NOLA NOW, Part II
February 25 – August 5, 2012
First Floor Gallery & Second Floor (Lupin Foundation) Gallery
Curated by Don Marshall, Executive Director, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation (Founding Executive Director of the CAC)
NOLA NOW Part II: Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape
February 25 – April 7, 2012
NOLA NOW Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana
April 26 – June 10, 2012
NOLA NOW Part II: The Human Figure
Lindsay Barfield, Assistant Curator
June 23 – August 5, 2012
Closing reception: Saturday, August 4, 6 – 11pm (at Whitney White Linen Night)
NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence
October 1, 2011 – January 29, 2012
Opening Reception: October 1, 2011 (6–11pm)
CAC Third Floor Gallery
Curated by Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Arts, Contemporary Arts Center
NOLA NOW is an online database initiated by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans in the spring of 2011. The database serves to document current work by visual artists living and working in greater New Orleans (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes). The content has been compiled, edited and uploaded by artists who will have continual access to their page, which can be updated at any time. The long-term goal of this endeavor is to promote and bring greater exposure to the vibrant arts scene in New Orleans and to present the database as an invaluable resource to arts institutions, curators, and writers across the globe. Over 400 artists initially created profiles for NOLA NOW, and beginning January 30, 2012, eligible artists will have another opportunity to submit work made within the last two years.
The first installment of a two-part exhibition curated from the NOLA NOW database, NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger For a Lost Magnificence, a thematic group exhibtion of 35 local artists curated by Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Arts at the CAC, was presented on the third floor October 1, 2011 – January 29, 2012. The second installment of NOLA NOW will be presented February 25 – June 3, 2012 in the first floor gallery of the CAC. Both exhibitions are part of the CAC’s 35th Birthday program focusing on past, present and future work by local artists. In conjunction with the opening of NOLA NOW, Part II, the database will be launched online February 25, 2012. NOLA NOW, Part II will feature the work of nearly 200 New Orleans' artists, celebrating the large all-inclusive group exhibitions organized by artists in the early years of the CAC.
NOLA NOW, Part II
Mining the CAC’s archive, Don Marshall, Executive Director, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, and Founding Executive Director of the CAC from 1977 to 1986, presents an exhibition in three parts, reflecting on the following landmark exhibitions organized by the CAC: Abstraction In Louisiana (curated by Terrington Calas); Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape; and The Human Figure (both curated by Alexandra Monett). These exhibitions marked a level of high accomplishment for the young multi-disciplinary arts institution and established the CAC as the center for contemporary art in New Orleans. With NOLA NOW, Part II, the CAC continues to provide a platform for the wealth of artistic talent living and working in the Greater New Orleans area.
Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape was presented in 1986 at the CAC as the last in a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Monett on realism in contemporary American art. This exhibition reflected on the strength and diversity of realist work created in the United States from 1960 to 1985. After its presentation at the CAC, this exhibition traveled to New York City, serving as the inaugural exhibition at The New York Academy of Art. NOLA NOW, Part II: Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape (1986 & 2012), brings together a diverse group of artists whose work recalls our infatuation with natural and man-made environments.
Abstraction In Louisiana featured twenty contemporary Louisiana artists including Wayne Amedee, George Dunbar, Ida Kohlmeyer, Gene Koss and Pat Trivigno in an exhibition at the CAC in 1980. Calas, in his introductory essay stated: “We seem, at least now, to need more. We seem to require that our metaphors are more ‘interactional,’ that both an image and its antecedent remain before us; that they both seduce us; that they, in the end, produce some new experience.” NOLA NOW, Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana (1980 & 2012), includes artists from the Greater New Orleans area, whose work demonstrates the powerful influence of our surroundings.
In 1982, the CAC celebrated its fifth anniversary by hosting its most ambitious exhibition to date, The Human Figure. This exhibition sought to pair local artists such as Robert Gordy, George Dureau and Douglas Bourgeois with international artists. In the catalog, Monett stated that the focus on figurative work during that time was a way for artists to be “witnesses of their times” and that “the return of the human figure is a reflection of the human quest—man, again, in search of man.” Inspired by this powerful notion, NOLA NOW II: The Human Figure (1982 & 2012) is a celebration of the great diversity of individuals that populate the city of New Orleans and beyond.
Artists in NOLA NOW, Part II: Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape
Leslie Addison; Renee Allie; Jan Arrigo; Frank Aymami; John Barnes, Jr.; J. Stirling Barrett;Frances Beck; Muffin Bernstein; Jacqueline Bishop; Jessica Bizer; Skip Bolen; Sesthasak Boonchai; Barbara Brainard; Thor Carlson; Emery Clark; William B. Crowell; Adrian Deckbar; Lee Deigaard; Julie Dermansky; Matthew Duguid; Brad Dupuy; Courtney Egan; Eric Ehlenberger; Emily Farranto; West Freeman; Pippin Frisbie-Calder; Alan Gerson; Greg Giegucz; Jan Gilbert; Laura Gipson;Grissel Giuliano; Bob Graham; Ronna Harris; Campbell Hutchinson; Dick Johnson; Kevin Jones; Rachel Jones; Krista Jurisich; Erik Kiesewetter; Carey Hero King; Frahn Koerner; Richard Legendre; Barbie L’Hoste; Rick Lineberger; Lory Lockwood; Charles Lovell; Shirley Rabe Masinter;Molly McGuire; David Rae Morris; Owen Murphy; D. Nuego; Flynn O’Brien; Terrance Osborne; Li Pallas; Joseph Pearson; Andrew Jackson Pollack; Kathy Rodriguez; Azu Romá; Victoria Ryan; Holly Sarré; Elizabeth Shannon; Paulina Sierra; Maxx Sizeler; Eleanor Smith; Bob Snead; Billy Solitario; Alexander Stolin; Brian St. Cyr; David Sullivan; Mdnez Sunyata; Meg Turner; Mark Waguespack; Hillary Wallis; Erin Walters-Bugbee; Gretchen Wheaton; Bobby Wozniak; George Yerger
Artists in NOLA NOW, Part II: Abstraction In Louisiana
Karen Abboud; Wayne Amedee; Randy Asprodites; Luis Cruz Azaceta; Raine Bedsole; David Borgerding; Silas Breaux; Andrew Brott; Nicole Charbonnet; Robin Cole; Anita Cooke; Linda Dautreuil; Angela Driscoll; George Dunbar; Lin Emery; Adam Farrington; Madeleine Faust; Kathryn Fazekas; Rashida Ferdinand; Jonathan Ferrara; Sarah Allen Freeman; Doyle Gertjejansen; David Gillies; Mark Grote; Gerald Haessig; Brooke Hair; Shawn Hall; Viorel Hodre; Sarah House; Margaret Hull; Jeremy Jernegan; Sharon Jacques; Richard Johnson; Morgana King; MaPo Kinnord-Payton; Beth Lambert; Kathleen Loe; Deedra Ludwig; Bernard Mattox; Thomas Mann; George McClements; Layla Messkoub; Robert Moreland; Mallory Page; Martin Payton; Anastasia Pelias; Deborah Pelias; Yuka Petz; Vanessa Sanborn; Sylvaine Sancton; Christine Sauer; Cynthia Scott; Sylvia Schmidt; Regina Scully; Allison Stewart; Christian Stock; Tom Strider; Robert Tannen; Paul Tarver; Craig Taylor; Laurel True; Paige Valente; Sidonie Villere; Hasmig Vartanian; Lesley Wells; Jerald L. White; Ed Whiteman
Artists in NOLA NOW, Part II: The Human Figure
Vanessa Adams; Katrina Andry; Christine Dominique Bagnaris; Cline Bailey; Brent Barnidge; Gus Bennett; Martin Benson; Mark Bercier; Kim Bernadas; Blake Boyd; Janet Boyd; H. Grace Boyle; Bruce Brice; Thomas Bruno; Judith Burks; Sandra Burshell; Darrin Butler; Gerald Cannon; Henry Casselli; Jean Cassels; Lee Celano; Jason Chaffin; Chris Clark; Stephen Collier; Judy Cooper; Rhonda Corley; Nikki Crook; Andy Dahl; Bruce Davenport, Jr.; Marin Dearie; Michael Deas; Christopher Deris; Keith Duncan; George Dureau; Karen Edmunds; Aubrey Edwards; Michael Fedor; Siobhan Feehan; Daniel Fuselier; Mitchell Gaudet; Generic Art Solutions; Sallie Ann Glassman; Jessica Goldfinch; Erika Goldring; Toni Graham; Jo Ann Greenberg; Matthew Hance; Meryt Harding; Cherice Harrison-Nelson; McCabe Hense; Teresa Herrera; John Hodge; Stephen Hoskins; Keith Hogan; Ann Hornback; Charlie T. Johnson; Pat Jolly; Sheleen Jones-Adenle; Evelyn Jordan; Epaul Julien; Joel Kelly; Kevin Kline; Stephen Kwok; David Lambert; D. Lammie-Hanson; Varion Laurent; Nique Le Transome; Carol Leake; Dona Lief; Travis Linde; Luz-Maria Lopez; Norah Lovell; Kayleigh Maier; Steve Martin; Bunny Matthews; Ulrika Matthiessen; Lizzie McCleskey; Michael McGrane; Natalie McLaurin; James Michalopoulos; Harlin Miller; Lionel Milton; Joseph Moran; Beverly Morris; MRSA; Adam Mysock; Michael Pajon; Jana Napoli; Sean Neary; Larry Nevil; Jack Niven; Kyle Nugent; Gary Oaks; Karen Ocker; Ruth Owens; Auseklis Ozols; Mario Padilla; Leslie Parr; Keith Perelli; Gina Phillips; Jeff Pastorek; Alex Podesta; Rajko Radovanovic; Aaron Reichert; Frank Relle; M. Delos Reyes; Francie Rich; Rukiya; Bradley Sabin; Josephine Sacabo; Phil Sandusky; Karoline Schleh; George Schmidt; Ann Schwab; Kenneth Scott; Jean Seidenberg; Jennifer Shaw; Mark Sindler; Zack Smith; Jim Sohr; Louis St. Lewis/Sean Yseult; Francine Stock; Patch Somerville; Louis St. Lewis/Sean Yseult; Leslie Staub; Jane Talton-Ayrod; Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux; Richard Thomas; José Torres-Tama; Craig Tracy; Tim Trapolin; Jonathan Traviesa; Angelica Verkeenko; VonHaffacker; Bedonna Wakeman; Robert Warrens; Heather Weathers; Clifton Webb; Dell Weller; Christopher Porché West; Kathryn Wilson
NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence
A snapshot reflecting a community, NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence, brings together thirty-five artists (thirty-four artists and one collaborative team) producing work in a culturally specific geographical locale that has been strongly impacted by recent sociopolitical and economic circumstances. Made within the last two years, the work encompasses a multitude of impressions and imagery presented through drawing, film, installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, sound, and video. One of the many links is what can best be described as a pining for the past. Thus, Swagger for a Lost Magnificence (2010), a film by Ashley Brett Chipman—aptly titled after a line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night —serves as a subtitle for NOLA NOW, Part I.
Many of the works in the exhibition are not necessarily nostalgic, but express a desire for an economy we once knew, an environment less scathed, or even a stronger sense of purpose in a world where things fall apart over and over again. Also found in many of the works is a sense of movement, a physical traversing from one place to another, or, in the Surrealist tradition, a philosophical or psychological journey that seeks to expand the possibilities of human experience. And finally, the notion of “home” and how it defines the individual is overwhelmingly apparent in NOLA NOW, Part I. The influx of a new creative class to New Orleans, paired with the return of many who were displaced as a result of the events that unfolded following Hurricane Katrina, has undoubtedly affected artists living in this city. NOLA NOW, Part I thoughtfully considers our sense of place and self, exploring a landscape of ideas and visions that embodies where we are as much as where we dream of being.
Artists in NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence are Michele Basta, Ron Bechet, Angela Berry, James Taylor Bonds, Kyle Bravo, Hannah Chalew, Ashley Brett Chipman, Teresa Cole, Aaron Collier, Andy Cook, Dawn DeDeaux, James Goedert, Dave Greber, Sally Heller, Stephen Hilger, Debra Howell, Gene Koss, Erica Lambertson Philippe, Robin Levy, Srdjan Loncar, Sophie T. Lvoff, Grace Mikell, Jennifer Odem, Mary Jane Parker, Brooke Pickett, Duane Pitre, Lala Raščić, Kate Ryan, Club S + S (Stephen Paul Day and Sibylle Peretti), Christopher Saucedo, Nina Schwanse, Margot Walsh, Carl Joe Williams, Monica Zeringue, and Luba Zygarewicz.