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Friday Nights at NOMA: Design in New Orleans

Fri, September 9th, 2016 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tonight, we celebrate the final weekend of The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction with a design program and panel discussion featuring Ammar Eloueini, Emily Baker, Gerald Billes, and J. Abbott Miller. After the panel, stick around for a screening of the film Urbanized. Check out the full schedule for Friday night below:

  • 5:30 – 7 pm: Design in New Orleans: program with Ammar Eloueini, Emily Baker, Gerald Billes, and J. Abbott Miller
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Josh Paxton
  • 6:30 pm: Artful Palate: “How, When and Why to Use Everyday Home Cooking Equipment in Gourmet Cuisine” with Chris Montero, Café NOMA culinary curator and Napoleon House executive chef
  • 7:30 pm: Design Film Series: Urbanized by Gary Huswit with an introduction by Laszlo Fulop

About Design in New Orleans

In celebration of The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction, NOMA’s first exhibition dedicated to modern design, the museum is presenting a program on New Orleans design issues. The program includes short presentations with New Orleans-based designers architect Ammar Eloueini (Ammar Eloueini Digital-all Studio), architect Emily Baker, AIA NCARB (Assistant Professor of Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture), designer Gerald Billes (Billes Partners), and a panel discussion moderated by New York graphic designer J. Abbott Miller (partner at Pentagram).

About Emily Baker

Emily Baker is an architect and educator whose full-scale constructed experimentation informs her creative work and teaching. Experience on job sites in architectural practice catalyzed her search for novel structural and construction systems, and her work, employing both digital and analog design and fabrication techniques, seeks to discover new aesthetic territory embedded in the way architecture is conceived and constructed. She currently teaches design, building technology and fabrication courses at Tulane University. She holds degrees in architecture from the University of
Arkansas and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

About Gerald Billes

As an owner and principal of architectural and planning firms since 1975, Billes has extensive educational training and experience in architecture, urban design, and master planning. He is a licensed architect in three states and has managed numerous architectural and planning projects for clients in the public and private sectors. His work has included architectural design, master planning, interior design, land use and zoning, project feasibility studies, and transportation planning.Billes has served as an associate professor and adjunct professor at Tulane University‘s School of Architecture, and as an adjunct professor at Southern University’s School of Architecture. He has overseen the development of major projects, including the Hilton Hotel Master Plan, Phase II of the Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans International Airport Concourse “C” Expansion, the French Market Revitalization Plan and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. As one of three principals-in-charge of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Phase III Expansion, Billes contributed to the management of the $205,000,000 project. Billes has directed scores of other projects including the Repairs and Renovations to the Louisiana Superdome, the City of Opelousas Comprehensive Land Use and Zoning Ordinance, the Lambert Advisory Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan, and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right project in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans.

About Ammar Eloueini

Ammar Eloueini is a registered architect who established AEDS (Ammar Eloueini Digit-all Studio) in Paris in 1997. Since 1999 the office has operated with locations in Europe and the United States.

AEDS has completed projects at different scales in a range of geographic locations. From object design to six retail spaces in Europe for Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, the office has developed an expertise in solving a wide range of design problems, while serving a wide range of clients including the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum, the Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago and choreographer John Jasperse in New York. Current work of the office includes the J-House in New Orleans and the DWKK house in Tasmania, Australia. AEDS’s work has been recognized with a series of awards such as the New York Architectural League’s Emerging Voices (2007), eleven AIA Design Excellence awards and the French Ministry of Culture Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes (2002). The work of Ammar Eloueini is part of five permanent collections: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Currently Eloueini is a tenured Professor at Tulane University and regularly serves as thesis advisor at the ENSCI in Paris.

About Abbott Miller

Before joining the New York office of Pentagram as a partner in 1999, Abbott Miller founded Design/Writing/Research, a multidisciplinary studio that pioneered the concept of the “designer as author.” Miller has collaborated with clients including the Guggenheim Museum, the Barnes Foundation, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Union, Harley-Davidson, Sotheby’s, the Nature Conservancy, Vitra, and the Sigmund Freud Museum. He has written extensively about design in books including his books Design/Writing/ Research; The Process of Elimination: The Bathroom, the Kitchen, and the Aesthetics of Waste; The ABC’s of ▲■●: The Bauhaus and Design Theory; Dimensional Typography; and Swarm. A monograph of his work, Abbott Miller: Design and Content, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in September 2014.

Miller and his wife Ellen Lupton received the first Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design and for his work in magazine and book design he received the International Center of Photography Infinity Award. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2009 he received the Augustus Saint Gaudens Award for Art from his alma mater, The Cooper Union. In 2014 Miller received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal, the professions highest honor.

About the Design Film Series

The film series will showcase three distinct facets of design through the “Design Trilogy” of documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit: Helvetica (2007, 80 min.), Objectified (2009, 75 min.), and Urbanized (2011, 85 min.). This series is curated by Laszlo Fulop, UNO Associate Professor (Documentary, Video Writing).

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain. Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

About Laszlo Fulop

Laszlo Fulop teaches Documentary Production, Script Analysis, Spring Film Production, Video Writing, and Screenwriting. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 2000.

In the past few years, Fulop has been credited as director, producer, videographer, and editor in various film and television projects, including documentaries, feature films, TV pilots, and short films. His credentials include an Addy Award and several film festival appearances. His recent work includes Tim’s Island, a documentary about Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans co-directed, co-produced, and edited by Fulop. The film is available from IndiePix.

The Sunken City: Rebuilding Post-Katrina New Orleans, his documentary co-directed and co-produced with Marline Otte (Associate Professor, History Department, Tulane University), has been screened at film festivals and various college campuses nationwide and internationally. The documentary is available from Sky Merchants and from Amazon.

About Café NOMA’s 2016 Artful Palate Summer Cooking Series

Chefs of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group will soon demonstrate their own culinary masterpieces at Café NOMA’s Artful Palate, the fifth annual summer cooking series featuring nine artfully inspired demonstrations at the historic New Orleans Museum of Art. Friday evenings are FREE for all café guests and patrons to partake in the presentation, and savor samples as each artful dish is created.

In conjunction with the launch of NOMA’s exhibition The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction, the talented executive chefs, sous chefs and mixologists of Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Brennan’s, and Napoleon House will share their culinary vision inspired by the exhibition’s focus on the art and practice of minimalism. Artful Palate demonstrations will take a minimalist approach to cooking; featuring local seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables with simplistic recipes highlighting the core of their natural essence.




Fri, September 9th, 2016
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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