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Made in New Orleans: A Survey of Contemporary Art From the Crescent City

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Described by the art critic of the Mobile Register newspaper as "an extraordinary event," Made in New Orleans came about during the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina, when much of the city was under water. Having stayed through the storm, painter Jacqueline Bishop eventually found herself in Mobile, Ala., where she was approached by that city's contemporary arts organization, Space 301, about curating an exhibition of recent New Orleans art. With the city's artists, many of whom lost their homes and studios, scattered far and wide, the logistics seemed almost impossible, but she persevered, tracking them down in places ranging from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Houston, Austin and Dallas to Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, New York and points beyond. The result is an exhibition that reflects the "rich diversity of New Orleans through painting, sculpture, collage, print-making, assemblage, ceramics and glass." Thirty-one well-established artists are represented, including Luis Cruz Azaceta, Ron Bechet, Raine Bedsole, Willie Birch, Douglas Bourgeois, Jeffrey Cook, Alan Gerson, David Halliday, Dona Lief, Lory Lockwood, Jim Richard, John T. Scott, and Robert Warrens. An opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday features "Camelot Before the Deluge," a lecture by the CAC's visual-arts curator, David S. Rubin. Regular gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. -- D. Eric Bookhardt
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