Sunday, March 22, 2020
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...Read more
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to Thursday, April 30, 2020
CALLING GULF SOUTH ARTISTS! The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to invite contemporary visual artists living across the Gulf South to submit to this year's open call for submissions. Artists who currently live and work in LA, TX, AL, MS, FL are eligible to apply. Eligible artists living in Louisiana are encouraged to apply. In support of artists seeking opportunities during and after this...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
Sunday, February 2, 2020
NOTE: This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 2, 2020. Ever wish your portrait was on the walls of a gallery? On Sunday, January 26, New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner will provide the opportunity for 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...Read more
Monday, January 20, 2020
On Monday, January 20 from 12-3:30 pm, join us at the CAC for WOKE DREAMS , a reflective celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on today’s social movements, and the role that art plays in advancing activism and social justice. Through a panel discussion, music, and art explorations, guests are invited to reflect upon and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. WOKE DREAMS is free and open to the...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019
You're Invited! On Saturday, November 2, please join us for the CAC's 2019 season opening reception celebrating the debut of five exhibitions that will examine the reclamation of identity, Black femininity, queer and chosen love, and the 10th Anniversary of New Orleans Airlift! This event is FREE & OPEN to the public. The five CAC exhibitions that will open November 2 include: MICKALENE...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, June 14, 2020
Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires On View November 2, 2019 - June 14, 2020 NOTE: In response to the caronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Contemporary Arts Center will be closed beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice . Please stay tuned to our website, social media channels, and e-newsletter for updates. ---- Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is an exhibition of new work—collages and montages...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, April 12, 2020
NOTE: In response to the caronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Contemporary Arts Center will be closed beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice . Please stay tuned to our website, social media channels, and e-newsletter for updates. ---- “Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, February 2, 2020
Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films and installations address the collision of identities. Often combing personal ethnography and cultural representations of beauty in her work, Owusu transitions between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition. Her work ranges with its varied use of archival material, direct animation, and...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, June 14, 2020
NOTE: In response to the caronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Contemporary Arts Center will be closed beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice . Please stay tuned to our website, social media channels, and e-newsletter for updates. ---- A collaborative pop-up between Material Life and Mickalene Thomas, Femmes Féroces celebrates the creativity and originality of our collective community of...Read more
Saturday, November 2, 2019 to Sunday, May 3, 2020
NOTE: In response to the caronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Contemporary Arts Center will be closed beginning March 16, 2020 until further notice . Please stay tuned to our website, social media channels, and e-newsletter for updates. ---- In 2009, New Orleans Airlift was founded by musician and artist manager Jay Pennington and multi-media installation artist Delaney Martin as an artist-driven...Read more
Saturday, October 5, 2019
The CAC's Fall Art Experience Returns October 5th! CAC's Art for Arts' Sake returns to downtown, the CAC and the Arts District New Orleans on Saturday, October 5th! Created by the Contemporary Arts Center in 1980, Arts for the Arts' Sake has become a favorite fall tradition for art lovers in and around New Orleans and a showcase of the incredible multidisciplinary artists from our region...Read more
Saturday, August 3, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019
2019 Open Call Exhibition: Identity Measures Presenting the Work of 23 Regional Artists On View Saturday, August 3 through Saturday, October 5 We are excited to announce Identity Measures , our 2019 Open Call Exhibition, which will be on view at the CAC from Saturday, August 3 to Saturday, October 5, 2019! Each year, CAC's Open Call exhibition is organized by a guest curator and features works by...Read more
Saturday, August 3, 2019 to Saturday, October 5, 2019
Inheritance and Immanence: The World We Are Left With On View August 3 through October 5 Now more than ever, teens are interested and involved in social, political, and environmental actions addressing the issues our society faces. As young people, we confront circumstances passed on from previous generations, and are affected. This exhibition seeks to reflect on the effects that school shootings...Read more
Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019
Enjoy The Best Of NOLA's Museums This 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 visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership throughout the month of August. Not a member of the CAC yet? Join today and get access to all participating New...Read more
Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019
Cool Off at the CAC This Month: FREE ADMISSION When Temps Hit 95°! The Helis Foundation offers free admission for Louisiana residents to cool off inside and enjoy the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art throughout August To help Louisianans beat the heat, The Helis Foundation has again teamed up with some of New Orleans’ largest art institutions...Read more
Thursday, April 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
space-ship is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering inclusive civic discourse about social justice and community through arts and culture. The CAC is excited to welcome space-ship for its third pop-up presentation, which will be on-view from April 25, 2019 until May 12, 2019 at The Contemporary Arts Center. space-ship displays contemporary art as a vehicle for engaging in difficult...Read more
Thursday, March 14, 2019 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension is an exhibition in eight-parts, a confrontation with the patrimony of European modernism in the practices of eight leading women artists: Sarah Crowner, Julia Dault, Leslie Hewitt, Tomashi Jackson, Erin Shirreff, Ulla von Brandenburg, Adriana Varejão, and Claudia Wieser. Across eight successive galleries, this exhibition presents...Read more
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Join us on the Second Thursday of each month for an evening of programs designed to enhance your appreciation of contemporary art and artists. Free and open to all, CAC Members receive a complimentary drink at the bar from 6pm-9pm. Music: DJ All True Food Truck: Afrodisiac Gallery Tour and Talk – 6pm-7pm, Second Floor Gallery Join artists Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick alongside Jennifer...Read more
Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, February 10, 2019
After presentations at the Berkeley Museum of Art, LAXART, and the Whitney Biennial, Zarouhie Abdalian returns to her hometown with a solo exhibition. Through sound, sculpture, and site-specific installation, Abdalian presents a body of work that deals with the historical and subjective condition of human labor. Mounting a critical response to the art historical development of the readymade,...Read more

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