This undertaking is playing out today in New Orleans, amid calls to remove the city’s 17 confederate monuments.
Ebony G. Patterson, William Powhida, and Xaviera Simmons have joined the call for art workers “to place strict conditions on their collaboration with NOMA,” which is being accused of bigotry and discrimination.
Incidents include a staffer being asked to cut their dreadlocks and the permanent installation of a plantation parlor against the advisement of Black staff.
Thomas’s Femmes Noires reframes the gallery space, allowing viewers to alter their behavior from what’s expected in an art institution.
In highlighting a neglected piece of history that struck fear in the hearts of white enslavers, Scott made a statement about who gets to mine our history, simultaneously prompting questions about intentions, impact, and praxis.
In 1811, hundreds of enslaved people marched through Louisiana chanting “freedom or death.” While their oft-forgotten journey ended in massacre, artist Dread Scott spent six years organizing a reenactment to celebrate the legacy of their courage, to be staged November 8-9.
A city law effectively banned the outdoor sale of art outside the French Quarter, but one artist has helped to set a new precedent with his win against the code on First Amendment grounds.
Shortly after putting up a mural on his private property last year, Neal Morris received a letter from the city demanding its immediate removal and threatening jail time.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is exhibiting the watercolor works of Bror Anders Wikstrom, who designed floats and costumes for turn-of-the-century Mardi Gras.
The oft-vandalized mural was removed from its original site on the wall of a warehouse in 2014 and placed in the hands of local conservator Elise Grenier.
Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico features an intergenerational group of five artists wrestling with the history and materiality of painting.
Opened in the fall of 2016, the Music Box Village is a gathering of artist-created architectural instruments.