Past Shows


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

An Evening of Prospect.4 and Poetry

December 6, 2017
Join the CAC for a wine-and-cheese reception and special after-hours viewing of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp , followed by a one-night-only poetry reading by Russ M. Herman from his new book of poetry, “The Topography of Life, Love and Travel.” Russ Herman, who is nationally recognized as one of the top litigators in the country, has published his first book of poetry, “The Topography of Life, Love and Travel.” The poems and prose are divided into three parts - Part One is the Geography of Love which includes eight poems - travel to South America, Portofino, Saint Barts, Amsterdam and Jerusalem. Part Two is The Topography of Love, nineteen poems of courtship and love. Part Three is the Romance of My Muse - from the first date through a honeymoon on the Isle of Lido in Venice. Wednesday, December 6 CAC Galleries Open at 6:00pm with complimentary wine and cheese Poetry Reading at 7:30pm in CAC Theater

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

October 13, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Trisha Brown (1936–2017) was one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of our time; her groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn—from which Judson Dance Theater was born—greatly contributing to the fervor of inter-disciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, games, natural movement and improvisation into the making of choreography. Brown has described herself as “a bricklayer with a sense of humor.” Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown’s legacy through its Trisha Brown: In Plain Site initiative. The Company draws on Brown’s model for reinvigorating her choreography, re-siting works in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites and museum settings, as well as theaters. At the CAC, the company will animate the entire building, from the The Helis Foundation First Floor Galleries, through the CAC Theater and into the warehouses with works spanning several decades from the 1970s to the 2000s. Master Classes With Trisha Brown Dance Company MASTER CLASS WITH LEAH IVES Friday, October 13 – 10-11:30 AM Dancing Grounds, 3705 St. Claude Ave. $10 Drop-In | FREE for DG and CAC Members MASTER CLASS WITH LEAH MORRISON Saturday, October 14 – 10-11:30 AM Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. $10 Drop-In | FREE for DG and CAC Members Followed by a conversation with Leah Morrison RSVP HERE!

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