Friday, March 23rd, 5pm to 9pm March 23, 2012


Join us Friday, March 23rd, for Where Y’Art from 5pm to 9pm.

  • 5pm to 8pm: Art Making with YAYA
  • 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by Marc Stone
  • 6:30pm: Comedic Gallery Tour by The New Movement
  • 7pm: Film: Mr. Dial Has Something to Say
  • 8pm: Comedic Gallery Tour by The New Movement

About “Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues”
This spring NOMA is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by conceptual artist Dario Robleto, featuring sculpture and works on paper from the past ten years. Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues centers on the historical and emotional resonance of music, focusing on how music is absorbed and transferred across generations transcending barriers of race, time, and death.

Over the course of his career Dario Robleto (born in 1972 in San Antonio, Texas) became internationally known for creating thoughtful sculptures comprised of unusual materials imbued with conceptual significance. His choices of artistic materials reflect an ongoing interest in the specifics of history and music and, at the same time, universal human longings common to all time periods. His past works have included dinosaur bones, wartime memorabilia such as bullets, letters, and hair wreaths, and carefully chosen melted vinyl records and audiotapes.

The exhibition Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues will present an imaginative retracing of the transference of blues, jazz, and rock n’ roll (genres with distinct African American roots) across time. The show will incorporate a selection of old and new works, including a new piece specifically inspired by New Orleans, geared to raise questions as to how musical taste is formed, and what it means for traditions and famous musical moments to be carried across generations.

About Marc Stone
Marc frequently tours internationally with his band and with his acoustic Blues Duo, playing prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe. Marc is also a member of one of Louisiana’s hottest Zydeco bands, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters, and plays steel guitar with Africa-New Orleans super-group Ensemble Fatien. Ensemble Fatien released their debut on Threadhead Records this spring and have put on spectacular shows at both the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest. Projects produced by Marc and featuring many legends of Blues, Soul, R&B and Gospel have appeared at top name venues and festivals around the world, including Lincoln Center in New York City.

When he’s not on stage or in the studio, Marc is on the air as host and programmer of the Soul Serenade every Tuesday from 2-4pm CST on New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage station, WWOZ 90.7-fm ( In his 10 years on the air Marc has built up a large and loyal listenership and hosted many living legends for on air performances and interviews.

As a producer, bandleader, or guitarist, Marc has worked with countless major roots music artists, including Eddie Bo, Betty Harris, the Campbell Brothers, Marva Wright, C.J. Chenier, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Anders Osborne, Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, John Boutte, Papa John Gros, Harry “Big Daddy” Hypolite, Theresa Andersson and many others.

About The New Movement
The New Movement opened in Austin, TX in February 2009 as a full time comedy conservatory. Founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson met in 2004 while taking improv classes in New Orleans and had long dreamed of running their own theater and conservatory. They later partnered with local improvisation powerhouse Stupid Time Machine to bring TNM back home. The New Movement has brought something new to the Austin and New Orleans Improv scene – a specific approach to the craft that couldn’t be found in a book or anywhere else in the country. The difference paid off as TNM attracted both eager rookies and veteran performers. The recent four-day Hell Yes Fest Comedy Festival, the largest in New Orleans history, is a perfect example of their blend of creating local talent and courting national performers.

With shows and classes running in Austin, Houston and New Orleans while maintaining a national presence with online material, frequent tours and festival appearances, The New Movement has joined an elite group of comedy collectives who maintain a strong presence in multiple cities and online.

About YAYA
YAYA is an after-school arts and professional enrichment program with a two-decade track record of setting New Orleans youth on positive, productive paths. We teach art and the business of art, but the impact of YAYA extends far beyond the art world, into the business community, families, neighborhoods, and the health and safety of our city as a whole.

About Mr. Dial Has Something To Say
(Approximate Run Time: 1 Hour)
This feature high-definition documentary explores the visual arts sibling of jazz, the blues and gospel.

As the visual interpretation of life from America’s former slave culture, this improvisational style is a unique artistic view in American history-and one of America’s few very home-grown artistic styles.

This film seeks to address the following questions: What is the meaning and history of this movement? Who are the artists and why do they create? Has Afro-American improvisational visual art been disregarded by the mainstream art world as less important? Have terms such as “outsider”, “visionary,” “primitive,” “folk,” “self-taught,” and “naïve”-all of which have been applied to this particular style-downgraded the importance of this art?

Art historian and author Paul Arnett says that these are some of the only terms in the art world that describe the artists, and not the art. Are these terms classist, or racist? The current movement toward recognizing and elevating great Southern African-American talents, such as Dial, is causing the artistic intelligentsia to reexamine its own prejudices.

“I think that it would not be a controversial thing to say that there has been racism in the art world,” Dr. Jacquelyn Serwer, chief curator of the Corcoran Galley of Art, says. “There’s been racism in almost every sphere.”

Are works produced by artists who never received formal training equal in dollar value to pieces created by talent honed in art classes? On a more fundamental level, what is art, where is it born, and who decides what is great art?

“It asks us all about genius,” curator Dr. Alvia Wardlaw says, “and where does it reside?”

This event is related to the exhibition Dario Robleto: The Prelives of the Blues.