Afar Travel Guide: Julia Street Arts District

Afar Travel Guide: Julia Street Arts District

By Wayne Curtis

December 08, 2018

 

Contemporary art sometimes seems to take a back seat in a city enamored of its ornate and storied past. Scratch the surface, though, and you’ll find a strong and growing creative scene in New Orleans.

Octavia Art featured at the new Eliza Jane Hotel

Octavia Art featured at the new Eliza Jane Hotel

By the Octavia Art Team

December 01, 2018

 

Boutique hotel, The Eliza Jane, just opened in New Orleans with Octavia Art on the walls! The hotel resembles the city in that it is a classic mix of elegance and funkiness. It is built within nine historic warehouses that look distinct on the outside but have been united on the inside.

Review: Richard McCabe curates sprawling exhibit of Southern photography

Review: Richard McCabe curates sprawling exhibit of Southern photography

By D. Eric Brookhardt

November 19, 2018

 

The largest photography exhibition to date at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, this sprawling “New Southern Photography” show, curated by Richard McCabe, features diverse yet cohesive images by 25 emerging and mid-career Southern artists.

Inside The Arts: Hispanic Women Making Art

Inside The Arts: Hispanic Women Making Art

By Diane Mack

November 16, 2018

 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Arts District New Orleans executive director Marcela Correa. She is the curator of the exhibit Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment & Identity presented by the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans and the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation. 

3 shows at Contemporary Arts Center spotlight New Orleans' industrial, cultural worlds

3 shows at Contemporary Arts Center spotlight New Orleans' industrial, cultural worlds

By John D'Addario

November 15, 2018

 

Many of the high-profile art shows in New Orleans this year have used the occasion of the city’s tricentennial to celebrate the more colorful moments in its history. This month, a group of three separate but thematically linked shows at the Contemporary Arts Center spotlights more often-overlooked aspects of the city’s industrial and cultural environment and the concept of labor in general.

O What a Night! at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

O What a Night! at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

By Nell Nolan

November 10, 2018

 

One of the most exciting annual art auctions — to benefit a fine cause — occurs during the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s O What a Night! 

Artscape: North Shore talent on display at Julia Street galleries

Artscape: North Shore talent on display at Julia Street galleries

By Sarah Bonnette

November 08, 2018

 

The North Shore came to New Orleans on November’s first Saturday, with three prominent artists having receptions for their solo exhibitions during the New Orleans Arts District’s First Saturday Gallery Openings.

LUNA Fête’s free light and video extravaganza returns Dec. 6, adding two locations

LUNA Fête’s free light and video extravaganza returns Dec. 6, adding two locations

By Sue Strachan

November 06, 2018

 

LUNA Fête, a free holiday festival of art and technology that returns Dec. 6-9 for its fifth year! LUNA Fête is the country's longest-running annual large-scale festival of projection mapping, which turns objects into a display surface for video projection. Local landmarks will be illuminated from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the theme “Through Time,” to celebrate the city’s tricentennial.

WW2 Museum joins New Orleans library museum pass program

WW2 Museum joins New Orleans library museum pass program

By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

October 28, 2018

 

The National World War II Museum has joined the New Orleans Public Library 's museum pass program. It's the fourth museum to do so, allowing anyone with a library card to check out a two-week pass providing free admission for two adults and some children. The number of children varies according to the museum involved.

 

Lost in Time: An Interview with Sean Yseult

Lost in Time: An Interview with Sean Yseult

By Brooke Sauvage

October 26, 2018

 

Brooke Sauvage speaks to Sean Yseult about her current show at Boyd | Satellite and her various careers as an artist, musician, and bar owner.

Revised Mythologies: “New Southern Photography” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Revised Mythologies: “New Southern Photography” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

By Marjorie Rawle

October 22, 2018

 

Marjorie Rawle considers how an exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art questions the ways we perceive regional histories.

Review: Raine Bedsole explores spirit vessels in 'Passage'

Review: Raine Bedsole explores spirit vessels in 'Passage'

By D. Eric Brookhardt

October 15, 2018

 

The Passage expo at Callan Contemporary gallery extends Raine Bedsole's long exploration of spirit vessels that, like New Orleans itself, can seem magically suspended in a sea of humidity.

A Life of Violence: Roger Guenveur Smith at the Contemporary Arts Center

A Life of Violence: Roger Guenveur Smith at the Contemporary Arts Center

By Tina Orlandini

September 27, 2018

 

Tina Orlandini reflects on a recent performance by Roger Guenveur Smith at the Contemporary Arts Center that looked back on the life of Rodney King.

 

The Dazzling and Dooming Art of Cecilia Vicuña

The Dazzling and Dooming Art of Cecilia Vicuña

By Alex Brostoff

September 26, 2018

 

The Chilean-born artist commemorates calamity while transfiguring its ruin into another tomorrow. Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans and co-curated by Andrea Andersson and Julia Bryan-Wilson, the show, titled Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, features site-specific installations, a selection of short films, artist’s books, and over 100 precarios — precarious pieces that verge on disintegrating.

At 91, George Dunbar's says 'my best work is yet to come'

At 91, George Dunbar's says 'my best work is yet to come'

By Ted Lewis

September 19, 2018

 

In 1955, Slidell abstract artist George Dunbar was selected as Art in America’s “New Talent” of the year. More than six decades later, Dunbar’s latest creations — he calls this his “Surge Period” — will be on display in November in a new show at the Callan Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans.

Studio Visit with Ken Tate at Octavia Art Gallery

Studio Visit with Ken Tate at Octavia Art Gallery

By the Octavia Art Team

September 15, 2018

 

Artist Ken Tate gives a studio tour at Octavia Art Gallery, discusses the inspiration for his latest collection, and acknowledges the role of the subconscious in his creative process. 

Review: 'No Dead Artists' explores politics and identity in 22nd edition

Review: 'No Dead Artists' explores politics and identity in 22nd edition

By D. Eric Brookhardt

September 10, 2018

 

When Jonathan Ferrara was a partner at a now-defunct gallery in 1995, it launched the annual No Dead Artists exhibition. Created to spotlight the work of local emerging artists, the show survived the transition to Ferrara's own gallery and now is international in scope. The surprising thing about this year's 22nd iteration is the unusual prevalence of figurative imagery that often evokes the identity politics that dominate our current political discourse. 

The man who became the best friend of New Orleans' artists

The man who became the best friend of New Orleans' artists

By John Pope

September 01, 2018

 

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting 300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans, featuring original artwork commissioned by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with Where Y'Art gallery. Today: art dealer Arthur Roger.

Review: Shawne Major's 'Pareidolia' at Callan Contemporary

Review: Shawne Major's 'Pareidolia' at Callan Contemporary

By D. Eric Brookhardt

August 13, 2018

 

Shawne Major's elaborately beaded wall hangings and sculptures rarely resemble anything distinct, but their thousands of tiny stitches, beads, buttons and micro-baubles stimulate the wandering imagination while offering sanctuary from horror vacui. 

Colonial-era painter featured in tricentennial show at Ogden

Colonial-era painter featured in tricentennial show at Ogden

By R. Stephanie Bruno

August 01, 2018

 

Art historian and Julia Street gallery owner Cybèle Gontar felt something was missing from the lineup of art events celebrating the city’s tricentennial; a notable artistic figure in New Orleans history had been left out. Josef Salazar was the leading portrait painter in colonial New Orleans from 1785 to 1802. Thanks to Gontar and the Ogden Museum, the work of Josef Salazar can now be seen in an exhibition at the Ogden titled, "Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans."

Sculptor Ashley Pridmore’s Wild Talent: A New Orleans artist breathes new life into death

Sculptor Ashley Pridmore’s Wild Talent: A New Orleans artist breathes new life into death

By Julia Reed

August 01, 2018

 

Pridmore is a draftsman and sculptor who documents—and transforms—the natural world that is so much a part of her DNA. In April, her St. Kampos, an eight-foot-tall bronze “sea beast,” was installed in New Orleans on Poydras Street as part of a public-private partnership between the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Helis Foundation.

Hancock Whitney White Linen Night Returns For Gallery Hoppers And Art Aficionados

Hancock Whitney White Linen Night Returns For Gallery Hoppers And Art Aficionados

By offBEAT Staff

July 30, 2018

 

Once again, it’s time for the annual Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, a block party of sorts paying homage to the city’s galleries and museums in the Warehouse District.

#HELLOWORLD: These Black Women In New Orleans Are Dominating The Art Scene

#HELLOWORLD: These Black Women In New Orleans Are Dominating The Art Scene

By Danielle James

July 13, 2018

 

Stella Jones and her husband, Harry Jones (now deceased), started the Stella Jones Gallery in 1996 and got it together in about three weeks. The gallery currently represents a plethora of Black artists across the diaspora and has art that is focused on the Black experience.

Portrait of a Creative Space: The Studio of Nicole Charbonnet

Portrait of a Creative Space: The Studio of Nicole Charbonnet

By Folwell Dunbar

July 09, 2018

 

Nicole Charbonnet’s studio is seven thousand square feet. The main room alone is the size of a middle school gymnasium. It is a building that produces incredible art. Nicole’s current work combines images inspired by antiquity and the Renaissance with contemporary items like wallpaper, stenciled letters and magazine clippings. Her next solo show in New Orleans is at Arthur Roger Gallery in January of 2019. 

Mexican Cultural Institute Finds A Muse In The Arts District

Mexican Cultural Institute Finds A Muse In The Arts District

By Kelley Crawford

May 17, 2018

 

The Mexican Cultural Institute, now open in the Arts District, promotes the diverse culture of Mexico by collaborating with many Latin American artists.

Review: Lin Emery "Ruminations" at the Arthur Roger Gallery

Review: Lin Emery "Ruminations" at the Arthur Roger Gallery

By Dr. Saskia Ozols Eubanks

April 28, 2018

 

Professor Saskia Ozols Eubanks reviews Ruminations, Lin Emery's exhibition at the Arthur Roger Gallery, "A walk past the sculpture of Lin Emery brings to mind the light of spring and invites reflection on our relationship with the larger world we occupy."

At almost 80, he’s still got it: animator Ron Campbell can still do Scooby

At almost 80, he’s still got it: animator Ron Campbell can still do Scooby

By Wild Bill Wood

March 22, 2018

 

Animator Ron Campbell and his traveling art show are in New Orleans! His collection is at the Boyd Satellite Gallery at 440 Julia Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.

The Last Southern Gentleman

The Last Southern Gentleman

By Folwell Dunbar

March 9, 2018

 

Folwell Dunbar reflects on the life and legacy of his father, New Orleans artist and gallery owner, George Dunbar.

Aron Belka's 'Call To Post': Inspired By New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course

Aron Belka's 'Call To Post': Inspired By New Orleans' Fair Grounds Race Course

By Teresa Genaro

February 28, 2018

 

Belka’s show “Call to Post,” which ran from Jan. 6 to Feb. 24 at Lemieux Galleries in New Orleans, featured both large- and small-scale paintings of people and horses both anonymous and well-known.

Retrospective celebrates, preserves legacy of a New Orleans artist Jeffrey Cook

Retrospective celebrates, preserves legacy of a New Orleans artist Jeffrey Cook

By John D'Addario

February 02, 2018

 

A powerful exhibition at Boyd | Satellite on Julia Street celebrates the fantastic life and career of New Orleans' artist Jeffrey Cook. ​“A Nkisi for Jeffrey Cook” includes dozens of works from 17 mostly private collections encompassing the entirety of Cook’s career, from his early student work to pieces he created shortly before his death.

Party Central: 'Oscillation' at Jonathan Ferrara; photographs at Arthur Roger

Party Central: 'Oscillation' at Jonathan Ferrara; photographs at Arthur Roger

By Jeff Strout

January 20, 2018

 

Explore snapshots of Jonathan Ferrara's show, "Oscillation: An Exhibition About Painting," curated by Dan Cameron as a Prospect.4 satellite show.

THRILLIST: 10 Spots Outside of the French Quarter Every New Orleans Visitor Should Hit

THRILLIST: 10 Spots Outside of the French Quarter Every New Orleans Visitor Should Hit

By Dinah Bakeer

January 16, 2018

 

Too many visitors to New Orleans fall for the fabled French Quarter and forget to snap out of the spell. There's so much more territory to cover. Explore the art scene: Every first Saturday of the month, the arts district around Julia Street features gallery openings complete with complimentary drinks and top local artists.

Side by Side: Dureau and Mapplethorpe shared friendship and art, but not fame

Side by Side: Dureau and Mapplethorpe shared friendship and art, but not fame

By John D'Addario

January 16, 2018

 

A new show at Arthur Roger Gallery provides an unprecedented opportunity to compare work by George Dureau and Robert Mapplethorpe, two of the most important figurative photographers of the 20th century.

Exhibit is a chance to rediscover the abstract art of native son Fritz Bultman

Exhibit is a chance to rediscover the abstract art of native son Fritz Bultman

By John D'Addario

January 09, 2018

 

A new show at Octavia Gallery is giving Fritz Bultman more of the posthumous attention he deserves. Bultman was one of the most important members of the group of postwar abstract artists known as the New York School, members of which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Over the years, Bultman’s name has been eclipsed by his more famous contemporaries. The Octavia show offers a rare opportunity for audiences to acquaint (or reacquaint) themselves with the range of his work.

Thought, Race And Public Space In A 21st Century Art World

Thought, Race And Public Space In A 21st Century Art World

By Nicolas B. Aziz

December 06, 2017

 

I had the honor of collaborating with fellow native New Orleanian artist Ti-Rock Moore on a piece that seeks to reclaim the land formerly known as the “General Beauregard Equestrian Statue” and use it as a work of art to reimagine our country’s future. While these spaces have been used since the conclusion of the Civil War to uphold and promote white supremacy, they now have the ability to be activated in more creative and polyphonic manners. As public land, cities now have the ability to engage their citizens in a very unique way to co-create the future.

The Four Spots That Have Transformed the Arts District into NOLA's Hottest Neighborhood

The Four Spots That Have Transformed the Arts District into NOLA's Hottest Neighborhood

By Sarah Ravits

November 28, 2017

 

A trip to New Orleans demands a visit to the historic Arts District. The former Warehouse District has rebuilt itself into one of the sleekest parts of town, bustling with art galleries, restaurants, museums and a vibrant nightlife scene. Here are four spots that illuminate the greatness of the reborn neighborhood, whether you’re an exploratory local, or an adventurous traveler.

Inside the Arts: Prospect. 4 'Sin Título' Opens, Pianist Spencer Myer, The Last Five Years @ Le Petit

Inside the Arts: Prospect. 4 'Sin Título' Opens, Pianist Spencer Myer, The Last Five Years @ Le Petit

By Diane Mack

October 31, 2017

 

Diane Mack sits down to talk about Sin Título with Dan Cameron and Jonathan Ferrara. Visit: www.wwno.org to listen to the full interview on "Inside the Arts" with Diane Mack. 

Whitney’s White Linen Night: A showcasing of artists of color

Whitney’s White Linen Night: A showcasing of artists of color

By David T. Baker

August 02, 2017

 

New Orleans, LA – It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s summer; which means the time has yet again come for droves of art patrons and revelers alike to garb themselves in linens woven of white and gather in the streets to party like an artist. Julia Street to be precise. The annual art-meets-wine extravaganza known as Whitney White Linen Night is once again upon us.

Julia in July

Julia in July

By Kelcy Wilburn

July 01, 2017

 

While some cities have only a couple famous streets or hot-spot neighborhoods, New Orleans is rich with eclectic areas that offer their own unique attractions, shops, restaurants and vibe. Julia Street is one of the many famous neighborhoods within a neighborhood that draws visitors year-round, while also experiencing a growth in residents.

Galleries celebrate a musical jam session for art on Julia Street

Galleries celebrate a musical jam session for art on Julia Street

By John D'Addario

May 2, 2017

 

With Jammin’ on Julia falling on the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, music fans who also want to keep up with the contemporary visual arts scene may have to make some tough choices. 

'Guns in the Hands of Artists,' a fresh book on a too-familiar topic

'Guns in the Hands of Artists,' a fresh book on a too-familiar topic

By Doug MacCash

November 30, 2016

 

Author/gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara's darkly handsome, 215-page volume "Guns in the Hands of Artists" includes dramatic photos of artworks made from firearms, plus a series of essays by everyone from Walter Isaacson to Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Harry Shearer.  

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