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Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition

2021 Gulf South Open Call Exhibition

HURRICANE IDA UPDATE: The CAC's galleries will be closed from Friday, August 27, 2021 until further notice. Please stay tuned to the CAC's website and social media for updates.


Following an unprecedented pandemic year, the heightened visibility of health inequity throughout the nation has elevated concerns about mental and ... Read more

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: The Wolf Circle Writing Workshop

February 9, 2020
Artist and retail collective Les Femmes Féroces invites you to The Wolf Circle, a writing workshop on Sunday, February 9 from 11 am to 2 pm. The Wolf Circle is a group inspired by the books Women Who Run With The Wolves and The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering The Religion Of The Earth, and is created and curated by Cat Dorvilus. Admission is free and open to the public! All womxn (a term that is inclusive of women of color, trans, and nonbinary women) are invited to take part in discussions, writing prompts, book suggestions, and more. The Wolf Circle is a supportive space for womxn to howl and to be wild, woman, and free; a call to unlearn the domestication instilled in us from a racist, capitalistic, patriarchal system and to return to our wild, instinctual selves. It is an exploration of a non-hierarchal framework, with the intention of unanimous support that looks within and without versus emulation of any leader or facilitator. This event 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.


November 2, 2019
You're Invited! On Saturday, November 2, please join us for the CAC's 2019 season opening reception celebrating the debut of five exhibitions that will examine the reclamation of identity, Black femininity, queer and chosen love, and the 10th Anniversary of New Orleans Airlift! This event is FREE & OPEN to the public. The five CAC exhibitions that will open November 2 include: MICKALENE THOMAS: FEMMES NOIRES (The Helis Foundation First Floor Galleries) FEMMES FEROCES: MATERIAL LIFE X FEMMES NOIRES (Oval Gallery and CAC Cafe) AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (Second Floor Galleries) MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW (Second Floor Galleries) NEW ORLEANS AIRLIFT: FROM NEW WATER MUSIC (Atrium) Explore each of these exhibitions by visiting the links at the bottom of this page! Music by DJ Felice Gee Born in Brooklyn and inspired by New Orleans, Felicia Gee curates sound waves fine-tuned specifically as a form of meditation and celebration. Expect African Diasporic sounds from every era, introduced through emphasis on drum-beats and storytelling! Late Night Bites by La Vie En Rose Cafe La Vie En Rose Cafe will be on site offering tasty options from their menu, including creole gumbo, vegan red beans, and sweet treats including macaroons and pastries. Make Us Your Center! Opening Night is the perfect time to join the CAC! Get the most out of this season by receiving complimentary admission year-round to CAC visual arts exhibitions, receive exclusive discounts to CAC performances, share guest passes with your friends and family, take advantage of priority seating, and more! Talk to our Member Services team at the front desk or join online today.

Constructing the Break


Opening the season—the Contemporary Arts Center’s 5th annual Open Call Exhibition presents the work of 30 regional artists.

The Mississippi River makes meaning of the landscape as it careens through the United States, flowing South from Minnesota through the Midwest, caressing the edges and embankments of Wisconsin, ... Read more

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 !

Members-Only Curatorial Walkthrough: Prospect.4

January 24, 2018
Get an exclusive look at Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp with Emily Wilkerson, Prospect.4 Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. After the walkthrough, join us for the premiere performance of Urban Bush Women's Hair & Other Stories at 7:30pm. CAC Members receive $10 off tickets and priority seating. This event is open to current CAC Members only. JOIN or RENEW Membership