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
Monday, August 8, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016
ABOUT MUSEUM 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 use their membership to allow two people admission to all other participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, throughout the month of August. Not a member of a local museum yet? Join one and see them all for free during the...Read more
Saturday, August 6, 2016 to Saturday, October 1, 2016
“Methods of Occupation (A term of transforming space to suit one’s needs) By Superimposition By Envelopment By Consumption By Digestion” “A response to cosmetic design Completion through removal Completion through collapse Completion in emptiness” “A Building With A View” —Gordon Matta-Clark, excerpts from his Art Cards In 1974, roughly two years before the founding of the CAC, the artist Gordon...Read more
Saturday, March 26, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
An exploration of culture, identity, politics, and society through the eyes of young people. Presented by the Teen Arts Exhibition Group Voice of a New Era was curated by the CAC’s Teen Arts Exhibition Group, a selective group of ambitious high school students from the Greater New Orleans Area. Students chose the theme of the exhibition, put out an open call for submissions, and selected works...Read more
Friday, February 12, 2016
As part of our commitment to provide support to local artists, the CAC invites you to join Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, for an open discussion on the art of crafting a strong application and artist statement for open calls, artist residencies, and other opportunities. Please bring your questions. Reminder, CAC's Open Call 2016 closes on February 29th . To...Read more
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Roundtable discussion about 1960’s abstraction with The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Andrea Andersson, and local abstract artists and scholars. Additional support for this exhibition was made possible in part by the following members of the CAC’s President’s Council: Susan & Ralph Brennan, Paul J. Leaman, Jr., Staci Rosenberg, Phelps Dunbar LLP Andrea Andersson Newly...Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2015 to Sunday, February 28, 2016
“I think a painter’s first job is to get someone to look at a painting. Perhaps it’s about motion and light. Having a heightened sense of the painting changing in front of your eyes gives it an almost cinematic quality—light moves across the surface and makes new images before your eyes." —Jacqueline Humphries Over the course of her nearly 30-year career, Jacqueline Humphries (b. 1960, New...Read more
Monday, August 3, 2015
Join Curator Isolde Brielmaier, CAC Director and CEO Neil Barclay, and REVERB: Past Present, Future exhibition artists for a conversation about the exhibition , and the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding areas since Hurricane Katrina. Curator Bio Isolde Brielmaier is the Director of the Contemporary Art Initiative, the public art platform at Westfield World...Read more
Saturday, August 1, 2015 to Sunday, November 1, 2015
REVERB: Past, Present, Future explores the evolution of art and artistic practices in New Orleans and its surrounding region over the last decade. Taking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina as its chronological starting point, it positions the vast social, economic, and political reverberations of this monumental event as a catalyst for change, revitalization, determination, and creative...Read more
The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with several cultural institutions throughout New Orleans to offer daily passes for free entry for New Orleans Public Library cardholders who live in Orleans Parish and are 18 and older. The CAC is proud to join organizations across the city in joining this great program! Culture Pass partner institutions include: Audubon Nature Institute Contemporary...Read more
(New Orleans, LA - March 4, 2020): Today the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans announced a call for visual artists living and working in the Gulf South states of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida for its upcoming exhibition “Make America What America Must Become.” The CAC invites artists to submit up to four pieces of artwork beginning March 4 through April 8, 2020. The...Read more
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program will be open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This inaugural program is open only to visual artists...Read more
CAC ArtOrbit is your online universe for all things CAC, contemporary art, and community! As New Orleans gradually re-opens in the wake of COVID-19, we invite you to explore our online galleries and uplifting art resources from our community and around the world. On this page you will also find a list of vital resources for artists who art struggling during this incredibly difficult time...Read more
CAC Cancels Spring Performing Arts Season, Turns Focus Towards Supporting Local Artists & Cultural Sector - March 20, 2020 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 Aurora Nealand and Goat in the Road’s KindHumanKind (April 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 17);...Read more
Kristina Kay Robinson, BURNAWAY Magazine (December 11, 2019) "The exhibition Welcome to the Jungle , on view through February 2 at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, combines the three films in [Akosua Adoma] Owusu’s “hair trilogy” in one installation. Together the films Mi Broni Ba (“My White Baby”), Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful , and White Afro depict and deconstruct the politics...Read more
In Solidarity with the Nationwide Protests for Justice, the Contemporary Arts Center's Board of Directors and Staff have Donated $10,000 to Local, Black-led Organizations Fighting to End Mass Incarceration and is Extending Complimentary Admission to All During the CAC Limited Reopening Through June 14, 2020 On-View: Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires and Meg Turner: Here and Now Experience Art,...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
CAC Focuses Planning on the 2021 Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, Saturday, August 7, 2021 (New Orleans, LA - June 11, 2020): The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), presenter of Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, announced today the cancellation of the 26th Annual Hancock Whitney White Linen Night scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020. In consideration of the high volume of attendees...Read more

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