Topic: art


Not Supposed to Be Here

Newcomb Art Museum’s latest show NOT SUPPOSED 2 BE HERE by visual artist Brandan “BMike” Odums opens Jan. 18, 2020. It is the first solo exhibition for Odums in a museum setting. The display, which features brand new site-specific installations, as well as past work, is part retrospective and part futurescape. Audiences will be able to envision and engage with the bold histories — and futures — that Odums’ work encapsulates. -to-be-here


Kohlmeyer Sculpture on Poydras

The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Helis Foundation features a sculpture by the late Ida Kohlmeyer (NC ’33, G ’56). The sculpture, Box of Artificial Flowers #6, is the largest sculpture Kohlmeyer created, standing at 17 feet tall and 14 feet wide. The Helis Foundation purchased the sculpture from a private collector in Chicago in 2018 and invested in the restoration of the piece. The sculpture now sits on the neutral ground of Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue.


Felicia McCarren, professor of French and dance historian

“By restricting ballet to pure romance, the art form loses its power to make critical commentary on the state of things.” Felicia McCarren, professor of French and dance historian, said in a New York Times article, “Is Ballet Camp?”


Shotgun House Mural

School of Architecture faculty members Carrie Norman and Adam Modesitt, along with their students, created an intricate mural as a part of the “Unframed” project of the Arts Council of New Orleans. The project includes five murals within walking distance of each other in the city’s Arts District. The mural by Norman, Modesitt and their students is a life-size architectural drawing of a mid-19th century shotgun house called “Open House.” The project’s goal is to bring vibrancy to New Orleans outside of gallery walls and was funded by a $175,000 grant from the Helis Foundation.

Collin Ferguson (B ’04)

Impression: Collin Ferguson

Collin Ferguson (B ’04) considers the arts community to be the greatest natural resource that New Orleans possesses.


Empire Exhibit

If one could enter a door that leads inside a mind full of historic memories, that experience might feel the same as walking through the EMPIRE exhibit at the Newcomb Art Museum.

Wave of the World sculpture in City Park lagoon

Feminists in the Visual Arts

Lynda Benglis created The Wave of the World when she won a contest sponsored by the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. Owned by the city of Kenner, Louisiana, The Wave of the World sat in disrepair for years after Katrina until the Helis Foundation funded its restoration. The sculpture/fountain is now on display in a City Park lagoon by the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Catherine Freshley with painting

Impression Catherine Freshley

As a painter, Catherine Freshley (SLA ’09) puts the familiar into focus.

Plate of seafood

Dining with Healthy Gusto

With Mardi Gras in the rearview mirror and Lent— generally appreciated even by non-Catholics — upon us in this very Catholic city, into my head popped a quirky question: What do people who eat for a living do during Lent?

The Life Quilt (2018), sewn together by Louise Mouton Johnson, features the names of 107 women serving life sentences. The names were compiled by Selina Anderson of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women Drama Club and hand-beaded by members of Black Masking Indian gangs. The center portrait is of lifer Mary Turner by Brandan “BMike” Odums. (Photo courtesy Newcomb Art Museum)

Making the Invisible Visible

A song with simple yet powerful lyrics plays over the speakers in the galleries of the Newcomb Art Museum: You can’t keep a ray of light from creeping in your room / you can’t fix a lie from shining down the truth / I’m not invisible anymore. Musician Lynn Drury’s words sum up the essence of Newcomb Art Museum’s new exhibition in that one prevailing line — I’m not invisible anymore.