Monday, April 28, 2008

call for entries - photography

Herman Leonard is jurying this call for entries, held by The Darkroom. Deadline August 21. Link to The Darkroom's site for more info.
Be sure to read the fine print - there's an age restriction, 35 or under. Key word - emerging....

the buoyancy of art

Newsweek Magazine weighs in on the recovery of New Orleans culture, and the visual arts gain new ground, right up there with music. The spot's on the map (y'all).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

web sites asking for your participation

Open Sound New Orleans - a great idea - collect the sounds of New Orleans and post them online with a map. Participate in this wiki by recording and uploading sounds, or by suggesting sounds to record. Thanks for this awesome, interactive sound map / artwork!

Also, it looks like things are happening over on the Transforma website. Take a gander, you may want to add your project to the fray.

Friday, April 18, 2008

studio residency program

Louisiana ArtWorks is now accepting applications for their studio residency program. The studios are located in the ArtWorks building on Howard Avenue. The facilities are brand new and appear top notch. Certain spaces, but not all, are required to be open to the public - read the fine print at the website. Deadline for area artists May 15th.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Her Shorts at the Big Top

Plugged Art Collective Presents
What: Her Shorts International Women's Video Festival
Where: 3 Ring Circus 1638 Clio Street b/w St. Charles Ave & Carondelet St, near Lee Circle
When: Wednesday April 23rd, 7:30pm
Cost: FREE (suggested donation of $7.00)
Contact: Charlie Brown
or Raina Benoit

Her Shorts 2008: International Women's Video Festival. Women's short videos from 17 countries, such as China, Italy, Netherlands, and Peru will be on tour in the US. The festival is jam packed with works that range in content and style, including animation, documentary, and experimental video art that will shock, surprise, and entertain.

Please note: Not All Subject Matter is Suitable for all Ages
Plugged Art Collective is a volunteer grass roots organization founded in 2004 by a group of art lovers, object makers, critics, and go-doers. Plugged revolves around the desire to support and promote art that is free, thought provoking, stimulating, and unsettling. Why? Exactly.
For more information please contact 3 Ring Circus at 504-569-2700
Full details about this festival and Plugged Art Collective are also available at
Her Shorts is sponsored in part by the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
Raina Benoit, Gina Cestaro, Laura Milkins, Kristin Skees, Alan Skees
Co Director/Founder, Plugged Art Collective

Position available

at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts:

VISUAL ARTS: The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory courses in drawing and design, as well as advanced-level courses in areas such as painting, watercolor, sculpture, ceramics, or printmaking. The position requires a Masters degree in the subject field, with a terminal degree preferred. Teaching experience in an accelerated high school, college or university is desirable. Finally, the successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the interest and ability to engage and support intelligent, creative adolescents in learning. The successful candidate will be equally committed to teaching introductory level courses and working with advanced students in portfolio development. It is not necessary to send slides of work at this time.

LA Artworks Art Sessions

Art Sessions panel tonight 7pm at the Artworks Building on Howard Ave.
Handmade: the Blue Between Contemporary Art and Contemporary Craft
more info at LA Artworks website here

Saturday, April 12, 2008

St. Claude Arts District

Tons of stuff happening tonight. Please check out and bookmark the St. Claude Arts District website,

Monday, April 7, 2008

new collective Antenna 's first show

click for details
opening this Saturday April 12

UNO Art Gallery presents

MFA Thesis Exhibition:
Lived In
artwork by Laura Gipson
University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus
Fine Arts Building
Opening Reception Friday, April 11th 6-8 pm

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Carroll Gallery presents

Tulane MFA Thesis Exhibitions: Jane Fox Hipple and Bruce M. Mackh
"Are We Nature?" [paintings by Jane Fox Hipple]
oil paintings on canvas and panel - of abstracted natural
forms inspired by the jungles of Latin America and the wetlands of Louisiana
"No Direction Home: Images of New Orleans" [photographs by Bruce M. Mackh]
black and white photographs of New Orleans

Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University
April 9, 2008 - April 18, 2008
Reception: Friday, April 18, 2008, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
9 am - 4 pm, Mon - Fri.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Whitney Biennial Snap Judgments

As an art grad student, I was totally into the Whitney Biennial. Am I still? Once the long line finally conveyed me to the front of the Whitney on a super busy Friday, and after waiting again in an amazingly slow coat check, my first impression upon entering the 4th floor galleries was "CROWDED," and not just with people. I couldn't get the negative space figured out in Seth Price's nice wall piece "Untitled" without backing up into a sculpture. 3-D work left the impression "HOME DEPOT." One piece with the Hardware Store aesthetic, Heather Rowe's "Screen," entranced me with its disjunctive Magritte-y impression while walking past it. 2x4 framing alternated with mirrored and empty sections, creating rows meant to be walked between, and it took full advantage of the crowds, for instance when you glimpsed yourself among all those people over THERE, when you were actually over HERE.
For me, the moving art was the best, and I admit the ample seating was a big draw. I caught part of Michael Smith's Portal Excursion, an endearing tongue-in-cheek effort by a mid-ager to learn everything there is to know via Internet education. Javier Tellez's Letter to the Blind for the Use of those Who See blew me away. OK, I wasn't able to see the entire piece due to claustrophobia, but here's the set-up: 6 blind people, reprising the story of "The Blind Man and the Elephant," are at a zoo getting a unique encounter with a docile elephant named Beulah. One guy, as he searches for her trunk, reminises about how important childhood readings of Babar were. Another greets Beulah like a long lost family member, addressing her directly, saying her name with affection and commenting humorously on her shoe size. Shot in a traditional manner, in 16mm film and converted to HD, the piece sets out to make a point about individual experience vs. assumptions and stereotypes. I can't wait to see the whole piece.
I caught part of Jennifer Montgomery's Notes on the Death of Kodachrome, the part with Todd Haynes in it luckily, but I had trouble imagining watching it for 80 minutes. William E. Jone's Tearoomcaught me off guard and was completely voyeuristic. The footage was found by the artist, who did not manipulate it. Evidently an Ohio police department in the 1960's put a 2-way mirror into a men's room to record evidence so they could get some sodomy charges on the books. An odd piece altogether - unlike today's "unmanned" surveillance cameras, it came as a bit of a shock after trying to figure out why all the tilts, pans and zooms were disturbing me, that this was shot by a real live person. And even though a still photo could just as easily have identify faces, the filming was extensive. The idea of claiming as one's own an "orphaned" film brings up other questions.
A piece I missed that also deals with history was Kevin Jerome Everson's Emergency Needs. After reviewing the website I realized just how much I missed in my 4- hour visit. I guess I do still like the Whitney Biennial , but since curators are fully embracing time-based media, art-viewing time requirements have gone way up.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

NOVA Registry call for artists

NOVA Projects, a curated contemporary visual arts registry, will be holding its next Semi-Annual Show at Barrister's Gallery in June. The deadline for applications is April 25th and the application is available for download at The curator for this show will be Jayme A. McLellan, Director of Civilian Art Projects in Washington DC.