www.photonola.org/exhibitions for the list.) It's too much for most people to see, but an exhibit of prints by Photo Alliance members at the Ogden Museum provides a useful sampler. Most of the work is consistently interesting, but the edgy, art history inspired collaborative pieces by Epaul Julien and Elizabeth Kleinveld can be startling. Their emblematic Ode to Van Eyck's Arnolfini Marriage, above left, is mostly true to the renaissance original but with a modern multicultural twist. While you're there be sure to check out the splendiferously sprawling Louviere + Vanessa retrospective, including such fantastical works as Mare Nubium, below.
Photography was originally seen as an alternative to painting, which the soft focus lenses of the 19th century often suggested, but in more modern times paintings became much sharper, sometimes abstract or photographic. Lake Newton's Painter's Choice series of abstract photographs at Staple Goods blurs the boundaries between the brush and the lens. Photographs with minimal titles like Baltimore, Palermo or Memphis often possess the mysterious presence of cyphers that playfully link photographic immediacy to the legacies of modernist painters in a circular continuum of influence. ~D. Eric Bookhardt
Contemporary Antiques: Curated by Franke Relle, Through Jan. 5, Octavia Art Gallery, 4532 Magazine St., 309-4249; Currents: Group Exhbition by New Orleans Photo Alliance members, Through Jan. 6, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., 539-9600, ; Painters' Choice: Photographs by Lake Newton, Saturdays, Sundays Through Jan. 6, Staple Goods, 1340 St. Roch Ave., 908-7331.
(Left: Baltimore by Lake Newton)