Views from New Orleans: Contemporary Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art
September 14 – October 26, 2013
Covington, LA – St. Tammany Art Association is pleased to announce its 5th annual exhibit in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art. Made possible by the generous support of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, One Vision Signs and Champagne Beverage Co, this year’s exhibit entitled, Views from New Orleans: Contemporary Art from the New Orleans Museum of Art, will feature works by well known regional and national artists from NOMA’s permanent collection. STAA will host an opening reception during Covington’s Second Saturday Art Openings on September 13 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The exhibit will be our feature artwork at STAA during Fall for Art on Saturday, October 18 and will be on display through October 25.
This exhibition presents the unique visual environment of New Orleans as seen through the eyes of fourteen artists who have achieved regional, national, or international acclaim.
For decades George Dureau, Robert Gordy and George Rodrigue have been the face of local mainstream contemporary art; while self-taught artists such as Roy Ferdinand and Reginald Mitchell clearly exemplify the burgeoning artistic creativity that has historically shaped our distinctive culture.
Through cityscapes, cultural scenes, and landscapes, these artists invite the viewer to ponder the distinguishing features that define New Orleans. The selection of cityscapes reveal the seemingly unchanged nature of this metropolis: a rainy night on Canal Street, a pensive ride on the timeless St. Charles Avenue street car, as well as depictions of landmark arts institutions such as the Saenger Theatre and New Orleans Museum of Art.
The ongoing rhythm of a creative community committed to local traditions is portrayed by Jazz musicians, colorful marching bands at Mardi Gras and a bar scene of a diverse crowd awaiting a parade. This exuberance is tempered by a cemetery scene on All Saints’ Day that features life-size mausoleums laced throughout New Orleans’ lively neighborhood.
Distinctive landscapes of crescent-shaped rivers and cypress trees that populate the bayous pay tribute to an environment that gracefully camouflages destructive acts of nature to reveal successful rebirth.
While the images in this exhibition have particular meaning to New Orleanians, the presence of Bruce Davenport’s work in Prospect 2 and Wayne Gonzales’ creations in the NYC art scene, are testimony to the universal appeal of our artists and subject matter.
A Gallery Talk hosted by Alice Yelen-Gitter, NOMA's senior curator of collections and the "Views from New Orleans" curator, will be held on Saturday, September 20 at 2pm at STAA. The event is free and open to the public.
Booksigning with Rolland Golden
"Life, Love, and Art in the French Quarter"
Sunday, September 28 at 2pm
Join us for a short presentation and booksigning with artist, Rolland Golden on Sunday, September 28 at 2:00pm as he presents his recently released book, Life, Love and Art in the French Quarter.
In the early twentieth century, the French Quarter had become home to a vibrant community
of working artists attracted to the atmosphere, architecture, and colorful individuals who populated
the scene (and who also became some of its first preservationists). Louisiana native Rolland
Golden was one of these artists to live, work, and raise a family in this most storied corner of New
Orleans. With 94 black-and-white and 54 color photographs and illustrations, his memoir of that
life focuses on the period of 1955 to 1976. Golden, a painter, discusses the particular challenges
of making a living from art, and his story becomes a family affair involving his daughters and his
beloved wife, Stella.
Golden’s studio sat in a patio on Royal Street, around the corner from Preservation Hall where
old-time musicians played Dixieland Jazz. Golden sketched and painted many of them in a visual
style that encompassed realism and gradually developed into abstract realism. Golden recalls
work that he did in historic preservation, sketching architecture for publications such as the Vieux
Carre Courier, and he discusses his studies with renowned regionalist painter John McCrady.
The artist frankly discusses his experiences with the display, representation, and sale of his work,
presenting a little-explored and yet crucial part of a working artist’s life. The memoir concludes
with Golden and his wife traveling to the premiere of his exhibition in Moscow, having been
selected by a Russian envoy as the only American artist to have a one-man touring exhibition
in the former Soviet Union. Among the nearly 150 black-and-white and color illustrations are
never-before-seen photos and sketches by the artist.
Rolland Golden, Folsom, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi, has won countless awards from New York to California. He has held over one hundred one-man shows in galleries, cultural centers, and museums in the U.S. His works reside in museums such as the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Pushkin Museum, Moscow; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
All events, unless otherwise indicated, are free and open to the public and are presented at the St. Tammany Art Association, 320 N. Columbia St., Covington, LA 70433. For more information, call (985) 892-8650 or email email@example.com.
The St. Tammany Art Association is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.