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 www.louisianaartworks.org.

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 tpfarris@tulane.edu 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 artforum.com

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 becafoundation@gmail.com 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 www.hotironpress.com

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.
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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.