Art Review

by Pelican Bomb

Sharing our stories. Each week, Pelican Bomb brings you exhibition reviews, great features, intelligent interviews, and more.

Look Back at It: Rashaad Newsome at the Contemporary Arts Center

· By Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn reflects on visibility and performance in Rashaad Newsome’s recent exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Strange Abominations: “Something in the Way” at the New Orleans Museum of Art

· By Joseph Bradshaw

Joseph Bradshaw visits an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art that explores obstruction in photography since the medium’s earliest days.

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I Want To Be Daring: Mickalene Thomas at the Newcomb Art Museum

· By Charlie Tatum

Charlie Tatum looks at how Mickalene Thomas riffs on art history to let black women determine how their bodies are presented.

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Image Universe: Will You Be My Valentine?

· By Staff

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day next week, we’re highlighting a few artworks exploring the ups and downs of love, sex, and relationships.

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An Invitation to Return: “Gomela” at Ashé Powerhouse Theater

· By Tina Orlandini

Tina Orlandini reviews a recent performance from Junebug Productions that examines the cultural legacy of the African diaspora in present-day New Orleans.

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Site, Specific: Dr. Charles Smith and the Archival Impulse

· By Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn visits Dr. Charles Smith’s African American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archive in Hammond, where the artist aims to tell forgotten histories of the African diaspora.

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Detective of the Impossible: Norah Lovell at Staple Goods

· By Joseph Bradshaw

Joseph Bradshaw contemplates the influence of Max Ernst and Roberto Bolaño on Norah Lovell’s recent paintings.

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Truth in a Portrait: Matthew Finley at Martine Chaisson Gallery

· By Ashley L. Voss

Ashley L. Voss thinks about how photographer Matthew Finley captures the vulnerability of his models in his current show at Martine Chaisson Gallery.

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Modern Mythology: Anastasia Pelias at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

· By Laurence Ross

Laurence Ross writes about Anastasia Pelias’ abstract depictions of the female musicians who have influenced her.

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Perpetual Evolution: An Interview with Delaney Martin

· By Claire Tancons

Curator Claire Tancons talks to Delaney Martin of New Orleans Airlift about the Music Box Village’s permanent home, an upcoming project on Lake Pontchartrain, and the ethics of creating art in New Orleans.

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