Contemporary Arts Center and New Orleans Airlift


November 2, 2019 to February 2, 2020

In 2009, New Orleans Airlift was founded by musician and artist manager Jay Pennington and multi-media installation artist
Delaney Martin as an artist-driven collaborative initiative to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities
through education and the creation of experimental public artworks in the city of New Orleans... Read more →

Past Shows

Family Day at the CAC

April 22, 2018
Join us for a FREE day of hands-on workshops for artists and makers of all ages! Featuring activities by Electric Girls and local New Orleans artists, the CAC galleries and workshop spaces will be free and open to the public as part of The Helis Foundation Free Day for Louisiana Residents . Local pop-up Just Delights will provide seasonal ice creams. The first 75 visitors under the age of 18 will get a free scoop! Education and Public Programming support is provided by Nancy Aronson and Virginia Besthoff, City of New Orleans | Edward Wisner Donation, The Hearst Foundations, The Helis Foundation, and the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation.

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 Thursdays @ the CAC

November 9, 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. November 9, 2017, 6–10pm Young Professionals Happy Hour – 6-7pm, Cafe Meet members from CAC’s Audience Advisory Committee and learn about Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth and upcoming programs over specialty cocktails and local beers. Meet the Maker – 6-7:30pm, Atrium Every month, we highlight some of the best local breweries and distilleries around town. NOLA Brewing Company joins us this month to offer insight into their guiding principles of what makes a good beer. Members Only – 6:15-7pm, Presidents Resource Center Go behind the scenes with the CAC curators starting with a sneak peek at Prospect.4 with Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, followed by a preview of Go Forth performance with Laurie Uprichard, Senior Curator of Performing Arts. Plus, as a CAC member, you enjoy a free drink at all Second Thursdays. Conversation – 6:30-8pm, Theater Using James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time as a framework, human rights activists Jodie Patterson and Tiq Milan come together to discuss how their personal experiences attest to the continued relevance of Baldwin's essays and how his analysis continues to remain critical for African American and LGBTQ+ communities. This conversation is in collaboration with the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. Register here . Performance – 7:30-9pm, Warehouse Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH ( buy tickets ) Following the Louisiana Premiere of Go Forth, join the cast for a special toast and reception. Poetry – 8-10pm, Atrium During this special edition of Pass It On, national and regional poets come together to perform original works exploring how communities in the African Diaspora process death, mourning, and remembrance. Artists include...

Second Thursdays @ the CAC

October 12, 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. October 12, 2017, 6–10pm Meet the Maker – 6-7:30pm, Atrium During the season, we highlight some of the best local breweries and distilleries around town. This month, learn about Urban South Brewery and their efforts to re-establish New Orleans as the beer capital of the South. Members Only – 6-7pm, Rooftop Join us on the CAC's rooftop deck for a drink and chat with Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Laurie Uprichard, as she shares insights on Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Trisha Brown: In Plain Site , opening Friday, October 13. Young Professionals Happy Hour Meet-up – 6:30pm–7:30pm, Lobby Hear from members of the Paul S. Rosenblum Healthcare Institute to learn about the organization’s interactive and engaging five-week series for young professionals that provides the opportunity to learn about Touro Infirmary, best leadership practices and the overall landscape of healthcare in New Orleans. Book Discussion & Signing – 6-7pm, The Stacks Bookstore & Cafe Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, discusses Artaud’s Metamorphosis: From Hieroglyphs to Bodies without Organs with author Jay Murphy. Book signing and light refreshments will follow the conversation. Performance – 7:15-7:25pm, Lobby Trisha Brown Dance Company members perform an excerpt from Trisha Brown: In Plain Site . Panel Conversation – 7:30-9pm, Atrium Hosted in partnership with Press Club of New Orleans and Prospect New Orleans, this discussion brings together artists, journalists and art critics to explore the influence of journalism within the realm of art. Panelists include D. Eric Bookhardt (Gambit Weekly), Gia Hamilton (Joan Mitchell Center), Tameka Norris (Artist, Scholar), Trevor Schoonmaker (Prospect New Orleans), Melanie Warner Spencer (Renaissance Publishing), and Charlie Tatum (Pelican Bomb). Tribute –...

Bring Your Own #Objects: "The Thing Is..."

September 28, 2017
Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that takes place in unconventional spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, eight storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. This month's BYO invites storytellers that are strictly writers and artists to share object-themed stories with the audience. Some artists have their work featured in the show on view until October 1, Ephemera Obscura . This edition of BYO is produced in partnership between BYO , PROJECT: OBJECT , The Stacks Bookstore and the CAC. More about BYO Bring Your Own is a live storytelling series that partners with local organizations and unconventional spaces to explore questions and themes most pertinent to the New Orleans community. The stories are recorded and shared online and on air at WWNO. Storytelling builds bridges; it connects us, offers different ways of looking at the same thing. BYO is committed to elevating the organizations, voices, and narratives that build the backbone of our city. BYO has heard over 250 stories, and counting. The best stories are produced by a team of local producers for on-air and online distribution. BYO is broadcast on All Things New Orleans and as a biweekly podcast on wwno.org , and is a Laine Kaplan-Levenson production. More about PROJECT:OBJECT PROJECT:OBJECT , co-founded by Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker, is an ongoing online series of nonfiction stories about personal objects arranged around themes — political objects, talismanic objects, illicit object, lost objects, etc. Contributors have included Lydia Millet, Luc Sante, William Gibson, Marisa Silver, Alexis Madrigal, Virginia Heffernan, Douglas Rushkoff, and many others. “This is definitely one of the remaining examples of the rapidly diminishing 'good Internet' ice caps that will some day be spoken of only in legend,” says The Awl .

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

Revoir: To See Again

Teen Exhibition Opening Reception

Organized by Teens@CAC, Revoir: To See Again presents work that examines the relationship between memory—individual and collective—and identity. 

An exhibition about personal and social histories and the ways they inform contemporary self-presentation, Revoir: To See Again asks Who am I? as a response to Where did I come from?. While some ... Read more

Dance Afterparty with DJ Kid Koala

April 15, 2017
Part of the Nufonia Must Fall Schedule of Events Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ, music producer, and award winning graphic novelist. He has released four solo albums on Ninja Tune, the most recent being 12 bit Blues . He has also released two graphic novels: Nufonia Must Fall and Space Cadet . He has also been involved in such collaborations as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. Kid Koala has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Arcade Fire, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead , Scott Pilgrim vs. The World , Looper , and The Great Gatsby . He has composed music for The National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, Sesame Street , and Adult Swim. He has also been commissioned to create music for runway shows for Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Kid Koala’s unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) and Vinyl Vaudeville (including puppets and dancers) to quiet-time events like Music To Draw To and his Space Cadet Headphone Experience. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.