Tag Archives: New Orleans

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On Becoming

On Becoming

Cameron Shaw begins her online writing residency with some thoughts on what it means to become.

Pamela Johnson, "Ice Cream I," 2009. Oil on canvas, 54 x 34 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

Connecting – Part 6: Postscript and Postmortem

After exhibiting at The Artist Project in 2008, Pamela Johnson’s American Still Life series began getting attention. Pepperdine University’s Weisman Museum of Art, Adler & Co. Gallery, and the San …

Profile: Nina Schwanse (artist, New Orleans)

Profile: Nina Schwanse (artist, New Orleans)

In 2009, artist Nina Schwanse relocated from New York City/Philadelphia to New Orleans to continue her video practice at the University of New Orleans. Her work refreshes the typically didactic …

Alec Soth, "Donald and Tamara," from the series, "NIAGARA," 2004

Flash Points

The Process Behind the Portrait

Flash Points

The Process Behind the Portrait

The practice of photographic portraiture is rife with ethical implications – from the subject’s awareness of the project, to the artistic choices made throughout the session, to the work’s resulting …

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New guest blogger: Adrian Duran

New guest blogger: Adrian Duran

Many thanks to John d’Addario for his insightful and exciting posts on New Orleans contemporary art scene. Be sure to read his interview with Dan Cameron about Prospect.2, which launches …

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Interview: Dan Cameron on Prospect.2 New Orleans

Interview: Dan Cameron on Prospect.2 New Orleans

Before I say that Prospect.1 New Orleans was the most exciting art event to take place in the U.S. in the last decade, I should probably provide the disclaimer that …

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The Studio at Colton: A Look Back and Ahead

The Studio at Colton: A Look Back and Ahead

If you had to point to one institution that best illustrated the progress of the arts community in post-Katrina New Orleans—not to mention the progress of the city in general—you …

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Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

It’s been nearly a year since the U.K.-based street artist and provocateur known as Banksy completed over a dozen public art pieces in various locations around New Orleans, including the …

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Flash Points

Share and Share Alike

Flash Points

Share and Share Alike

Artists who garner the most attention in any given time period are those whose work, explicitly or implicitly, reflects the deeper political sensibilities of the era. Right now, contemporary artists …

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Touring Prospect.1 (Part 5), the Warehouse District

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 5), the Warehouse District

Roughly located between New Orleans’ Business and Garden Districts, the Warehouse Arts District was a major concentrations for Prospect.1 displays. Dominated by warehouses and old industrial spaces, there is little …

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Touring Prospect.1 (Part 4), French District & Marigny

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 4), French District & Marigny

I was surprised that Prospect.1 shied away from New Orleans’ infamous French District as much as it did. The epicenter of New Orleans’ global brand, and one of the world’s …

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Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

Touring Prospect.1 (Part 3), the Lower Ninth Ward

If the impact of Katrina now seems minimal in the rest of New Orleans, in the Lower Ninth Ward it was obviously devastating. My guide, who has since become a …

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Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

Touring Prospect.1 in Photos (Part 2)

As promised, here is a small visual taste of the sights and sounds of New Orleans’ Prospect.1 biennial. More detailed posts about the art in the Lower Ninth Ward, the …

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Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

Touring Prospect.1, Talking to Curator Dan Cameron (Part 1)

I arrived in New Orleans in December on an auspicious occasion—it was the first snow fall since 2004 and one of only a few that has touched down in this …

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fundred Points of View

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fundred Points of View

By now, many of you are quite familiar with Mel Chin’s nationwide Fundred project to help highlight the issue of lead contaminated soil in New Orleans. Students and professional artists …

Mark Bradford, Post-Katrina Ark for New Orleans, 2008. Mixed media. Photo: Nicole J. Caruth.

I Left My Heart in New Orleans

I Left My Heart in New Orleans

Prospect. 1 New Orleans, the largest biennial international contemporary art ever held in the United States, opened to the public today. Produced by U.S. Biennial, Inc. and directed by Dan Cameron, …

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Special report: Mel Chin’s “SAFEHOUSE”

Special report: Mel Chin’s “SAFEHOUSE”

Following is an exclusive update from Mel Chin‘s FUNDRED/PAYDIRT team on their latest New Orleans-based project, SAFEHOUSE. Written by Mary Rubin and Amanda Wiles, with photos by FUNDRED, Elliot Coon, …

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

Mark Bradford and Hurricane Katrina

Mark Bradford and Hurricane Katrina

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 …

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Mel Chin | “Paydirt”

Mel Chin | “Paydirt”

EXCLUSIVE: Mel Chin describes the origins and motivations behind the nationwide art project Paydirt in a keynote address to the 2008 National Art Education Association Convention, and visits multiple sites …


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Art21 and Mel Chin’s “Fundred” team in overdrive at NAEA

Art21 and Mel Chin’s “Fundred” team in overdrive at NAEA

  Last month, Art21 and Mel Chin (Season 1) took arts educators from around the world by storm as they presented two of the most dynamic sessions the National Arts …

Art21 & Mel Chin at NAEA

Art21 & Mel Chin at NAEA

Check out Art21′s photos from last week’s NAEA conference in New Orleans. Featured are Art21-featured artist Mel Chin‘s SuperSession, Art21′s professional development workshop for teachers (coopted by Chin), and Art21 …

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Art21 and Mel Chin at NAEA in New Orleans this week

Art21 and Mel Chin at NAEA in New Orleans this week

We’re heading down to New Orleans tomorrow to present a few sessions at this week’s National Art Education Association conference at the Morial Convention Center. In addition, Season 1 artist …

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All About “Fundred” | Interview with Mel Chin part 2

All About “Fundred” | Interview with Mel Chin part 2

The following conversation concludes Art21′s interview with Season 1 artist Mel Chin about his national collaborative artwork, Paydirt/The Fundred Dollar Bill Project. Read Part 1, published last Friday, here. ART21: …

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All About “Fundred” | Interview with Mel Chin part 1

All About “Fundred” | Interview with Mel Chin part 1

The following interview with Season 1 artist Mel Chin took place in late February 2008 at Art21′s offices. Part 2 will be published on Monday. Stay tuned for further information …