CAC Post-Ida, reopening on September 15 with the exhibition SOLOS + A Day of Healing by Gris Gris Lab + Behind Every Beautiful Thing

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Following its closure due to Hurricane Ida, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) has announced that it will reopen its galleries on Wednesday, September 15 at 11 a.m. with its presentation of “SOLO”, an exhibition of new works by visual artists in residence at the CAC located in the galleries on the 2nd floor of the CAC. Featured solo exhibitions include “More yolks, fewer people ” through Ellen Taurus, costume designer and scenographer working in theater and cinema; “Debt.” through kai wheelbarrow, a visual artist and performer; “Finding a home with textiles ” through Keysha Rivera, a multidisciplinary artist specializing in textile work; and “Point Nemo full of mermaid tears hallowed be your name” through J Knoblach, an artist whose combination of cross-country running and track and the study of feminist body art has led to an interdisciplinary practice rooted in performance. “SOLOS” will be visible until September 26th. Customers are encouraged to reserve gallery admissions in advance, here.

We are happy to report that the ACC and its staff are doing well and while we are still assessing the impact of the storm, the ACC building has withstood the Ida winds and the artwork inside is sure. The CAC would like to thank the many individuals and entities who responded to the needs of our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. In an effort to provide community healing in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, ACC presents A day of healing, an acute trauma healing lab hosted by Gia M. Hamilton’s Gris Gris Lab, Afrofuturist Apothecary,Friday, September 17, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance is free with RSVP. Led by local designer and healer Gia M. Hamilton, local practitioners will offer a variety of gift healing services including acupuncture, reiki, herbalism, massage, meditation, yoga, and more. Proof of vaccine or negative COVID test is required for entry. Masks are mandatory. Participants must bring their own towel or yoga mat, for COVID-19 health reasons. For more information and to support the increased vibration of our community, you can contact Gris Gris Lab at [email protected].

The other public programs linked to the current exhibitions have been rescheduled for the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 23, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Virtual Panel: Behind Healing and Wholeness: Art + Health featuring Anne Collins Smith (moderator), Daniel Burje Chonde, Ann Haley and David W. Robinson-Morris Ph.D. Hosted on Facebook Live: RSVP now
  • Saturday, September 25, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Closing reception of the “SOLOS” exhibitions of new works by artists in residence at the CAC. Presented in person at the CAC. RSVP now
  • Sunday September 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Closing day of the CAC exhibitions “Behind every beautiful thing: meeting bodies, fighting against the human condition” and “SOLOS”. Book gallery tickets
  • Sunday, September 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CDT: Soothing Sunday: (Re) membering to Never Forget, a virtual healing salon that opens participants to possibilities for collective healing and liberation in New Orleans communities. Hosted by Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹs̀à, Adrione Domino, Ellenie Cruz and Jessi Doneley. Hosted Live On Zoom: RSVP Now
  • Thursday, October 7, 5 p.m. CDT: Virtual tour of the StudioV studio with Frahn Koerner, an artist whose works are featured in “Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition”. Led by exhibition curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. Hosted live on Zoom: RSVP now
  • October to be confirmed: Virtual tour of StudioV studio with Su Ecenia, an artist whose works are presented in “Behind every beautiful thing: meeting bodies, fighting against the human condition”. Led by exhibition curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. Hosted live on Zoom. Stay tuned, RSVP information will be announced soon.

Admission to the CAC will be free for residents of Louisiana until September 26, 2021. Guests are encouraged to plan their visit, book gallery tickets in advance, and explore the art safely by wearing a mask and providing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, which is required for admission to CAC galleries and events. Louisiana residents can download and register for the LA Wallet app to view their immunization status.

The ACC Artist Residency Program supports New Orleans performing and visual artists with studio time, exhibition and performance opportunities, as well as technical and curatorial support for the development of new works. The program supports artist-led research that fosters the creation of new interdisciplinary works. The new work created by the 2021 CAC performers in residence Jarrell Hamilton / De La Soul Dance Co., paris cyan, and Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth was recorded and will be presented virtually in the fall of 2021.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida and health and safety concerns related to COVID-19, the ACC is postponing its next performance of Life (09/17/21) and Sacred journey(09/18/21) by The Graduates, and the offsite performance of The waiting room (9/24 – 9/26/21). After the closure of current exhibitions on September 26, 2021, the CAC will reopen its galleries on October 23, 2021 as part of Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow.

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