Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Constance Release Party and Exhibit @ Barristers

Reblogged from the New Orleans Photo Alliance blog:
This Saturday marks the 2nd annual release of Constance: Delicate Burdens. Constance is an annual arts journal focusing on contemporary art by New Orleans natives and residents. This year the book release party is doubling as an opening for a group show featuring the artists who were included in the book at Barristers. The opening is this Saturday, March 1st. See the flyer for more details. Noted photographers who will be showing work include Frank Relle and Lee Crum along with many other artists of various disciplines.

For more info about Constance you can visit the website at

It’s True: We’re Fucked!

Live in the Louisiana Superdome?? Yikes. Tenth Anniversary of V-Day celebrated in “The Vagina Capital of America” April 11 & 12, 2008. Events and lectures all day and an all-star anniversary performance of the Vagina Monologues on 7:30 PM April 12th.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Something from Nothing: Mario Rizzi

Mario Rizzi and Art in Action's Elizabeth Underwood discuss Mario's work with the local Latino community to create his installation in the Something from Nothing show at the CAC.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jarbas Lopes on Camp Street

Join artist Jarbas Lopes tomorrow, Saturday February 23, at 10am, at 828 Camp Street, for the mudding of his “barraco” to the sounds and smells of Brazil.

Rio-based artist Jarbas Lopes spent two weeks in New Orleans last January to build a “barraco”, a small hut made out of bamboo, for Something from Nothing, a group exhibition curated by Dan Cameron that opened at the CAC on January 18 and will remain on view until March 23. Lopes is back in New Orleans this week for the completion of his project with a day-long performance of cooking and dancing while the walls of the barraco are filled with mud.

For more information about the performance, contact Claire Tancons, Associate Curator, at (504) 528 3870 or via email at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Living Color: Judy Cooper Photographs 1988-2007

Panel Discussion at NOMA, Stern Auditorium
Sunday February 24 @ 2:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Living Color: Judy Cooper Photographs 1988-2007

Jacqueline Bishop

Judy Cooper, Margarita Bergen, Joann Clevenger,
Cherlyn Curtis, Mickey Easterling, Jo Stern

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Southern Belles from Hell: The Impact of Feminism on Contemporary Art in Louisiana, Part 1

The legacy of feminism might not be the first thing coming to mind when considering contemporary art in Louisiana. An outgrowth of the civil rights and anti-war movements characterizing the American 1960s, the feminist art agenda exposes gender-based obstacles and seeks to dismantle hierarchy.

This past Sunday, P.S.1/MoMA opened “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution”, featuring more than 400 artworks created between 1965-80 by 120 artists, mostly in the Western hemisphere. Among these celebrated by the extensive exhibit is Lynda Benglis (b.1941) from Lake Charles, Louisiana, who received a BFA from Newcomb College at Tulane in 1964. That same year she moved to New York: one step closer to becoming the legendary the sculptor and video artist who posed nude- with a huge dildo and terrible tan- inside the pages of an Artforum advertisement ten years later.

Included in the survey at P.S.1 through May 12 are Female Sensibility, 1973; Mumble,1972; and Odalisque (Hey, Hey Frankenthaler),1969. Even today, these pieces by Lynda Benglis feel provocative. In fact, her work may still be very ahead of its time. As of yet there are no regional events from LA, MS or ALA participating in the Feminist Art Project at Rutgers.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Monday, February 18, 2008

The Carroll Gallery presents:

Newcomb Art Department/Tulane University MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Megan Hillerud: Even Odds
Barbie L’Hoste: Expecting Rain

exhibition dates: February 13 – 22, 2008
reception: Friday, Feb. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Sunday, February 17, 2008

BECA Gallery - Call to Artists

This Call to Artists has an approaching deadline of Feb 21st and email submissions can be accepted according to downloadable submission guidelines posted here

Constance Issue 2 now available


We are proud to announce that Constance: Delicate Burdens is now in bookstores and boutiques across the New Orleans area. Starting Feb. 15- the official publication date - Delicate Burdens is fully available in stores and online. For a complete list of stores and to order via our website, please visit the Constance website. Thanks so much.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Something from Nothing: the experience of participating in Ellen Harvey's project

Elizabeth Underwood of Art in Action interviews Shannon Citanovich, who sent painter Ellen Harvey a detailed written description of a box of photos she lost in the flood. 2:10 minutes

Friday, February 15, 2008

Something from Nothing: Henrique Oliveira

Elizabeth Underwood of Art in Action interviews Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira, the creator of the cloud of bedding that hangs in the CAC atrium. 3:30 minutes

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Philip von Zweck in New Orleans at

The blog creates audio reports on contemporary art. Listen to the hour-long episode about New Orleans here. David Houston of the Ogden, Blake Boyd, Cynthia Scott and Chris Deris among others are interviewed.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Brooks Frederick

January 17 – February 14, 2008
Abercrombie Gallery - McNeese State University
Closing Reception & Artist's Talk: 6-8 PM, Feb 14

Is it conservative or edgy to paint the bayou today? Might environmental activism be approached by simply putting the brush to canvas, depicting locations such as Cocodrie? Majestic waters fill the picture plane in Brooks Frederick's plein air panoramas, illuminating estuaries lying between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers- about 85 miles south of New Orleans and home to the LUMCON laboratory.

Featuring more than fifty paintings and drawings, Frederick's recent landscapes depicting the Louisiana coastal wetlands are among the highlights offered by a new solo exhibition in Lake Charles. Based in Brooklyn for the last eight years, Frederick is a native of Houma who trained at an early age in color visualist technique with Henry Hensche . After attending LSU-BR and McNeese, he received a Masters from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. These days Frederick is influenced by Lennart Anderson, and seeks painted representation that offers us new possibilities for classic forms.

Posted by Laura Blereau

Art Voices magazine

Artist and gallery owner Terrance Sanders came out with an ambitious first issue of Art Voices - a full color art rag focusing on New Orleans art with many articles written by local artists. He's looking for ads - see below:

Dear Fellow Artist, the response for the 1st issue was tremendous. I'm doing a second run that will available late next week. Everyone is really supportive and excited about this magazine. I want to offer you my commitment to excellence in the upcoming issues. You have my support for anything you are involved in and need my help getting the word out. My offer: The asking price of the full color/full page is $500 per month. The magazine will continue to grow and so will its readership. I look forward to your response.
March Issue includes:
Paul Chan (Artist)
Joy Glidden (Louisiana Artworks)
Tony Nozero (Newcomer)
Ammar Eloueini (Art in Architecture)
Kano (Fashion Forward)
Dave Brinks (Poetry Connection)
Christopher Porsche West (CornerStone)
and 8 gallery reviews.

N.O. Public Art Commissions

Call to Artists: Joan Mitchell Foundation and Arts Council of New Orleans Public Art Commissions

In collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Arts Council of New Orleans will commission and install ten exterior public art pieces throughout the City of New Orleans. The commissions provide the opportunity for local and regional artists to showcase their work parallel to the international exhibits: Sculpture for New Orleans and Prospect One International Biennial. Proposals will be accepted provided the artwork is durable, meets safety regulations, and can be installed for a minimum of two years. Contemporary, innovative proposals are encouraged.
Eligibility: Gulf Coast Painters and Sculptors affected by Katrina/Rita
Ten Commissions: $25,000 each
Application Deadline: April 7, 2008 5pm
Installation: October 2008

Please contact Morgana King for details:
Morgana King, Public Art Manager, Arts Council of New Orleans, (504) 523-1465

Please repost widely to reach artists displaced by the hurricanes.

NYFA Current: the New Orleans Issue

New York Foundation for the Arts newest issue of it's online magazine Current is all about New Orleans. The issue includes:

- A roundtable with Ron Bechet, Allan Eskew, Courtney Egan, and Joy Glidden on what it means/take to be a NOLA artist/arts administrator in post-K NOLA
- Original artwork created specifically for this issue by Kyle Bravo and Dan Tague
- An essay on contemporary public art by Elizabeth Underwood, the founding Director of NOLA's own "ArtInAction"

You do need to register with the website to view the magazine. It's a short process and worth it!