Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Marcus Brown's interactive sculpture Sunday

Join the Arts Council Sunday, Jan. 4th from 3-5:30pm in Washington Square Park to play Marcus Brown's "Human Universal Musical sculpture: HUMs" (pictured above). Marcus personally developed the electronic system that creates a humming sound derived from your touch, on top of building the larger than life saxophone sculpture.
Special thanks to the City of New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department and the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association for hosting the sculpture in Washington Square Park. For more pictures and a map to park click here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cutting D. Eric Bookhardt's column: another least favorite thing

The Gambit Weekly has decided that art criticism is not important.

WOW! It's hard to imagine that art critics would be cut, now, right after New Orleans was the center of the art world, however briefly, the first weekend of November. Our city was also briefly the center of the theatre world in November for the Fringe Fest. But theatre and visuals arts are still in the back seat, judging from the news that one or the other critical columns will be cut in the new "redesign" of the Gambit, starting this coming week.

I guess it's news to those not in the arts that critical response is important. Artists need to be written about. We need to see our work from other eyes - we learn and grow from it. We also use reviews to put in our grant and job applications. Reviews show that we are part of a community, part of a dialogue that extends beyond ourselves. Our arts community is experiencing a huge boom right now. This is not the time to cut art criticism!

We don't know what the redesign will actually look like, but we think that there will be more "blurbs." "Blurbs" are not an acceptable substitute for art criticism! Don't be fooled by the Gambit response you will get if you write them, stating that "we are not eliminating arts coverage, we are actually adding it..." "Blurbs," like the current ones we see in listings section with the small photo, will not be an acceptable substitute for thoughtful arts criticism.

Karen Kern of the New Orleans Arts Council wrote this brief and elegant letter to the Gambit. I wanted to post it here and encourage those who have not yet written the Gambit to write and demand Eric's column back:

I'm writing to urge you to keep the "Inside Art" column by D. Eric Bookhardt. The dramatic post-K rebound of the local arts scene and it's impact on our economic and spiritual recovery have been hard to miss. The boom has been evident across the arts spectrum - from the explosion of high art (new arts districts such as the St. Claude corridor, Prospect.1, the amazing array of new public art all over town) to the overwhelming number of arts activities presented by a slew of local groups. For arts enthusiasts, it's been nearly impossible to keep up with the wealth of offerings. The positive effects of all of this have touched business owners, school children, and neighborhoods. It has brought New Orleans positive attention in national publications and media.

At this time of unprecedented local arts activity and notoriety, we need more critical review, not less! Eric Bookhardt's "Inside Art" column is vitally important to our burgeoning, internationally-recognized local arts scene. And, our arts and culture are vitally important to our economy and our future. To eliminate the column and Eric's important critical review is short-sighted; it’s not only a disservice to the arts community and to the Gambit readership, but to the city.

Please reinstate "Inside Art" and Eric Bookhardt!

Karen Kern
Grants Manager
Arts Council of New Orleans

Here are the addresses:
Gambit main email address:

Kevin Allman:

Margo Dubos:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

all things printmaking

watch a video by Kyle Bravo of a recent trip to the Southern Graphics Council Conference

Kyle's also teaching a class soon at Louisiana Artworks, "Saturdays in the Printshop," see below and more classes by other artists at the website.

January 3rd; 12-6pm
Screenprinting: Basic Photo-Emulsion Processes
Instructor: Kyle Bravo
Fee: $90

Learn the basic techniques for screenprinting using the photo emulsion process and produce an edition of screenprints. Participants will learn to coat screens with emulsion, various ways to create imagery, exposing and reclaiming screens, as well as printing and registration methods. All materials are provided though students should arrive with imagery and/or drawings to work from.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

one of my least favorite things

check out the before and after photos of a grave in the Leeville Cemetery, slipping into the bayou...a sobering look at our future at
I traveled down there 2 augusts ago, and the majority of vehicles on the road were 18-wheelers. The rest of the vehicles had something to do with seafood. They were vying with each other on a narrow 2-lane road with water lapping the edge of the shoulder.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

some of my favorite things has videos! video art, interviews, etc. Like this Bruce Connor video for a My Life in the Bush of Ghosts track!
UbuWeb has all sorts of obscurities in sound and motion. I just read an article about video artist Guy Ben-Ner and can see his work here! However, a word to the wise: UbuWeb's content are not official releases. Watch with an awareness of your own ethical comfort zone.

Pecha Kucha Night : New Orleans : Volume 1

Global creative show-and-tell event comes to New Orleans
WHAT: Pecha Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture), was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
The key to Pecha Kucha Night is its patented democratic system. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show.
Pecha Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global - as Pecha Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally to over 150 cities across the world.

WHO: Unité, a local arts initiative, has invited 10 practitioners from various fields in the local creative community to present at the first Pecha Kucha Night : New Orleans. Please see website for full list of presenters.

WHERE + WHEN: Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Center, Thursday January 15th, 2009
Doors 6pm / Start 7pm, FREE W/ RSVP

WHY: In essence, PK is a conversation starter, a networking opportunity, and an informal night for folk to come together, share and draw inspiration. And just as crucially, it's a brilliant night out- DJs, visual treats, and a chance to connect with ideas and creatives in our disparate community.

For more information please visit
CONTACT: Sergio Padilla

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

AORTA project Deep Water Markers opens Saturday

Here's some shameless self promotion:
AORTA Projects is pleased to announce the unveiling of mixed media artist Courtney Egan’s “Deep Water Dates” installation along Franklin Avenue. Expanding her 2007 AORTA Projects installation in Mid-City, Ms. Egan has installed approximately 25 anodized aluminum plaques along Franklin Avenue marking flood levels of the Federal levee break catastrophe at each specific point. Using personally collected stories from first hand witnesses, “Deep Water Dates” aims more for cultural than historical accuracy and in the process keeps one engaged with the intimate task of honoring one’s history while moving forward with one’s recovery.

“Deep Water Dates” will be unveiled Saturday Dec 20th from 1-4 pm, light refreshments compliments of Whole Foods will be served. Please visit for further information and feel free to contact us with any questions – Elizabeth Underwood, Director, 504-388-9844

Who Killed the Underground Film?

Recently Rene brought German experimental filmmakers Wilhem Hein and Annette Frick to Zeitgeist. Hein’s film was appropriately called "You killed the underground film." The “you” ambiguously refers to Hein and of course you, the reader, who are both involved in doing in the underground. Judging from the usual small turnout at Zeitgeist, these endeavors are successful. As further evidence, the New York Underground Film Festival will shortly cease to exist. Of course the demise of underground film can be squarely put on the rise of cheap video tools. Also in terms of venues like Zeitgeist, home theatres, Netflix, and the internet have done their damage.
But has the underground really lost its potential? Is there an underground, or a need for one? One of the great things about the internet is that it has the potential, and the occasional effect of leveling the playing field. Every thing on youtube has the same potential of being watched, from the most highly budgeted production to the kids with a cell phone video camera.
written by d.s.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Arts Markets time of year

Economic development of the creative sector is big big right now -- if you do the gift thing, here are a coupla ways to stay inside the parish, knock some names off your list, see some art and Prospect.1 exhibits at the same time, and give to the cause:
Louisiana ArtWorks is offering a HUGE sale of handcrafted housewares, jewelry, artwork, coffee tables books,kids merchandise and MORE! Saturday 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-6pm
Studio at Colton School to Host Holiday Affordable Art Bazaar *December 13 – 21 *
Special Affordable Art Bazaar Kick-Off Party *(featuring music and food)**
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Weekdays from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., weekends from noon – 5 p.m.
The Studio at Colton School, 2300 St. Claude Avenue

Closing event Weds night: "New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy"

The exhibit called "New Orleans Free People of Color & Their Legacy" by artist José Torres Tama has been at Dillard University as part of the satellite art projects in conjunction with the Prospect 1 Biennial. This Wednesday, December 10 from 5-7PM, there will be a closing event with a gallery talk and performance to follow beginning at 6PM.

These portraits on paper of 19th Century Creoles of color is a touring
exhibition of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the first site to host the
show is the Dillard University Gallery in the historic Gentilly neighborhood.
The show has been handsomely prepared by Dillard Professor and Gallery Director
Amy Bryan, and made possible with the support of the Louisiana Creole Research

Professor Bryan and José Torres Tama would like to invite you to this special closing event on Wednesday. The Dillard Gallery is located inside the Cook Communications
Center, Room FN 116 on campus, 2601 Gentilly Blvd. The event is free and open
to the public.

Monday, December 8, 2008

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Colton School "Turning the Tables"

Contact: Jessica Dore, 504.218.4807

Studio at Colton School's Turning the Tables project invites local artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for collaborative-based exhibitions
Proposals due Monday, December 15, 2008

Studio at Colton School's Turning the Tables project invites local artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for collaborative-based exhibitions that foster exploration of new media, innovation, and expanded networks of collaboration between creative disciplines. Proposals will be considered for both main ground floor gallery spaces (the Red Ballroom and the Convergence Gallery) on either side of the auditorium. For more information e-mail Natalie at or call.
Submission Guidelines: download the .pdf flyer with all the info here or call or email.

NOMA'S MidWeek in MidCity, Weds night

Renowned New Orleans-based artist Willie Birch discusses his contribution to the historic Prospect.1 contemporary art biennial, an installation of several recent works in the New Orleans Museum of Art, with Prospect.1 Founding Director and Chief Curator Dan Cameron.
Wednesday, December 10, at 6pm. Free admission. Call 658.4100.

Vestiges Project screening and reading

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Award give to Helen Hill

The Flaherty, the group that puts on the amazing Flaherty Seminar every summer, recently awarded their Samu Award to Helen Hill. There is a wonderful write up on the Orphans Film Symposium page, by Dan Streible, who accepted the award for the family. The award is given yearly for “a universal message illuminating our sense of world community.” I am anxiously awaiting Paul Gailunas's completion of Helen's last film, the Florestine Collection, which was inspired by a collection of dresses Helen found, left on street here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DesCours time of year

Free Architecture and Art Festival 2nd annual DesCours brings five days of architecture, art and design to New Orleans, Louisiana

WHO: The American Institute of Architects New Orleans
WHAT: DesCours, a five-day, contemporary architecture and art event that explores hidden spaces through the newest in design and technology using new media and interactive installations. Sixteen internationally recognized architect and artist teams of three to five people per team have been invited to transform familiar and hidden spaces in Central Business District lobbies and throughout the French Quarter.
WHEN: December 10-14, 2008
WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana-Sixteen sites in the French Quarter and the Central Business District will feature an eclectic variety of architectural installations and fine art with nightly changing entertainment by various musicians in conjunction with the exhibits and a closing party on December 14.
HOW: This event is free to the public and invites locals and visitors to view New Orleans' historical spaces while being transformed through the eyes of talented artists and modern designers. The discovery of hidden courtyards, walkways, sidewalks and lobby locations within the Central Business District and the French Quarter will come alive with sights, sounds and technology.


I can't pass up an opportunity to get more people to watch one of the greatest films ever, Koyaanisqatsi by Godfrey Reggio, who grew up a New Orleanian before he embarked on his life journey. Godfrey is in Santa Fe trying to raise funds for an epic about Africa -please, gods!

Introducing the BYOP (bring your own popcorn) Before 1st Saturdays Friday Night Film Series at CANARY. 329 Julia St. New Orleans.
About: Before each 1st Saturday art opening we will screen films starting at 7pm on the dot and we shut down at 10pm. We will provide the film and the beer, you provide the salty sweets. Room and seating is limited so first come, first sit.

Dec. 5th • 7pm • Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance (1982)

Calls to Artists - BECA

BECA gallery has posted 2 new Calls to Artistson their website, check them out.

AORTA presents: “New World Wailing Wall”, a site-specific sculptural installation

What: “New World Wailing Wall”, a site-specific sculptural installation
Who: Cynthia Scott
Where: 2761 Dreux, Gentilly/New Orleans
When: Unveiling Sunday Dec 7th, 2-5 pm * Work is open to the public
AORTA Projects is pleased to announce the unveiling of sculptor Cynthia Scott’s “New World Wailing Wall”. Erected on a vacant concrete slab in Gentilly, “New World Wailing Wall” is comprised of both salvaged and new steel, joined with shimmering plastic strips which catch and reflect sunlight as water does. This installation signifies the precariousness of life in the Gulf South and also functions as a memorial for the lives lost in the levee breaks of 2005, many in this Gentilly neighbourhood. “New World Wailing Wall” also aims to deliver a warning to residents of other regions that protective infrastructure everywhere is crumbling, with potentially disastrous results.

“New World Wailing Wall” will be unveiled Sunday Dec 7th from 2–5 pm, light refreshments compliments of Whole Foods and Fairgrinds Coffeehouse will be served. Please visit for further information and feel free to contact us with any questions:

Elizabeth Underwood, Director

Weds nights @ NOMA

note: go to NOMA's website and sign up for their newsletter to learn about these events-
NOMA continues to help you get over the mid-week hump with a cash bar and an engaging public program. Karoline Schleh, Assistant Professor of Foundations and Director of the Diboll Gallery at Loyola University, leads a printmaking demonstration at 6:30 p.m. in the Café space. To learn more about Schleh, whose work is in the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, visit her website,

Before and after the Schleh demonstration, have a drink in the Great Hall (cash bar open 5-8 p.m.) and peruse our newest exhibitions, Objects of Desire: Fabergé from The Hodges Family Collection and Prospect.1 New Orleans, the international contemporary art biennial now on view at NOMA and 24 other venues around the city

'1986' by Butch Merigoni

endurance performance by Loyola alum Butch Merigoni
see some of his last performance "Sunrise" here
Friday, December 5, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Loyola University, New Orleans, Main Campus

Excerpt from statement: ‘1986’ is a performance built around the construction and
dismantling of a bullfighting ring....The performance represents my own struggle with the uncontrollable forces that took my father's life when I was young...

Monday, December 1, 2008

PhotoGALA Benefit Party & Auction

Thursday Dec 4th 7-10pm at NOMA
See the auction preview at the website

"How a Book is Made" opens in Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Wooden Diaries by Jacqueline Bishop

Exhibition dates: December 4 - January 7
Opening reception: Thursday, December 4, 5 - 8 p.m.

Selections from the special collections of Loyola University New Orleans’ J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library and contemporary examples by national and international artists will be featured in the upcoming exhibit “How a Book is Made” to be shown in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Monroe Library.

There will be a reception held in honor of the opening on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. Exhibiting artists will be present to meet those attending. The reception is open to the public.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

LA Artworks Art Sessions: "Paradise Lost, Part II"

Please join Louisiana ArtWorks tonight at 7 PM for our November "Art Sessions: A Series of Discussions on Visual Contemporary Art" panel.

"Paradise Lost, Part II" will feature Prospect.1 artists and organizers in a discussion examining the potential short and long term effects of the biennial in a positive and negative light. Artist Margaret Evangeline will moderate the conversation between Prospect.1 Artists Takashi Horisaki, Skylar Fein, and John Barnes and U.S. Biennial, Inc. Project Manager Ylva Rouse.

Panel will be taking place at the Louisiana ArtWorks Building at 725 Howard Avenue. For more information please see our emailer below or visit our website at

Monday, November 24, 2008

the new yorker on n.o. and p.1

Peter Schjeldahl comments that New Orleans is to other cities like a poem is to prose in this satisfying New Yorker article about the biennial. I don't find Mark Bradford's ark "consoling," as he does; for me, it's a downright fortress, and my place in the accompanying scenario is pretty obvious: I'm not one of the chosen onboard. Schjeldahl does give Victor Harris's work its proper due, as something way above and beyond "art."

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Zeitgeist this week

Rene has some great stuff at Zeitgeist this week - I heard the Swedish vampire flick Let the Right One In was great, but I went for J.C.V.D. - yes you guessed it, that stands for Jean Claude Van Damme. A film written by Mabrouk El Mechri, a Belgian, it makes Jean Claude's failing career the subject of the film and at the same time a compelling case for a Jean Claude come-back. A very creative combination of biography and fiction action flick, it's entertaining and makes fun, exploits and transcends the stereotypes all at the same time. Plus, Jean Claude can act!

Also this weekend Zeitgeist will be hosting some of the main players in European experimental cinema: Wilhelm Hein, Otto Muehl, Annette Frick, and Kurt Kren. Wilhelm Hein and Annette Frick will be in attendance, so all you experimental film buffs don't miss it.

happiness is

watching the Cai Guo-Qiang fireworks in the Colton Auditorium at dusk, while sitting in an abusive massage chair with an indecipherable control panel, with a huge fat greyish tabby cat in the chair next to you.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

women without men

I don't believe Ms. Neshat will be there for this opening, but she is scheduled for a lecture at Tulane in December. This show is devastating. I recommend a few visits. The longest piece is 20 minutes and excruciatingly engaging. The show is called Women Without Men, and it's all about women living in the shadow of men.

Please join us on Thursday, November 20 at 6 p.m. for an exhibition reception for Shirin Neshat: Women without Men. Members are invited to come at 5 pm to enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and wine during the members' preview hour. Admission is free of charge. This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Teresa Parker Farris at (504)-314-2406 or respectively.

Shirin Neshat: Women without Men consists of four video installations by one of the
most important contemporary artists working today. Based on Shahrnush Parsipur's novel of the same name, the exhibition presents single narratives from the author's interwoven tale of outcast Iranian women. For exhibition information, call (504)-865-5361.

more P.1 press

nice long article and lots of photos with frontal flash at

BECA opportunity


The BECA Foundation is currently seeking submissions from emerging Louisiana artists (via email only) of large scale cutting edge, innovative contemporary works in all mediums for upcoming non-commercial exhibitions (locations TBA). All emerging Louisiana artists who are at least 18 years of age and all established Louisiana artists exploring new directions apart from their current work are eligible to submit their works for consideration. There is no submission deadline and there is no submission fee. Please send links to works or attach jpegs images approximately 8x8 inches at 72dpi (high-quality not high-resolution) of up to 5 pieces (multiple views ok) along with current CV and artist statement to with the subject line: artist submission. No phone calls, in-person or mailed submissions can be accepted. Please know that once your email is sent, your work is being reviewed. If there is interest in your work for an upcoming exhibition, you will be contacted.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

UNO show

The MFA students at UNO are having a closing party in honor of the group showcase in the UNO Fine Arts Gallery. Please come by for art, drinks, snacks, and the amazing sounds of WAZOZO, New Orleans' premiere French String Duet.

Friday, Nov. 21st
UNO Fine Arts Gallery

Friday, November 14, 2008

from Hot Iron Press - Residency Program

Residency programs until relatively recently were non-existent in New Orleans. Thanks to Hot Iron Press for continuing this program. This in about a new call:

Friends of Hot Iron Press,

We are seeking artists to apply to our visiting artist program. Though we do offer residencies for New Orleans area artists, in this instance we’re specifically looking for out-of-town artists to bring to New Orleans. We have funding to provide for all expenses – travel, accommodations, materials, shipping, and a stipend. Please forward this to all of your artist friends. It would be a great opportunity for deserving artists to come spend some time in the Big Easy, make some prints, have a show, and have all expenses paid! Visit the website at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

N.O. Fringe Fest

don't miss out on alot of unique theatre in town this weekend, plus some homegrown pieces - check out the schedule here

Sun Dogs at Canal Place

Note: way back when I facilitated many "Open Screenings," when N.O. didn't really have much film going on, Jason, Matt and pals came to my attention with fun and beautiful imagery on film. He has a feature length piece playing at Canal Place next Thurs - support some local talent y'all. See details below.

Hey Evybody!

In one week, on Thursday November 20th, the feature length motion picture SUN DOGS will make its world premiere at Canal Place Cinema, 9:30pm...

If you cannot make it next Thursday, there will be a second screening two weeks later on Thursday December 4th, same place, same time.

I am selling advance tickets for $5 instead of the $7 they will cost at the door; contact me if you want to get one now. 504 269 1666

See what myself, Matt Palumbo, Randy Perez, Tom McLaughlin, and a slew of other local maniacs have been cooking up for the past year and a half.

Thanks for your time and patience,

J.R. Affolder

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Last year I only stayed for a couple hours and regretted it. This year it's an all-nighter! The schedule's posted at Press Street's website and is subject to radical change.

L9 at Alvar on the 18th

AORTA presents The Secret Gardeners

I hear it's amazing. I totally missed getting this up in time for the unvieling - you can call and make an appt to see it.

Show me the money or would the real counterfeit please stand up?

It seemed like there were $$ signs in quite a few eyes during the recent art openings. In several locations you could see Dan Tague’s amusing prints of flattened origami dollar bills which revealed secret messages like the fold ups in the back of mad magazine. Although not likely to pass at the local corner store, Mel Chin needed a vault and an armored car to secure his fundred dollar bills which he hopes to use to strike paydirt in congress. As it turns out, if lead were like gold, the children of new orleans would be rich. In a similar theme, Srjdan Loncar’s fake bundles of bills for Prospect.1 lined the Old Mint with the gleam of accrued value, if you buy today. Joining these moneymakers, gallery owner and artist Jonathan Ferrara made a couple of blocks of bucks himself. With all this fakery going on, the city might have to bypass the art cops and go straight to the secret service. Perhaps they can decide which is counterfeit.
submitted by e pluribis

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

NY Times review of P.1

they said good things about experiencing the biennial spread throughout the city. I thought that getting people out of the CBD / Quarter was a super idea, even tho I got a nail in my tire after driving around the Lower Ninth, and saw the tail end of a purse snatching on Rampart Saturday night.

events continue at the CAC

Artspeak tonight,
and other special events for members- see the website for details.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Irma's always awesome, as is the whole line up


Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: Doors open at 10pm / Show starts at 10:30pm
Place: Mardi Gras World, 233 Newton Street (West Bank)
Tickets: $15 available at / $20 at the door
Free Bus Shuttle between the W Hotel on Poydras St.
and Mardi Gras World hourly starting at 9PM

AORTA unveiling Sat

it's right off of St. Claude, near KK Projects...
political trauma makes me nervous...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On Piety

Happy Hour Opening: On Piety, 617 Piety St., 504-214-6757,
Thursday, October 30, 3:00 PM– 8:00 PM. FREE.
On Piety showcases seven large-scale, multidisciplinary installations, featuring established and emerging local artists in an alternative, 8,000 square foot exhibition space. Curated by Jana Napoli and Rondell Crier, featuring her Floodwall. The Happy Hour Opening reception includes the debut performance of the site-specific theater piece, Rinse & Repeat, performed 3:00-5:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM. On Piety is open from November 1 through January 18. FREE. Please see the website and this podcast for more info!

WHO: Cartune Xprez, a traveling animation party

WHAT: Live multimedia performance by Hooliganship followed by an animation screening
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 2, 7:00p.m.
WHERE: The Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave
The multimedia dance duo Hooliganship will present the freshest incarnation of "Cartune Xprez", an 80-minute program of short animated videos and performances that celebrates the wilderness of imagination through motion pictures. Featured artists include Bruce Bickford, Shana Moulton, Takeshi Murata, Paper Rad and more. Alongside this cartoon theater they will be performing their most recent piece entitled "Realer" in which audiences strap on a pair of 3D glasses to bear witness to a televised parade gone awry. This is a one-night event that has been in the works for 2 years. It is very special program with a collective resume including collaborations with Frank Zappa and major exhibitions at the Whitney Biennial, the MOMA in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, and many other institutions throughout the world.
for more info:

an attempt at a schedule

I decided to post my (ever-so-easily-subject-to-change) schedule, since I am spending alot of time putting it together.

Friday Oct 31:
12:30 PM Press Conference at KKProjects, unveiling of Mel Chin’s SafeHouse
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM: St Claude Collective Special Preview Opening Reception at Universal Furniture Warehouse
7:00pm to 2:00am ANBA DLO - From Beneath the Waters- Live Music in the Dance Venue at Universal Furniture
9:30 pm at Rock and Bowl, Ernie K-Doe's Halloween Party "Here Comes The Ghouls" Costume Contest

Saturday Nov 1st
AM: All Saints Day at Ernie K-Doe's tomb, St. Louis # 2 Cemetery. Haven't heard but Widow Antoinette K-Doe's usually out there every Nov 1st morning.
12 noon: Tony Fitzpatrick, Chapel of Moths, Prospect New Orleans Public Opening, Gaskin - Southall Mortuary, 1225 N. Rampart St. I have never used the phrase "prince of a guy" but if I were to, Tony Fitzpatrick's name would be in association. I saw him speak at LA Artworks and became a fan. I was a bit taken aback when he likened himself in his first biennial to "the guy with the club foot at the prom - just happy to be here."
2-5 PM: AORTA site - Secret Gardeners (Karen Abboud, Babette Beaullier, Stacey Stanfill, Belinda Tanno), "Growth" Site Specific Environmental Installation, 5670 Hawthorne Place, Backyard, Lakeview
5:00 PM. -- 7:00 p.m., installations and Performances inside the Studio at Colton Studio, and the Saints Plays at 7pm.

Sunday Nov 2nd
11 AM: Tchoupitoulas Studios: Project Space, champagne (i'm there!) reception at 1119 Tchoupitoulas Street with artists Teresa Cole, Aaron Collier, Sharon Jacques, and Robin Levy. Till 3 pm.
2PM: New Orleans Museum of Art: Art in Community Development Panel and Victor Harris and Fi-Yi-Yi performance

this is only a teeny bit of all that's going on - i'm already exhausted!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

KK Projects Schedule

Whew, I'm a bit overwhelmed!
please visit the website to see the myriad of things that KK Projects is orchestrating during Prospect.1....

Tchoupitoulas Studios: Project Space

Champagne Reception at 1119 Tchoupitoulas Street
Sunday November 2, 2008, 11 AM - 3 PM
with artists Teresa Cole, Aaron Collier, Sharon Jacques, and Robin Levy
Operating Time: 11AM-5 PM, November 1st-8th, November 13 2008-January 18, 2009 Thursday-Sunday or by appointment: 504-715-2717

Monday, October 27, 2008

Arte Projects

Here's the schedule from Arte Projects at Studio 527 on Julia:

Friday, October 31: 11am to 6pm - arte projects at Prospect.1 Exhibition opens at Gallery 527 Julia Street.

Saturday, November 1: 1.30pm to 3pm - arte projects Special Performance Art piece, "Hopscotch," by J. Mandle Performance and the International School students.

4pm to 6pm - Prospect.1 Panel Discussion: Re-imagining New Artistic Landscapes after Fragmentation.

6pm to 8pm - arte projects Opening Weekend Cocktail Reception.

Sunday, November 2: 6pm to 9pm - arte projects Opening Night Party/ Special Concert by Theresa Andersson.

I-Witness Central City

Storymapping: utilizing current online mapping technology to connect location to personal histories. This is a project I'm excited about, one that can and hopefully will be extended to many neighborhoods - Mondo Bizarro's I-Witness Central City. They have a kick-off of the project this week, Tuesday night - see below for more info-

At 7 PM on October 28th, 2008, New Orleanians from across the metropolitan area will gather at the Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center for the opening of I-Witness Central City, an ongoing StoryMapping project that aids local residents in reclaiming their history and neighborhoods through sharing personal, site-specific stories. This night will feature films and multi-disciplinary performances from local artists in addition to introducing the public to our online story maps and a new cell-phone walking tour. The stories that make up I-Witness Central City are the personal histories of the places that constitute Central City as told by residents of the area. The evening will be a celebration of Central City involving live storytelling, music, dance, theatre, food and cutting-edge mixed media techniques.

"Paradise Lost" panel at LA Artworks

Louisiana ArtWorks is pleased to present "Paradise Lost", the October panel of our "Art Sessions: A Series of Discussions on Visual Contemporary Art" panel series. Please join us on Tuesday, October 28th at 7 PM as Prospect.1 artists Tony Fitzpatrick, Rico Gatson, Srdjan Loncar and Shawne Major engage in a conversation moderated by artist Margaret Evangeline.

Artists on the panel will be asked how they view the short and long term effects of the Prospect.1 Biennial on their work, both positively and negatively, and what their intentions and hopes are for setting their art within the recovering city of New Orleans.

For more information, please see the flier below or visit our website at

Marigny and Bywater Open Studios

Saturday & Sunday, November 1-2, 2008, noon until 5pm
a satellite exhibit in conjunction with Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial

In its fourth year, Open Studios presents 20 local artists who invite the public into their studios/spaces to experience art intimately. Featuring photography, painting, sculpture, collage, metalwork, basketry, textile arts, watercolor, glass, and mixed media, Open Studios is a self-guided tour of artists' creative spaces in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. This is a great and ever-changing opportunity to meet artists one-to-one and see their process.

Look for informational postcards and maps at local coffeehouses, or visit the website at for a printable map, all details, and links to artists' websites. Questions / info please email or call Zé daLuz, 504-947-8884.


November 1, 2008-February 28, 2009
Newcomb College Center For Research on Women (NCCROW) Library and Archive
62 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA 70119
Free and open to the public. OPENING WEEKEND and WEEKLY HOURS: Monday-Friday
9am-4pm, or by appointment. WEEKEND HOURS: call (504) 251-4968 or visit on the web for more information.

The VESTIGES Project, a New Orleans-based and inspired artist/writer collaborative, is celebrating its
25-year anniversary with a kickoff installation at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
(NCCROW), opening November 1, 2008 and on view through February 28, 2009. Located in
NCCROW’s Library and Archives on Tulane University’s campus, LOSS. RITUAL. RELIC. Residue:
The Archive is part of the VESTIGES Project’s roving 3-year residency at New Orleans’ Contemporary
Arts Center and is co-sponsored by the CAC. The opportunity to present in Newcomb College’s
research library and archive and work with its scholars and students is most appropriate as three of the
VESTIGES Project cofounders met while attending graduate school at Tulane/Newcomb, and many
participants have similarly attended school, taught and lectured on campus.

VESTIGES Project artists’ musings upon the vestigial landscape and culture of New Orleans began long
before Katrina. Artist Jan Gilbert, a VESTIGES Project cofounder and curator of both its CAC

Urban Prospects: Art in Community

Sunday, November 2, 2008, 2-3:30 PM, New Orleans Museum of Art

On Piety artists Jana Napoli and Jan Gilbert will be participating in a panel discussion Urban Prospects: Art in Community Development in which New Orleans-based artists and Prospect.1 biennial artists will present and discuss their community-based artworks and practices on Sunday, November 2, 2008 2:00 – 3:30pm at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This is one of three public programs sponsored by ArtTable in partnership with Prospect.1 New Orleans. Other featured artists include: Willie Birch, Mark Bradford, Mel Chin, Dawn Dedeaux, and Wangechi Mutu.

Prospect.1 artists install- random notes

A quick glimpse into the installation process of a Prospect.1 artist is at Takashi Horisaki's blog, "Social Dress New Orleans." He's installing in an ancient warehouse on Camp Street. He told me that he has the best installers ever - most are his friends or friends of friends, from his days at Loyola U. - and he complains that he has to give them all smoke breaks. Harsh taskmaster that he is, I think he's enjoying this installation. Another installation that literally isn't "on" yet that you might be able to glimpse ahead of time is Cai Guo-Qiang's amazing spiky ball-things hanging inside the unbelievable Colton School auditorium. You probably know his work, but if you don't, think "Footprints of History" at the Beijing Olympics. I admit that the firework explosions of giant footprints in the sky walking across the city made me tear up. And after hearing that they were digital "re-enactments," well, it didn't matter to me, it's still an amazing image. I found his response to the "fireworks controversy" curious: He's doing work in which "the very best vantage point is not the human one." The human vantage point has been going out of style for a almost couple decades now with the use of 3-d effects, where the camera can be anywhere. Where is this taking us humans? Spaceward ho!

Friday, October 24, 2008

ARTinACTION is now AORTA Projects!

The organization previously known as Art in Action is now AORTA Projects. Check out their new weblog and new installations premiering this fall (disclosure - I'm doing one.) The map's right there on the front page. AORTA's had a busy year, with many great projects aimed at reactivating devastated areas. Maps maps everywhere!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Art in Public Places map

See the map of all the Art in Public Places public art projects at the Arts Council of New Orleans website. The Arts Council of N.O. along with the Joan Mitchell foundation made all this work possible, and it's huge, I'm already hyperventilating over how much stuff there is to see, asap!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

check out the Colton School today - press release below

WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Studio at Colton School, 2300 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, La. 70117
WHO: Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO)

Dr. Kelvin Adams, Recovery School District Chief of Staff
Jeanne Nathan, CANO President
Chuck Perkins, CANO Vice President
Charmaine Neville, Studio at Colton School resident artist
Reggie Lawson, Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association President
Studio at Colton School resident artists

WHY: National consultants have all made recommendations to our public officials at the state and local level and our business and civic community that the creative economy should be one of the top targets of our economic development initiatives.
The Studio at Colton School will demonstrate the importance of this creative work with an eight month program of open houses, exhibitions, theatrical performances, film and video presentations and special arts and design markets, showcasing creative assets of our city to the international visitors expected for Prospect 1 and to our business, government and civic leaders.

Creative Alliance of New Orleans hopes this project will serve as a model for a market and educational program that may become a permanent part of the school system. CANO also hopes to showcase the talents of our creative community to our citizens as well as the thousands of visitors coming to New Orleans for Prospect 1 and throughout the visitor season.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

volunteers needed for installation

Laurie Dennery Molnar, volunteer coordinator for Prospect.1, writes:
We have 2 artists working on their installations next week- both are requesting assistants to help them complete their work. If you are available to work directly with an artist, provide support and/or company to these talented people, please call Laurie at 504-812-7281 or email at Many more artists will be arriving and will need help...

Alvar Arts at the Alvar Street Library

Join us this Tuesday, October 21 for the new season of Alvar Arts programs showcasing the creative talent from our neighborhoods.
Alvar Branch Library
913 Alvar Street
7 - 9 PM
Free and open to the public

Program: A forum highlighting the galleries and art collectives in the St. Claude Arts District.
Featuring representatives from Antenna, Barrister's Gallery, Farrington Smith Gallery, The Front, Good Children Gallery, l'art Noir, Recycle for the Arts and X/O Studios. Loyola University professor Simeon Hunter will moderate a panel discussion of the growing St. Claude arts scene. A reception follows each presentation. Library services will also be available.

The 2008-2009 Alvar Arts series is sponsored by The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library with contributions from the Bywater Neighborhood Association. For more information call 596-2667 or email

Sunday, October 19, 2008

news from NOMA

Contemporary curator Miranda Lash has gone on a hunt in the racks of NOMA, discovering gems in the modern and contemporary collection that have rarely, some never, seen the light of day! Book extra time when you go see the Prospect.1 artists on display there, to check out the new-to-you work by Calder (a big mobile), Man Ray, Anne Truitt, Bruce Nauman, Gene Davis, John McCracken, Adolf Wölfli, Robert Rauschenberg, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and others. The photography show that's up right now gets high marks too. The title "Photography and Depression," might not make you enthusiastic, but word is that curator Diego Cortez pulled in consultants in psychiatry to advise and has put together a must-see show.

offer from BECA

For those artists who would like a venue to place their FLAT 2D works on paper (including photography) during Prospect .1, BECA Gallery will have a small space available via flip file for selected pieces. Please email a maximum of 7 jpg images (approx. size 5x7 at 72dpi of image only) of works you wish us to consider (no submission fee). Works may have a maximum size of 24"x36". If your work is accepted and sold, BECA gallery receives the standard gallery commission of 50%. If accepted, all works must be signed by the artist and delivered with a standard gallery quality crescent board buffer or similar archival backing material included. Mounted work CANNOT be accepted. Framed pieces or pieces on stretchers are not eligible. Works must be suitable to display flat within a protective sleeve in a flip file. Email us at if you have any submission questions. We cannot confirm receipt of your submission email. Once you send it, please assume that it is being considered. We can only contact those who have works we wish to include. No in-person inquiries, phone calls or in-person image delivery. Deadline is via email , Wed. Oct 22 at 8pm.

Tulane Contemporary

Barry Bailey
Sandy Chism
Teresa A. Cole
Ronna S. Harris
Jeremy Jernegan
Kevin H. Jones
Gene Koss

exhibition dates: Oct. 14 – Nov. 21, 2008
closing reception: Thursday, November 20th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm [in conjunction with the reception for The Vestige’s Project’s LOSS. RITUAL. RELIC. Residue: The Archive at Newcomb College Center for Research on Women]

Friday, October 17, 2008

Call to Artists: Mural Project: Lower Ninth Ward

Deadline November 19, 2008 -- The St. Claude Initiative seeks local artists to participate in a large scale public mural project along St. Claude Avenue, in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. If you are interested in using your art to help New Orleans neighborhoods recover, this proposal is for you.

Three years after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, many of the businesses along St. Claude Avenue have yet to reopen. As a step towards reviving St. Claude Avenue, the St. Claude Initiative will undertake a large-scale construction and public art project spanning fifteen block faces along the street. Artists will be compensated for time and materials.

For more information, please email to

Call to Artists: Magical Botanical

Deadline February 2, 2009 -- The 7th Annual Grand Isle Juried Exhibtion, "Magical Botanical", is currnetly accepting submissions. Participation is open to artists with original artwork done within the last five years.
For more information, please visit

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ed Sanders takes up the cause

with his "Poems for New Orleans"
Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 PM
Nunemaker Hall, Loyola University

and, the day before,

Monday, October 207:30 PM
Nunemaker Hall, Loyola University

Fragile Land Opening - public art

One of the Joan Mitchell - funded public art pieces is up, Michel Varisco's Fragile Land. Michel's work after the storm explored the changed landscape in the region and specifically in New Orleans's City Park, where hundreds of trees fell to Katrina.

why is this weekend so busy?


Saturday, October 18, Bobet Hall 332, Loyola University
3:30 PM – A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT (Chris Marker, 1977)
''A Grin Without a Cat is a work of extraordinary journalism, but it is also a work of deft and subtle poetry, visual (in the rhyming of gestures and shapes across images and sequences) as much as verbal." Dave Kehr, New York Times

5 PM -- THE DREAMERS (Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)
"The film is extraordinarily beautiful. Bertolucci is one of the great painters of the screen. He has a voluptuous way here of bathing his characters in scenes from great movies, and referring to others." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

7 PM -- REGULAR LOVERS (Philippe Garrel, 2005)
"this achingly poignant film is a testament to that time as well as somewhat of a memento mori. . . , this magnificent film is itself proof that all was not lost." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Sunday, October 19, Bobet Hall 332, Loyola University

5 PM -- 1968: THE YEAR THAT SHAPED A GENERATION (Stephen Talbot, 1998)
"Far better than any other video chronicling the same year . . . It's the film that should be seen by every class on the war in Vietnam and on American culture and society." Rebecca Adler, MC Journal

6 PM -- MEDIUM COOL (Haskell Wexler, 1969)
"Medium Cool is finally so important, and absorbing because of the way Wexler weaves all [the] elements together. He has made an almost perfect example of the new movie." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

8 PM -- CHICAGO 10 (Brett Morgen, 2008)
"Grade-A agitpop, a mixture of archival footage and cheeky, creative animated reconstruction that's funny and frightening in equal measure. . . . The movie dazzles us into self-examination." Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Free and open to the public.
For information contact John Clark at 865-2790 or

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Home Movie Day

Home Movie Day is here at Zeitgeist this Saturday, October 18 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m! It's an opportunity to get out those old home movies, 8mm, super 8 and 16mm, or even vhs and dvd, that you have sitting around and share them with people who won't whine about it. Organizer Brenda Flora asks that you contact her ahead of time if you have old films so she can clean them before projection:

Wayne Amadee

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery announces the opening of "Renewal - New Morning," by Wayne Amedee
Exhibit dates: October 16 - November 20, 2008
Acclaimed local visual artist Wayne Amedee will exhibit his works in a show titled, "Renewal, New Morning," beginning Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Monroe Library, on Loyola's main campus.

Opening Reception: Thurs., Oct. 16, 5 - 8 p.m., Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery
Located on the 4th floor of Monroe Library, open Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday, Noon - 6 pm

Monday, October 13, 2008

Prof Career Workshops

Louisiana ArtWorks is pleased to announce our 2008 Professional Career Workshop for Artists, taking place on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of October. This year's schedule of panels includes new lectures on subjects such as professional etiquette and artists contracts, and as always, the opportunity to have your slides or laptop presentations reviewed by art professionals. For more details on the workshop, visit our website at
NOTE: Saturday night is a party and open studios at LA Artworks, as a part of this workshop.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Canyon Cinema shorts

Pictured: still from Len Lye's last film, Particles in Space

I didn't get this post in before the screening - I was so happy to hear that Dominic Angerame of Canyon Cinema, one of the oldest art film distributors, was bringing a Canyon Cinema collection of short experimental works to the New Orleans Film Fest, then so disappointed to see that it was at the same time as a previous commitment. A combination of classics mixed with contemporary work in the same vein, this program is a treasure trove of experimental techniques in animation. If you saw it, please share!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Studio 527 @ Art 4 Arts's Sake

Bob Tannen's Studio 527, a project of Creative Industry, is a big warehouse on Julia Street, right across from Gallery Bienvenue. Bob is working it, with the N.E.W.S. installation right down the street at Lee Circle, a new line of Mignon Faget jewelry designed by him based on the shotgun house, last month's Ogden show, as well as the Colton School project that his wife Jeanne Nathan is spearheading. Bob spreads the love, inviting artists not represented on Julia Street to show with him. Picture below, artists Jonathan Traviesa, Marcus Brown, and Kevin O'Keefe. Louisiana Artworks administrator Joy Glidden stopped in and artists Julie Pieri and Chris Saucedo goof off with Bob.

Linda Sormin closing exhibition

from LA Artworks:
Please join us this Saturday, October 11 from 6:00-9:00 PM for the closing party of Linda Sormin's exhibition, "Salvage".
Linda Sormin is a Canadian sculptor based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through objects and site-specific installations, Sormin's work explores issues of fragility and aggression, mobility and survival. "Salvage", a mixed media installation, is invested with a desire to construct, assemble and hold things together. This desire is tempered with an inclination toward disorder and an acceptance of ephemera. How does one work to hold things together, yet be able to withstand everything falling apart? For more information on Linda Sormin, please visit her website at

The closing party will be taking place in Louisiana ArtWorks' second floor gallery, at 725 Howard Avenue. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

"Art on the Fence"

The Plant Station Old Metairie (TPS), located at 400 Airline Drive is looking for proposals from visual artists, specifically painters, to paint and display their paintings on approximate 10'x10' canvases/tarps which will be hung on the property fence in full visibility of all vehicular traffic on Airline Drive. Through this exhibition possibility, each artist is guaranteed exposure of their work to thousands of commuters daily.

Artists will be responsible for materials such as paint & brushes. Supply of the tarps may be negotiated with the TPS management.

There is no initial financial compensation for the work, but the pieces may be sold to the public after an established display period. Potential sale terms to be set between the artist and TPS management. Duration of exhibit period to be set between the artist and TPS management.

If interested, please email three jpg images of your work to Michael at for review of potential content and style in regards to appropriateness for the location. Please do not call OMPS or visit the site unless you have been contacted by TPS management .

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Issa Again! at Xavier

LA Artworks Artists Sessions

from Artworks:
Louisiana ArtWorks is pleased to present the thirteenth panel in our monthly series, Art Sessions: A Series of Discussions on Visual Contemporary Art, taking place tomorrow evening from 7-9 PM. Moderated by Rebecca Snedeker, local and international panelists include Stefan Barbic, Issa Nyaphaga, Gabriel Gomez and Jarret Lofstead. For more information, please see flier below or visit Please note that we have changed our usual Tuesday night schedule to Wednesday to respect the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

exoticism and the new orleans art scene

Linda Yablonsky tiptoes expertly around race, class, culture and aesthetics in an article on KK Projects -- it's a descriptive write -up with nice photos in the NYTimes Fall Design section...

CANO applications due

The Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) is the group that negotiated with the Recovery School District for the creation of a temporary arts center in the currently empty Colton School on St. Claude Ave. Jeanne Nathan spearheaded the project, formed CANO, and now deadlines to propose projects in the school are due asap:
Friday, October 3rd, 2008: First Round of Applications Due at 5:00PM
Friday, October 10th, 2008: Second Round of Applications Due at 5:00PM
and it looks like a big opening is set for November 1st. The website has alot of extra info about what else this membership-based org will do.

Friday, September 19, 2008

beware the "proliferation of 21st century art" !

For those of you who don't know, the Vieux Carre Commission is like a neighborhood association for the French Quarter. Yesterday's Times-Picayune reported about the commission's meeting with artists G.A.S. and Dawn Dedeaux on the front page. The artists are hoping to place their works in the French Quarter; Matt Vis and Tony Campbell's proposal is specific to Bourbon Street, and is about as inconspicuous as public art can be, a series of manhole cover-like pieces to be set into the sidewalk. Dawn Dedeaux's work is a revisioning of the venerable stoop. The Veiux Carre Commission rejected the artists' proposals for their temporary installations, the main reason seeming to be a fear of "a proliferation of 21st-century modernist works that would screw up the square." (There are certainly precedents for contemporary art mixing with history in exciting and successful ways, such as the Venice Biennale...) So, amidst the painters with permits, tarot card readers and the guys who paint themselves silver and stand still, contemporary art has no place? Amidst t-shirt shops and strip clubs on Bourbon Street, a little humor can't be installed in the sidewalk? What is notable, is that this may be the first time contemporary artists have approached the Vieux Carre Commission to do installations in the Quarter. This is artist-initiated, with support from granting agencies, and not solicited by the Commission, and I don't think they've had to deal with such initiatives in the past. Feel free to call in your comments to the commission and support some trailblazers. and thank you to Joan Mitchell Foundation, again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Triple Canopy

Triple Canopy, an online arts magazine, commemorates Katrina's anniversary with a New Orleans issue. The format very much reflects that of a traditional print magazine, which is oddly comforting (there's a certain low level of anxiety I have whenever having to figure out a new "innovative" webpage, which I only became aware of after I felt such relief perusing this one). This issue includes Martina Batan on Roy Ferdinand Jr., Sonya Blesofsky's "homemade memorials" project, photos by Will Steacy, a walking tour of the 9th ward, audio portraits, and more, and the future holds an upcoming article by Andy Antippas titled "A World of Bad Taste" - I can't wait for that one! The article on Ferdinand is a must read, a disturbing "treat" to see so much of it online.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Studio Visits by BECA

BECA gallery is currently scheduling studio visits with New Orleans artists for consideration for inclusion in its upcoming series of NOLA Artist Studio Visit Tours for visiting collectors and others. 'Studio' is defined here as any functioning artist working space and does not have to be in a formal or traditional studio setting but it should be able to accomodate up to 10 visitors.

All NOLA artists working in any medium are eligible to submit their works for consideration. To be considered for an appt. for a studio visit please email with the subject line "studio visit". Please attach 3 images and descriptions of recently completed work along with a current artist statement and resume/CV. If your medium is film or video, please attach jpg stills and a short written description. We are unable to accept your studio visit materials for consideration outside of email. Their is no cost to the artist to submit their works for consideration for an upcoming Tour nor is there an artist fee to participate in a Tour. If you are selected for a studio visit, BECA gallery Co-Directors will contact you to schedule an appt. for a studio visit. Once the studio visits are complete everyone will be contacted via email. Those chosen to participate in the upcoming Tours will be contacted with an offer to participate.

Email submission deadline is Sept. 30th
Artist Studio Visit Tour Dates: Monday, November 3, 2008 and Monday, December 8, 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

from Alvar Arts Series

Some of you may already be familiar with Alvar Arts, the series of art and cultural presentations given monthly at the Alvar Branch Library in Bywater, which are free and open to the public. We are currently in the process of firming up the 2008-2009 season, which begins on Tuesday, October 21.

The concept for the opening of the new season is a forum highlighting the many galleries and collectives in the St. Claude Arts District. This presentation would also serve as a great tie-in to Prospect 1. We will have Simeon Hunter as the moderator that evening to engage a panel discussion of the growing St. Claude arts scene. The evening will conclude with a special reception featuring snacks and beverages, which will be held in the side yard of the library.

If you would like to participate in this special October 21 event, please respond to this email as soon as possible or call me at 504.256.4435.

John Costa, Coordinator, Alvar Arts

Monday, September 8, 2008

Dan Cameron at Good Children

Good Children Galleryis pleased to announce a preview presentation of Prospect.1, given by curator Dan Cameron. Prospect.1 is a biennial of international contemporary art, hosted by New Orleans.
It will run from Nov. 1 through Jan. 18, at museums, art spaces, and sites around the city. During the talk, Dan Cameron will preview plans for the event, present images of some of the artwork, and answer questions from the audience.

Thursday Sept. 11th, 6 p.m.
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave

Saturday, September 6, 2008

LA Artworks Artists Registry update

Louisiana Artworks says that the Aug 30th deadline was strongly suggested, since curators will start reviewing work immediately; however, the Artists Registry will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year as part of the Emerging Artist Exhibition Program. Submit your application at your earliest convenience to: 818 Howard Ave. Suite 500, New Orleans, LA 70113. Contact 504.517.7373 with any questions.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Deadline to Register for Satellite Exhibitions extended

We dodged Gustav and now the deadline to register for satellite exhibitions has been kindly extended until Sept.8th.
Please visit under the "Events" link to download the form. Send form as an attachment to

Friday, August 29, 2008

Getty Grants for New Orleans institutions

From the website:
The new round of grants, totaling more than $1 million, have been awarded to the Cathedral of St. Louis, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the Prospect.1 U.S. Biennial, and following the successful completion of earlier Getty-funded projects, to the Contemporary Arts Center, Longue Vue House and Garden, the Louisiana State Museums, and the New Orleans Cultural Coalition. An additional grant also has been given to a consortium of eight institutions to continue surveying the city’s arts audiences....

LA Artworks opening Sat night

Louisiana ArtWorks presents Salvage, a collaborative mixed-media installation by artist Linda Sormin. Opening Reception will theoretically be held Saturday, August 30th at 6:00-9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open by appointment Tuesday through Friday 1:00 - 5:00 PM, from August 31st through October 10th. Please call (504) 571-7373 to schedule a viewing.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

LA Artworks Artists Registry deadline

Due this Saturday Aug 30th, part of their "Emerging Artists Exhibition Program." Exhibitions will be curated from the registry. Don't forget this, amidst toilet paper, gallon jug water and battery buying.

Prospect.1 on facebook

the biennial has a facebook group. It looks like periodical updates are posted. From it I learned that you can see a piece that's in progress by one of the artists, Ghada Amer, in the Lower 9th.

Banksy's come to town

Check out Jonno's photostream on Flickr to see the graffiti artist Banksy's local contributions. Whoa, when'd he do dat? Ouch!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

wetlands yes, shell no

Remember Mr. Bill from Saturday night live? He's now an activist, but you probably knew this already. Here's a video of his latest action, presenting a bill for the damage to the wetlands to Shell Oil, but I'm still confused by the lovely ladies in evening wear flanking him!

Zeitgeist Theater

It's real name is Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center, that's a mouthful. Rene Broussard has been the proprietor of Zeitgeist in its many incarnations since the late 80's, I think. The 20th anniversary of Zeitgeist was a few years back... back before dvds, before the internet was everywhere, Zeitgeist was the thing that made me think I could live in New Orleans. Now that it's so much easier to sit at home and be entertained, Zeitgeist has fewer regulars, but it's worth a trip to see their excellent new digs on Oretha Castle Haley in the same building as Saturn Screenprinting. I just saw Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg there while imbibing in the drink of my choice, sitting a couch, so it was practically like home. My Winnipeg was a funny film, more accessible than most Maddin fare, that made me feel cold and nostalgic for a city of sleepwalkers that I've never seen. Maddin imaginatively riffs on Winnipeg's past and future and his place in it, and his odd attachment to his mother. For people who wonder why they stay in a certain place (ahem), it's a empathetic view. Zeitgiest has a Patti Smith film coming up, after Rene returns from his yearly Toronto film fest trip. He doesn't advertise, so you have to check the website!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Open Air Project

One of the Joan Mitchell sculpture projects proposes to fill up all the empty signage frames in New Orleans with artist-created content. You have until August 31st to propose an idea to Catherine Burke. Peruse images of available sign locations at the website or find your own. great idea, thanks Catherine and Joan Mitchell!

Friday, August 22, 2008

tonight at LA Artworks

Tonight at 7:00 PM visiting artist Linda Sormin will present a slide lecture of her rich and varied work, followed by a Q&A Session in which audience members may address their questions to her directly. Linda Sormin is a Canadian sculptor based in Providence, Rhode Island. Through objects and site-specific installations, Sormin's work explores issues of fragility and aggression, mobility and survival. Lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $3.00, and will take place at the Louisiana ArtWorks building, at 725 Howard Avenue. We hope to see you there!

Artist Housing (Treme)

Greater New Orleans Artist Mansion (GNOAM):
Similar to Musicians Village, but for artists.

The building is divided into private rooms that double as workspaces,
providing each artist with a bedroom/studio. Some rooms are equipped
with lofts.

GNOAM is seeking artists to fill available openings. Interested
parties should contact Jonathan at (504) 723-1724 to make an
appointment. We offer a space for artists to be creative, especially as Prospect.1
approaches. See Doug MacCash's blog on the house here.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Third Thursdays @ BECA gallery

From BECA-Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art:
For those of you here in town, please join us this Thursday, August 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm for Third Thursday @ BECA gallery. With music and light refreshments, our monthly contemporary art mixer invites the public to gather and meet with artists, discuss works on view in our current exhibition 'FOUR' and those currently in progress. Ask questions regarding techniques, mediums, artistic styles and viewpoints. Bring a friend and join us for a fun evening!

For those of you unable to join us, you may view the entire exhibition online.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

from today's T-P - meeting tonight

Contemporary Arts Center curator Dan Cameron
Prospect 1 New Orleans, a city-wide international art exhibition -- the first of its kind in the United States -- takes place from Nov. 1 to Jan. 18.
What does that mean to you?

Dan Cameron, the creator of Prospect 1, will give a presentation titled "What to Expect from Prospect 1" and answer questions Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Canary Gallery, 329 Julia St.
The presentation invitation promises that "Dan will give background on the exhibition's objective, structure, schedule and artists who will be displaying work. It will be a unique opportunity to meet Dan and his staff and get a better idea as to how the local art community can ride this wave of excitement."

Attendance is limited to 50, with seating for 40. Reserve a space by sending an e-mail to
Prospect 1 is modeled after events such as The Venice Biennale, which is the oldest of the international art exhibitions.

Art Saves the City

Video on something called Plum TV of Dan Cameron discussing the biennial. Can art save the city? Comparisons with Venice flatter and terrify simultaneously!

LA Artworks: Linda Sormin session

Louisiana ArtWorks still has space available in Linda Sormin's last workshop, "Unruly Narratives". Through storytelling, personal writings and readings by workshop participants, in tandem with hands-on work in clay and mixed media sculpture, we will explore the intersection of words and form, material and meaning. Artist demonstrations, slide talks and group discussions will support this interdisciplinary process. Workshop will be held August 25th, 27th, and 28th from 5:00-9:00 PM. Students of all levels welcome. Registration $175; please call (504) 571-7373 to enroll.
For more information on events being held during the month of August, please visit our website at

Monday, August 18, 2008

visiting video artist at KK Projects Tuesday

This from Simon Dorfman:
Via the wonders of the interweb, I've come into contact with Gian Pablo Villamil who is working on an immersive video project with an artist named Pawel Wojtasik. The project is a commission from Mass MoCA to be shown in April 2009.

They're back in town for a few days and Gian has agreed to show us some of the work this Tuesday August 19th at 8:30pm at KKprojects Gallery, at 2448 n villere st.

Being somewhat of a technology geek myself, I'm quite interested in the Ladybug 2 video camera he's using....

Open Your Studios during Prospect 1 Biennail

CALL TO ARTISTS in the Marigny, Bywater & St. Roch neighborhoods to participate in an Open Studio Weekend for Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2, 2008 from noon to 5pm. This is a great opportunity to open the doors to your ateliers and alternative spaces during the opening weekend of the “PROSPECT ONE” BIENNIAL, which promises to bring a national and international audience to New Orleans.

This event is aimed at bringing attention to artists living in these three historic neighborhoods who may not have any organized access to connect directly with the public, as well as bringing the “Prospect One” audiences to this area of town, where the alternative art scene is alive and kicking. Interested artists will be asked to open their studios from NOON to 5PM on one or both days. There is a $20 CONTRIBUTION asked of each participating artist to assist with the promotional expenses of printing of invitations and maintaining the web site.

DEADLINE for artists’ participation is SEPTEMBER 15, 2008. This means that you will need to have secured payment and entered your information on the web site. (Beyond this date, you WILL NOT MAKE it on the MAP or press info.) Artists interested should contact Ze daLuz at 504-947-8884 and e-mail


Organized by a grass roots collective of artists that includes Ze daLuz, Christine Haupert-Wemmer, and Jose Torres Tama of ArteFuturo Productions, OPEN STUDIOS will be celebrating its 4th anniversary this fall.

Friday, August 1, 2008

recycling at white linen night

thank you Pheonix Recycling! a few things to see among many others:
1.Robert Tannen's retrospective at the Ogden
2.Adrian Price's catwalk parade of flimsy and solid colliding in the City Stage show at the CAC
3. Vestiges Project's "THINK TANKS-Flood Lines" window installation on the St. Joseph's St. side of the CAC building- a poignant, socially relevant, very effective presentation of image and text.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


When Dan Cameron curated his first CAC show, Elizabeth Underwood and I tried some "video blogging" and interviewed some of the artists at the opening. Those posts can still be found in mostly in the February and March archives. What I neglected to do was finish the series by posting the curator's statement (!)
I decided now is as good a time as any to rehash what we've seen, in anticipation of what's to come. For the show last January, titled "Something from Nothing," Elizabeth and I were very curious to find out what "nothing" was. It turned out that "nothing" was the stuff of community. While I think the title stung a bit, the show had some great work dealing with issues and ideas timely to new orleanians. As you will hear in the clip, "situational aesthetics" within the context of an alternative economy is the ground of Dan Cameron's concept. The Victor Burgin text from 1969 "Situational Aesthetics" is dense with ideas about art as institutional critique, art as activity, art existing in a psychological space as much as a physical space... I'm curious about how this idea will play out with Prospect 1, with the biennial as the institution and a "differently-functioning" city as the context.

Health insurance for LA Cultural Economy Workers

The LA Cultural Economy Foundation has facilitated this opportunity, thank you! Artists pay a $75 yearly membership fee as well as a monthly premium, but for the first year it's waived, thanks to the LCEF. More info at the Cultural Economy website, at the Arts Council website, and at Fractured Atlas, the NY State based artists' non-profit that partners with Aetna for the insurance.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Louisiana Artworks Session

New Discourses in Critical Media
Tuesday, July 29th, 7pm
Louisiana Artworks on Howard Ave.
$3 suggested donation
click to see info about the out-of-towners
Thomas Lawson
Michael Holte
Brian Sholis

(While you are in the hood, check out the boulders that Robert Tannen has installed on Lee Circle - an in-progress public art piece. It might be finished if you see engraving in the boulders.)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Call to Gulf South Artists from BECA

A call for 2D and 3D submissions for a group exhibition featuring the works of emerging artists from TX, LA, MS, AL and FL: This exhibition will open Jan. 3, 2009 during the upcoming biennial, Prospect 1: New Orleans, "the largest biennial of contemporary art ever organized in the United States" which runs from Nov. 1, '08 – Jan. 18, '09. Email submissions will be accepted according to the guidelines listed below through Nov. 10, 2008. Physical CD submissions will be accepted through Nov. 14, 2008. See the BECA website for more details.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Field Guide at the Milne Boys Home

This Saturday July 26th, 3-6pm, is the opening reception for Jacqueline Bishop's Art in Action piece, Field Guide. The Milne site is a beautiful historical setting that catches the breezes off the lake, and the oak trees' spread is wide, so don't let the heat keep you from seeing the 5000 birds in Gentilly.

Louisiana Artworks Exhibition Program and Artist Registry

- no info up on their website about it yet, but hopefully will be soon. -C.

Attention: Emerging Contemporary Visual Artists
Louisiana Artworks is pleased to announce our first open call for entries as part of our Emerging Artists exhibition programming. Artist applications will be compiled into an ongoing Artist Registry. Guest curators recruited from national and international art centers will review our Artist Registry when making their individual selections for eight different exhibitions. The first curated show selected from the registry will open November 1, 2008 in conjunction with Prospect.1. Louisiana Artworks will also launch our single channel video exhibition space on November 1 - the only space of its kind in the city. All applicants are invited to complete and return the submission form along with required supporting materials no later than August 30, 2008 to be considered for the first round of reviews. Please note that all submission materials will be retained by Louisiana Artworks. Artist information and images for our registry are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

"Blue Velvet"

I continue to be amazed by the number of projects about New Orleans that few New Orleanians know about. This one was brought to my attention by a woman in Spain! I'm still trying to figure out why this project is called Blue Velvet - it's a dense and multi-layered piece about New Orleans post-Katrina in an online multimedia interactive journal called Vectors, out of the University of Southern California. I learned many things, for instance "redlining," a technique of mapping desirable and undesirable areas in a city that would then influence mortgage lenders. Also, there's a bit of academ-speak for some of us to catch up on, but it's worth some study. I can't do much better than the statement by the editors, which speaks of capturing "complex histories interlaced in what our government would have us believe was simply an act of nature."

LA Artworks Session tonight

Dear Artists,
The July Artist Convening Session will be taking place tonight from 6-8 PM. We will be meeting at the Louisiana ArtWorks building at 725 Howard Avenue. This session will serve as a forum for discussion of the Prospect.1 Biennial. We hope to see you there!
The Louisiana ArtWorks Team

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Peter Sarkisian at CAC

Extruded Video Engine: Katrina Series
through Oct 6, 2008
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

When I saw the Extruded Video Engines at the CAC they wowed me with their fun pseudo 3-D video-projection-on-vacuform effect. I thought they were playful but then I started listening to them. The gears and cranks (with the exceptions of the bubbles - they add a Frankenstein factor) suddenly seemed retro , like a celebratory nostalgia for a past in which things worked. Combined with the audio of news media reportage from 2005, the effect became sinister. I recalled the moment on Sept 2nd 2005, when any leftover belief I had in what the media said was shattered. The specter of the inner workings, the gears and such, allude to outmoded forms of machination, and function as a purposely outdated metaphor for how things happen (supposedly Sarkisian videotaped the crazy mechanical things at Los Alamos). The pieces insist on transparency, but it's false - a "look, this is really how things work" feel, when we know that this is NOT at all how it works, and it's just an illusion. It's the illusion of civil organization, of democracy, of an unbiased media. Each wall piece felt like a blob with some knobs and gears hot-glued on the top of it to make it appear official. The sinister aspect of the pieces is the part that works for me.
An art-going pal told me that he'd seen the work before in NYC, but without the Katrina reference. That made me wonder: are these pieces like a template over which anything would work? an illusory machine that has an input and an output, and whatever comes in is transformed when it comes out? Whatever the case, I think it works to add in the Katrina references, but hey, talk about preaching to the choir. Will the Extruded Video Engine: Katrina Series show outside of the Gulf Coast? Or is the engine just like the media machines it parodies, endlessly going from one opportunity to the next?
Here are my ratings, on a scale of 1(worst) to 10(super-duper best):
gee-whiz factor: 10
shoe-horn factor (making it fit in New Orleans) 10
tacky: 10
techie: 10

Friday, July 18, 2008

Art for Canal Street Streetcar Shelters

The Arts Council of New Orleans has put out this call for public art in the streetcar shelters along Canal, funded by the Downtown Development District it appears. Yeah! What a great opportunity! The information states:
A jury panel representing diverse interest and expertise will review submissions. The following criteria will be used:
• Strength, creativity, and originality of design.
• Appropriateness: aesthetic content and appropriateness for display on public property.
• Ability to work with photographer or provide camera-ready artwork within given timeline.
• Strength of the artist’s proposal and portfolio [resume, & past work].

Can we get some actually innovative stuff up there? How about a sound installation? (joking - I don't think you should really apply with that.) Everyone should apply with work that pushes the "appropriateness for display on public property" guideline! True, your chances for an award may suffer, but it's time to send signals to the city (or the DDD) that artists need THEM to step up to the plate and take chances local contemporary art, not just blue dogs (their ubiquity being the main thing I hold against them.) I mean, look at Chicago, they have a giant video installation that spits water in Millenium Park! (yeah yeah, maintenance costs, vandalism, but I can dream, right? I'm so happy with those Louise Bourgeouis eyebenches watching over federal court - do they really have to leave after 2 years?)