Friday, October 30, 2020
You're Invited! The Contemporary Arts Center is excited to announce that SWEETARTS 2020, our premier annual ball, will take place Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:30pm–10:30pm at the home of Kira and Michael Whitaker located at 1633 Dufossat Street. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Contemporary Arts Center. Event Chair Jane Cooper and Executive Director George Scheer have reimagined SWEETARTS...Read more
Saturday, May 2, 2020
March 20, 2020 Update: In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Daymé Arocena. In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety and health of the CAC’s guests, staff, artists, volunteers, and community are and always...Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2020 to Sunday, March 29, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, Dancing Grounds' Dance for Social Change Festival, scheduled for March 28-29 at the CAC, has been postponed until further notice. 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...Read more
Sunday, February 9, 2020
On Sunday, February 9, the CAC and New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner invite you join us for RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: A Queer Punk Show at the CAC! The event will bring together top punk bands from the New Orleans area, including Special Interest, Softie, Joie, and Vile Bodies! The show will take place from 5 to 8:30 pm at the CAC's MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW exhibition, located inside our second...Read more
Friday, November 22, 2019 to Saturday, November 23, 2019
An internationally-touring saxophonist, composer, bandleader, producer, and educator, Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. In her recently-released album Visions , Aldana draws inspiration from the life and works of female visual artist Frida Kahlo to create a parallel between her own experiences as a...Read more
Saturday, November 9, 2019
New Orleans Airlift Celebrates 10 Years A CAC Community Collaboration In keeping with the CAC’s commitment to collaborate and support artists in the New Orleans community, join us for a celebration of New Orleans Airlift's 10th anniversary at the CAC! New Orleans Airlift is an artist-run organization that creates and collaborates alongside the artists they support. Established in 2009, Airlift...Read more
Friday, August 23, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019
A Choreographic Showcase Presented by KM Dance Project in Association with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans KM Dance Project (KMDP) celebrates five years presenting an evening of dance featuring the works of five emerging New Orleans choreographers – Catherine Caldwell, Jeremy Guyton, Milli Brown, Kristal Jones and Kesha McKey. The bodies of work presented in this production will examine...Read more
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Presented by ArteFuturo Productions in partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center and partial support from the Foundation for Louisiana, Vida in New Orleans is a cultural arts platform for Latin American artists, writers, and community activists to tell their stories and drive their own narratives. On Saturday, April 20 from 2 to 4:30 pm, Vida in New Orleans will celebrate Latin American poets...Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018 to Sunday, September 16, 2018
Roger Guenveur Smith returns to CAC with a performance that the Washington Post called “a striking, idiosyncratic solo work,” Rodney King . Having enjoyed international acclaim from New York City’s Public Theater to London’s Tate Modern Museum, the film version, directed by Spike Lee, continues to stream on Netflix with subtitles in 42 languages. Smith’s New Orleans engagement is a rare...Read more
Friday, April 20, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
Directed by Stephanie McKee and developed by dancers Kesha McKey, Kai Knight, Jeremy Guyton and poet Sunni Patterson, Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue takes us on a journey through time and space. Making evident the connection between Africa, Haiti, and New Orleans, Gomela highlights the vibrant and percussive movements and stories that breathe life into ancient African dance and...Read more
Friday, November 17, 2017 to Saturday, November 18, 2017
Sidra Bell returns to the CAC for the world premiere of her new work, MÖNSTER OUTSIDE, created in collaboration with innovative Swedish composer Per Störby, his critically acclaimed chamber ensemble New Tide Orquesta, and set designer Amy Rubin to develop a voyeuristic discourse about the nature of outliers in contemporary society. Marrying dance, theater, chamber music, projection mapping, vocal...Read more
Thursday, November 9, 2017 to Saturday, November 11, 2017
Kaneza Schaal is a New York City–based artist who has performed with many of the major downtown experimental theater companies. Her recent work, GO FORTH (2016), draws inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a text originally intended to provide the deceased with a blueprint to the afterlife. Incorporating analog projections, chanting and dance, the work animates a series of burial...Read more
Friday, October 13, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Trisha Brown (1936–2017) was one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of our time; her groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn—from which Judson Dance Theater was born—greatly contributing to the fervor of inter-disciplinary creativity that...Read more
Thursday, September 14, 2017 to Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Way at Midnight explores confrontations with losing and being lost from the colonial period through the digital age and incorporates theatrical performance, visual installation and live and recorded music. Directed by Joanna Russo, Mondo’s latest work is inspired by contemporary questions of migration and (dis)orientation. Two performers—Hannah Pepper-Cunningham and Nick Slie bring humor and...Read more
SWEETARTS 2020’s theme – CHANGES: Into a Radiant Future – highlights transformation as the CAC ushers in the decade with new leadership, a refined focus on contemporary creativity, fostering artistic excellence, and honoring visionary leaders in the New Orleans arts community. NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 28, 2020) – The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC) announced today that SWEETARTS 2020...Read more
(December 23, 2019 – New Orleans, LA)— The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, announced highlights from 2019, including recent international acclaim for past and present visual art exhibitions, the hiring of new Executive Director George Scheer, and bold performing arts programming coming to New Orleans audiences in the spring of 2020. In its year-end review, Hyperallergic named the catalogue...Read more