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
Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, February 10, 2019
Living and working in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Calhoun and McCormick have documented the city and its people for forty years. This presentation exhibits their photographs of laboring communities including the last sugar cane and sweet potato harvesters, unionized dockworkers, musician day laborers, hospitality and restaurant workers, domestic caretakers and one of the largest workforces in...Read more
Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Sunday, February 10, 2019
Raised in New Orleans, Monaghan spent his childhood watching the mechanical operations of the Reily Coffee Company where his father worked. Later, he trained in the studios of architect William Wainwright and Buckminster Fuller and established his artist studio in the Portland Sheet Metal Shop in Somerville, MA. In 1975, the ICA Boston organized his first solo exhibition. William Monaghan: I—...Read more
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
ArtPrize is teaming up with the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in New Orleans to host Pitch Night — a one-night event where an artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at the Van Andel in Grand Rapids during the tenth annual event this fall, September 19 - October 7, 2018. How it Works Artists are invited to submit proposals for an installation outside the...Read more
Sunday, April 15, 2018 to Monday, May 14, 2018
How Do You Create a Portrait of a City? Free Admission to Galleries All ages welcome! Curated by the CAC Teen Board, the 2018 CAC Teen Exhibition features work by emerging local artists offers a unique moment of reflection on the relationship between young people and the cities they call home. The CAC Teen Board is also hosting a one-night-only screening of films from the New Orleans Center of...Read more
Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
“There are certain categories that continue to repeat themselves, whether they be cars, buildings, or a certain exchange between people. You have the same sort of catalogue of gestures, a catalogue of moments, but they mean different things in all the different circumstances…” “I am not interested in documentaries, I do not believe in any kind of objectivity.” — Sarah Morris Sarah Morris: Sawdust...Read more
Thursday, March 22, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
Why Is Everything A Rag is the first solo museum exhibition of the Stockholm-based artist Jockum Nordström in the United States. Children’s books, jazz and blues vinyl covers, collages, drawings, paintings, and paper sculptures collected from the start of his career through today figure in a practice animated by and built of visual vernacular. Inhabiting liminal spaces heralded as much by...Read more
Monday, January 29, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018
Apply for the 2018 Teen Exhibition! How Do You Create a Portrait of a City? We encourage you to think experimentally and critically about the nature of portraiture and welcome submissions in any medium - drawing, painting, sound, photography, animation, film, sculpture, installations, and digital art. We want it all! Here are some questions from the Teen Board to help get you started: Is a city...Read more
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Join the CAC, YLC, and The Helis Foundation to celebrate the CAC's weekly Free Day for Louisiana residents and the final event in the Lunch at the Museum series. Enjoy free gallery admission for Louisiana residents, music in the CAC Atrium by DJ HYENA, and delicious brunch offerings at the newly opened Revelator Coffee . SEE: Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp EAT: Brunch at Revelator...Read more
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Get an exclusive look at Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp with Emily Wilkerson, Prospect.4 Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. After the walkthrough, join us for the premiere performance of Urban Bush Women's Hair & Other Stories at 7:30pm. CAC Members receive $10 off tickets and priority seating. This event is open to current CAC Members only. JOIN or RENEW MembershipRead more
Monday, January 15, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018
OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS January 15 - March 4, 2018 Exhibition On View August 4 - October 6, 2018 The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to invite contemporary visual artists to submit to this year’s Open Call for Submissions. Artists who live, show work, or have held an artist residency (during the 2017 calendar year) in New Orleans or the surrounding region (within 200 miles of New Orleans...Read more
Thursday, January 11, 2018 to Sunday, April 1, 2018
Through parallel practices of art and architecture, productive cross-pollination shapes the work of artist Marianne Desmarais. Techniques from architectural practice are applied in drawings and sculptures that attempt to alter space through the manipulation of form, optics, and surface. Utilizing manual and digital modes of production, resistance and collapse are explored as themes of structural...Read more
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Join P4 artist Pedro Lasch, NYU professor and author Nick Mirzoeff, and Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) for a conversation on monsters, these political times, and New Orleans history more broadly. The presentations and conversation will be followed by a hands on community activity. This workshop is part of Pedro Lasch’s Weekly Monster project at Prospect.4, and some of its contents will be the...Read more
Saturday, November 18, 2017 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp , the fourth iteration of this citywide exhibition opening November 18, 2017, and running through February 25, 2018, alludes to the city’s unique cultural landscape as a creative force. Cultural synthesis and syncretism inform many of the central issues explored in Prospect.4 . The rich diversity of New Orleans is rooted in a long his-tory of human...Read more
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
À Propos is a series of free events produced by The Stacks Bookstore that features a different non-profit organization based in the New Orleans metro-area each month. During the evening, each organization will share their history, milestones, anecdotes, and upcoming projects with the audience. Join us on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30 - 8pm for drinks, snacks and a conversation with the...Read more
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Join us on the Second Thursday of each month for an evening of programs designed to enhance your appreciation of contemporary art and artists. September 14, 2017, 6-10 PM Meet the Maker – 6-8pm, Atrium Throughout the Fall season, join us as we highlight some of the best local breweries and distilleries! Meet the makers and sample a swig of their most desirable creations. 2017–18 Collectors Club...Read more
Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017
Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories. —Elie Wiesel (1928–2016) It is only in the world of objects that we have time and space and selves. —T. S. Eliot (1888–1965) Opening a season of programming that celebrates New Orleans’s tricentennial, the Contemporary Art Center’s...Read more
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to Friday, 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 critical reviews for its fresh approach to presenting chamber music and its “youthful, rule-­...Read more
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Five Artists + Five Slides + Five Minutes + $5,000 Prize ArtPrize is teaming up with the the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans to host Pitch Night on June 5, 2017—a one-night event where an artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue during the ninth annual event this fall. Application Deadline: April 26, 2017 Louisiana...Read more
Thursday, March 16, 2017 to Sunday, June 18, 2017
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P. , which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body. Made of everyday materials, such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers to not only respond but to engage with them physically. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does—by...Read more

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