HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, Meg Turner's Tintype Portrait Shoot #2, scheduled for March 22 at the CAC, has been cancelled. The Contemporary Arts Center remains open while we closely monitor the latest developments by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Read our Health & Safety Update here.
Ever wish your portrait was on the walls of a gallery? On Sunday, March 22nd, New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner is seeking community members like you to be a part of her exhibition on view at the CAC: MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW! Meg will create new tintype photographs on-site at the CAC with all who wish to pose inside her utopic roadside stand located in the CAC's second floor gallery. Creating a physical artifact of a future fantasy, participants will collaborate in making new tintype works that will be displayed inside the HERE AND NOW exhibition for the remainder of the show's run, through April 12, 2020.
Participation is free and open to the public, with subjects shot on a first-come first-served basis. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of an art exhibition!
Each tintype shooting session will take place inside the MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW exhibition in the CAC's second floor gallery, with the exterior view of installation as the backdrop. The gallery will be open for visitors during the shoot. The process of shooting tintypes takes approximately 20 minutes per subject.
WHAT IS A TINTYPE?
Also known as wet-plate collodion, tintype is a photographic process dating from 1853 using thin metal plates, collodion and silver nitrate. While not the first process of photography invented it was the first to gain enormous popularity and succeeded in democratizing the idea of having a formal portrait. (previously reserved for those with means to commission a painting) Processed immediately, the process continued as a novelty attraction available at carnivals, boardwalks and roadside stands into the 1930’s.