May
23
Thu
Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 23 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Working with natural elements like earth, wind, water and fire, the contemporary artists in Ear to the Ground show how nature can spur artistic innovation and spark new thinking about human culture and community. In their art, nature is not just as a resource to be protected or exploited, but rather a generative force with its own sentient power. Mining earth both as a material and a metaphor, the artists in this exhibition treat nature as a teacher: a model for negotiating the complexities of contemporary cultural life. Informed by a kind of elemental logic, their art envisions new ways we might relate to the natural world, as well as to one another. Drawn predominantly from NOMA’s permanent collection, Ear to the Ground features work by 18 artists across vastly different media, cultures and time periods who each reference earth and element in very different ways.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 23 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Against the Grain marks the first solo museum presentation of the experimental wood works of the American artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) in more than thirty years. An accomplished painter, sculptor, writer and musician, Thompson began creating her wood assemblages, which she called wood pictures, while living in Germany in the early 1960s. Thompson’s abstract work in wood went against the grain of the more representational and overtly political art of her time to offer more subtle reflections on history, memory and place. These sculptural assemblages—which represent a unique contribution to the art of this period—combine found and manipulated wood segments into sophisticated, expressive compositions that are located between painting, sculpture and collage. Often created from wood sourced in the forests of rural Germany, Thompson explored the material’s natural variations to create sensitive juxtapositions of texture, color and form.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art @ M.S. Rau Antiques
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art @ M.S. Rau Antiques

Since the founding of the United States, American painters have sought to capture the essence of the country on canvas. From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art presents works that span the first two centuries of our rich history, highlighting the variety and strength of American artistic achievement from the colonial era through World War I.

Opening this spring at M.S. Rau’s French Quarter gallery, the comprehensive American Fine Art exhibition features paintings, watercolors, and drawings from over 60 artists. Among the most well-known are John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper.

Together, the works on display represent the wide variety of styles that have developed in our country, ranging from Colonial Art to the Hudson River School and Tonalism to American Impressionism and the Ashcan School. Together, they successfully capture the cultural moment of their respective ages, perfectly defining on canvas the character and very essence of American life throughout the centuries.

In Partnership with SEI

Sponsor: M.S. Rau Antiques

Keith Sonnier: Until Today @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Keith Sonnier: Until Today @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Keith Sonnier: Until Today is the first comprehensive museum survey for Keith Sonnier, a pioneering figure in conceptual, post-minimal, video and performance art of the late 1960s. Born in Grand Mamou, Louisiana in 1941, Sonnier was one of the first artists to incorporate light into sculpture: an innovation that forms the foundation of his subsequent work. Since the late 1960s, Sonnier has continued to forge a sculptural language that defies easy categorization. From his earliest investigations of fleeting and unstable materials like lint, latex and neon, to his later expressions of the way architecture, light and form come together to shape human experience, communication and interconnection, Sonnier’s art has radically reframed sculpture’s role and function.

Keith Sonnier: Until Today includes over thirty key artworks created between 1969 and 2018, making it the first museum survey to consider the arc of this artist’s achievement. Although he is most recognized for his neon sculptures, Sonnier is also known for his exploration of a vast range of materials—including cheesecloth, satin, glass and bamboo—as well as sensory matter such as sound, light, radio and satellite. New and different modes of communication were a steady source of inspiration for Sonnier, and travel throughout the world has profoundly shaped his view on life and art. Bringing his signature work in neon into dialogue with these lesser known aspects of his practice, Keith Sonnier: Until Today explores the artist’s defining role in reshaping the boundaries of what constitutes sculpture over the last half-century.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

May
24
Fri
Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 24 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Working with natural elements like earth, wind, water and fire, the contemporary artists in Ear to the Ground show how nature can spur artistic innovation and spark new thinking about human culture and community. In their art, nature is not just as a resource to be protected or exploited, but rather a generative force with its own sentient power. Mining earth both as a material and a metaphor, the artists in this exhibition treat nature as a teacher: a model for negotiating the complexities of contemporary cultural life. Informed by a kind of elemental logic, their art envisions new ways we might relate to the natural world, as well as to one another. Drawn predominantly from NOMA’s permanent collection, Ear to the Ground features work by 18 artists across vastly different media, cultures and time periods who each reference earth and element in very different ways.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 24 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Against the Grain marks the first solo museum presentation of the experimental wood works of the American artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) in more than thirty years. An accomplished painter, sculptor, writer and musician, Thompson began creating her wood assemblages, which she called wood pictures, while living in Germany in the early 1960s. Thompson’s abstract work in wood went against the grain of the more representational and overtly political art of her time to offer more subtle reflections on history, memory and place. These sculptural assemblages—which represent a unique contribution to the art of this period—combine found and manipulated wood segments into sophisticated, expressive compositions that are located between painting, sculpture and collage. Often created from wood sourced in the forests of rural Germany, Thompson explored the material’s natural variations to create sensitive juxtapositions of texture, color and form.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art @ M.S. Rau Antiques
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art @ M.S. Rau Antiques

Since the founding of the United States, American painters have sought to capture the essence of the country on canvas. From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art presents works that span the first two centuries of our rich history, highlighting the variety and strength of American artistic achievement from the colonial era through World War I.

Opening this spring at M.S. Rau’s French Quarter gallery, the comprehensive American Fine Art exhibition features paintings, watercolors, and drawings from over 60 artists. Among the most well-known are John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Frederic Edwin Church, Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper.

Together, the works on display represent the wide variety of styles that have developed in our country, ranging from Colonial Art to the Hudson River School and Tonalism to American Impressionism and the Ashcan School. Together, they successfully capture the cultural moment of their respective ages, perfectly defining on canvas the character and very essence of American life throughout the centuries.

In Partnership with SEI

Sponsor: M.S. Rau Antiques

Keith Sonnier: Until Today @ New Orleans Museum of Art
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Keith Sonnier: Until Today @ New Orleans Museum of Art

Keith Sonnier: Until Today is the first comprehensive museum survey for Keith Sonnier, a pioneering figure in conceptual, post-minimal, video and performance art of the late 1960s. Born in Grand Mamou, Louisiana in 1941, Sonnier was one of the first artists to incorporate light into sculpture: an innovation that forms the foundation of his subsequent work. Since the late 1960s, Sonnier has continued to forge a sculptural language that defies easy categorization. From his earliest investigations of fleeting and unstable materials like lint, latex and neon, to his later expressions of the way architecture, light and form come together to shape human experience, communication and interconnection, Sonnier’s art has radically reframed sculpture’s role and function.

Keith Sonnier: Until Today includes over thirty key artworks created between 1969 and 2018, making it the first museum survey to consider the arc of this artist’s achievement. Although he is most recognized for his neon sculptures, Sonnier is also known for his exploration of a vast range of materials—including cheesecloth, satin, glass and bamboo—as well as sensory matter such as sound, light, radio and satellite. New and different modes of communication were a steady source of inspiration for Sonnier, and travel throughout the world has profoundly shaped his view on life and art. Bringing his signature work in neon into dialogue with these lesser known aspects of his practice, Keith Sonnier: Until Today explores the artist’s defining role in reshaping the boundaries of what constitutes sculpture over the last half-century.

Sponsor: New Orleans Museum of Art

The Baroness de Pontalba & the Rise of Jackson Square @ The Cabildo
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am
The Baroness de Pontalba & the Rise of Jackson Square @ The Cabildo

This tricentennial exhibition organized by the Louisiana State Museum and guest curator Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D. tells the city-defining story of Don Andrés Almonester and his formidable daughter, Micaela, the Baroness de Pontalba. It shows how a father’s philanthropy and a daughter’s determination created the urban heart and the architectural look of Old New Orleans. The exhibit draws on the landmark buildings and rich collections of the Louisiana State Museum, portraits, treasures from the Pontalba Family château in France, loans from other collections, and historic and commissioned photographs to revisualize New Orleans’ iconic urban core: Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, the Presbytère, and the twin Pontalba Buildings.

Sponsor: Louisiana State Museum

New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents Cinderella @ Orpheum Theater
May 24 @ 8:00 pm – May 25 @ 10:00 pm

This coming May, New Orleans Ballet Theatre is bringing to life a brand new production of the timeless and enchanting full-length ballet Cinderella at the historic Orpheum Theatre. Perfect for the entire family! Do not miss the chance to see Louisiana’s premier ballet company in this production. May 24 & 25 at 8pm. Tickets on sale now at NOBT.org. 

Sponsor: New Orleans Ballet Theatre