Past Shows

An Evening with George Clinton: In Conversation with DJ Soul Sister

October 22, 2021
Join us for a special conversation celebrating the opening of Free Your Mind , the first-ever solo exhibition of work by legendary musician and artist George Clinton, now on view at SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL Fine Art. George Clinton, legendary artist, musician, and founder of Parliament Funkadelic, will be interviewed by long-time friend DJ Soul Sister, musicologist, professor, and New Orleans' own "Queen of Rare Groove," about the parallels between Clinton's music and his visual art. Admission is free with RSVP but space is limited. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required for entry. RSVP Now About The Exhibition SPILLMAN | BLACKWELL and Spring McManus Art Advisory (SMAA) are pleased to announce Free Your Mind , the first-ever solo exhibition of paintings and drawings by the legendary musician George Clinton. The exhibition, which coincides with Prospect New Orleans and the artist’s 80th birthday, will feature recent paintings as well as historical works from the past thirty years, and provides a never-before-seen overview of Clinton’s journey as a visual artist. The exhibit opens October 2, 2021 in conjunction with Art for Arts’ Sake in the New Orleans Arts District, with additional programming alongside the opening weekend of Prospect.5 later in the month. In the 1970s and 80s, George Clinton revolutionized music and performance through the pioneering work of the band Parliament-Funkadelic. His original sounds and visual sensibilities are part of the founding DNA of electronic funk, gangsta-funk, and hip-hop. Clinton continues to have an extraordinary influence over popular music and culture and has inspired the works of countless musicians including Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many others. Clinton’s paintings and sculptures riff on themes from his music, including images of his iconic “Atomic Dog” and “Mothership”. “As a visual...

A Day of Healing in the Gris Gris Lab

September 17, 2021
The Gris Gris Lab, An Afrofuturist Apothecary, presents an acute trauma healing laboratory in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Led by local healer and creative Gia M. Hamilton, the workshop will feature local healing practitioners who will offer a variety of healing services by donation including acupuncture, reiki, herbalism, massage, meditation, yoga, and more. Proof of vaccine or negative COVID test is required for entry. Masks are required. Attendees must bring their own towel or yoga mat, out of COVID-19 health considerations. RSVP Now This event part of a series of healing-centered programs associated with the CAC's 2021 Gulf South open call exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view through September 26, 2021. Learn more About the Exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition" offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community. Learn more About the Gris Gris Lab Created by “Gris Gris Mama” Gia M. Hamilton and located inside the CAC's Oval Gallery, the Gris Gris lab is an Afrofuturist Apothecary designed to ground, shift energy, and prepare the viewer to enter the portal and the exhibition. Activations will take place in this space throughout the summer of 2021.

POSTPONED - Joie Noire: Femme Funk Fête | SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC

March 15, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, the Joie Noire: Femme Funk Fête scheduled for Sunday, March 15th at the CAC has been postponed until further notice. The Contemporary Arts Center remains open while we closely monitor the latest developments by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus . Read our Health & Safety Update here. --- On Sunday, March 15, the CAC and pop-up boutique Material Life present Femme Funk Fête , a celebration of all things Black, Feminine and Funky. This program highlights the dynamics of feminine energy and its significant role in the development of the Funk genre during the 60s, 70s and early 80s. Admission is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP here! From 1 to 4 pm, join us for a day party hosted by Chipo Kandake featuring a selected set comprised of solely women artists by the by the Queen of Rare Groove, DJ Soul Sister of New Orleans! The event will also feature an appearance by Girls Rock NOLA and a dance performance honoring select New Orleans Unsung Funktress , with one-of-a-kind sound from Mystery Zone Soundsystem and audio curated by DJ Kuti Bien . The party will take over the entire first floor of the CAC, including the atrium, Material Life / Les Femmes Feroces retail space, and Femmes Féroces Oval Gallery exhibition. We'll see you there! Events Schedule: 1:00pm - Gallery viewing and Activations (photo station and games) 2:00pm - 3:30pm DJ soul Sister Listening Set in Les Femmes Feroces Retail Space Performance Schedule: 3:30pm Girls Rock Nola Set in Helis Gallery 3:45pm Chipo performance Admission to this event is free and open to the public and is part of SUNDAY...

SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC: Xenobia Bailey's Open Studio

March 1, 2020
Join us at SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC for this special presentation and research survey of historic North American, success-based board games to help the African American Community navigate through social obstacles of oppression, led by Xenobia Bailey. Xenobia will conduct a introduction to the sustainable properties of the visual Aesthetic of Funk, through visual journaling of her creative practice. This presentation will be followed by an open studio and lab of creative game-planning, mapping game plans from the socially engineered games that are played in everyday life. This will be a self-help, urban art therapeutic group exercise, for the underserved African American creative community to realize and design recreational tools of resistance. Admission is free and open to the public with RSVP requested, here . This program is part of SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC, a weekly opportunity for Louisiana residents to enjoy programming at the CAC free of charge, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

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...