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Two exhibitions at Newcomb explore the hybrid of life and art

Photo by Jeffery Johnston provided by Newcomb Art Museum -- Installation view of Kate Clark, 'Mysterious Presence'

At first look, Kate Clark’s discomfiting human-animal hybrids and Andrea Dezsö’s intricate drawings and paper objects, now on view in a dual exhibition at the Newcomb Art Museum, couldn’t be further in spirit from the acclaimed early 20th-century pottery with which Newcomb is still associated. But according to NAM director Monica Ramirez-Montagut, who curated the show, Clark’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2016

NOCCA photo. Works by James Flynn and Karin Burt are part of a visiting artist show at the Kirschman Art Space on the NOCCA campus. A 6 p.m. reception Thursday will feature the works by Flynn,  Burt, Keith Duncan, Claire Rau and Yuka Petz. Through Feb. 27. NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 249-5624. 5pressgallery.com.

ARTS THIS WEEK ISAAC DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY: 5 p.m. Thursday unveiling and reception. New Orleanian Gus Bennett Jr. photography exhibit “The Blak Code Series.” Through Feb. 25. 615 City Park Ave., Delgado Community College, Building 1, New Orleans. (504) 931-1915. dcc.edu. KIRSCHMAN ART SPACE: 6 p.m. reception Thursday for… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for Jan. 21-27, 2016

"The Absence of Autumn" is one of the photographic artworks included in "The Blak Code Series" by Crescent City native Gus Bennett Jr. The showing opens Thursday, Jan/. 28, and runs through Feb. 5 at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery. The space is located on the third floor of Delgado Community College's Building 1, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans.

ARTS THIS WEEK ISAAC DELGADO FINE ARTS GALLERY: 5 p.m. Jan. 28 unveiling. New Orleanian Gus Bennett Jr. photography exhibit “The Blak Code Series.” Through Feb. 5. 615 City Park Ave., Delgado Community College, Building 1, New Orleans. (504) 931-1915. dcc.edu. GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS A Gallery for… Continue reading →

Downtown art scene stirs back to life with strong shows

Photo courtesy of the artist -- Zack Smith, 'Ashlee Michot,' from 'My Louisiana Muse'

September in New Orleans means a lot of things, including the busiest period of hurricane activity and, for Saints fans, the high point of optimism (sometimes too high). It’s also the time when galleries across the city, and especially on the downriver side of the French Quarter, shake off the summer slack and get down to… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for Sept. 10-16, 2015

Nathan Myhryold's "Photography of Modernist Cuisine" will be on exhibit at Southern Food and Beverage Museum, a collection of more than 45 large-format pictures of food by Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine. Opening Saturday, through March 2016. 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-0405. southernfood.org.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages of charcoal drawings on vintage wood paired with multivalent objects illuminating the African-American experience. Through Sept. 19. 432 Julia St., New… Continue reading →

REVIEW: On the lively St. Claude gallery scene, a new year full of art

Photo by John D'Addario -- Nat Williams, 'Black Men of Labor' at Barrister's Gallery

New Year’s resolutions in New Orleans always present something of a problem. Everyone generally starts off with the best of intentions — and then along comes Carnival to wipe them all away. (Unless one of your resolutions is “eat more king cake,” in which case you’re set for another couple of weeks.) But a… Continue reading →

New Orleans art galleries, Jan. 14-21, 2016

'After The Fact' is a work by Aaron Collier, part the exhibit 'Something There' at Carroll Gallery. The installation shows new paintings by the assistant professor of painting at Tulane. Through Feb. 5. Newcomb Art Department, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 314-2228. carrollgallery.tulane.edu.

ARTS THIS WEEK CARROLL GALLERY: Reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday.“Something There: Aaron Collier” shows new paintings by the assistant professor of painting at the university. Through Feb. 5. Newcomb Art Department, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 314-2228. carrollgallery.tulane.edu. GUY LYMAN FINE ART: Reception 6 p.m.… Continue reading →

Artist Michael Meads’ work celebrates New Orleans Mardi Gras year-round

Photo provided by the artist -- 'Mardi Gras Study,' 2003, a watercolor.

To say that Carnival is a special time of year for artist Michael Meads is an understatement. “Carnival is the world in which almost all of my work resides,” Meads said, “and in my world, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s is the price I pay for the magical time of Jan. 6 through Ash Wednesday!” There… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, Jan. 7-13, 2016

T-Rod is an oil on canvas by Aron Belka, part of his Working

ARTS THIS WEEK CARROLL GALLERY: Opening Tuesday, reception 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14. “Something There: Aaron Collier” shows new paintings by the assistant professor of painting at the university. Through Feb. 5. Newcomb Art Department, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 314-2228. carrollgallery.tulane.edu. LEMIEUX GALLERIES:… Continue reading →

New Orleans art galleries, Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016

Advocate photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden is now free to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays, in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park. The exhibit honors the legacy of New Orleans' famed Mexican-American artist Enrique Alferez by showcasing 14 of his iconic sculptures set in large sweeping footpaths surrounded by lush tropical flowers and shrubs.

ARTS ENRIQUE ALFAREZ SCULPTURE GARDEN: Louisiana residents enjoy free admission Wednesdays to the local artist’s exhibition through a grant from The Helis Foundation. New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, Victory Drive, New Orleans. neworleanscitypark.com. GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS A GALLERY FOR FINE PHOTOGRAPHY: 241 Chartres… Continue reading →

PhotoNOLA has grown from a local exhibition to a national and international one

Photos provided by PhotoNOLA -- Benjamin Dimmitt  "2"

For photography fans in New Orleans, Christmas comes a few weeks early every December in the form of PhotoNOLA. Now in its 10th year, the event includes dozens of associated programs in museums and galleries all over town and features exhibitions along with gallery talks, panels and film screenings. But if there’s a single event that… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, Dec. 17-23, 2015

"The Visit," oil on canvas by Sergio Alvarez, is part of the group exhibit "Delight" at New Orleans Art Center, 3330 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Works by artists include Michael Fedor, Gin Taylor, Blake Boyd, Francis Wong, Ray Cole, Mapo Kinnord, Christina Juran, Jon Schooler, Amy Bryan, Karen LeBlanc, Alan Zakem, Jill Shampine, Wally Warren and Nellbourg will be on display through Jan. 3. (707) 779-9317. theneworleansartcenter.com.

ARTS ONE-NIGHT STAND: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, 1824 Dauphine St., New Orleans. “ARTSCAPE,” a community exhibit featuring seven artist, will run for one night only. Artists include Elise Toups, Connor McManus, Leona Strassberg Steiner, Leroy Miranda, SJono Goodman, Ryan Droendyk and Cozzetta Who. facebook.com/onenightstandnola/. Artists’ Galleries de… Continue reading →

What’s going on in George Dunbar’s new work?

Image provided by Callan Contemporary -- Des Glaises

If any visual artist in New Orleans has earned the title of “living legend,” it’s George Dunbar. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Dunbar has seen his work become the subject of two solo shows at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and it’s been added to the permanent collections of major institutions including NOMA,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts calendar, Nov. 19-25, 2015

"Skywiper No. 52" is part of "B=R=I=C=K=N=G, " an exhibit of James Hoff's work at the Contemporary Arts Center. The piece is 40x30 chromaluxe transfer on aluminum. The exhibit opens Thursday at 6 p.m. and runs through Feb. 28. 900 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 528-3805. cacno.org.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, opening reception with Jacqueline Humphries, New Orleans-born contemporary artist whose signature abstract works in metallic and ultraviolet pigments must be experienced firsthand. Also opening for “B=R=I=C=K=I=N=G,” by James Hoff, of “virus paintings” and sound work. Both through Feb. 28. 900 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 528-3805. www.… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Nov. 12-18, 2015

"Eternal Embrace" by Mark Kostabi will be unveiled at Martin Lawrence Gallery Saturday at 6 p.m. The work will be part of an exhibit up through Dec. 6. RSVP. 433 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 299-9055. martinlawrence.com.

5 PRESS GALLERY: 6 p.m. Saturday. Opening reception for “Wishlist: Art for Sharing” featuring small works, fine art and artist-made products from NOCCA alumni, faculty and artists. Through Jan. 2. 5 Press St., New Orleans. 5pressgallery.com. MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERY: 6 p.m. Saturday. Reception for “Kostabi — Contemporary Master” with the unveiling of Mark Kostabi’s “Introspection” and “Eternal Embrace.”… Continue reading →

In the market for art, Zèle offers artists a space to be

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Stacy Martinez is making a home for artwork at Zele Artisans Market on Magazine Street in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.

While Stacy Martinez lived in Georgia for eight years, away from her native New Orleans, her therapy became building items she hoped to sell. The problem was finding a respectable retailer for her products. She and her husband found plenty of antique malls, but there were only a couple that could offer her a small… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2015

Photo provided by Richard Ross -- ‘Juvenile in Justice’ -- 'Juvenile in Justice,' an exhibit of photographs by Richard Ross, opens Thursday at the Myrtle Banks Building and Center, part of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Through Nov. 20. 1307 and 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org.

ASHÉ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, opening and panel discussion “Picturing a World without Prisons” with art by area students, in response to Richard Ross’ photo exhibit “Juvenile in Justice”; through Nov. 20. Myrtle Banks Building and center, 1307 and 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. Continue reading →

Playwright D’Amour, Katie Pearl create a forest on stage at CAC

Photo provided by CAC -- A grove of trees sprouts on stage in 'How to Build a Forest.'

When Hurricane Katrina swept through an old family home of playwright and performance artist Lisa D’Amour, the storm toppled a hundred pine trees that surrounded the house. As she lamented the loss, D’Amour took comfort in a dreamy vision offered by her frequent collaborator, Katie Pearl. “Wouldn’t it be amazing,” said Pearl, “if we could… Continue reading →

New Orleans arts calendar, Oct. 22-28, 2015

'Exposure,' oil and mixed media on canvas, is one of the works by Francois Fressinier opening this weekend at Martin Lawrence Gallery. The work will be on view through Nov. 25. (504) 299-9055. 433 Royal St., New Orleans. martinlawrence.com.

MARTIN LAWRENCE GALLERY: 6 p.m. Saturday, opening reception for Francois Fressinier as he introduces new original mixed media and oil on canvas work. Through Nov. 25. RSVP. (504) 299-9055. 433 Royal St., New Orleans. martinlawrence.com. NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART: 6:30 p.m. Friday, lecture for opening of “Jasper Johns: Reversals” exhibit. NOMA,… Continue reading →

Works of painter Kathy Gergo reflect life in ‘Transition’

Photo provided by NOAFA -- 'Display' by Kathy Gergo

From the swamps of Louisiana to the cliffs of New Mexico, Kathy (Katalin) Gergo’s landscapes capture the essence of “Transition,” her exhibition at the Academy Gallery at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, 5256 Magazine St. The exhibition of more than 20 canvases of varying sizes showcases nature in change: slumping river banks along a Mississippi… Continue reading →

Lory Lockwood’s paintings exhibited

Photo provided by NOAFA -- Lory Lockwood's 'Color My World.'

Also showing at the Academy Gallery through October are the photorealistic paintings of Lory Lockwood. “I am a voyeur,” Lockwood says on the show’s website. “I love eye candy — colors, light, reflections and anything made out of chrome. I paint what I see in the world around me — it’s… Continue reading →

Japanese masks a highlight of NOMA fest

"Edobei" is a Noh mask by Bidou Yamaguchi of Japanese cypress, seashell, natural pigment and lacquer. It is part of the Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi opening Friday, Oct. 9, during the museums regular Friday Nights at NOMA series of programs and the annual Japan Festival Saturday.

The mystery and magic of masks from Japan is revealed in a New Orleans Museum of Art exhibit slated to coincide with the annual celebration of the Asian country’s unique culture. “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi” will open Friday, Oct. 9, during the museum’s regular Friday Nights at NOMA series of programs.… Continue reading →

Time-tested ‘Traviata’ at Mahalia Jackson this weekend

Phot provided -- Carla Dirlikov

In February 1852, when Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was in the midst of his most creative period, he and his future second wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, were visiting Paris and they went to see a new play written by Alexandre Dumas fils. The play, “La Dame aux Camelias” (“The Lady of the Camelias” or simply “Camille”),… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, Oct. 8-14, 2015

NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART: “Traditions Transfigured — The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi” opens Friday, Oct. 9. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org. NEW ORLEANS ART CENTER, GALLERY 3330: Bywater Biennial is a group showing of 60 professionals curated by Don Marshall. Opening… Continue reading →

New Orleans Stages Calendar, Oct. 8-14, 2015

Delgado Community College Photo. Blake Pearson and Destiney Scott star inOleanna: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Delgado Drama Hall, Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. The theater program presents David Mamets study of a student and professor when sexual misconduct accusations are raised. $10, $8 students/faculty/staff. (504) 671-6360. dcc.edu.

“A NEW BRAIN”: 7:30 p.m., opening Thursday, running Oct. 8-10, 12, 16-19, 22-24, 26; Kajun’s Pub, 2256 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. A songwriter has new appreciation for life and his relationships after a neurological incident and operation, staring Chris Wecklein in this William Finn-James Lapine show. $25 and up. (504) 616-9260.… Continue reading →