Queen: An Exhibition
Work from the collection of actress CCH Pounder
With a career spanning forty plus years, actress CCH Pounder is known for her strong female roles in television shows such as ER, The Shield, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as films including Avatar, Orphan, and Baghdad Café.
Most recently, Pounder has attracted local attention through her role as medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans. Did you know she’s also an art collector and an artist?
As part of the 2017-2018 Prospect.4: New Orleans international art exhibition, Xavier University of Louisiana is hosting “Queen: An Exhibition,” featuring works from the collection of CCH Pounder. The exhibit runs through February 26th and features works by such artists as Betye and Alison Saar, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Harmonia Rosales, Robert Pruitt, Xavier alumnus Steve Prince, and even several pieces by Pounder.
Pounder (whose collection in total includes about 500 pieces of art) and her late husband, had an art gallery in Los Angeles called the Pounder-Kone Art Space, the couple also founded the first contemporary art museum in Dakar, Senegal, Musee Boribana. After a chance meeting with the president of Xavier, Pounder easily convinced Dr. C. Reynold Verret to share his university walls with her.
“It’s really a wonderful opportunity to expand one’s creativity with these students who would normally be with their mathematics and pharmaceutical classes,” Pounder said. “I know that art expands the brain’s creativity, and I’m so glad they get to experience it.”
The exhibit, which focuses on the strength of black females in all of its many forms, pays homage to those who Pounder believes truly run Africa: women. Curated by Sarah Clunis, Director of the Xavier University Art Gallery, the exhibition features forty pieces of Pounder’s collected works.
“There’s a beautiful piece by Alison Saar. It’s a head, and in the hair, there are all these instruments of beautification: a curling iron, mirrors, a plethora of things,” Pounder said. “I find it really powerful in the sense that we spend so much time invested in these strands of hair in our heads. The sculpture observes acceptance of all these instruments we harass ourselves with.”
As an artist, Pounder has found endless inspiration in the city of New Orleans, particularly enjoying photographing the chaotic weather. She’s currently in the process of setting up a second exhibit at Xavier, which will be much larger, and will remain on display until she’s no longer living in NOLA…which we hope never happens!
ART ON DISPLAY
New Orleans, the Founding Era
February 27 – May 27 The Historic New Orleans Collection
In commemoration of the city’s 300th anniversary, this exhibit will provide an exploration of the city’s first few decades and its earliest inhabitants. hnoc.org/exhibitions/new-orleans-founding-era
Noontime Talk: Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival
February 7, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art
Join NOMA Curator Mel Buchanan for a discussion about the watercolor sketches of New Orleans’ Carnival floats and costumes by artist Bror Anders Wikstrom. noma.org/event/noontime-talk-bror-anders-wikstrom-bringing-fantasy-carnival-curator-mel-buchanan/
Friends of the Cabildo Films Series: Big Charity
February 28, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Old U.S. Mint’s 3rd Floor Performance Hall
The Friends of Cabildo Film Series features some of the best films and documentaries that highlight New Orleans, including this screening of Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital. louisianastatemuseum.org/events/friends-of-the-cabildo-films-series-big-charity