Past Shows

CANCELLED - Meg Turner Tintype Portrait Shoot #2

March 22, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, Meg Turner's Tintype Portrait Shoot #2, scheduled for March 22 at the CAC, has been cancelled. 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. ---- Ever wish your portrait was on the walls of a gallery? On Sunday, March 22nd, New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner is seeking community members like you to be a part of her exhibition on view at the CAC: MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW ! Meg will create new tintype photographs on-site at the CAC with all who wish to pose inside her utopic roadside stand located in the CAC's second floor gallery. Creating a physical artifact of a future fantasy, participants will collaborate in making new tintype works that will be displayed inside the HERE AND NOW exhibition for the remainder of the show's run, through April 12, 2020. Participation is free and open to the public, with subjects shot on a first-come first-served basis. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of an art exhibition! Each tintype shooting session will take place inside the MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW exhibition in the CAC's second floor gallery, with the exterior view of installation as the backdrop. The gallery will be open for visitors during the shoot. The process of shooting tintypes takes approximately 20 minutes per subject. WHAT IS A TINTYPE? Also known as wet-plate collodion, tintype is a photographic process dating from 1853 using thin metal plates, collodion and silver nitrate. While not the first process of photography invented it was the first to gain enormous popularity and succeeded in democratizing...

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: A Queer Punk Show at the CAC

February 9, 2020
On Sunday, February 9, the CAC and New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner invite you join us for RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: A Queer Punk Show at the CAC! The event will bring together top punk bands from the New Orleans area, including Special Interest, Softie, Joie, and Vile Bodies! The show will take place from 5 to 8:30 pm at the CAC's MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW exhibition, located inside our second floor gallery space. We also encourage you to get informed and organized with an appearance by The People's Assembly, a local activist group, who will talk about their current initiatives and ways that you can get involved. Admission is $5 to $15 (sliding scale) with all proceeds going to the bands. Tickets will be available on-site outside the CAC's 2nd Floor Gallery. A cash bar will be available, courtesy of resident cafe pop-up La Vie En Rose Cafe Stay tuned for a full band line-up and schedule, coming soon!

Meg Turner Tintype Portrait Shoot

February 2, 2020
NOTE: This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, February 2, 2020. Ever wish your portrait was on the walls of a gallery? On Sunday, January 26, New Orleans-based artist Meg Turner will provide the opportunity for community members like you to be a part of her exhibition on view at the CAC: MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW. Meg will create new tintype photographs on-site at the CAC with all who wish to pose inside her utopic roadside stand located in the CAC's second floor gallery. Creating a physical artifact of a future fantasy, participants will collaborate in making new tintype works that will be displayed inside the HERE AND NOW exhibition for the remainder of the show until April 12. Participation is free and open to the public, with subjects shot on a first-come first-served basis. Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of an art exhibition! Each tintype shooting session will take place inside the MEG TURNER: HERE AND NOW exhibition in the CAC's second floor gallery, with the exterior view of installation as the backdrop. The gallery will be open for visitors during the shoot. The process of shooting tintypes takes approximately 20 minutes per subject. What is a tintype? Also known as wet-plate collodion, tintype is a photographic process dating from 1853 using thin metal plates, collodion and silver nitrate. While not the first process of photography invented it was the first to gain enormous popularity and succeeded in democratizing the idea of having a formal portrait. (previously reserved for those with means to commission a painting) Processed immediately, the process continued as a novelty attraction available at carnivals, boardwalks and roadside stands into the 1930’s.

AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films and installations address the collision of identities. Often combing personal ethnography and cultural representations of beauty in her work, Owusu transitions between avant-garde cinema, fine art, and African tradition. Her work ranges with its varied use of archival ... Read more

2019 SEASON OPENING NIGHT

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.

PhotoNOLA | Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick: Labor Studies

December 14, 2018
Living and working in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick have documented the city and its people for forty years. This comprehensive exhibition will present their photographs of laboring communities including the last sugar cane and sweet potato harvesters, unionized dockworkers, musician day laborers, hospitality and restaurant workers, domestic caretakers and one of the largest workforces in the state of Louisiana, the inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. This will be the first exhibition to present Calhoun and McCormick’s extensive documentation of the city’s changing labor force. On Friday, December 14 there will be gallery talk & exhibition walk through with the artists, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, and Andrea Andersson, the CAC’s Chief Curator of Visual Arts. This event is free and open to the public. Please mention PhotoNOLA at front desk to be given access to the second floor galleries free of charge. ABOUT THE ARTISTS Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick were born and raised in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. As husband and wife team, they have been documenting Louisiana and its people for more than 40 years. Calhoun and McCormick have documented the soul of New Orleans and a vanishing Louisiana: the last of the sugar cane workers, the dockworkers, the sweet potato harvesters, and the displacement of African Americans after Katrina. In New Orleans, they have documented the music culture, which consists of Brass Bands, Jazz Funerals, Social and Pleasure Clubs, Benevolent Societies, and the Black Mardi Gras Indians. They photograph the traditions of black church services and religious rituals; community rites and celebrations, such as parades, and jazz funerals; and the cruel conditions of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, a former slave-breeding plantation named for the African nation from which “the most profitable”...

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