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VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl

SAMEDI

May 27th

Palmer Park, 10AM
The May edition of the monthly art market
 
New Orleans Jazz Market, 3PM
Light bites, drinks, DJs
 
Bar Redux, 7PM
Horror, fantasy, and spiritual movies from 13 countries
 
Bacchanel Fine Wine and Spirits, 7:30PM
Progressive jazz from one of the cities best
 
The Howlin Wolf, 8PM
Improvisational funk music
 
Joan Mitchell Center, 8PM
Monthly open mic
 
The Orpheum Theater, 9PM
Tremaine The Tour with support by Mike Angel
 
Santos Bar, 10PM
Mind expanding multi genre music

DIMANCHE

May 28th

NOLA MIX Records, 11AM
Teaching kids to DJ and produce beats
 
The Courtyard Brewery, 3PM
Raffle, silent auction, craft beer
 
Mags on Elysian Fields, 7PM
A new series dedicated to pushing the limits of contemporary music
 
Three Keys, 7PM
OC cabaret goes Sci-Fi
 
UNO Lakefront Arena, 8PM
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her debut album
 
One Eyed Jacks, 10PM
Remixes, edits and originals of Fleetwood Mac
 
Rare Form, 10PM
Vintage sounds of American Root Music

Photography at NOMA

NOMA Opens Retrospective, 132 of 10,000 Photos from Permanent Collection



The New Orleans Museum of Art has almost 10,000 photos in its permanent collection: far more than enough to wallpaper its Great Hall. Curator Russell Lord has chosen 132 for the museum’s first photography retrospective since 1978, opening to the public today, Sunday, November 10. “Photography at NOMA: Selections from the Permanent Collection” gives viewers a peek at the best of the archive and demonstrates the medium of photography’s vast range of styles, uses, and ambitions.

 

Lord emphasized that the exhibit, which includes photographers of many different nationalities and spans from 1843 to 1985, is not a history of photography, which is why the photos are not displayed chronologically. “When you make things chronological, it immediately implies that it is a history,” said Lord. “But this much more reflects the tastes of NOMA and its curators.”

 

Instead, the photographs’ sequence is based around visual themes and approaches, enabling visitors to connect the dots from photo to photo. “Sometimes it’s visual, and sometimes you have to know the story,” said Lord. “And sometimes I don’t tell you.” Certain associations are easy to make, like the visual link between a minimalist photo of seaweed draped on sand, and a portrait of a female nude. After a glance at the woman, the seaweed suddenly seems to echo her shape. With these juxtapositions, Lord aims to highlight the cyclical nature of photography.

 

Why 132 photographs, a seemingly random quantity? Choosing images based on complexity, compelling visual appeal, and excellent condition, Lord couldn’t bring himself to cut any more. “We would be losing something,” he said. The show focuses on classic and historic holdings, intentionally eschewing more contemporary photography; another of the exhibit’s goals is to inspire donors to help build the museum’s contemporary photography collection.

 

The presentation of “Photography at NOMA” is visually striking for its simplicity. Framed simply in black, photographs are mounted in a single horizontal line down gallery walls. The arrangement gives each photo equal priority. A single piece of wall text at the gallery entrance will offer viewers more background; otherwise, the photos will “sing” for themselves. “I really wanted this to be a visual story,” said Lord.

 

Because the show includes a range of photographs both amateur and professional, as well as advertisements, social documents, and snapshots, Lord says that calling it an exhibition of masterpieces would be a misnomer. But a photograph doesn’t have to be a masterpiece to be profound. Sometimes, all it takes is time and history to give a photo stunning context, as with a small picture of a group of German children that’s included in the exhibit. This could be a class photo, and would be utterly uninteresting if not for the swastika to the children’s right. Thus we can’t avoid associating these kids with Nazism, though they most likely had no idea what the future would hold.

 

Walking into “Photography at NOMA,” the first photograph you see is a recent acquisition. It’s a faded print not of a person, object, or scene, but a word: “TALBOTYPE”. Named for its inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot, the photo is a calotype, achieved by exposing paper coated with silver chloride to a bright light source. Talbot’s assistant created the photograph with a stencil of his employer’s name as a demonstration of the process, and it’s believed to be one-of-a-kind. “The word is the image, and the image is a word,” said Lord. It’s an endless circle of reference—like photography itself.

 

NOMA plans to release a “Photography at NOMA” book, including all of the images in the exhibit, in January 2014.

 

Image courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Dead Huey, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via

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Michael Weber, B.A.

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Alexis Manrodt

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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

B. E. Mintz

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Stephen Babcock

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