Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:00pm


Support for this exhibition provided by the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Foundation
The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Arts Funds of The Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art, and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

Why Is Everything A Rag is the first solo museum exhibition of the Stockholm-based artist Jockum Nordström in the Americas. Children’s books, jazz and blues vinyl covers, collages, drawings, paintings and paper sculptures collected from the start of his career through today figure in a practice animated by and built of visual vernacular.

Inhabiting liminal spaces heralded as much by surrealism as by folk traditions, Nordström looks to the cultural, psychological and physical margins of society. Positioning his audience as voyeurs into derelict buildings, soundscapes and private lives—Nordström explores the conditions of an “outsider” to develop an oeuvre of outlines, physical perimeters, cut-outs and scraps and creative edges of civilization. Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Why Is Everything A Rag brings Nordström—for the first time—to the city that has shaped his artistic imagination since the early ‘90s and to the home of the music he continues to make as a member of the band, Joakim Ahlund & Jockum Nordström. 

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC.


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