Contemporary Arts Center

SOLOS: Exhibitions of New Works by CAC Visual Artists-in-Residence

August 27, 2021 to September 26, 2021

Experience new, bold works of visual art created by the CAC's 2021 Visual Artists-in-Residence in our annual month-long exhibition. The CAC is excited to present "SOLOS," featuring new works by the 2021 visual artists-in-residence kai barrow, Ellen Bull, J Knoblach, and Keysha Rivera.

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Prospect New Orleans and Contemporary Arts Center

Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow

New Orleans' Triennial Exhibition
October 23, 2021 to January 23, 2022

This Fall, museums, cultural spaces, and public sites throughout New Orleans will host the long-awaited return of Prospect New Orleans Triennial exhibition with Prospect.5: "Yesterday we said tomorrow." The CAC’s first and second floor galleries will feature exciting works by leading contemporary artists from around the world.

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Past Shows

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

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