Friday, February 24th, 5p to 9p February 24, 2012


Join us Friday Night at NOMA for Where Y’Art!?. Programming includes:

  • Closing Friday for Wayne Gonzales: Light to Dark/Dark to Light (Officially closes on 2/26)
  • 5p to 8p: Art Making Activity with KIDsmART
  • 5:30p to 8:30p: Music by The Acadias
  • 6p: Maya Apocalypse Soon?: Lecture with Dr. Anthony F. Aveni
  • 7:15p: Arthur Bedou lecture by Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Asst. Professor of Art History/Curator of Univ. Art Collections at Xavier University (following the Maya Symposium)

NOMA celebrates Black History Month with a fascinating lecture on one of New Orleans’ famed photographers, Arthur P. Bedou (1882-1966). The lecture will be given by Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd, Asst. Professor of Art History/Curator of Univ. Art Collections at Xavier University.

About Arthur P. Bedou
Arthur P. Bedou (1882-1966), a photographer and New Orleans native, had a studio in Treme in the early to mid-20th century. Bedou experimented with his own unique chemistry and developing techniques and is best known for portraiture and landscapes. He served as the formal portrait photographer for Xavier University and for many other local African American families and Catholic institutions. On a national level, he also produced a series of well-known photographs of Booker T. Washington during his tenure as President of Tuskegee Institute.
(Source: Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd &

About Dr. Mora Beauchamp-Byrd
Curator and art historian Mora Beauchamp-Byrd is a specialist in African American Art, the art of the African Diaspora, 18th century British art and visual culture, and contemporary British art with a particular focus on British artists of African, Asian and Caribbean descent.

Beauchamp-Byrd is Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Art, and Curator of Art Collections, Xavier University of Louisiana. Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor of Museum Studies at Southern University at New Orleans. From 2005-2007, she was Assistant Director for Mellon Initiatives in the Research and Academic Program (RAP) at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. In 2011, she completed a Ph.D. in Art History at Duke University in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.

About The Acadias
(Pictured above, right.)
The Acadias is a New Orleans folk-rock band formed in December 2009 comprised of Mary Truxillo (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Mark Johnson (vocals, bass, guitar), Andy Lade (percussion), and Rob Speyrer (banjo, accordion).

About KIDsmART
KIDsmART’s focus is arts integration-linking the arts with the existing academic curriculum. Our programming is designed to benefit under-resourced children in public schools in the New Orleans area-including charter schools

About Maya Apocalypse Soon?
This lecture will explore theories about the widely prophesied end of the world on the December solstice of 2012 by measuring them objectively against the evidence of archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy. Special attention will be given to information from the earth sciences and astronomy about the likelihood of world-wide Armageddon. Finally, the prophecies will be placed in the broader cultural and historical context of how other cultures, ancient and modern, thought about the “end of things” and why cataclysmic events enjoy wide-spread appeal in contemporary American pop-culture.

Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies, serving appointments in both Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. He has also served in visiting appointments at the University of South Florida, the University of Colorado, Tulane University and the University of Padua, Italy. Featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the ten best university professors in the country, Aveni was also voted National Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Washington D.C. Having received a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona, Aveni helped develop and now is considered one of the founders of cultural astronomy (archaeoastronomy), in particular for his research into the astronomical history of the Aztec and Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. In 2004, Aveni was the recipient of the H.B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies, given by the Peabody Museum and the Moses Mesoamerican Archive at Harvard University. He has more than 300 research publications to his credit and has authored more than 20 books on ancient astronomy, which have been translated into 12 foreign languages. With his artist wife Lorraine, he resides in Hamilton, New York.