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 .