Sponsored by Sophie B. Wright Charter School & The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art
Opening Reception: April 4th, 2015 @ 3
April 4th, 2015 thru April 25th, 2015
THE SPIRIT OF HAITIAN CULTURE: CREATIVITY, PERSEVERANCE, RESILIENCE
Curated by Lana Meyon; In partial fullfilment of Masters of Arts Museum Studies Southern University at New Orleans
Exhibition features Haitian Art from The Haitian Cultural Legacy Collection of the late Dr. Jean C. Brierre and Nicole Riboul Brierre.
“From prehistoric to present mankind has always sought enlightenment for himself and others through art. Haiti is one country where we find great periods of artistic renaissance”
– The Late Dr. Jean C. Brierre
Opening Reception: April 18th, 2015 @ 6p
Supported By: Dr. Dwight McKenna, Beverly McKenna, The Rhodes Family Businesses, Crescent City Chapter of the Links, Inc., Ulrick and Michele Jean Pierre, Omar and Monique Brierre Aziz, Kimberley Coleman, Nicolas Brierre Aziz, O’Koyea Huff Boone, Southern University Graduate Museum Studies Program faculty and students.
April 18th, 2015 thru July 18th, 2015
Contemporary Artists Respond to the Baby Dolls of New Orleans
Curator: Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville
Community Partner: Xavier University
“Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Orleans Baby Dolls” is an exhibition of art about, and inspired by, the Baby Doll masking tradition. There are few artistic representations of this little-known yet significant New Orleans tradition. Artists in the show have created works that make reference to a largely visually-undocumented practice dating back to c. 1912. The show engages in the important work of educating, preserving and ensuring the contemporary relevance of this aspect of New Orleans' cultural heritage. The goal of this exhibition is to discover newer ways of engaging in dialogue about contemporary issues that emerge in examining the Baby Dolls: issues of resilience, independence, feminine identity, and the emergence of the meaning of culture building in today’s visual art practice.
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March 27th, 2015 - May 30th, 2015
The 10-Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans
Photographer: L. Kasimu Harris
L. Kasimu Harris’s second photography solo exhibition, “The 10-Year Journey: Reflections of Family, Identity and New Orleans” is his visual narrative of life following Hurricane Katrina. The exhibition will be held at the George and Leah McKenna Museum (2003 Carondelet St. New Orleans, La 70130) and runs from August 9 to October 10, 2015. The opening reception is Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9p.m., and will feature a special performance by Grammy nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Harris’s documentation began in August 2005 when he first processed his confusion, hurt and rage in the pages of his journal, as the weary winds of Hurricane Katrina finally reached the University of Mississippi, where he was a journalism graduate student. Harris returned to New Orleans, his hometown, 45 days later and, even then, sought images beyond the destruction.
August 21st, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
August 21st, 2015 -October 10th, 2015