"Here and Now" | MEG TURNER

Contemporary Arts Center

900 Camp Street

November 2, 2019 – April 12, 2020

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW

Press Release

“Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future.”

-- José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia

Meg Turner: Here and Now is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. The installation, including over 100 portrait tintype of artists, activists, teachers, school mates, friends, lovers, and near-strangers, documents a self-selected community who over the past five years have elected to participate in Turner’s photographic project to advance and approach utopia. Photographed with backdrops of fantastic(al) landscapes and fabricated sets, participants and collaborators are invited to embody the politics of gender, sexuality and economic autonomy they desire. The images serve to capture both histories and imaginary worlds that expand the reach of support systems commonly and traditionally provided by immediate communities linked by school, church, family, and neighborhood.

Photographing and processing every tintypes and subsequent print by hand, Turner approaches her practice as a series of deliberate actions in the service of an alternative and ever-expanding community of care. The installation includes a hand-constructed building bearing likeness to the Smith Tire building on St. Claude Avenue and Frenchmen street in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. Echoing the architecture of early roadside service stations and the oft-mythologized American highway, the neon lights and hand dyed wooden archway advertise its offerings for both sustenance and pleasure, free of charge. Over the course of the exhibition, the artist will use the installation as backdrop for more photographs that will, in turn, be incorporated into the installation. Meg Turner: Here and Now is an invitation to experience and to join the photographic record of a fragile and potential utopia.

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, and curated by Andrea Andersson, PhD, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC. The exhibition is supported by The Helis Foundation and Sydney & Walda Besthoff. Additional funding is provided by the Visual Arts Exhibition Fund with generous contributions from The Azby Fund, Bryan Bailey, Valerie Besthoff, Walda & Sydney Besthoff, The Domain Companies, Anna & Scott Dunbar, Kendall Winingder and Patrick Schindler, Aimée & Mike Siegel, and anonymous donors.This exhibition is also supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.

Please note that this exhibit contains strong language and nudity. Viewer discretion is advised.

Meg Turner

Meg Turner (b.1985)  is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in New Orleans Louisiana. Her work employs printmaking, photography, sign making, and installation to focus on queer fantasy and contemporary critique. Combining intimate portraiture, analog technologies and decades of studying and making propaganda, Meg is focused on confronting/celebrating our expectations of utopia. 

Meg’s work has been exhibited at HERE arts center (NYC) the Orkiestra Sinfonia Varsovia in Poland, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Ct, The Museum of The Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI), and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Meg’s collaborative photographic project with Courtney Webster PATRICIDE has been shown in New York at The Leslie Lohmen Museum of gay and lesbian art, Bureau of General Services - Queer Division, BRIC, and WildProject.

Meg received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design. She currently teaches printmaking at Parsons School of Design in New York City and infrequently performs in messy punk bands and dance troupes in a variety of venues. 

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