace, ecology and health in human relationships.  Recently the artist has begun working with light and shadow, sound, or noise.



Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Avenue


Malcolm McClay, “Ekstasis,”

A three-part performance directed by Jeff Becker and sound by Nathan John, Normand Weidenhaft & Marcus E. Brown. The performance explores the human tendency to leave an index of existence, and to communicate.  Oriented toward cave life, proving that absolutely everything has gone Paleo these days.


The May Space, 2839 North Robertson, Suite 105


Thomas Grill “World construction, variation: Empty vessel”

A self-described “massively multi-channel sound environment,” as if the title weren’t intriguing enough.  Get thyself to the May Space!


Press Street’s Antenna, 3718 St. Claude Avenue


Christopher Deris, “The soul silently fidgets”

Deris’ three-dimensional constructions often involve simple mechanical movements; fantastical creations that act as surrogates or metaphors for humanity. Each piece is an experiment in capturing, visually, a genuine feeling within the confines of a crafted environment.


Staple Goods, 1340 St. Roch Avenue


“All the Things that Go”

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


Daniela Span and Charlotte Simon, “Osmosis_identity quest”

UNO Fine Arts and Center Austria Artist Exchange

The concept of osmosis - the unremitting physiological process of transformation in the human body - serves as a metaphor for the human being’s ongoing physical and mental development. This perpetual human evolution is accompanied by a ceaseless shift of identity, whether conscious or unconscious.



Ongoing at the Ogden Museum of Contemporary Southern Art


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


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