CANO’s P.3 EXHIBITIONS EXTENDED!!!
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The Creative Alliance of New Orleans Presents Three Contextual Prospect 3+ Exhibitions in Central City, the Lower 9th Ward, and St. Bernard Parish. Site-specific exhibitions will be presented in unique spaces, including the site of a massive levee breach which flooded much of St. Bernard Parish during Hurricane Katrina.
NEW ORLEANS—Reprising the artist work and exhibition space Studios at Colton presented during Prospect.1, the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) again seeks to feature the work of regional and local artists during the International Biennial in New Orleans, Prospect.3. “CANO aims to provide opportunities for the work of local and regional artists to be viewed by Prospect.3 visitors but also to call attention to issues of race, social justice, environmental threat, and opportunity—key themes and issues for life in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast,” says CANO Executive Director, Jeanne Nathan. “These three exhibitions explore not only the environmental disasters including hurricanes and oil spills which have affected the region, but the on-going shortage of funding for educational, cultural, economic, and environmental development.”
NEW HOURS: MON-FRI (11AM-4PM) until the end of February 2015
CANO presents “Above Canal: Rights and Revival”, which includes works by creative producers which recall milestones of the civil rights movement and its legacy. The exhibition celebrates Central City’s importance in this struggle and celebrates local artists who have lived and worked in the community. A photo montage of images from the movement in New Orleans produced by Dionne Butler and Danae Columbus is included as well as a large mural painted by dozens of neighbors, visitors, youth, and families during “Art by Committee”, a P.2 exhibition. Exhibiting artists who address today’s ongoing struggles, social justice challenges, cultural evolution, and celebration include Bruce Davenport, Carl Joe Williams, Cleavon James, T- Rockmoore, Keith Duncan, L. Kasimu Harris, and Robert Tannen.
Artists included in the exhibition: Dionne Butler, Danae Columbus, Bruce Davenport Jr., Keith Duncan, Kasimu Harris, Alan Lefort, Ti- Rock Moore, Jamar Pierre, Bob Tannen, Clifton Webb, Willie White, Carl Joe Williams, and Cleavon Williams.
CANO’s second exhibition space is billed as “Below Canal: Reverberations,” which includes “Space Rights,” an interactive installation and community performance series organized by New Orleans Airlift’s Delaney Martin and Taylor Shepherd to be presented in the former St. Maurice Church in the Holy Cross section of the Lower 9th Ward. This beautiful church, built in 1852, offers an exceptional setting for an installation of a battery of TV screens that will reverberate visually to every footstep, spoken word, dance, or audience motion. Dance performances choreographed by Monique Moss and others will be performed. David Sullivan’s work on vinyl will evoke the effect of the church’s once-colorful windows. A team working on an improvisational operatic work produced by CANO is also expected to begin workshops in the space in January. The hard hit yet resilient community will participate in many of the presentations, testifying to the difficulties of post disaster redevelopment.
Artists included in the exhibition: Tori Bush, Delaney Martin, Monique Moss, Taylor Lee Shepherd, David Sullivan, Kent Wood, and others.
NEW HOURS: SAT-SUN (11AM-4PM) until the end of February 2015
Crevasse 22: “Surge” is a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition staged at the sight of a devastating crevasse, a massive breach in the levee on the Mississippi River which flooded much of St. Bernard Parish, just below the city of New Orleans. That crevasse gave New Orleans leaders the erroneous idea to blow up the nearby levee to prevent the flooding of New Orleans in the historic flood of 1927. The flooding of the city was actually averted by a crevasse upriver of the city, which rendered the second destruction of St. Bernard Parish tragically unnecessary.
Works by Elizabeth Shannon, Michel Varisco, Serge Loncar, Dan Alley, Mitchell Gaudet, and Robert Tannen presently and Willie Burch, Raine Bedsole, and Lynda Benglis later in the fall will recall the destruction and misguided public policies that continue today to jeopardize the threatened low lying lands and marshes of the region.
The exhibition is also meant to invite a better awareness of the natural beauty of a parish known primarily for the massive “sculptures” of the petrochemical industry. The site of the exhibition is just a half hour drive downriver from New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish and offers classic Louisiana landscapes of arching oak trees dripping Spanish Moss and a tear shaped lake carved by the crevasse into a former bayou. The land borders a state national park known for its fishing and camping and is ironically located just above the Caernarvon Diversion.
Attorney Sidney Torres graciously loaned the site to CANO for the exhibition, which will also include special Sunday Fish Fries and additional exhibitions later during Prospect.3.
Artists included in the exhibition: Dan Alley, Rayne Bedsole, Lynda Benglis, Willie Birch, Luis Colmenares, Gabrielle Gaspard, Mitch Gaudet, Srdjan Loncar, Gene Koss, Jennifer Odem, Liz Shannon, Christopher Saucedo, Bob Tannen, and Michel Varisco.