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Friday Nights at NOMA: Inventing Acadia Artist Perspective with Hannah Chalew | Gallery Talk and book signing with Southerly Gold | Conversation with Torkwase Dyson

Fri, January 24th at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA features an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm.

5 – 8 pm | Art on the Spot drop-in activity table

5:30 – 8:00 pm | Music by free feral

6 pm | Artist Perspective on Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana with Hannah Chalew

6:30 pm | Gallery Talk and book signing with Southerly Gold

7:00 pm | Torkwase Dyson in conversation with LeRonn P. Brooks, with an introduction by Allison Young

8 – 8:30 pm | Performance by Serpentine Choir


Hannah Chalew is an artist raised and currently working in New Orleans. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2009 and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Chalew has exhibited widely around New Orleans and the nation. Her work is in the collections of the City of New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and published in two creative atlases by writer and activist Rebecca Solnit, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, co-authored with Rebecca Snedeker, and Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, co-authored with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. In 2018, she was an emerging artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. She recently received a Platforms Grant: a regranting effort of Antenna Gallery, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and Pelican Bomb with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation and an Ideascity production grant, funded by the New Museum with support from the National Endowment for the Arts to incubate her work.


In conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, an ensemble of photographers known as Southerly Gold will present an installation in the Evelyn L. Burkenroad Creative Concept Studio that revisits many of the locations in south Louisiana painted by landscape artists in the 19th-century. Formed in 2011, Southerly Gold consists of Aubrey Edwards, Ariya Martin, and Elena Ricci. The three women will present contemporary photographs of Louisiana’s evolving terrain. The photographers will sign copies of God’s Country, a bound set of six visual guides to parishes that form the corner borders of Louisiana: Caddo, East and West Carroll, Washington, Cameron, the Felicianas, and Plaquemines. Publication of this work was made possible with funding from the Platforms Grant / The Andy Warhol Foundation.


Produced for the New Orleans Museum of Art, a new series of fifteen paintings by Torkwase Dyson are inspired by the design systems of architecture, water infrastructure, the oil and gas industry, and the physical impact of global warming. This solo exhibition, titled Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene, also examines the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of our current age, which many characterize as the “plantationocene.” The artist will be joined in conversation by LeRonn Brooks, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute. The artist and curator will be introduced by Allison Young, assistant professor of contemporary art history at Louisiana State University and a former Mellon Curatorial Fellow at NOMA.


Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute. He is also a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute founded by poet and MacArthur Fellow, Claudia Rankine in 2016. His interviews, essays, and poetry have appeared in publications for Bomb Magazine, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Spelman Museum of Art, The International Review of African American Art, and The Aperture Foundation, among others. He has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Callaloo Journal.

ABOUT free feral

free feral is a multi-disciplinary artist whose songwriting explores psychic landscapes through blues and folk traditions using cello, viola, guitar, vocals, and loops. free feral has collaborated with Leyla McCalla and Junebug Productions, among others. As a composer, the musician scores film and radio projects, including Last Call, a queer oral history podcast, where free feral also served as a producer, editor, and host. free feral also had the honor to be one of Found Sound Nation’s One Beat fellows for 2019 and is a member of the New Orleans-based ensemble Les Cenelles.


Serpentine is a queer and femme witch choir based out of Bulbancha/New Orleans, dedicated to healing personal and systemic trauma and rebuilding human connection with the earth. Their songs are stories of resiliency, joy, softness, vulnerability, transformation, survival, and deep love. The choir believes that songs change the shape of culture, that songs raise power to call forth change and justice.

Friday Nights at NOMA is presented by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate and supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.


Fri, January 24th
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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