Sunday, August 2, 2015
"They are trying to wash us away..." was the most haunting refrain in Randy Newman's mid-1970s, Louisiana-centric album, Good Old Boys, a lyric made all the more haunting by the hurricanes and floods of recent decades. Nowhere has the saga of the wholesale collapse of Louisiana's coast been more dramatic than in the tiny Chitimacha Indian community of Isle de Jean Charles on the lacy coastal fringes of Terrebonne Parish. Once a cozy fishing village on ground high enough to raise crops or graze cattle, it has all but vanished as ever expanding networks of oil company canals became pathways for salt water to kill the trees and grasses that kept the land from washing away. In old WPA photographs, its inhabitants lived in ground level huts with palmetto-thatch roofs under shady, moss draped trees, but in these photographs made by Melinda Rose between 2005 and 2015, wooden camps on pilings appear amid the ruins of storm-ravaged former homes as skeletal as the dead trees that dot the landscape. For Rose, the tone is set by the young and the elderly in this starkest, most watery setting imaginable.
Scott Edwards Gallery, 2109 Decatur St., 610-0581.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
It's been said that "history is written by the victors," but may also be true that art history often seems to have been written to mostly reflect the culture of Europe and the U.S. Lately, Latin American art has been receiving some long overdue recognition, with Mexico City emerging as a regional epicenter. These works by Mexico City's Feral Collective may initially suggest familiar conceptual or minimal art themes, but if we look a little deeper they reflect something stranger, as if the looser threads of ordinary reality had come unraveled and were whimsically rewoven by a cabal of metaphysical modernists.
The Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave., 920-3980.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Le Musee de FPC , 2336 Esplanade Ave., 914-5401
Sunday, July 5, 2015
couple in a vintage car. But life begins and ends with the sea, and William Widmer's image of a Mariner's Cross memorial, left, rising from scabrous coastal ruins resonates like a bronze bell tone, a reminder of all things final yet eternal. ~Bookhardt / The Rising: Photography in Post-Katrina New Orleans, September 20, 2015, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600.