Exclusive cultural event ticket promotions, jazz and music via DJ, samples of cuisine from great New Orleans restaurants, locally brewed beer, and a chance to learn and talk with people from dozens of Crescent City cultural and arts organizations. That's what will be on tap this Wednesday night at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Gardens at Cultural Collision 2, an event in which the New Orleans Photo Alliance is participating.
The “one of a kind happy hour to kick off the 2010 cultural season,” as organizers call it, as well as an afterparty, will be free and open to the public. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
The main event, showcasing cultural organizations and featuring music and local cuisine, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. More than 35 cultural organizations will have tables at NOMA, where event-goers can learn about upcoming events, join or learn about group memberships, as well as take advantage of exclusive ticket promotions.
Meanwhile, several Crescent City restaurants will be offering food samples, including Ralph Brennan’s Courtyard Café (at NOMA), Ralph’s on the Park, Café Degas, Matt and Naddie's, and EAT New Orleans. The Courtyard Kings will also play at the event.
The City Park celebration will not stop at 8 p.m., however. An after-party will begin immediately afterward and last until 10 p.m., next door at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. DJ Matty will bring the music. Food from the The American Sector restaurant and NOLA Brew beer will be available.
(Photo from the first Cultural Collision at NOMA by Jen Sharp of New Orleans, via Flickr)
The refreshed PhotoNOLA website is up! photonola.org
Registration for the portfolio review opens on Wednesday, Sept 1 at 10am central time. More information about festival exhibitions and educational events will be added in the coming weeks.
Deadline for submissions : Monday, August 30th.
There are a relatively few topics we can all relate to, the big ones being birth and death. But what happens in-between, for most of us, is the process of living, of getting by, of succeeding, of toil, and of searching. Work could be your job, your 9-5, it could be someone else's, or it could be the absence of employment, an affliction all too common in this day and age. Work is what we do to feed us physically, emotionally, mentally. Chasing dreams or dollars, show us your WoRK.
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"Katrina + 5: An X-code Exhibition" was selected for the 2009 Southern Spaces series "Documentary Expression and the American South," a collection of innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship about documentary work and original documentary projects that engage with regions and places in the U.S. South.
Dorothy Moye describes the widespread use of the X-code, an iconic graphic applied by search-and-rescue teams in 2005 post-Katrina New Orleans. In a virtual exhibition, Moye presents X-code images selected from the work of more than twenty-five photographers in the intervening five years, including Brian Gauvin, Thomas Mann, Jane Fulton Alt and Ian Cohn. Visually striking and emotionally compelling, the X-code speaks through its sheer numbers, its rhythmic repetition across the curving network of city streets, its narrative traces of ciphered messages and its graphic directness.
View the online exhibition here: http://www.southernspaces.org/2010/katrina-5-x-code-exhibition
Southern Spaces is an interdisciplinary journal about regions, places, and cultures of the American South and their global connections.
Image: Faubourg St. John, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2005 by Cynthia Scott
Exhibit in New Orleans this Friday: 'RESTORE TRINITY'
Friday, 4-8 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5234 North Claiborne Ave. An exhibit of works by Mario Tama and other photographers, sponsored by Camp Restore.
Have a show to promote? A book release? Selling some photo equipment? Send your photo-related news and events to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the September newsletter!
Octavia Books announces a book signing with photographer John Woodin featuring his amazing book CITY OF MEMORY: New Orleans Before and After Katrina.
One year before Hurricane Katrina flooded his childhood home, photographer John Woodin returned to the city that shaped his life. Led by intuition and fading memories, Woodin wandered the neighborhoods of his youth and photographed the architecture of the working poor, documenting the conflict between order and chaos, the effects of poverty and neglect, and the incongruous beauty of decay.
The day after the search for Katrina’s victims was abandoned, Woodin returned to the same locations he had photographed the year before. Most of the visual landmarks he had relied on were altered or missing, and the neighborhood where he grew up was barely recognizable. Pairing photos of pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Woodin creates a document of the changes resulting from that natural disaster.www.octaviabooks.com/event/photographer-john-woodin-city-memory
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will be featuring exhibitions and programming that reflect upon this man-made disaster and how it changed the city and the region.
Telling their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of the Katrina Photographs
Aug. 19, 2010 – Sept. 19, 2010
The National Press Photographers Association has organized an exhibition of photographs, and a program of workshops exploring the past, present and future of the visual storytelling about the Gulf Coast disasters.
Exhibition Opening: Thurs. Aug. 19, during Ogden After Hours (featuring Texas Johnny Brown), 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Free to Museum members and press with credentials; $10 general admission
Educational seminar with Photography Students Fri. Aug. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (ages 13-18, Pre-registration required - 713.703.7708.)
Panel Discussion: Sat. Aug. 21: Panel Discussion featuring author Douglas Brinkley (The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast), Louisiana Speaker of the House Rep. Jim Tucker; noted national and local photojournalists, including those from the Times-Picayune. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library. This event is free to the public.
Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited – Film screenings
Thurs., Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library
Film at the O presents Below Sea Level: The Land Inhabited, a daylong screening of films and videos related directly or obliquely to the tragic events of the 2005 hurricane season on the Gulf Coast. Curated by video artist and NOCCA instructor Courtney Egan in collaboration with Ogden Museum Curator of Film Madeleine Molyneaux, the films, produced between 2005-2008, will be projected continuously throughout the day, allowing visitors to experience the work in various order and combination. The program will include short films by Luisa Dantas, Courtney Egan, Gert Town Hounds-New Orleans Kid Camera Project, Sallie Ann Glassman, Paul Grass, Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas, Liza Johnson, Brent Joseph, Royce Osborn, Ivor Shearer, David Sullivan, Phoebe Tooke, José Torres-Tama, 2-Cent Media Collective, Walter Williams and The Yes Men.
One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds – Photographs by Dave Anderson
Aug. 26, 2010 – Jan. 2, 2011
Exhibition opening, Gallery talk, Booksigning: Thurs. Aug. 26, during Ogden After Hours (featuring Lower Ninth Ward Revue with Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Guitar Lightnin’ Lee Band), 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, photographer Dave Anderson followed the reconstruction of a single Ninth Ward block in New Orleans. Through his photographs, Anderson explores the nature of community and its resilience. A book of the same title is being published by Aperture this month.
Opening/Gallery talk/Booksigning: Free to Museum members; $10 general admission
The Big Uneasy: A Film by Harry Shearer – Premiere Screening/One night only
Thurs. Aug. 26, 2010, 8:30 p.m.; In the Museum’s Patrick F. Taylor Library
In the documentary, The Big Uneasy (95 min.), humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story about the Hurricane Katrina levee failures, a disaster that could have been prevented. In the film, he speaks to investigators and a whistle-blower from the Army Corps of Engineers about the flawed methods responsible for the levee failure during Katrina—the same methods being used to rebuild the levee system. In short segments hosted by actor and New Orleans resident John Goodman, Shearer also speaks with ordinary New Orleanians about life in the city. The Big Uneasy marks the beginning of the end of five years of ignorance about what happened to one of the nation’s most treasured cities.Harry Shearer and other special guests will be present at the screening.
Admission: $5 Ogden Museum members (Ogden After Hours—6 p.m.-8 p.m—& Screening; first come, first serve film seating); $10 General (Film Screening ONLY!; first come, first serve film seating); $15 General (Ogden After Hours—6 p.m.-8 p.m—& Screening; first come, first serve film seating); Buy tickets now at http://biguneasyfilm.eventbrite.com/
Block Party Celebration for One Block by Dave Anderson
Sat. Aug. 28, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Hosted by Aperture, Oxford American Magazine, and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, this event will feature music from the Rebirth Brass Band and Little Freddie King, as well as food and drink. (This event is NOT at the Ogden Museum. It is at the 500 block of Caffin Street, New Orleans). 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. This event is free to the public.
ABOUT THE OGDEN
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, and includes the Center for Southern Craft and Design. Here you will find the story of the South—the old as well as the new, as told through its art, music and education programs. The museum includes Stephen Goldring Hall, which opened in 2003, and two buildings under construction and renovation: the Clementine Hunter Education Wing and the Patrick F. Taylor Library, designed by American 19th-century architect, Henry Hobson Richardson. Among the many artists represented in the museum’s collection are Benny Andrews, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw and George Ohr.
Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm Wednesday through Sunday and 6 pm-8 pm Thursday evenings for Ogden After Hours.
Admission: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65 and over) and Students (with current i.d.); $5 Children 5 to 17; Free Children under 5 and Museum members. Free except for special events (i.e. Ogden After Hours - $5): University of New Orleans Students, Faculty, Staff (with current i.d.). Thursdays are free to Louisiana residents, courtesy of the Helis Foundation. Please note other special event prices (such as Ogden After Hours) may vary. For more information, call 504.539.9600
Workshop hours: 10am-5pm with a one-hour lunch break around 12:30.
This 6-hour workshop teaches visual artists essential framing techniques appropriate for the archival presentation of art on paper and on canvas.
The workshop is designed for photographers and painters with no prior framing experience who wish to acquire the framing skills necessary to create professional quality frames at The Darkroom's DIY Framing Studio.Topics covered include:
- Design options for the presentation of art on paper
- Design options for the presentation of art on canvas
- Conservation framing techniques, materials & tools
- Matting, museum-mounting, dry-mounting, fitting and much more
Enrollment: 6 participants. No experience necessary.
IMPORTANT: Participants should bring three prints no larger than 11"x14" to the workshop, and email exact image and trim dimensions for each (ie: image AND paper size) at the time they sign up.
The Darkroom is conveniently located just a block away from the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery at: 1927 Sophie Wright Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
As you all know - time flies when you're having fun, and next thing you know PhotoNOLA will be upon us in December.
I am reaching out for a little help in organizing the PhotoGALA Fundraiser on December 4th at The Big Top. This party serves as the New Orleans Photo Alliance's main fundraiser for the year and is integral in helping us continue to produce great year round programming activities.
Please contact me if you can:
- help find food vendors to donate food - if you know anyone in the restaurant biz, this qualifies you.
- help with coordination and 'day of' activities on the 4th (email me for more info)
That's all, carry on -
"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Herman Leonard yesterday, Saturday, August 14, 2010. Herman was a rare human being, always giving and compassionate. It goes without saying Herman was a great photographer and artist, who loved Jazz music and created a stunning visual collection of the world he loved so much.
We'd like to thank everyone for their love and support of Herman over the years. There is no question that Herman will always be with us...he will never truly be far, as we have his amazing photographs and have all been touched by his beautiful spirit.
Herman was involved in many projects towards the end of his life and he always wanted to do more. And although this can't help but be a sad day....we have comfort in knowing that his suffering was not prolonged and he was surrounded by family until the end. I believe Herman wouldn't want anyone to be depressed over his passing...he'd want everyone to live, laugh and experience as much as humanly possible in our precious lifetimes.
In lieu of flowers, Herman's family has asked that donations be made to The New Orleans Musicians Clinic, an organization close to his heart. "
"Above all, enjoy the music" - Herman Leonard
An ABC World News Sunday memorial piece on Herman will air tonight, August 15, 2010 at 5:30 PM Central & PST and 6:30 PM EST.
Push Pin Show & Renewal Rendezvous
Sept 11, 2010
Exhibition Closes: Oct 2, 2010
Take-down day: Oct 3, 2010
You will attach your prints directly to the wall with push pins; no framing required!
Wall space will be filled on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4pm on Saturday, September 11.
The exhibition will open to the public at 7pm, in conjunction with St. Claude Arts District openings.
The PUSH PIN SHOW will remain on view until October 2, 2010.
Pins and index cards for print information will be provided by NOPA. Work can be loose, matted, or behind plastic sleeves – it’s up to you. The Push Pin show offers photographers a chance to exhibit in a fun and casual way, while getting to know fellow members of the photographic community during the free form collective hanging process.
Participants will need to take down their prints on Sunday, Oct 3, from 12-3pm.
1128 St. Roch Ave
New Orleans, LA
For more information contact Owen Murphy: email@example.com
Exhibition Opening at the Acadiana Center for the arts based around the Wetlands of Louisiana!
Please join us for the opening of "Shifting" at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on August 14th, 6-8 pm.
The show which centers around the Louisiana Wetlands before and after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, will run through September 25th.
101 W. Vermilion St. Lafayette, LA 70501 -T-F, 10 am-5 pm. / Sat 6 pm (337) 233-7060
Also, on August 21st we'll have a panel discussion with
Dr. Doug Meffert ( Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River & Coastal Studies and Deputy Director for Policy at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR),
Anne Gisleson (writer and moderator)
Dr. Suzanne Frederique (Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette),
Louisiana Poet Laureate- Darryl Bourque, and artist Michel Varisco.
Use this form to tell us about your idea. The Board reviews proposals on a rolling basis and will contact you for more information shortly. To access the form click here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
100 Sqft is the brainchild of artist Carne Griffiths. The idea is to take 100 artists from around the world and give them 1sqft of space to express themselves. The featured artists can choose their position in a 10'x10' grid and watch the exhibition unfold online at http://www.100sqft.co.uk/ . When all the squares online are full of artists’ images, the originals are exhibited at a pop up venue. The exhibition responds to the difficulties emerging artists face in showcasing their work to the public. 100sqft welcomes outsider artists, hobbyists and graduates and will place their work alongside pieces from established artists. There is no selection process (a deliberate tactic) and the project brings together an eclectic range of work ranging from digital prints and mixed media collages to oil paintings and low-relief sculptures.
Spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss out on this opportunity to display work with local artists and artists from the UK alike!
To learn more about 100 Sqft New Orleans exhibit click here: http://www.100sqft.co.uk/faq.htm
To learn more about Arts After Dark click here:http://artsafterdark.com/
Before During After Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Aug 11, 2010
900 Camp Street
Moderator: John Biguenet
Photographers: Eric Paul Julien, Thomas Neff, Rowan Metzner, Frank Relle, Samuel Portera, Jennifer Shaw, Mark Sindler, Zack Smith and Jonathan Traviesa.
Read more here.
The deadline for submitting information has been extended to Aug 15, 2010.
PhotoNOLA 2010 Exhibitions Listings
If you have a photography show lined up in New Orleans for Dec 2010 please submit the information here, so we can include it on the PhotoNOLA website and brochures: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=cnpjNlZrTFJZVTlPaG4zVFc4TUJFOUE6MA..
PhotoNOLA 2010 – Venues Seeking Artists
If you own or know of a venue interested in hosting a photography exhibition this December, in conjunction with the fifth annual PhotoNOLA festival, Please fill out this form as completely as you can and we will try to match you with an appropriate photographic exhibition.
PhotoNOLA 2010 - Artists Seeking Venues
This form is for photographers interested in showing work in New Orleans during the month of December, in conjunction with PhotoNOLA . Please note that PhotoNOLA, coordinated by the New Orleans Photo Alliance, does not have a budget for producing, traveling or installing exhibitions. Most of the venues available through this matchmaking process will be alternative type venues, and you will probably be responsible for all of the expenses involved in showing, and in many cases the physical hanging of the exhibition. Still interested? Please fill out the following form as thoroughly as possible, and if we find a space that seems an appropriate fit for your work we will put you in touch with that venue.
If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Shaw, PhotoNOLA coordinator. 504-269-9740 or email@example.com
DESTROY THIS MEMORY
Photographs by Richard Misrach
New Orleans Museum of Art: August 28 – October 24, 2010
Talk and Book Signing: August, 29, 2:00 pm
The photographs in Richard Misrach’s Destroy This Memory (Aperture, August, 2010) are an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina as told by those on the ground, and seen through the lens of a contemporary master. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach—who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project—found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials residents and rescue workers happened to have on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured—the only text that appears in the book—offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster.
Destroy This Memory presents previously unpublished and starkly compelling material, all of which Misrach shot with his 4 MP pocket camera while also working on a separate archive of over one thousand photographs with his 8-by-10 large-format camera. Created between October and December 2005, this haunting series of images serves as a potent, unalloyed document of the raw experiences of those left to fend for themselves in the aftermath of Katrina. With no essay, titles, or even page numbers in the way, the words on these homes, cars, and trees offer a searing testament that continues to speak volumes, five years since their original inscription. Artist’s royalties for this project are being donated to the Make It Right Foundation, which is currently rebuilding the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.
Misrach also conceived an exhibition of these photographs to be presented at five major museums across the country. The five participating museums to whom Misrach donated this extraordinary group of images are the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Two of the shows will open to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Museum of Art presents: Untitled [New Orleans and the Gulf Coast 2005] from August 28 through October 24, 2010. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Richard Misrach: Katrina from August 7 through October 31, 2010.
“GULF” examines the many ways that the Gulf of Mexico nurtures and sustains us, how it has provided generations with a livelihood, and how we have manipulated and abused its fragile eco-system. The thirty-one images featured in this national juried exhibition include depictions of the seafood and maritime industries, the plant life and beauty of the environment, the creatures that live in it, and the various ways that humans both enjoy and depend upon it.
Featured artists are: Jane Fulton Alt, Jean Ayo, Nell Campbell, Dennis Couvillion, Scott Dalton, Shawn Escoffery, Emily Folk, Terri Garland, Robin Germany, Maja Georgiou, Alison Gootee, Veni Harlan, Lewis Hodnett, Diane Kreiter, Dede Lusk, Donald Maginnis, Vincent Mariano, Jill Moore, David Rae Morris, Tuyen Nguyen, Leslie Parr, Michelle Parish, Luana K. Perez, Irwin Poché , Samuel Portera, Natasha Sanchez, Mark Sindler, Laurie Thompson, Eugenia Uhl, Michel Varisco and Anne Wallace.
Clint Willour has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center for the past twenty years. He serves on boards of the Houston Center for Photography, Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, FotoFest ‘s Art Board and chairs the Photography Accessions Sub-committee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Willour will present a juror’s talk during the opening reception.
Ten percent of all print sales from this exhibition will benefit the Gulf Restoration Network, an organization committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region for future generations. See more about their efforts at www.healthygulf.org.
Images by Scott Dalton (top) and Michelle Parish.
Reviews are scheduled for Dec 4 & 5.
Registration will open Sept 1, 2010.
Read more about our portfolio review here.
David Houston reviews work during PhotoNOLA 2008. Image courtesy of David Rae Morris.