Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, July 8, 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.

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 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.  



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