Past Shows

2019 Teen Open Call Exhibition: "Inheritance and Immanence: The World We Are Left With"

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 ... Read more

Rashaad Newsome: Mélange Exhibition

New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation of Mélange, figuring 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 formal
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Dread Scott: A Man Was Lynched By Police Yesterday

November 5, 2016 to December 4, 2016
Following presentations at Jack Shainman Gallery , Moberg Gallery , African American Museum in Philadelphia , Rush Arts Philadelphia , and Rhoades College . The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans has chosen to fly Dread Scott's flag, entitled A Man Was Lynched By Police Yesterday, as an acknowledgement of lives being taken in our communities, as an invitation to a public dialogue, and as a sign of hope that history can be articulated, transcended, and put in the service of education and healing. "In 2015, Walter Scott fled for his life, stalked by a policeman who then cold bloodedly shot him in the back. We all saw the video and in response to this murder I made the artwork, A Man Was Lynched by Police Yesterday . This simple banner, printed with the eponymous words, is an update of an iconic flag that the NAACP flew from their national headquarters window in New York in the nineteen-twenties and thirties the day after someone was lynched. It read simply: A Man Was Lynched Yesterday and was part of their anti-lynching campaign—a national effort to end that scourge." —Dread Scott, 2016

Fall Members-Only Exhibition Tour

"A Building With A View": Experiments in Anarchitecture
September 21, 2016
NEW THIS SEASON! Get an exclusive look at “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture in a members-only tour led by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC. Our first exhibition of the 40th Anniversary Season, “A Building With A View” features the work of regional artists, including founding members of the CAC. The tour includes a performance of Bucket Time by Avery Lawrence, one of the artists selected for the exhibition. Registration is required.