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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 14:35
The Newcomb College Institute's Skau Music & Art Fund awarded a grant to Professor of Practice Sean Fader to support a documentary photographic art project. Fader's description of the project follows. 

With the assistance of a grant from the Skau Music and Art Fund, I will spend eight weeks this summer crisscrossing the country, driving to all of the locations where queer people were murdered in 1999 and 2000. I will be photographing the locations with a Sony Digital Mavica, the first digital camera that was available at the time, to create a photographic archive of all the recorded queer murders. There is an immediacy to this project: It was exactly 20 years ago that the Matthew Shepard and the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was presented to Congress, expanding the definition of federal hate crime laws to include queer people.  It was eventually signed by President Barack Obama 10 years ago. Additionally, it is exactly 50 years since the Stonewall riots. However, the current administration is changing laws that have protected queer people. The trans ban in the military, the bathroom ban, and the religious rights movement all play a part in institutionalizing queer hate. According to LAMBDA’s Website, “the National Coalition of  Anti-Violence Programs’ ‘Crisis of Hate’ report [states that] 2017 was the deadliest year in recent history for LGBTQ+ people in the United States.” Queer people are still being murdered at horrific rates.
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 13:35

“How can we historicize and globalize contemporary debates about architectural sustainability and ethical placemaking?” asks Adrian Anagnost, a professor of art history in Tulane's Newcomb Art Department. Anagnost's ongoing research on socially engaged work by contemporary artists has led to new questions about projects that aspire to democratic ideals through the use of vernacular architecture—architecture specific to a particular place and time, created by people who are not recognized as architects by professional organizations. “We think of vernacular architecture as rooted in a particular place. It is responsive to its physical environment and to local cultural traditions. In the mid-twentieth century, though, vernacular architecture lay at the heart of global architectural debates,” Anagnost continued. 

This spring, Anagnost was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Council on Learned Societies (ACLS) to continue this investigation, focusing on networks of architects and critics spanning Brazil and Italy. During her fellowship, Anagnost will begin research for a second book, expanding upon earlier research centered on ways that Brazilian artists and architects of the 1930s to the 1960s created works that critiqued, upheld, or intervened in urban Brazil’s socio-spatial inequalities. While conducting research for her first book project, Anagnost was drawn to the international circulation of architecture magazines and architecture exhibitions, and particularly noted parallells between Brazil and Italy.

[continue reading: Wilkerson, Emily, "Art History Professor Adrian Anagnost Awarded ACLS Fellowship," Tulane University School of Liberal Arts Newsletter, May 2019]
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 13:21
Dwell is a solo exhibition opening on May 1, through June 2, 2019 at Gallery W-8, Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA of work by ceramic sculptor and Tulane University Professor of Art Jeremy Jernegan. The exhibition features a new body of ceramic and stainless steel wall sculptures that address climate change and its effects on oceans and waterways, that Jernegan produced during his residency at the Workhouse over the past 9 months.
Dwell explores our experiences inhabiting a world undergoing cataclysmic climate change and our difficulty grasping the enormous scale and consequences of our plight.  In these new works, Jernegan’s longstanding interest in water imagery and in the amorphousness of marine environments as metaphors for uncertainty and disorientation becomes a meditation on the profound upheaval that will be brought by a radically altered climate environment.
These are technically complex, multi-media works, consisting of large, geometric ceramic tiles made as ceramic mono-prints and enclosed in stainless steel frames.  Incorporating a range of detailed imagery drawn from maritime contexts, these works suggest a sense of physical precarity and transformation through their large scale, unconventional combinations of materials, and protrusion from the wall. This remarkable body of work intertwines the pictorial and the sculptural in an investigation into our relationship to and perceptions of our rapidly changing environment.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:12
On Thursday April 25th the Newcomb Art Department hosted its annual Student Art Awards ceremony in Stone Auditorium. Kevin H. Jones, Associate Professor of Digital Arts and Chair, presented the Studio Art Awards and Dr. Michael Plante, Associate Professor of Art History, presented the Art History Awards. Following the awards presentation, the celebration moved to the Carroll Gallery for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition reception featuring work by Elizabeth Chan, Christopher Gonzalez, Arden Kelley, Alexandra Kugler, and Jordan Tavan.

2019 Student Art Awards 

Outstanding Art History Major: Rada Kuznetsova
The Henry Stern Prize Paper in Art History: Michael Russo
The Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award in Art History: Lou Rambeau
The Marilyn Brown Award for a Senior Honors Scholar in Art History: Sophia Buchanan
The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award for 2D Art: Alexandra Kugler
The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award for 3D Art: Harleigh Shaw
The Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award in Studio Art: Abigail McDade
The Sandy Chism Award in Painting: Dominic Frost
The Class of 1914 Prize in Art: Erin "Squid" Dixon
Juanita Gonzales Prize in Ceramics: Jordan Tavan
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 13:38
Tulane University Newcomb Art Department will host an MFA Open Studio Night on Tuesday, May 7th from 5 – 8pm in the Woldenberg Art Center.
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Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:11
AnnieLaurie Erickson, Assistant Professor of Photography, is currently participating in two group exhibitions.  Data: BIG/-driven/Visualized, at Northern Illinois University Museum in Chicago is on  view through May 17, 2019. User Agreement (at left), a pigment print on habotai silk, incorporates the text from all of the Google user agreements since this practice began in 1999 Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina, presented by The Helis Foundation, is on view at the Historic New Orleans Collection Seignouret-Brulatour Building, 520 Royal Street, from April 6, 2019 to October 6, 2019. The exhibition was curated by alumna Jan Gilbert (MFA, 1982).

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 13:25
Aaron Collier, Assistant Professor in the Newcomb Art Department, is closing a month-long solo exhibition entitled Knowing in Part on March 28 at Furman University in Greenville, SC.  As part of the closing reception from 6:00-7:30, he will be giving a Gallery Talk for the Furman and Greenville community. 

Collier teaches drawing and painting at Tulane. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared at Octavia Gallery, Cole Pratt Gallery, and Staple Goods, an artist cooperative in the St. Claude Avenue Arts District. He has participated in recent group exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and has been featured in “New American Paintings.”

Collier’s paintings are represented in such collections as the New Orleans Museum of Art, Iberia Bank, and the Boston Medical Center. He has enjoyed artist residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, ISCP in Brooklyn and OAZO in Amsterdam.
[Aaron Collier, Without a Flower, 2019, graphite on paper, 6.5 x 4.75."]
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 13:45
Elliot Doughtie (BA, Studio Art, Art History, '07) was named a 2018 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants. The Foundation currently awards $25,000 to twenty-five artists through a nomination process. Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, who are currently under-recognized for their creative achievements, and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant.

Elliot Doughtie is a Baltimore-based artist originally from Dallas, TX. Doughtie’s current practice utilizes drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation in the service of generating new experiences that transcend existing boundaries or assumed functions. Cosmic landscapes and bathroom plumbing are used as metaphors for the body in transition in his own explorations of the fluidity of gender and sexuality.  Doughtie describes his practice, “My sculptures and installations are metaphors for how I envision my own body and the bodies of those who are, like myself, transgender. Often the sculptures, or their attached component parts, are tools that would be used specifically by a trans person to push the body to something other than its current limits.”

Elliot Doughite, Alchemy Set For A Future Body (Part 2), 2016, mixed media installation: plaster, paper clay, plastic tubing, ink, ink jet transfer, copper couplings, and found table, 48" x 60" x 30"

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:21
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) announced this week that it has hired Lucia Abramovich as its new Associate Curator of Latin American Art. Over her career, Ms. Abramovich has spent time working in various institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection of Harvard University, and the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she served as a curatorial fellow from 2013 to 2016. During this period, Ms. Abramovich worked with the institution’s collection of Spanish Colonial art and objects. She is expected to graduate in April of 2019 with a PhD from Tulane University, and will start her position at SAMA in June.

read more ... Glasstire {Texas visual art}  SAMA Hires Curator of Latin American Art
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 12:03
"Datum Drawing" gallery talk with Prof. Aaron Collier
Datum Drawing (February 4-March 8) is an exhibition that explores the use of datum in drawing as an architectural or spatial point of reference. A Datum Line is a line to which dimensions are referred on engineering drawings, and from which measurements are calculated. The term datum refers to a piece of information or fixed point of scale that serves as a reference in defining the geometry of a composition and in measuring aspects of that geometry to assess its relation to another value in space. Artists, architects, designers, engineers, cartographers and many others use datums to construct and define visual representation of space and place.  This show brings together two artists and   two architects who employ the use of datum lines in their work.

Aaron Collier, Assistant Professor of Art, Tulane University 
Perry Kulper, Professor of Architecture, University of Michigan 
Derek Lerner, NYC based artist
Tiffany Lin, Associate Professor of Architecture, Tulane University      

Curated  by Sandy Litchfield, Assistant Professor Department of Architecture

University of Massachusetts 
John W Olver Design Building #180
551 North Pleasant Street
Amherst MA