Mark Bradford and Hurricane Katrina

Mark Bradford’s post-Katrina ark for New Orleans. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. Photo by Lisa Lyons.

Tomorrow, October 11, the Carnegie Museum of Art will host a public conversation between Art21 artist Mark Bradford (Season 4) and 2008 Carnegie International curator, Douglas Fogle. Topics include the artist’s rooftop installation Help Us, which was inspired by the stranded victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The free one-hour program takes place at 4pm in the Carnegie Lecture Hall.

Bradford’s latest project for the U.S. biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans, was recently featured in the LA Times. Pictured above on the streets of Los Angeles, the “Post-Katrina Ark for New Orleans,” measures in at twenty-two feet high and 64 feet long. The ark will be reassembled in the city’s Ninth Ward, which is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city–the area hardest hit by the hurricane. Read more about Bradford’s project here.

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Nicole J. Caruth is the digital content editor at ART21. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, Big Red & Shiny, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.
  1. Mamie Holst says:

    Gee, has or hasn’t Mark Bradford heard of Kea Tawana’s ark done in Newark, New Jersey, in the 1980′s? She was WAY ahead of him and her’s was much more of a truth. Since he’s an “art star” and makes $$$$$, I wonder if anyone will try to destroy his, like the pathetic City of Newark succeeded in doing with Kea’s. Maybe someone should tell him it’s already been done, done, done.

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  3. Mamie Holst says:

    I just reread what I wrote almost two years ago about Mark Bradford’s ark and I really owe him an apology. I must have been having a very bad day. What I was and still upset about is that Kea Tawana’s ark was trashed, because she wasn’t seen as a “real person” because she was poor and homeless. That of course, doesn’t have anything to do with Mr. Bradford. So Mr. Bradford, if you see this, please accept my apologies.

    Sincerely,
    Mamie Holst

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