On View

Ephemera Obscura

August 5, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. —Elie Wiesel (1928–2016)

It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves. —T. S. Eliot (1888–1965)


Opening a season of programming that celebrates New Orleans’s tricentennial, the Contemporary Art Center’s annual open call exhibition presents the work of over 30 regional artists.

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Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Canceled Edition, 2017

August 5, 2017 to October 7, 2017

Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Canceled Edition, 2017.
Site-specific installation: 1,028 hand-carved, woodcut, hand-painted prints of dead Ivory Billed Woodpeckers

The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was the largest species of woodpecker in North America. Once a prominent species within Louisiana, the birds were last sighted in the 1940s and are believed to be extinct. 

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Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

November 18, 2017 to February 25, 2018

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the fourth iteration of this citywide exhibition opening November 18, 2017, and running through February 25, 2018, alludes to the city’s unique cultural land-scape as a creative force.

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Sarah Morris

March 22, 2018 to June 17, 2018

Sarah Morris is an exhibition of the artist’s painting, drawing and film, examining the mythologies of contemporary urbanity, and by extension, the city of New Orleans during its tricentennial year.

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Jockum Nordström: Why Is Everything A Rag

March 22, 2018 to June 17, 2018

Why Is Everything A Rag is the first solo museum exhibition of the Stockholm-based artist Jockum Nordström in the United States.

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Past Exhibitions


October 5, 2013 to February 2, 2014