5 - 9 p.m. August 15, 2014


Tonight at NOMA, catch a screening of the 2012 Academy-Award winning film directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi. After, head upstairs to our Templeman Galleries and check out Alexis Rockman’s conceptual drawings for the film. Plus, we’ve got live music by Banu Gibson, free art activities, and more!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Banu Gibson
  • 6pm: Artist Perspective with Maya Irimpen on Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi
  • 7 p.m.: Film: Life of Pi

About Banu Gibson

Today, Banu (bah’new) Gibson stands virtually at the top of her field. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz classics by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin, Carmichael, Waller, Porter, et al. A powerful force on stage as well as on her CDs on the Swing Out label, her enthusiasm and showmanship are highlighted by her wide range and versatility. With an extensive repertoire of songs, Banu’s performances cover many high points of America’s golden age of popular music. Not content to copy the past, Banu Gibson is creative within the boundaries of the genre, consistently inventing fresh and imaginative variations giving new life to timeless, unforgettable music.

About Maya Irimpen, M.D.

Maya Irimpen paints vivid colors that remind her of Kerala, the warm and welcoming state in her family’s native south India. She has a special interest in portraiture, using the mediums of oils, pencil, and pen & ink to capture character through facial expressions. Maya has studied Chinese painting under Sr. Stephanie Manning, NY, porcelain painting under the Cuban master, Adele Roel, NY, and currently, oil painting under the notable June Lampe, NOLA, with a special interest in reproductions of Old Masters.

Dr. Irimpen is an artist and a physician. She practices Endocrinology in New Orleans, with a passion for prevention & treatment of Diabetes, and Patient Education. She has a strong dedication to the Harry Tompson Center, and the homeless people in New Orleans. Karuna Charities of New Orleans is a new pet project under way, which promotes the welfare of impoverished women.

About Life of Pi (2012, 127 minutes, Rated PG)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While stranded he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

This event is related to the exhibition Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi.