Dawn DeDeaux: The Space between Worlds is the first comprehensive museum exhibition for the pioneering New Orleans-based multimedia artist Dawn DeDeaux. Since the 1970s, DeDeaux has created videos, performances, and installations that exist at the edge of the Anthropocene.

One of the first American artists to connect questions about social justice to emerging environmental concerns, DeDeaux’s art responds to a future imperiled by runaway population growth, breakneck industrial development, and the looming threat of climate change. The exhibition is organized around a series of immersive installations that span DeDeaux’s entire fifty-year career, from early projects like CB Radio Booths, which linked communities across New Orleans via radio and satellite, to more recent works from her MotherShip series, which plots our escape from a ruined earth.

In the face of the existential threats we all face, her art presents us with a limited-time-only opportunity to come together and coexist.


Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds is organized by The New Orleans Museum of Art and is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Besthoff; Ralph and Susan Brennan; Dr. and Mrs. Byron Crawford; Catherine Burns Tremaine; Sarah and Harvey Wier, in memory of Nan Wier; David B. Workman; and The Robert E. Zetzmann Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam; The Arthur Roger Fund for NOMA; John C. Abajian and Scott R. Simmons; Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Davis; Melissa and John D. Gray; Renee and Stewart Peck; Hugh and Beth Lambert; Yorke Lawson; Robyn and Andrew Schwarz; Shaun and Foster Duncan; Charles L. Whited; and Friends of Bill Bertrand, in honor of his retirement. Special thanks to collaborators Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology, John Fischbach, Misha Kachkachishvili and Esplanade Recording Studio, and Pedro Segundo.

CB Radio Booths

1975–1976

Dawn DeDeaux

Installation of nine CB radio booths at various locations: Canal Street / New Orleans

Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Dawn DeDeaux

MotherShip III: The Station, entrance entrance view featuring 3 art panels from the Zeppelin Series

2013 (panels); 2015 (installation)

Dawn DeDeaux

Digital Imaging on aluminum, burnt wooden ladders, found objects, sound

Façade wall: 20 x 60 ft., each panel: 48 x 68 in.

Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Dawn DeDeaux

The Face of God, In Search of

1996

Dawn DeDeaux

Six synchronized video projections, metal bed

50 x 46 x 12 ft.

Courtesy the artist, Photo by Dawn DeDeaux

The Vanquished: G Force #1

2016

Dawn DeDeaux

Digital drawing on archival paper mounted to aluminum

85 x 38.5 in.

Courtesy the artist, Photo by Dawn DeDeaux

Dance Around the Gold Moon

2015

Dawn DeDeaux

Digital drawing on brass panels

80 x 96 in.

Courtesy of the artist, Photo by Dawn DeDeaux