(New Orleans, LA. - May 21, 2020)- The Contemporary Arts Center announced today the limited re-opening of its galleries, beginning June 1 through 14, 2020. In adherence to the State of Louisiana and the City of New Orleans’ safety guidelines, the CAC will operate at 25% capacity and implement proactive health and safety measures including online-only timed-ticketed admissions, enhanced sanitization, and proper social distancing measures in the CAC’s expansive galleries.
The limited re-opening provides an opportunity for locals to enjoy the final two weeks of the CAC's exhibitions currently on-view: critically-acclaimed Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires and Meg Turner: Here and Now -- both of which were originally scheduled to close on June 14, 2020.
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The CAC’s revised hours of operation are Sunday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, June 1 through June 14, 2020. Gallery tickets are available by day and timeslot, and must be purchased in advance online at cacno.org. Tickets for Sunday, June 7 and Sunday, June 14 are complimentary for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation’s Art for All program, but online registration is still required at cacno.org
The CAC’s galleries will temporarily close once again on June 15th for the installation of its 2020 Open Call Exhibition, Make America What America Must Become, which will debut at the CAC on September 18, 2020 and remain on view through January 24, 2021. More information about this exhibition, including featured artists and gallery hours, will be posted on the CAC website in late June.
“Our staff has been working diligently to open safely based on public health guidelines and to advance our belief that Art is Essential and Art Makes Us Resilient”, states George Scheer, Executive Director of the CAC. “These exhibitions are not to be missed. We invite our community to come together at a social distance and join the CAC in leading the cultural recovery of New Orleans.”
As part of its commitment to creating a healthy and safe environment for visitors and staff, the CAC will implement enhanced Health and Safety measures in accordance with the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana, and CDC guidelines.
The CAC’s expansive first floor gallery features the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires, which focuses on Black female identity and representation. Black women are at the center of Thomas’ practice with vivid collages, drawing on painting, photography, time-based media, living-room tableaux and other forms that create dynamic compositions that celebrate the complexity and diversity of Black female agency while also tackling issues of inequality and representation.
The CAC’s second floor gallery features Meg Turner: Here and Now the first solo museum exhibition by New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner. The exhibition consists of an impressive installation of more than 100 portrait tintypes of activists, teachers, school mates, friends, lovers, and near-strangers who Turner documented in an effort to advance and approach the concept of a gay utopia. Photographed with backdrops of fantastic(al) landscapes and fabricated sets, participants and collaborators are invited to embody the politics of gender, sexuality and economic autonomy they desire.
As a community art institution, the CAC is committed to supporting artists, our staff and the art organizations that make up the cultural economy of New Orleans and the world. We invite you to visit our website and explore ArtOrbit, the CAC’s digital content online at cacno.org/covid19.
Laura B. Tennyson
Associate Director of Communications
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans