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Nuit Brillante — A Late Night Celebration
May 17 at 6:00 PM - 11:55 PM
In celebration of the glowing neon in Keith Sonnier’s retrospective and the dazzling sequined Haitian Vodou flags created by Tina Girouard, sequin artists Edgar Jean-Louis & Georges Valris on display in the Great Hall, NOMA throws open the doors till midnight for Nuit Brilliante. Join us for an evening of live music, performances, gallery talks, dance demonstrations, and more!
Admission is free for NOMA members | $20 for nonmembers (available for purchase in advance or at the door)
- 6 – 10 pm: Art on the Spot (1st-floor elevator lobby)
- 6 – 10:30 pm: Food by Cafe NOMA, Diva Dawg, & Haitian food by Fritai NOLA (food truck parked in the entry circle)
- 6 pm: Gallery Talk with Soraya Jean-Louis (Great Hall)
- 6 pm: Temple of Color and Sound, a shrine installation by Kristina Kay Robinson (multiple locations)
- 6:30 pm: Gallery Talk with Carl Joe Williams (Creative Concept Corner)
- 7 pm: Haitian Dance workshop and dance performance with Chakra Dance Theatre & drummers (Great Hall)
- 7 – 9 pm: #JacmelOrNewOrleans – Haitian trivia and visual activity table by Haitianola (Elevator Lobby)
- 9 – 10 pm: Music by Cliff Notez (Great Hall)
- 10 pm – 12 am: DJ Set with Windows 98 of Arcade Fire (Great Hall)
ABOUT SORAYA JEAN-LOUIS
Soraya Jean-Louis is a Haitian born, Harlem- and Brooklyn-raised and self-described “mixed media queer womynist artist conjuer currently living and loving in New Orleans.” She describes “her love of black womyn and families, motherhood, nature, wildcrafting, Black Feminist Futurisms, comics/graphic novels and the African Diaspora” as central themes in her work.
ABOUT CARL JOE WILLIAMS
Carl Joseph Williams, born in Uptown New Orleans in 1970, attended The New Orleans Center for Creative Art ( NOCCA) where he received his initial art training, followed by studies at the Atlanta College of Art. In Atlanta, Williams flourished in his craft, graduating in 1994 and producing solo exhibitions, participating in several group exhibitions and completing several public art projects. In 2013, Williams mounted a solo exhibition at the George Ohr Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell NOLA Studio Artist Residence Program. He was also selected to participate in the 2014 State of the Art exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. He collaborated with a team of artists to create an interactive work of art in NOMA’s Creative Corner that addresses cultural appropriation.
ABOUT KRISTINA KAY ROBINSON
Kristina Kay Robinson is a writer, curator, and visual artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her written, visual, and curatorial work centers the intellectual geographies of Black, Afro-Indigenous, and diasporic peoples and interrogates the modern and ancient connections between world communities while examining the impact of globalization, militarism, and surveillance on society and their intersections with contemporary pop culture.
ABOUT CHAKRA DANCE THEATRE
The goal of Haitianola is to amplify the connection between New Orleans and Haiti by facilitating artistic and cultural exchanges. Haitianola fosters relationship building between New Orleanians and Haitians to encourage personal and financial investment in the well-being and progress of Haitian artists and cultural bearers.