Sunday, July 24, 2016
Global cities have always been places where old cultures and ethnicities collide and synthesize into new hybrid communities. The often complicated processes of adjustment are epitomized in California, home to America's largest Asian population. In this Koko's Love expo, above, Los Angeles artist Yoshie Sakai provides a colorful look at the unexpected results of encounters between Asian traditions and Western pop culture in an immersive setting that resembles an old time low-budget TV game show set. In melodramatic snippets inspired by Korean and Asian-American soap operas shown on monitors and projection screens in gaudy alcoves throughout the gallery, Sakai plays each character in a Japanese-American family, whose patriarch is a Los Angeles liquor store owner who insists on having a male heir for his business even though he only has one child: his daughter. Sakai's pointedly melodramatic and kitschy narrative sequences amount to an anarchic tale of assimilation in a mass media universe where sushi coexists with Wonder Bread, and like any visit to a large multi-ethnic city, the competing narratives and psychodramatic babble can seem overwhelming. Sakai says she uses “soap opera tropes to challenge the myth of the 'model minority' and to reveal complexities that underlie the guise of superficial “perfection” of being both Asian-American and a woman.”
Antenna Gallery, 3718 Saint Claude Ave., 250-7975; Summer Crush: New Work by Vanessa Centeno, Stephen Rooney, Claire Rau and Madeleine Wieand, Through Aug. 7, The Front, 4100 St. Claude Ave., 920-3980.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427; Of Myth, Fun & Folly: Group Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Mixed Media Works, Through July, New Orleans Art Center, 3330 St. Claude Ave., 707-779-9317.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 658-4100.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
aura, as seen in Senses, top left. Here cryptic markings reminiscent of voodoo and other religious symbols punctuate crimson blood and hibiscus swatches radiating out from verdant green glades and deep azure pools amid a misty veil of atmospheric slate and gold in a composition that recalls both tropical nature and the turbulent history of the Caribbean. Amid the somewhat more subdued hues of works like Endless Night, left, are related motifs that not only evoke indigenous mysticism but also the Afro-Caribbean rhythms that define our musical heritage from Louis Moreau Gottschalk to Mardi Gras Indians and Allen Toussaint.
Also on view is a selection of works by New Orleans native and pioneer abstract expressionist Ed Clark, who along with Norman Lewis came to symbolize black America's contribution to an idiom viewed by many as a kind of visual version of modern jazz. These among other iconic works are part of the lead-up to the Stella Jones Gallery's 20th Anniversary show in August featuring classic paintings and sculptures by Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence and Richard Dempsey as well as some of the younger artists they inspired. Twenty years is a stellar art world milestone by any measure!
Speaking of milestones and visual jazz, after years if semi-nomadic existence, the internationally celebrated Music Box Village of musical shanties now has a permanent Bywater home. A production of the non-profit NGO, New Orleans Airlift, the Music Box project still relies on Kickstarter campaigns for its funding, but its new permanent address will finally provide it with a foundation to build on. ~Bookhardt / Raw: Mixed-media Paintings by Antonio Carreño, Through July 31, Stella Jones Gallery, 201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 132, 568-9050.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Good Children Gallery, 4037 St. Claude Ave., 616-7427.