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
Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen traces the artist’s long career to stage a conversation about discarded and displaced people, places, and things in a time of global climate change. The first major U.S. solo exhibition of the influential Chilean-born artist is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations over the...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
Saturday, January 14, 2017 to Sunday, February 12, 2017
New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation of Mélange, f iguring a series of films and works on paper in conversation with Newsome's upcoming performance of FIVE . Together, this interdisciplinary presentation of genre-bending works frames Newsome's live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of...Read more
Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Sunday, December 4, 2016
Prospect New Orleans presents Christian Marclay’s Internationally Acclaimed 24-hour video installation The Clock at The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. SCHEDULE November 10–December 4, 2016 Open Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm JUST ADDED! Extended 24-Hour Screening Friday, December 2 at 11am to Saturday, December 3 at 5pm Never before exhibited in the South, The Clock is a cinematic tour de force...Read more
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Artists and founders Dawn DeDeaux, Jeanne Nathan, and Robert Tannen join artists Jebney Lewis, Marianne Desmarais, and Sally Heller for an intergenerational conversation about the ever-changing structures of the New Orleans arts ecosystem. The discussion will be moderated by Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts. ABOUT THE PANELISTS Dawn DeDeaux is among the...Read more

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