Slave Rebellion Reenactment


October 25, 2019

Join Slave Rebellion Reenactment on Friday, October 25, 6pm - 7:30pm at the Contemporary Arts Center, located at 900 Camp St. New Orleans for a discussion with New York-based visual and performance artist Dread Scott, about his artistic practice and his latest collaborative project Slave Rebellion Reenactment.

Slave Rebellion Reenactment is a... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center


November 22, 2019 to November 23, 2019

An internationally-touring saxophonist, composer, bandleader, producer, and educator, Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. In her recently-released album Visions, Aldana draws inspiration from the life and works of female visual artist Frida Kahlo... Read more →

New Orleans School of Ballet


December 20, 2019 to December 22, 2019

A CAC Community Collaboration

In keeping with the CAC’s commitment to collaborate with and support artists in the New Orleans community, New Orleans School of Ballet comes to the CAC this holiday season with its original production of The Nutcracker in New Orleans: everyone's favorite holiday classic but staged with... Read more →

Past Shows

August is Museum Month!

August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Enjoy The Best Of NOLA's Museums This Month! New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area. It offers museum members the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership throughout the month of August. Not a member of the CAC yet? Join today and get access to all participating New Orleans this month! Join Now > 2019 Participating Institutions: Ashe Cultural Center Audubon Butterfly Garden Beauregard-Keyes Historic Home & Garden Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Confederate Memorial Hall Museum The Historic New Orleans Collection Longuevue House & Gardens The National WWII Museum New Canal Lighthouse Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans Pharmacy Museum Ogden Museum of Southern Art Old Ursuline Convent Museum Southern Food & Beverage Museum CAC Open Call Exhibition On View This Month! From August 3 through October 5, the CAC presents its 2019 Open Call Exhibition: Identity Measures , guest-curated by Dr. Jordan Amirkhani of American University. Identity Measures features works by 23 local and regional artists and explores identity as complex entanglements of lived experiences based on race, gender, ability, sexuality, and class. Every year, the CAC's Open Call exhibition brings together vibrant works from artists across the New Orleans region, according to a theme relevant to our community and the times in which we live. Learn more Learn more about Museum Month at www.neworleans.com/museum-month

Art & A/C Returns!

August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Cool Off at the CAC This Month: FREE ADMISSION When Temps Hit 95°! The Helis Foundation offers free admission for Louisiana residents to cool off inside and enjoy the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art throughout August To help Louisianans beat the heat, The Helis Foundation has again teamed up with some of New Orleans’ largest art institutions for the third year to offer free admission when temperatures hits 95 degrees. In partnership with WVUE-TV (FOX 8)’s meteorological team, The Helis Foundation announces the kickoff of “Art&AC” throughout the month of August. When FOX 8 meteorologists report the temperature has hit 95-degrees, Louisiana residents gain free admission to New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center the following day, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Last year, the award-winning initiative saw more than 5,500 people visit the museums over eight days. “Summers in the South can be grueling—so we wanted to again offer a chance for Louisiana residents to cool off with their friends and families, while enjoying some of the region’s premier cultural institutions,” said Jessie Haynes, Managing Director, The Helis Foundation. “The Helis Foundation’s mission is to help advance access to the arts, and ‘Art & AC’ is a fun, unique way to open these museums to all Louisiana residents.” In addition to air conditioning and blockbuster art exhibitions, visitors can expect fun giveaways like sunglasses, fans and water bottles to help keep cool during the summer heat. The Helis Foundation is committed to providing access to New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage by underwriting free admission for all Louisiana residents at leading local institutions every week, all year long: New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Botanical Garden including The Helis Foundation Enrique...

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2019: Wonder Emporium!

July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
2019 CAC Summer Arts Camp & After Care Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 CAC Summer Arts Camp 2019: Wonder Emporium! Every year, the CAC Summer Arts Camp ignites campers' imaginations through art and creativity! Our 2019 camp is for students age 6-14 and will take place Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 from 9 am to 3 pm. Featuring 90 minute classes and three art disciplines -- Digital Media , Visual Arts, and Dance -- campers will have the opportunity to work with our staff of professional artists at an advanced level. Camp sessions culminate with friends and families celebrating the campers’ creations at our Friday Showcase! CAC Summer After Care is also available during the same week from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Book of the Week: What If… Words by Samantha Berger Illustrated by Mike Curato Word of the Week: "Offbeat" Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends. This girl is determined to express herself! If she can't draw her dreams, she'll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can't, she'll find a way...This story conjures powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. Summer Arts Camp Pricing & Information Ages 6 - 14 Camp Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm Drop-off: 8 am CAC Members: $200 per week per child** Non-Members: $220 per week per child Register for CAC Summer Arts Camp > ** CAC Member discounts are applied automatically at checkout when you register using the email address associated with your CAC membership. Camp and Aftercare tuition includes all administrative fees. Scholarships are also available! To learn more contact Kaisas Peguero, Education & Public Programs...

Doshi + Peter Bohlin: From Here to There

June 22, 2019
Doshi + Peter Bohlin: From Here to There Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #10 Synopsis Doshi Director: Premjit Ramachandran 2009 / 74 min / India In a career spanning almost 70 years, the work of architect Balkrishna Doshi - aka B.V. Doshi - has mirrored the evolution of contemporary Indian architecture. Doshi's first job under the French architect Le Corbusier (who designed the Indian city Chandigarh) had a profound impact on him but he has often sought to interpret Corbusier's modernism through local conditions of site, climate and available technology. Having a conversation with Doshi is to immediately understand his appeal and the reasons for his unique success. Not only is his work as an architect seminal but his contributions to academia through the formation of the Ahmedabad School of Architecture and his own Vastu-Shilpa Foundation are unparalleled. These successes are primarily due to his ability to communicate with and inspire the people around him, and his rigor as an architect. The film introduces us to a truly great modern architect and evolved, cultured human being and helps direct our attention to the truly important questions of our time. Peter Bohlin: From Here to There Director: Cindy Allen 2017 / 7 min / USA His basic philosophy about “the making of a pleasant space” applies to all of the architect Peter Bohlin’s work, especially his most ubiquitous designs for the early Apple stores. Interior Design Magazine’s Cindy Allen interviews Bohlin about the remarkable moments from his 50-year career designing architectural gems for the likes of Girl Scouts, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

The Black Museum

June 22, 2019
The Black Museum Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #12 Synopsis The Black Museum Director: Oliver Hardt 2017 / 52 min / Germany / Program 12 The documentary takes the audience on a journey through the spectacular National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.. Through 100,000 square feet of exhibition space spread across eight levels, the museum explores America’s history and culture through the lens of the African American experience. Interviews with the project’s key figures give detailed insight into the challenges and conflicts during the formative stage of the museum and its overwhelming success during its first year of operation.

That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles + Redemption Square

June 22, 2019
That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles + Redemption Square Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #2 Synopsis That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles Director: Christopher Hawthorne 2018 / 56 min / USA During his time in Southern California in the 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for an authentic L.A. architecture that might be experimental but also responsive to the city's history, culture and landscape. Writer/Director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times , explores the five Maya-inspired houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles in that period. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these designs were a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent, tragic episode in his life. Redemption Square Director: John Moody 2018 / 20 min / USA In the footsteps of many unique Angelenos, a down-on-her-luck woman finds a new identity in Pershing Square, a notoriously unloved space in downtown Los Angeles. Redemption Square explores how the design of public space can change a person's life. Narrated by dozens of Angelenos, the story takes viewers into one public space at the heart of Los Angeles during five eras of its transformation—from its creation in 1866 through its impending redesign today—and offers an alternative vision for LA's public life based on the diverse perceptions, memories and identities that come together in this place every day. Q&A session is included with this screening.

Design Canada

June 22, 2019
Design Canada Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #4 Synopsis Design Canada Director: Greg Durrell 2017 / 76 min / Canada Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation.

Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

June 22, 2019
Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #5 Synopsis Frank Gehry: Building Justice Director: Ultan Guilfoyle 2018 / 70 min / USA Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the United States. The film follows Gehry as he arranges two ‘master’ studios at the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation — one at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture. In collaboration with Susan Burton of the “New Way of Life Reentry Project” in Compton, California, Gehry and his students explore all aspects of prison design, learning first-hand the design flaws of prison life from women who have been incarcerated in the worst American prisons. The film follows the group on a trip to Norway to visit what is considered to be the world’s most successful prisons. ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Directors: Isaiah Rendon and Leo Aguirre 2018 / 4 min / USA ChildSafe is a nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, hope and trust to those children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. In 2016, ChildSafe found themselves in a building that was too small to sustain their growing support programs and their increase in staff. They enlisted the help of San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners to build a new, state-of-the-art campus. This new facility would allow the organization to incorporate multiple government agencies such as health professionals, state agencies, law enforcement and legal teams under one roof. Inspired by ChildSafe’s unique mission, Overland embraced the opportunity to create a building that could serve as a catalyst for human transformation. The June 22nd showing of this program includes a panel discussion

Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

June 22, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #6 Synopsis Leaning Out Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski 2018 / 59 min / USA This is the story of Leslie Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, a man who oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet at the time, and is haunted by its collapse and the events of 9/11. This bond with humanity solidified his place in American history. It’s a film about innovation, wind engineering and visionary collaborations. It's a film about Robertson, the pacifist/activist and his fight for human rights. And finally, it’s a film about the woman engineer who loved and emboldened him, expanded his worldview and ultimately saved him. Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Director: Cheryl Hess 2018 / 5 min /USA / Program 1 The Spring Garden School No. 1 in North Philadelphia had been sitting vacant and abandoned for nearly 30 years before the Philadelphia Housing Authority teamed with the non-profit Help USA to convert the property into affordable housing. Philadelphia is currently experiencing a massive building boom and people are worried about the city losing its neighborhoods and character.

Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light

June 22, 2019
Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #8 Synopsis Renzo Piano: The Architect of Light Director: Carlos Saura 2018 / 65 min / Spain Celebrated Spanish director Carlos Saura captures the genius of one of the most famous Italian architects in the world, Renzo Piano. The brilliant designer behind structures including the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and The New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan, Saura follows Piano during the design of the Botín Center in Santander, Spain. The story becomes a reflection on his creative process