Sarah Morris: Sawdust and Tinsel 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 tercentennial year.
Since the mid-1990s, Morris has developed a vocabulary of abstraction to investigate what she describes as “urban, social, and bureaucratic typologies.” Positioning itself as urban outlier, New Orleans throughout its history has insisted on a brand of cultural and social independence from conventional urban archetypes. Sarah Morris challenges the myth of originality, locating the city in a constellation of urban portraits from Morris’ series on Rio De Janeiro, Paris, and Abu Dhabi. Together, the artist’s gridded, graphic paintings and simultaneously seductive and estranging films present an index of an artist’s practice and of modern urban conditions
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.
Support for this exhibition is provided by The Azby Fund, Sydney & Walda Besthoff, The Helis Foundation, The Visual Arts Exhibition Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. This exhibition is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.