5 - 9 p.m. May 23, 2014


This Friday, join us for a special program in conjunction with the publication of Unfathomable City, as author Rebecca Solnit discusses the history of “Lead and Lies” in New Orleans with artist Mel Chin. Chin’s retrospective Mel Chin: Rematch reveals his own dedication to the removal of lead from local soil.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Marc Stone
  • 6 p.m.: Unfathomable City Lecture: “Lead and Lies” with Rebecca Solnit and Mel Chin (book signing by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker to follow)

About Marc Stone

Threadhead Records artist Marc Stone’s Trickeration and Rascality delivers original horn-driven blues, gritty funk-rock, and soulful acoustic tunes that pull from his extensive musical background and an exciting array of influences. Marc called on his favorite players to back him with veteran producer Vasti Jackson at the board. Terrance Simien, Big Al Carson, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Kirk Joseph, Joe Krown, the Bonerama Horns, and a host of brilliant musicians all bring their wizardry to the tracks.

In addition to performing with his band around New Orleans and beyond, 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. 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.

About Lead and Lies

In honor of the publication of Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), in partnership with A Studio in the Woods (ASITW), and with the support of the National Endowment of the Humanities, has initiated a series of public programs and broadsides inspired by this unique compilation of maps and essays. Coauthored by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker, Unfathomable City highlights the many contradictions and treasures found in this city. From January through May, NOMA and ASITW will issue four broadsides featuring maps from Unfathomable City, and each map launch will feature a series of events-at NOMA and beyond-with collaborating writers, artists, and cartographers. Together we’ll consider the movements of native peoples and coastal erosion, plumb the depths of low sounds and soils, and ponder the pleasures and brutalities of sugar and the invisible poisons in lead and lies.

This event is related to the exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch.