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At the CAC, past, present and a bit of the future of post-Katrina art

Photo courtesy of the artist and the Contemporary Arts Center -- Karoline M. Schleh, 'Build Up'

Of the three shows commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina currently on view at the main visual art venues in New Orleans, the Contemporary Art Center’s “REVERB: Past, Present, Future” confronts its defining event most directly. While NOMA’s “Ten Years Gone” and the Ogden’s “The Rising” explore the city’s post-Katrina artistic identity… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2015

'Expanded Media,' at Carroll Gallery includes work by Sadie Sheldon and four additional artists in nontraditional media. Included will be Anita Cooke, Mark Grote, Rontherin Ratliff, Nikki Rosato and Sheldon. A reception will be held Thursday, and the exhibit will run through Sept. 24. Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University, 6863 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. (504) 314-2228. carrollgallery.tulane.edu.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Paintings by Dana Manly, jewelry by Anna H. Designs, pottery by Nancy Susaneck and paintings by David Lumpkin. Through Monday. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages of… Continue reading →

Louisiana artists shine at the Ogden’s ‘Contemporary’ group show

Courtesy the artist and Ogden Museum of Southern Art -- Ed Smith, 'Manifest Destiny'

Now in its fourth year, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Louisiana Contemporary exhibition is more than just another summer group show. According to its organizers, it’s an annual event intended “to promote contemporary art practices in the state of Louisiana, to provide exhibition space for the work of living artists, and to engage an audience… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for Aug. 20-26, 2015

"Katrina House" by Jon Schooler, is one of the pieces included in the show opening Saturday at New Orleans Art Center, Gallery 3330. NOLA Proud  10 Years Post Katrina. includes paintings by  Schooler, multi-media maps by Wally Warren, collages by Infinity and silk tapestries by Ray Cole. Through Aug. 30. 3330 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (707) 779-9317.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Paintings by Dana Manly, jewelry by Anna H. Designs, pottery by Nancy Susaneck and paintings by David Lumpkin. Through Aug. 31. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages… Continue reading →

Louisiana Late Night at NOMA highlights decorative arts

Photo by John d'Addario -- Mel Buchanan at NOMA says the staff is  trying to find new ways to display its decorative arts collection to better tell the stories behind the works. One way is through Louisiana Late Night 5 p.m.-midnight Friday.

If you’re expecting some “Night at the Museum”-style shenanigans at the New Orleans Museum of Art’s annual Louisiana Late Night event on Friday, Aug. 14, you’re going to be disappointed. The suit of Japanese armor on the third floor isn’t going to come to life and march downstairs for a cocktail, and an animatronic Marie Antoinette isn’t… Continue reading →

5 must-sees in the NOMA decorative arts collection

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Visitors look at some of the features of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation Home parlor at the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. NOMA has acquired the furnished parlor of the Butler-Greenwood Plantation of St. Francisville, La., unchanged since the 1860s, and installed it in its entirety in the museum.

NOMA’s Mel Buchanan takes us on a tour of five must-see destinations and items in the museum’s decorative arts collection. Here are her picks:

Parlor from the Greenwood Plantation (St. Francisville), 1852-61

First floor, Ella West Freeman Gallery

“This parlor interior is one of the best-preserved pre-Civil War rooms you’ll ever see. Every curtain tassel, upholstery trim and even the wall-to-wall… Continue reading →

Creative Alliance debuts ‘People’s Mural’ Saturday at Myrtle Banks

Photo provided by CANO -- Murals painted by community members will be displayed at the Myrtle Banks building through September.

It doesn’t always take an artist to create art. Sometimes it just takes a community, like the one that created the murals for the newest exhibition from the Creative Alliance of New Orleans. The show, called “The People’s Mural,” consists of multiple, large-scale artworks painted by hundreds of community members. It is the first of a three-part… Continue reading →

Twyla Tharp to launch New Orleans Ballet season

Photo by Ruven Alfanador -- Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour will be part of the New Orleans Ballet Association's 2015-16 season. The company will perform at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in October.

The New Orleans Ballet Association has announced its upcoming season, with an international portfolio of dance taking flight on the local stage. Twyla Tharp brings her true American flavor to the art of dance to begin the season. The performance will be part of Tharp’s 50th anniversary tour, with a hand-picked ensemble of dancers and… Continue reading →

New Orleans gallery listings, Aug. 13-20, 2015

'Suspended Canine' is part of LeMieux Galleries' 'Suspension,' works by Kathryn Hunter, of Baton Rouge, through Sept. 12. 332 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 522-5988. lemieuxgalleries.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Paintings by Dana Manly, jewelry by Anna H. Designs, pottery by Nancy Susaneck and paintings by David Lumpkin. Through Aug. 31. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features Whitfield Lovell’s assemblages… Continue reading →

World-class glass art makes med center worth a visit

Photo by John D'Addario -- Glass artist Dale Chihulys 'Crystal Blue and Amber Tower' (2015) was placed over a stone-lined reflecting pond in the medical center.

Medical centers aren’t usually the kind of places you go unless you have to. But if the new University Medical Center on Tulane Avenue between South Galvez Street and South Claiborne Avenue wasn’t on your list of places to visit this month, you may want to reconsider: Two world-class art installations in the new building are… Continue reading →

The linens, and the rules, are looser at Dirty Linen Night

Advocate photo by BRYANT HAWKINS -- Attendees enjoy the art work at Tresor during Dirty Linen on Royal Street in the French Quarter.

There’s a timer on the front page of the newly revamped website for Dirty Linen Night counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until Saturday. That countdown is worth keeping an eye on: The French Quarter-based art and social event will be a little different this year from what you’ve experienced in the past. Of… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, Aug. 6-13, 2015

Photo by Lane Lefort -- 'Louisiana: Close to Home and Close to Heart,' is an exhibit of photography by local artist Lane Lefort. The exhibit is open through Nov. 1. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. (504) 589-2133. nps.gov/jela.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. Opening Aug. 8. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Paintings by Dana Manly, jewelry by Anna H. Designs, pottery by Nancy Susaneck and paintings by David Lumpkin. Through Aug. 31. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ARTHUR ROGER GALLERY: “First Impressions” features… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, July 30-Aug. 6, 2015

"Water Markers," polished acrylic slab with embeded digital images by Dawn DeDeaux is part of New Orleans Museum of Art's "Ten Years Gone" exhibit, featuring work by six contemporary artists who explore the passage of time, memory, loss and transformation a decade after Hurricane Katrina. Through Sept. 7. Templeman Galleries, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: “Being.” Paintings by Aaron Reichert. Opening Aug. 8. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “Modern Swamp,” ceramics, photography and paintings curated by Susan Bowers. Opening Aug. 8 through Sept. 3. 2331 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (504) 525-2767. www.barristersgallery.com. BARRISTER’S GALLERY: “My Re-sister, My self — Re-envisioning the American… Continue reading →

Celebrity photographer sets up shop in Faubourg Marigny

Photo by Curtis Knapp -- Branford Marsalis, Tokyo, late 1980s

New Orleans-based photographer Curtis Knapp’s portfolio is a veritable constellation of famous faces. It’s an A-to-Z list that includes dozens of boldfaced names from the past four decades, from baseball legend Hank Aaron to trailblazing musician Jon Zorn — with an impressive cast of personalities from the worlds of film, music, sports, art and fashion in between,… Continue reading →

New Orleans art gallery listings, July 23-29, 2015

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Eddy Stevens “The Contemporary Past,” an ode to Belgian surrealism. Through July. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Suzanne and Angelique Juneau jewelry, Ben Hamburger painting, Cheryl Grace painting, Cheri Ben-Iesau painting, Chuck Wright painting and Brad Abrams glasswork. Through Tuesday. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. Arthur… Continue reading →

Prytania Theatre hosts Arts Week

Photo by FRANCOIS DUHAMEL -- Paul Dana, center, plays Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson in 'Love & Mercy.'

The Prytania Theatre is hosting its Arts Week film series Friday through Thursday. The Prytania, the only single-screen theater in Louisiana and the oldest operating cinema in the New Orleans metro area, marked its 100th anniversary in January. Arts Week films are: “UPSTAIRS INFERNO”: This documentary examines the 1973 fire… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for July 9-15, 2015

Chrstina Juran photo. Untitled #2 is a painting by Christina Juran at New Orleans Art Center, Gallery 3330. The piece is part of a show opening Saturday, with New Orleans-inspired drawings by Justin Custard, painted silk tapestries by Ray Cole, paintings by Juran, metal furniture by Herman Kron and metal kinetic sculpture. The show runs through July at 3330 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. (707)779-9317.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Eddy Stevens “The Contemporary Past,” an ode to Belgian Surrealism. Through July. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Suzanne and Angelique Juneau jewelry, Ben Hamburger painting, Cheryl Grace painting, Cheri Ben-Iesau painting, Chuck Wright painting and Brad Abrams glasswork. Through July 28. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com.… Continue reading →

‘Orfeo’ to launch Season 2 at Marigny Opera Ballet

Photo provided by Marigny Opera Ballet -- The Marigny Opera House, a renovated 19th-century church, is home to the Opera Ballet.

After an inaugural season of sellout performances and critical acclaim, Marigny Opera Ballet has announced the lineup for its second season. The newly formed resident dance company, whose home base is the Marigny Opera House in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, will be staging four productions between October and May. All of the dancers, choreographers, designers… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, July 2-8, 2015

Courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Photo by Roman Alokhin. The parlor at Butler Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville will be featured in New Orleans Museum of Art's 'A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste and Context' exhibition in its entirety and component parts, showing its setting and the taste for revival styles in furniture and decorative arts prevalent in the mid-19th century South. Through Oct. 14. 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. ashecac.org. BERTA’S AND MINA’S ANTIQUITIES GALLERY: “Puppy Love With My Angels From Above,” paintings by Mina Lanzas and Nilo Lanzas. 4138 Magazine St., New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Classical music is the inspiration for fire-proofed paintings at Ogden

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Artist Betsy Eby buffs one of her pieces in preparation for the opening of 'Betsy Eby: Painting with Fire,' at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

It would be an understatement to say classical music informs the 22 works in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s exhibit of Betsy Eby’s paintings. Indeed, one could go so far as to say the artist’s works are visual interpretations or “tone poems” of specific musical compositions. A classically trained pianist, Eby has… Continue reading →

CAC announces performing arts lineup

Photo by Stephanie Berger -- ETHEL Documerica will perform at the CAC in New Orleans.

A Tennessee Williams play, a Guadalajaran jazz band and the construction and deconstruction of a forest are just some of the performing arts pieces that will come to the Contemporary Arts Center this season. From October to March, the CAC’s calendar includes performances of the string quartet Ethel, “How to Build a Forest,” Tennessee Williams’… Continue reading →

Theater project highlights Latino contributions to New Orleans

Photo by Craig Morse -- Jose Torres-Tama in 'Aliens, Immigrants, and Other Evil Doers.'

For new arrivals to the United States, the immigrant experience can be a challenge. Throughout our nation’s history, the most recent groups to arrive on our shores have often had to contend with hostility. And despite the fact that New Orleans was once part of Spain’s vast colonial empire in the New World and people of… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar, June 25-July 1, 2015

Photo provided -- 'House Cats,' an acrylic on board painting by Cathy Hegman, is on exhibit through July 28 at Carol Robinson Gallery, 840 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through Sunday. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau, and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: “Remembering Jeffrey Cook” exhibit. Through June 30. 1731… Continue reading →

Artist captures an embattled island and a fading way of life

Photo by Melinda Rose -- Island Basketball

An exhibit of striking black-and-white photographs at Scott Edwards Gallery focuses on the precarious existence of a small island most New Orleanians have probably never heard of. In the book that accompanies “Of the Rising Tide: A Photo Essay on the Vanishing Bayou Community of Isle de Jean Charles,” artist Melinda Rose describes her… Continue reading →

A spooky room, mysterious puzzles and a one-hour time limit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Andrew Preble and Michelle Calabro give instructions to participants before they enter Escape My Room.

We were instructed to enter the 14-story federal office building at 701 Loyola Ave. and tell the security guard we were going to the fourth floor. It was a Saturday, and the building was virtually empty. Leaving the elevator, our instructions said to walk to the end of the long hall, where an old chair sits outside a door.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Arts Calendar for June 18-24, 2015

'Meanwhile Back to the Future' is acrylilc on canvas by Rene Lalonde, part of the exhibit 'Kaleidoscope of Dreams,' in connection with the release of a new artist book. The opening reception is Saturday, and the exhibit runs through July 15 at Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 299-9055. www.martinlawrence.com.

ANGELA KING GALLERY: Charles Thysell paintings. Through Sunday. 241 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 524-8211. www.angelakinggallery.com. ARIODANTE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT GALLERY: Art and jewelry by Herb Roe, Louise Guidry, Tim Maher, Suzanne and Angelique Juneau and Annie Lousteau. Through June 30. 535 Julia St., New Orleans. (504) 524-3233. www.ariodantegallery.com. ASHÉ POWER HOUSE: “Remembering Jeffrey Cook” exhibit. Through June 30. 1731… Continue reading →

Lesser-known ‘Cymbeline’ opens Tulane Shakespeare fest

Photo provided by NOSF -- Rob Clare directs 'Cymbeline,' opening Saturday at Tulane's Lupin Theater.

Tulane University launches the 22nd season of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival on Saturday, June 13, with a work that’s one of the Bard’s lesser-known but as full of intrigue and poetry as any. “ ‘Cymbeline’ is an extraordinary play even by Shakespeare’s standards,” said visiting director Rob Clare, a world-renowned expert in Shakespeare and former staff… Continue reading →