5 -9 p.m. November 28, 2014


Tonight we’re screening a film on Chuck Close, one of the artists featured in Photorealism: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection. Come before the film starts to view the exhibition, and enjoy music by the New Orleans Moonshiners. And as always, we’ve got free art activities for children and a cash bar for grown-ups. Join us!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by The New Orleans Moonshiners
  • 7 p.m.: Film: Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress

About The New Orleans Moonshiners
The New Orleans Moonshiners formed in early 2008 as a group of young musicians trying to get their feet wet playing traditional jazz. After months of playing on the street in the French Quarter for tips, the world-famous Donna’s Bar and Grill invited them inside to take the stage on Fridays. It was there that the band began to take shape. New Orleans native Chris Edmunds, the Moonshiners’ banjo player and bandleader, wanted to keep the music fresh, however. He and other band members began writing original songs in the traditional style, as well as re-arranging old standards. The Moonshiners soon became fixtures with regular gigs all over town, such as Rock N Bowl, Bacchanal Wine, and the Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street. They have performed at festivals all over New Orleans such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo Fest, as well as national festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Their CD, “Frenchmen St. Parade” was voted Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011 by the readers of Offbeat Magazine. Drawing an enthusiastic following of swing dancers and New Orleans music fans, the Moonshiners add a creative modern energy to the tradition. Young or old, people agree: the Moonshiners’ energy is a toe-tappingly good time.

About Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (57 minutes)
Since 1969, when Chuck Close first exhibited his series of black-and-white portrait heads, his paintings have fascinated the public. Working mostly from instant photographs, Close paints in a style that vacillates between representation and abstraction. His colossal heads, at first severe and confrontational, explode with painterly energy, mesmerizing the viewer with their mosaic-like surfaces. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress traces the artist’s evolution and follows Close into New York’s contemporary art community.