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Saturday & Sunday, 11am–5pm

Open during performances and events

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Past Shows

Joie Noire Kwanzaa Celebration

December 22, 2019
Sunday, December 22, Les Femmes Féroces, a coffee & retail popup collaboration at the CAC, will host an interactive Kwanzaa experience led by artist and educator Phlegm. The day's activities will include an interactive Umoja Dance Healing Circle to reflect on the value of community (Umoja), followed by a Mkeka Mat gift-making workshop. Schedule of activities 12:15 pm - Umoja Dance Circle in Femmes Féroces exhibition (CAC Oval Gallery) 12:30 pm - Phlegm gives informative on Kwanzaa (Les Femmes Féroces store space) 1:00 pm - Mkeka Ma-Making Workshop: learn how to create 8 x 11 fabric mats and adinkra stamps! (Les Femmes Féroces store space) 2:00 pm - Kwanzaa puzzle stations in Les Femmes Féroces store Learn more about Les Femmes Féroces at the CAC

Les Femmes Féroces: Ornament Treasure Hunt

December 15, 2019
This Sunday, Les Femmes Féroces, a coffee & retail popup collaboration at the CAC, is hosting a hunt for holiday savings! Join them for a Les Femmes Féroces Ornament Treasure Hunt to find 15 disco ornaments will hidden in the CAC's store/cafe space and in the Femmes Féroces exhibition space. Each ornament you find includes a discount reward you can use at any Les Femmes Féroces store: Material Life, La Vie En Rose Cafe or Lasalle and Jackson. Their biggest holiday savings reward is a grand prize $100 gift card to Material Life! The treasure hunt will take place Sunday, December 15 during their regular retail hours, 11-4pm. Happy Holiday Shopping! Learn more about Les Femmes Féroces

Lunch at the Museum: Presented by YLC and The Helis Foundation

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 Coffee at the CAC LISTEN: DJ HYENA Stay for the Sunday matinee performance of Urban Bush Women !

Second Thursday @ the CAC

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 print and Silver Circle Artwork – 6-6:30pm, Atrium Join us as we unveil the 2017–18 Collectors Club print and Silver Circle Artwork. Meet the artists and learn more about these works commissioned exclusively for CAC members at the Collectors Club level and above. All CAC Members enjoy a drink on us! À Propos – 6:30-7:30pm, The Stacks Bookstore This month’s À Propos invites KID smART to share with the audience their history and upcoming projects. Gallery Tour & Conversation – 7:30-9pm, The Helis Foundation First Floor Gallery Join Guest Curator, Aaron Levi Garvey for a special gallery tour and talk as he delves into his curatorial framework for Ephemera Obscura. Following the tour, artist Manon Bellet activates her piece À la recherche d’une intimité perdue (In Search of a Lost Intimacy). Hands-on­ – 7-8:30pm, Presidents Resource Center Photographer and Ephemera Obscura artist, Jose Cotto creates a portraiture pop-up where subjects explore the relationship between images and memory. Performance – 7:30-9pm, CAC Warehouse Mondo Bizarro: The Way at Midnight Performance Reception – 9-10pm, Lobby Following The Way at Midnight season premiere, join the cast and crew for a special toast and reception. Music: DJ Lil Jodeci Food truck: YAMI Foods

Second Thursdays @ the CAC

Thursday, August 10, 2017
August 10, 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. August 10, 2017, 6–10pm Talk – 7:30pm, CAC Theatre Join Laurie Uprichard, Senior Curator of Performing Arts, as she weaves together the story of the upcoming season, complete with engaging personal anecdotes, exclusive videos from the artists, and behind-the-scenes insights. Following the presentation will be an inside look at season opener: The Way at Midnight with Mondo Bizarro. Performance – 8:30pm, The Helis Foundation First Floor Gallery Artist Sharon Jacques activates her piece “A BOUNDLESS FREEDOM FOR WOMEN” from the Ephemera Obscura exhibition with a Reiki Healing Meditation. Hands-On – 8:00pm, Presidents Resource Center In this workshop, Cubs the Poet guides participants to use memories and personal, familial, and historical objects as prompts for imaginative meditation and writing. Inspired by the objects in Ephemera Obscura. À Propos – 6:30–8:00pm, The Stacks Bookstore & Cafe À Propos with the Youth Empowerment Project. These evenings feature each month a different non-profit organization, based in the New Orleans metro-area, that will share with the audience their history, milestones, and upcoming projects through an informal conversation. CAC Members – 6:00–9:00pm - First Drink Free for Members. - 15% off CAC memberships purchased on-site (at Individual Level and above). Meet the Maker – 6:00–8:00pm, Atrium Throughout the Fall season, join us as we highlight some of the best local breweries and distilleries at the CAC’s Café! Meet the makers and sample a swig of their most desirable creations. Happy Hour: 6–8 PM Music: DJ Otto Food truck: Frencheeze

Conversation: À Propos with Pelican Bomb

With Cameron Shaw and Charlie Tatum
June 7, 2017
À Propos is a series of events that will feature a different non-profit organization based in the New Orleans metro-area each month. During that evening, an organization will present and share their history, milestones, anecdotes, and upcoming projects with the audience. Conversations will be followed by a Q&A session. ABOUT PELICAN BOMB Since 2011, Pelican Bomb has promoted writing and thinking about contemporary art and visual culture in New Orleans. Their online Art Review is the city's only publication dedicated to contemporary visual art and features weekly exhibition reviews, interviews with local and international artists and thinkers, insightful essays, and exclusive digital artist projects. Pelican Bomb Gallery X—the organization's public-facing home in the city—hosts a roster of exhibitions and public programs that use contemporary art as a lens to better understand and engage with New Orleans' unique cultural landscape.

Sólo Espresso Pop-Up at the CAC

October 13, 2016 to October 19, 2016
For the New Orleans Film Fesitval screenings at the CAC, Sólo Espresso will be serving coffee, a small food menu, and pastries from Port City Pantry . About Solo Espresso Sólo Espresso, located on Poland Avenue in the Upper 9th Ward, is owned and operated by Lauren Morlock. Morlock has been slinging coffee, on and off, for 20 years. Her coffee experience has been from Mom and Pop shops to specialty coffee houses, and even a stint in the corporate coffee world. She is constantly educating herself, and shares her knowledge with her experienced team at Sólo, whose goal is to make a delicious and consistent cup of coffee day-to-day. Sólo uses Miami-based Panther Coffee, maintains a strong relationship with them, and greatly respects what Panther has done, and continues to do, in the Specialty Coffee Industry—they take great pride in their relationships with the farmers they work with, as well as small cafes like Sólo.

Lala Rascic, book presentation and performance

July 14, 2016
Local Bosnian artist Lala Raščić will discuss her artistic practice, the process of creating her self-published book Lala’s Reader , and will also read a few excerpts of her scripts. Raščić will perform What is Evil Earth , a spoken word piece based on her 2015 video piece Evil Earth’s Notebook , recently performed at Good Children Gallery on the closing event of her show Evil Earth System . The spoken word artist Victoria Simmons will also perform a poem she composed in reaction to Raščić's exhibition.

Teen Open Stage Night

April 29, 2016
Calling all singers, dancers, musicians, writers, rappers, comedians, magicians, or performers of any kind! This is your chance to take the stage and show off what you've got at the Contemporary Arts Center! There will be free food, incredible performances, and a photobooth! See you at Open Stage Night! Presented by the Teen Leadership Council

To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover

Presented with The Stacks, art & design bookstore
April 14, 2016
Book presentation with Joris Lindhout & Maaike Gouwenberg of Deltaworkers and Erik Kiesewetter of Constance New Orleans To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover is an essay bundle that aims to deconstruct the romantic and mythical image Hollywood has created of the Southern States. Editors and Deltaworkers founders Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout will read fragments from the different essays and introduce their story of the South. Dutchies Gouwenberg & Lindhout came to the South in 2010 on an investigative roadtrip exploring the Southern Gothic. They never really left and are currently running the Deltaworkers international residency program in New Orleans. To Live in the South, One Has To Be a Scar Lover is designed by Erik Kiesewetter, who has been pivotal in introducing the South to Gouwenberg & Lindhout and is a board member of Deltaworkers. Find out more... ABOUT DELTAWORKERS Deltaworkers is a nomadic artistic production and residence program that investigates the southern states of the U.S. as one of the last mythical places in the West. We host and present European artists from different disciplines in New Orleans, a city that forms the perfect gateway to the south; a region where many of the historical, socio-political and cultural roots of U.S culture can be found. ABOUT MAAIKE GOUWENBERG Maaike Gouwenberg is a curator based in Rotterdam. She is interested in performative practices. In 2010, Gouwenberg initiated A.P.E. (art projects era) with artist Keren Cytter. A.P.E develops projects that cannot necessarily be realised within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. Since 2014 Maaike runs the residency program Deltaworkers in New Orleans, is one of the short film programmers at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is a board member of musical theatre group Touki Delphine, film festival Cracking the Frame, and artist run space...