Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Urban Bush Women at Tulane

Thursday, February 5th 7:00pm
Free performance of "Shelter" and "Batty Moves" by the internationally-acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women at Dixon Hall, Tulane University, presented by Junebug Productions and Newcomb College Institute.

Friday, February 6th 7:00pm
Urban Bush Women are teaching a free community dance class at McWilliams Hall, Rm. 300, Tulane University. No registration necessary. All ages welcome. Come ready to move!

Saturday, February 7th 10:00pm
Come unwind and party with the Urban Bush Women at the McKenna Museum, 2003 Carondelet St. Soulful sounds provided by "theDynamiteDaveSoul." $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Hosted by the 7th Ward Neighborhood Center and Urban Bush Women. For more information, call (504) 373-5117.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Annie See-On Shaw, Tulane University, Feb 2nd

You are invited to a presentation by artist Annie See-On Shaw on Monday, Feb. 2 in Stone Auditorium at 6:30pm.

Shaw creates environments, situations, videos, and installations of everyday objects. Her work often deals with disparities among commercial, sentimental, aesthetic and personal notions of value.

Shaw is known for organizing the five-year project series "Leefahsalung at the New China Town Barber Shop" located in what had been a community business for more than sixty years in Los Angeles' Chinatown. The series focused on works where process, collaboration, and public participation were paramount. Most recently, for her solo exhibition at Monte Vista, Los Angeles, she used the social mechanisms of the Mega Millions Lottery to explore how money and class are manifested geographically in Los Angeles and New York.

Monday, January 26, 2009

from LA Artworks: GYST - Ink and Studio Residency Program

Don't forget to join us tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM for the January 27th convening session, open to all artists. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to voice specific concerns centering on artists' futures beyond the Prospect.1 Biennial. We will be discussing possible professional career development opportunities here at Louisiana ArtWorks, including a workshop with Karen Atkinson of GYST-Ink, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating artists. We welcome your input regarding what resources would be most useful. We will also talk about the application process for the upcoming 2009-2010 Studio Residency Program. Meeting will be held at Louisiana ArtWorks, 725 Howard Avenue at Carondelet.
We look forward to seeing you there!

The Louisiana ArtWorks Team
T: (504) 571-7373
F: (504) 571-7368

Saturday, January 24, 2009

BECA portfolio reviews

BECA gallery + studio | New Orleans will begin portfolio reviews in February for a new Studio Space Residency to begin in April. Local and visiting artists + designers are eligible to apply. Sponsors are being sought to assist those artists + designers who need financial assistance in order to participate. Please visit to contact.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Shirin Neshat talk Jan 30th

February Printmaking Workshops at Louisiana ArtWorks

February 1; 10am-5pm
Alternative Printmaking: Xerox/Photocopy Transfers
Instructor: Kathryn Hunter
Fee: $105

Turn drawings, photographs, digital illustrations, or collage into a print. The Xerox transfer printmaking process is a lithography style printing method, using an etching press. The results can be spontaneous and surprising. Participants will be able to experiment and print an edition of prints during class. Transfers print well on many different kinds of paper as well as fabric.

February 7th; 12-4pm
Printing in the Kitchen: Screenprinting for Beginners
Instructor: Brad Benischek
Fee: $60

Using drawing fluid and screen filler, participants will learn a simple and direct method for creating original screen prints anywhere. Prints made with drawing fluid have a unique and spontaneous look because they are painted directly onto the screen. Filler, drawing fluid and screens are provided though students can bring references for their own imagery and a variety of materials to print on such as cloth, wallpaper or other reclaimed paper.

Alternative Methods Series
Instructors: Josh and Emily Minnie

This three week series of classes will explore alternative techniques within three distinct printmaking disciplines: monoprinting, lithography and drypoint intaglio.
Due to the alternative nature of all three classes, anyone from novice to expert printmakers will find these classes a great addition to their artistic repertoir. Participation in all three classes is encouraged but not required. Each class will introduce new methods that may be used on their own or in conjunction with the methods from another class.

Feb 14th; 12-6pm
Alternative Methods in Monoprint / Screen Print
Fee: $90

This class will introduce students to the basic principals of monoprinting followed by a quick jump into alternative methods creating bright and colorful imagery that may either be used as the foundation for future work or stand on its own as a work of art. Students will also learn monoprint / screen print techniques to create one of a kind, colorful imagery using a screen print stencil.

Feb. 21st; 12-6pm
Alternative Methods in Lithography
Fee: $90

For this class, if you are a lithographic novice you are already one step ahead because you will need to throw out everything you think you know about lithography! Students will use alternative materials such as Xerox photocopies, sheets of polyester paper, printer toner, and Sharpie markers to create multi-layer and multi-colored lithographic images. Prints created in this class may be digital or hand drawn in nature. These alternative lithography methods work well on their own...or make outstanding additions to the previously monoprinted grounds created during week 1's class.

Feb. 28th; 12-6pm
Alternative Methods in Dry Point and Intaglio Printing
Fee: $90

This class will introduce students to the basic practice of Intaglio printing. However, instead of using traditional copper and zinc plates, we will be experimenting with alternative substrates such as chip mat board, paper glued to mat board, plexi glass, wood and used aluminum plates. Once again imagery created in this class will work well as finished works of art... or make a beautiful addition to the previously printed work created during the classes of week 1 or week 2.

This program is supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Southern Arts Federation meeting at Ashe

The Louisiana Division of the Arts has invited Nikki Estes, Presenting and Touring Director from the Southern Arts Federation (SAF) to meet with Louisiana artists and presenting organizations from across the state of Louisiana.

Ms. Estes will provide an overview of the Southern Arts Federation and their services ˆ specifically the NEA/SAF Regional Touring Grant and the Performing Arts Exchange. In addition, Naomi Cordill of the Louisiana Presenters Network will provide an overview of the Network and the services they offer, along with the new online touring directory.

New Orleans Area Presentations
Thursday, January 22
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA
2:00 to 3:30

St Tammany
Thursday, January 22
Parish Council Chambers
21490 Koop Dr
Mandeville, LA
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Alvar Art Night

Second Anniversary Party, Tuesday, January 20, 7-9pm

Fashion designer Tracy Thomson gives an overview of the industry
Free, Refreshments served

Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., 596.2667

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gambit reinstates "Inside Art" - message from Eric Bookhardt

Dear Art Lovers,

I am pleased to announce that weekly art reviews will soon be returning to
Gambit newspaper. Some will be in smaller lengths than before, but full length reviews will still appear when possible.
This is a very difficult and transitional time in the newspaper industry,
but Gambit publisher Margo Dubos and editor Kevin Allman recognize the importance the New Orleans art community places on regular weekly reviews and have responded with extraordinary graciousness and compassionate generosity. Consequently, we owe it to them to do everything in our power to support them in this difficult time. So lets offer our heartfelt THANKS to Margo and Kevin, and all of the wonderful folks at Gambit, for this and all they have done for New Orleans and its artists over the years. They are truly great supporters of this city and its arts community!

Eric Bookhardt

PS: Any messages of thanks and support should be sent to, as that is the only authorized email address for public correspondence purposes.

Franklin Adams: A Retrospective at Tulane

exhibition dates: January 15 – February 13, 2009
opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

curated by Carol Leake

This exhibition will include drawings, sculpture, watercolors, assemblages, and works in various other media by Franklin Adams, who taught in the Newcomb Art Department from 1958 – 1982, and then in the Tulane University School of Architecture until 1996. He was Professor Emeritus of Architecture until his death in April 2008.

”It is no exaggeration to say that the trajectory of Franklin Adams’ career is in itself a cultural history of New Orleans during the fifty years he lived, so very completely, in this city.” --Carol Leake, Curator

Gallery hours: M – F, 9 am – 4 pm
Gallery closed on official Tulane holidays.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Richens, Curator, Carroll Gallery
Newcomb Art Department, Woldenberg Art Center
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
phone: 504.314.2228
fax: 504.862-8710

BECA artist membership call

BECA gallery is considering doing a 5 month gallery artist member program during 2009 to help other local artists, give us more flexibility and allow us additional hours to focus on our expansion. Artist members would share in some of the gallery costs and would participate in gallery work shifts during the months of April, June, Aug, Oct. and Dec. of 2009 (We have commitments for the other months of 2009) and in return would receive a solo or two-person exhibition as well as promotion of their work. Membership for 2009 would be for NOLA artists without commercial gallery representation in New Orleans. If you know a NOLA artist who may be interested, please have them email us for further info. or with the subject line 'artist membership' and attach 6 images of current work along with CV.

BECA gallery - Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art
527 St. Joseph Street (across from the Contemporary Arts Center)
New Orleans, LA 70130

After 1st class Biennial, visual arts still 2nd class in NOLA

Most visual artists in New Orleans have long been certain of their role in our local culture as second class citizens. The Gambit Weekly’s recent redesign has certainly made this once again apparent. The dominant flavors in our cultural stew are without doubt the temporal arts of music and cuisine. These are the ones that get the writeups and bring in the advertising dollars. Perhaps visual arts is sidelined by other parts of our effusive visual culture, like Mardi Gras. So, aside from continuing to write letters of outrage to the Gambit (and perhaps demanding more from the alternatives, or the T-P and Art Voices), perhaps visual artists need to rethink what they actually do provide to our city. Not that I’m suggesting an art by the mob, but just a reflection on how contemporary culture in general consumes images and actions. Again and again, it's up to local visual artists to act on their own, to create the critical forums they require, such as this very website.
submitted by d.s.

Axe in the Attic screening at NOLA Conference at Xavier

I just heard about this conference, but Lucia Small and Ed Pincus will be there with their film Axe in the Attic. If you missed it at the film festival you may want to see it at this conference, "Americans at the Pulpit and in the Public Square: A conversation on race, religion, and rhetoric." See information below:

"Americans at the Pulpit and in the Public Square: A conversation on race, religion, and rhetoric", held on the eve of an historic presidential inauguration, is an effort to examine and reinvigorate Black-Jewish relations in a new context. African Americans and Jews were the two groups that voted in the largest numbers for President-Elect Obama. But what does this mean? And what can a renewed alliance hope to achieve, particularly in a worsening economic climate?

The conference will feature an impressive line-up of top academics, activists, and elected officials, and offer many ways to become knowledgeable, active and effective on key issues facing our country and the fabric of our society:
-Participate in an honest conversation across racial and religious lines
-Build coalitions
-Work together through hands-on community service
-Engage leading activists and academics

Visit for more information and to register.

A conversation with McCallum and Tarry

The Xavier University Endowment for the Humanities Speakers Series Presents: A conversation with McCallum and Tarry
Thursday January 15th, University Center Ballroom, Xavier University of Louisiana, 7PM

A collaborative artist team working and exhibiting globally since 1998, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry seek to reveal and discuss issues revolving around marginalized members of society. Their work, which includes large-scale public projects, performance sculpture, painting, photography, video and self-portraiture, challenges audiences to face issues of race and social justice. Mc Callum and Tarry’s work can be seen currently at The African American Musium of Art History and Culture, as part of Prospect.1, the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States. Prospect.1 New Orleans has been conceived by director and curator Dan Cameron, in the tradition of the great international biennials, and showcases new artistic practices as well as an array of programs benefiting the local community. The exhibition closes January 18th.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Flood Marker and Field Guide

"Flood Marker" by Christopher Saucedo and "Field Guide" by Jacqueline Bishop

The Arts Council of New Orleans is pleased to partner with AORTA Projects to celebrate two site-specific art projects in Gentilly, both supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Christopher Saucedo's "Flood Marker" and Jacqueline Bishop's "Field Guide" share the same stretch of Franklin Avenue in front of the historic Milne Boys Home. Please join us Saturday Jan 17th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m to meet the artists and enjoy this unique setting for contemporary art.

Christopher Saucedo's, "Flood Marker", is a nomadic monolith at rest. The piece is an 8,000 lb freestanding and monumental granite block of water with 1,836 waves carved into the stone, one wave for each life lost to the water.

"Field Guide" consists of 5500 simple black bird stencils that were individually cut from original drawings and painted with Industrial Zone and Marking paint directly onto the pavement of the Milne Boys Home driveway. This installation hopes to celebrate and raise consciousness about our unique and fragile environment. For more, please visit AORTA's website.

Special thanks to the City of New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department for their partnership in placing "Flood Marker" on the neutral ground, and their continuous help with many of the "Art in Public Places" projects. For a map to all the "Art in Public Places" please click here.

Sunday Salon & Jazz Funeral to observe the closing of Prospect.1

The Board and Staff of U.S. Biennial and the Friends and Supporters of Prospect New Orleans invite you to attend a Sunday Salon & Jazz Funeral to observe the closing of Prospect.1

Participants in the Sunday Salon, moderated by Dan Cameron, will include: Andy Antippas, Willie Birch, Lolis Eric Elie, Allen Eskew, Skylar Fein, Tony Fitzpatrick, Robert Green, McCallum & Tarry, Chris Rose, and many more.

Light refreshments will be served [cash bar]
Free admission - no RSVP required.
Hefler Warehouse P.1 Welcome Center
851 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Sunday, January 18, 4 to 7 PM -

Monday, January 5, 2009


Sunday, January 18th, 2009, 11:00 AM

Following the eleven week run of the Prospect.1 Biennial, moderator Lowery Stokes Sims and panelists Mel Chin, Claire Tancons, Lolis Eric Elie and Linda Yablonsky take part in a discussion on the impact and implications of the largest biennial of international contemporary art organized in the U.S.

Introduction by Joy Glidden, Director of Louisiana ArtWorks; opening
remarks by Dan Cameron, Director & Curator, Prospect.1. Admission $5.00.

WHEN: Panel Discussion will take place on January 18th, 2009
from 11 AM - 1 PM. Continental breakfast will be served at 10:30 AM
WHERE:Louisiana ArtWorks, 725 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA
WHO:Moderator Lowery Stokes Sims, Curator atthe Museum of Arts and Design

Claire Tancons - Associate Curator, Contemporary Arts Center
Mel Chin - Artist
Lolis Eric Elie - Author; Metro Columnist, Times-Picayune
Linda Yablonsky - Author; Art Critic, Bloomberg News

This program is made possible by the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a
grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana
Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call Karen Louise Crain at 504-571-7373, or
504-723-6593, email her at or visit the
website at