"Constructing the Break" | Michel Varisco

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp Street

August 4, 2018 - October 6, 2018

Press Release

Saturday, August 4, (Hancock Whitney White Linen Night) - Saturday, October 6, 2018

Opening Reception - Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 5:30 - 9:30pm.

Free and Open to the Public

Opening the season—the Contemporary Arts Center’s 5th annual Open Call Exhibition presents the work of 30 regional artists.

The Mississippi River makes meaning of the landscape as it careens through the United States, flowing South from Minnesota through the Midwest, caressing the edges and embankments of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas, until finally pouring down through Louisiana to empty into the Gulf of Mexico.

The landscape is similarly marked by the bodies who move through it, by the passing of time, and by the social politics that inform migration, homesteading, and documenting cartographies.

With these considerations, this exhibition looks to the intersection of the body and the landscape—from the gentle overlap of conceptual practices and the physicality of environments to spatial politics that are deeply embedded within the social fabric of this country. This exhibition considers artistic practices that engage with the shape-shifting that is at the core of New Orleans, where the concept of being rooted is consistently tempered by infrastructural fragility.

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