New Orleans author Jason Berry recently wrote in The Daily Beast, “New Orleans has become a city of the young, a magnet not just for teachers and NGO workers, but entrepreneurs, developers, software scribes, website designers and urban planners. With more than 100 art galleries, New Orleans has a flourishing bohemia of artists and creative folk…”
This statement in particular emphasizes part of the city’s current renaissance, and the extent to which creative minds in all fields are inspired by New Orleans. The New Orleans Museum of Art is proud to be playing its own role in such revitalization, and the fall exhibition schedule reflects the museum’s mission to continue to use New Orleans as a point of departure for artistic exploration to engage multiple audiences and disciplines, creating a dynamic cultural space.
Camille Henrot’s upcoming exhibition Cities of Ys uses elements of Louisiana’s culture as a direct source of inspiration, specifically the history of the United Houma Nation. NOMA is proud to host her multimedia presentation—her first solo exhibition in the United States—that has already garnered national attention in The New York Times fall season preview. Equally anticipated is the next iteration of the NOMA→CAC partnership, Edward Burtynsky: Water, an exhibition that examines humanity’s relationship to the world’s vital resource. Burtynsky’s large-scale, color photographs paint a breathtaking view of water and the ways in which man has tried to harness it. New Orleans is a port city with a complex connection to water, and included in Burtynsky’s presentation are several photographs of the 2010 BP oil spill. In addition to also being mentioned by The New York Times, this exhibition was recently named one of the “25 Art Shows That Will Rock the World” by The Huffington Post.
The highlight of the fall will be the monumental exhibition Photography at NOMA. In the 1970s, NOMA’s leadership, spearheaded by Director Emeritus John Bullard, had the foresight to begin collecting photography long before it was commonly viewed on museum and gallery walls. The result is a rich photography collection that contains nearly 10,000 works that span the history of the medium. Many of the artists featured were also heavily influenced by New Orleans, and several photographs will illustrate that relationship. This exhibition is an important part of NOMA’s legacy; I encourage you to visit when it opens in November.
NOMA’s 2013 Odyssey gala will coincide with the opening of Photography at NOMA. This year’s Odyssey, presented by IBERIABANK, is a “Black and White Ball,” a proper nod to the beauty of black and white photography. The NOMA Volunteer Committee, with Odyssey Chairs Marilee and Andrew Hovet, has created an unforgettable evening that will be the capstone celebration of this exhibition. I hope to see you there.
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