There is always something nostalgic about this time of year as old friends and long departed relatives suddenly reappear during the holiday season. This large solo show of paintings by mid-career New York artist Jacqueline Humphries marks a triumphal homecoming for the Nola native, the daughter of legendary local jewelry designer Mignon Faget. It is also the first show initiated by the Contemporary Art Center's new Visual Arts Curator, Andrea Andersson, a Nola native and former New York-based independent curator. Music buffs may recall her grandfather, Knud Andersson, who led the New Orleans Opera for nearly two decades.
Humphries breaks the unspoken rules of the official New York art world, buoyantly challenging its decades-old tedium, while reminding us that carnival is just around the corner. ~Bookhardt / Jacqueline Humphries: Recent Silver and Black Light Paintings, Through Feb. 28, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., 528.3805.