This Week

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

May 25, 2017

During this conversation, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator Andrea Andersson, Chair of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute Macarena Gómez-Barris, and experimental poet, playwright, and labor activist, Rodrigo Toscano come together to discuss Cecilia Vicuña’s About to Happen and the economic disparities and environmental... Read more →


Birdfoot Festival 2017 @ the CAC

May 30, 2017 to 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... Read more →

Power of the Black Feminine

June 9, 2017 to June 11, 2017

Junebug Productions presents Power of the Black Feminine, a curated evening of original works performed by Marguerite Hemmings, Rebecca Mwase and KM Dance Project. We invite audiences to explore the lived experiences of black women and the many conflicts around beauty, image, power and liberation. #PoweroftheBlackFeminine

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Past Shows

Foreign to Myself

Goat in the Road Productions
May 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017

“A fearless experimental theatre company.” —Culturebot

Foreign to Myself is the latest work from the critically-acclaimed New Orleans theater company, Goat in the Road Productions. Following research into the history and science of trauma, the company has created this richly-tapestried performance that explores the many ways veterans remember how to navigate the world, and the inherent difficulties of recovery. In ... Read more

An Evening with Shalita Grant

May 12, 2017

A live musical performance by the Juilliard-trained and Tony Award-nominated theater and television actress

This one-of-a-kind evening will benefit the CAC’s Performing Arts Season.
7pm         Hors d’oeuvres provided by Marcello's and cocktails
8pm         Performance by Shalita Grant 


Revoir: To See Again

Teen Exhibition Opening Reception

Organized by Teens@CAC, Revoir: To See Again presents work that examines the relationship between memory—individual and collective—and identity. 

An exhibition about personal and social histories and the ways they inform contemporary self-presentation, Revoir: To See Again asks Who am I? as a response to Where did I come from?. While some ... Read more

Film Screening: Finding Common Ground

April 20, 2017

Finding Common Ground is a recently-released documentary exploring “traditional ecological knowledge” and its importance in planning for coastal restoration in Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta.

Award-winning documentary producer Kevin McCaffrey teamed up with co-Executive Producer Dr. Robert “Bob” Thomas, Director of Loyola University’s Center for Environmental Communication, to produce this rich ... Read more

The Instigation Orchestra with the Djasporas

Presented in partnership with Junebug Productions
February 10, 2017

For the fifth and final night of Instigation Festival 2017, Steve Marquette (guitar) and dancer/writer Marie Casimir bring together some of the finest New Orleans and Chicago improvising musicians and movers. 

For the latest collaboration of The Instigation Orchestra and the Djasporas, this evening, a completely improvised performance is twenty performers strong, with two

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Conversation: Rashaad Newsome with Amanda Hunt

January 21, 2017

During this conversation, Rashaad Newsome and Amanda Hunt, Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem come together to discuss Mélange and Newsome’s multidisciplinary practice. 


Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to ... Read more

Film & Discussion

bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation
January 15, 2017

bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Her writings cover a broad range of topics including gender, race, teaching, and contemporary culture. 

In this two-part film, extensively illustrated with many of the images under analysis, hooks makes a compelling argument for the transformative power ... Read more