The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program will be open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This inaugural program is open only to visual artists...Read more
Saturday, August 1, 2015 to Sunday, November 1, 2015
REVERB: Past, Present, Future explores the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding region over the last decade. Taking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as its chronological starting point, it positions the vast social, economic, and political reverberations of this monumental event as a catalyst for change, revitalization, determination, and creative...Read more
Monday, August 3, 2015
Join Curator Isolde Brielmaier, CAC Director and CEO Neil Barclay, and REVERB: Past Present, Future exhibition artists for a conversation about the exhibition , and the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding areas since Hurricane Katrina. Curator Bio Isolde Brielmaier is the Director of the Contemporary Art Initiative, the public art platform at Westfield World...Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Sunday, February 28, 2016
“I think a painter’s first job is to get someone to look at a painting. Perhaps it’s about motion and light. Having a heightened sense of the painting changing in front of your eyes gives it an almost cinematic quality—light moves across the surface and makes new images before your eyes." —Jacqueline Humphries Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Jacqueline Humphries (b. 1960, New...Read more
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Roundtable discussion about 1960’s abstraction with The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Andrea Andersson, and local abstract artists and scholars. Additional support for this exhibition was made possible in part by the following members of the CAC’s President’s Council: Susan & Ralph Brennan, Paul J. Leaman, Jr., Staci Rosenberg, Phelps Dunbar LLP Andrea Andersson Newly...Read more
Friday, February 12, 2016
As part of our commitment to provide support to local artists, the CAC invites you to join Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, for an open discussion on the art of crafting a strong application and artist statement for open calls, artist residencies, and other opportunities. Please bring your questions. Reminder, CAC's Open Call 2016 closes on February 29th . To...Read more
Saturday, March 26, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
An exploration of culture, identity, politics, and society through the eyes of young people. Presented by the Teen Arts Exhibition Group Voice of a New Era was curated by the CAC’s Teen Arts Exhibition Group, a selective group of ambitious high school students from the Greater New Orleans Area. Students chose the theme of the exhibition, put out an open call for submissions, and selected works...Read more
Saturday, August 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016
“Methods of Occupation (A term of transforming space to suit one’s needs) By Superimposition By Envelopment By Consumption By Digestion” “A response to cosmetic design Completion through removal Completion through collapse Completion in emptiness” “A Building With A View” —Gordon Matta-Clark, excerpts from his Art Cards In 1974, roughly two years before the founding of the CAC, the artist Gordon...Read more
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016
ABOUT MUSEUM MONTH New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area. It offers museum members the opportunity to use their membership to allow two people admission to all other participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, throughout the month of August. Not a member of a local museum yet? Join one and see them all for free during the...Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Artists and founders Dawn DeDeaux, Jeanne Nathan, and Robert Tannen join artists Jebney Lewis, Marianne Desmarais, and Sally Heller for an intergenerational conversation about the ever-changing structures of the New Orleans arts ecosystem. The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts. ABOUT THE PANELISTS Dawn DeDeaux is among the...Read more
Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Sunday, December 4, 2016
Prospect New Orleans presents Christian Marclay’s Internationally Acclaimed 24-hour video installation The Clock at The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. SCHEDULE November 10–December 4, 2016 Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm JUST ADDED! Extended 24-Hour Screening Friday, December 2 at 11am to Saturday, December 3 at 5pm Never before exhibited in the South, The Clock is a cinematic tour de force...Read more
Saturday, January 14, 2017 to Sunday, February 12, 2017
New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation of Mélange, f iguring a series of films and works on paper in conversation with Newsome's upcoming performance of FIVE . Together, this interdisciplinary presentation of genre-bending works frames Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of...Read more
Thursday, March 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P. , which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body. Made of everyday materials, such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers to not only respond but to engage with them physically. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does—by...Read more
Thursday, March 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to stage a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change. The first major U.S. solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations over the...Read more
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Five Artists + Five Slides + Five Minutes + $5,000 Prize ArtPrize is teaming up with the the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans to host Pitch Night on June 5, 2017—a one-night event where an artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue during the ninth annual event this fall. Application Deadline: April 26, 2017 Louisiana...Read more
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Friday, June 2, 2017
The Birdfoot Festival will fill the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans May 30–June 2nd with its annual celebration of dynamic live chamber music as part of its residency partnership with the CAC. Celebrating its sixth season, Birdfoot Festival has gained an enthusiastic following and won glowing critical reviews for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-­...Read more
Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, 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...Read more
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Join us on the Second Thursday of each month for an evening of programs designed to enhance your appreciation of contemporary art and artists. September 14, 2017, 6-10 PM Meet the Maker – 6-8pm, Atrium Throughout the Fall season, join us as we highlight some of the best local breweries and distilleries! Meet the makers and sample a swig of their most desirable creations. 2017–18 Collectors Club...Read more
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
À Propos is a series of free events produced by The Stacks Bookstore that features a different non-profit organization based in the New Orleans metro-area each month. During the evening, each organization will share their history, milestones, anecdotes, and upcoming projects with the audience. Join us on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30 - 8pm for drinks, snacks and a conversation with the...Read more
Saturday, November 18, 2017 to Sunday, 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 landscape as a creative force. Cultural synthesis and syncretism inform many of the central issues explored in Prospect.4 . The rich diversity of New Orleans is rooted in a long his-tory of human...Read more

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