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Monday, February 4, 2019 - 11:14
The College Art Association is honoring Elizabeth Hill Boone, Professor of History of Art and Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art at Tulane University, as the 2019 CAA Distinguished Scholar.

The Distinguished Scholar Session honoring Elizabeth Boone will take place Thursday, Febrary 14, 2019, from 4-5:30pm.

An expert in the Precolumbian and early colonial art of Latin America with an emphasis on Mexico, Professor Boone is the former Director of Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and recipient of numerous honors and fellowships, including the Order of the Aztec Eagle, awarded by the Mexican government in 1990.

CAA media and content manager Joelle Te Paske corresponded with her recently to learn her thoughts on art history, scholarship, and challenges in the field. Read their interview here
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 13:06
Please join us for the 2019 Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture

Casey Reas: Earthly Delights
Thursday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Freeman Auditorium
Woldenberg Art Center

Reas’ software, prints, and installations have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His work ranges from small works on paper to urban-scale installations, and he balances solo work in the studio with collaborations with architects and musicians. Reas’ work is in a range of private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Reas is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a masters degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Media Arts and Sciences and a bachelor’s degree from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. With Ben Fry, Reas initiated Processing in 2001; Processing is an open-source programming language and environment for the visual arts.

image: Casey Reas, KNBC (December 2015), 2015, custom software, digital video, computer, projector,  dimensions variable, Sound by Philip Rugo
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 12:40

if at all
Adam Crosson
Carroll Gallery
opening reception: Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, with a walkthrough by the artist at 6:00 pm

exhibition dates: Jan. 15 - Feb. 7, 2019

artist's statement:

The exhibition, if at all, is an installation including sculpture, photography, and video projection looking at aspects of place and memory. Much of the work references built structures that are in varying states of both dormancy and latency. These states frame the present by looking forward and backward in time. I search urban and rural conditions for these structures and in doing so collapse properties of both in the space of the gallery. My approach to installation is influenced by the cinematic experience as one that focuses visual and auditory stimuli within a mediated environment. I employ some of these cinematic conventions from a desire to obfuscate a sense of time and locale, opening upon the fictive and the potential unfolding of a narrative structure.

Adam Crosson received his Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Extended Media from The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture. In 2016/17, he was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and has been awarded fellowships to study at the Royal College of Art, London, and to attend the Vermont Studio Center. In 2018 he received a Monroe Fellowship from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, a Committee on Research Grant from Tulane University, and a Scholarly Retreat at A Studio in The Woods through Tulane's Bywater Institute. Forthcoming solo exhibitions will be held at Antenna Gallery, New Orleans and the Carroll Gallery at Tulane University. In the fall of 2018 Crosson installed work at The Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum Science Branch Library in Berlin as part of Berlin Science Week’s Art Science Exhibits. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Tulane University.

Gallery hours: M - F, 9 am - 4 pm
Gallery closed on official Tulane holidays.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:49
Mia L. Bagneris and Mickalene Thomas speak at Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star exhibition opening at Newcomb Art Museum. Wednesday, January 18, 2017. (photo: Josh Brasted)The Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University in New Orleans is accepting applications in Art History. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Further information and application guidelines can be found here. The application process can be completed online here

The Master of Arts in Art History at the Newcomb Art Department of Tulane University allows students to work closely with dedicated faculty who specialize in a wide range of artistic practices and historical contexts – from Pre-Columbian to Contemporary Art. Students also benefit from affiliate faculty in Tulane’s Department of Classical Studies and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, opportunities to study and conduct research abroad in the summer and from close links with Newcomb Art Department’s MFA program. The department is particularly strong in the study of the art of Latin America and of the early modern period, and students may draw on the rich interdisciplinary faculty and resources at Tulane in these areas. Each semester, the Department brings a number of visiting artists, scholars, curators and critics to campus for lectures and workshops, introducing students to artists and thinkers shaping the future of the discipline.
Completed over two years, the Art History MA promotes critical inquiry and independent research via small, dynamic seminar courses, culminating in the writing of a thesis. Recent alumni of the MA in Art History have gone on to top PhD programs in the discipline, including those Columbia, Bard, CUNY, and to pursue careers in museums and galleries, as well as arts administration and arts education. All admitted MA students are offered tuition wavers and are typically fully funded via research and teaching fellowships (approximately $18,130 per year). In addition, the department offers research and travel funding to support students’ thesis research and participation in disciplinary conferences and workshops.
Located in New Orleans, a vibrant and culturally rich city in the Gulf South, the Newcomb Art Department draws from a diverse and exciting range of artistic and cultural production. Local resources include The New Orleans Museum of Art, Prospect New Orleans, an international art Biennial, the newly established Joan Mitchell Center, The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Pelican Bomb, a leading arts criticism organization.
Recent visiting art historians, curators, critics and artists include:Zarouhie Abdalian, Carol Armstrong, Tania Bruguera, Mel Chin, Darby English, Theaster Gates, Miranda Lash, Yukio Lippit, Maurie McInnis, Richard Meyer, Helen Molesworth, Jeffrey Moser, Alexander Nagel, Trevor Paglen, Joanne Pilsbury, Debora Silverman, Arlene Shechet, Jenni Sorkin, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Marvin Trachtenberg and Lisa Yuskavage.
Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Tulane University
Newcomb Art Department 
202 Woldenberg Art Center 
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
United States 

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:45
Application deadline: 
February 1, 2019

Tulane University
Newcomb Art Department
202 Woldenberg Art Center
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
United States

T +1 504 865 5327

The Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University is devoted to the study and production of visual art within the context of Tulane University's strong tradition in the liberal arts. The Art Department fosters a collaborative and rigorous environment that promotes creative and critical inquiry, exploration, and innovation in studio arts practice. The Department emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary art-making and supports myriad forms of expression with concentrations in Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking, Digital Arts and Painting & Drawing.

The Newcomb Art Department offers an MFA degree in a small, intensive, interdisciplinary, two-year residency program that emphasizes close interaction with dedicated faculty and peers, and engagement with New Orleans’ unique cultural landscape. The graduate curriculum is focused on individual studio practice while also engaging students in cross-disciplinary seminars on art theory, pedagogy, and practice-based research as well as courses in the history of art. All admitted graduate students receive a full tuition waiver and a generous assistantship stipend. Teaching and teaching-assistantship opportunities are available to all admitted students each semester.

Located in New Orleans, a vibrant and culturally rich city in the Gulf South, the Newcomb Art Department draws from a diverse and exciting range of artistic and cultural production. Local resources include Prospect New Orleans, an international art Biennial, the newly established Joan Mitchell Center, The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Pelican Bomb, a leading arts criticism organization.

Facilities: Graduate students are provided with a private studio and 24-hour access to world-class facilities in the Woldenberg Art Center. Sculpture houses a fully equipped wood shop, a metals area/foundry, mixed media space, digital fabrication capabilities, and space for performance. Ceramics includes large general studio workrooms as well as specialized clay, glaze and plaster mixing rooms, critique/computer and kiln rooms. Glass houses both a hot and cold shop, as well as a steel fabrication area. Printmaking has facilities for intaglio, lithography and silkscreen as well as its own darkroom. The Digital Arts studio includes 14 workstations with the latest software, five scanners, along with medium and large format printers. Photography includes graduate and main darkrooms, film processing, a lighting studio, lecture and demo rooms and an advanced digital imaging room. Painting and Drawing maintains four large classrooms with entire walls of natural north light and color-balanced lighting overhead. The Carroll Gallery serves as the Newcomb Art Department’s exhibition space, and is dedicated to presenting professional exhibitions by students and faculty, including the annual MFA candidacy reviews and MFA thesis exhibitions. The Newcomb Art Museum features national and international exhibitions and programs that utilize the critical frameworks of diverse disciplines in conceptualizing and interpreting innovative art and design.

Studio Art Faculty: Teresa Cole, Aaron Collier, Adam Crosson, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ronna Harris, Jeremy Jernegan, Kevin H. Jones, Gene Koss, Anthony Baab, William DePauw, Sean Fader, Christian Stock.

Past visiting artists and critics: Trevor Paglen, Mickalene Thomas, Jenni Sorkin, Tania Bruguera, Arlene Shechet, Helen Molesworth, Zarouhie Abdalian, Hank Willis Thomas, Jessica Stockholder, Jason Lazarus, Curtis Mann, Hannah Whitaker, Cameron Shaw, Tanyth Berkeley, Dan Cameron, Miranda Lash, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, John F. Clark, Holland Cotter, Luke DuBois, Eve Fowler, Pat Steir, Robert Storr, Katy Grannan, Craig Drennen, Dana Hoey, Susan Kismaric, Nicola Lopez, Lothar Osterburg, Eric Parker, Alexis Rockman, Jeff L. Rosenheim, Thomas Roma, Jennifer Steinkamp, Swoon, Marcia Vetrocq, Pawel Wojtasik, and Lisa Yuskavage.

Application information
The Newcomb Art Department is accepting applications in Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking, Digital Arts and Painting & Drawing. The application deadline is February 1, 2019. Please note that the GRE is not required of MFA applicants in Studio Art. Further information and application guidelines can be found here. The application process can be completed online here.

[photo credit: Juliana Kasumu (MFA candidate), Kadian, Irun Kiko Series, 2015]

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 13:53
In the spring of 2018, a new School of Liberal Arts Management Minor(SLAMM) course, “How to Acquire a Work of Art,” was offered by the Newcomb Art Department and led with creativity and innovation by Associate Professor Michael Plante. The class, and the acquired artwork that resulted from the course, was made possible through the generous funding of New York City-based art advisor and Tulane graduate Sandy Heller (A&S '94). 
Last week at Homecoming, we unveiled Kara Walker's Pastoral. At the unveiling, Dr. Mia Bagneris offered the following explication.

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), Pastoral, 1998, wall painting in black
“This piece (Pastoral) is a departure from the bulk of my work which is situated in a fictionalized version of the Antebellum South, which is the hub where profane racial mythologies shake hands with the mundane reality of day to day existence in a racially divided culture. This is a quiet little contemplative piece in which a Negress of Renown dons sheep´s clothing, or is dry humped by its filthy little self.”
                                    Kara Walker
Born in California but raised in Stone Mountain, GA, home of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, Kara Walker cites her upbringing in a community profoundly invested in the romantic mythology of the Old South as a force that powerfully informs her work.  The artist first received notice for her panoramic silhouette installations, dark phantasmagorias evocative of antebellum plantations that confront the viewer with the weight of history, violence, and trauma and their intersections with race, gender, and sexuality.  
Walker’s use of the silhouette form is masterful.  She explodes the genteel connotations of the medium, presenting the viewer with violent, often brutally sexual scenes of depravity, debauchery, and even defecation.  Exploiting and disrupting the silhouette’s indexical quality, Walker presents the viewer with impossibly nightmarish tableaux that, steeped in history, nonetheless have the patina of reality.  Expertly, she probes the innate ambiguity of an art form that communicates only at its edges, requiring all information to be relayed in the outlines and forcing viewers to question what they see.  Ultimately, Walker does not offer a hopeful vision, but in her brutally fantastic imaginaries, the artist presents a realistic picture of the crippling burden of the nation’s dark past that continues to haunt its present.
Walker achieves all this and more in Pastoral.  In a compelling game of visual bait-and-switch, the figure of the Negress—a stock character in her oeuvre—merges with that of a sheep and simultaneously suggests the form of a tree.  Does the Negress bear the weight of her ovine burden as a garment?  Is she engaged in a bizarre bestial sex act? Will the bloodshed portended by the razor she daintily holds in her hoof-like hand be directed toward herself or someone else?   The solitary, introspective figure is, as Walker suggests, somewhat of “a departure” from her more chaotic panoramas.  However, the violence and “profane racial mythologies” that characterize her work remain, and Walker delivers none of the peace of an Arcadian idyll that Pastoral’s title suggests.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 09:57
Stone Auditorium, 210 Woldenberg Art Center

The members of the Alpha of Louisiana Chapter at Tulane would like to invite you to the 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Fall Lecture. Stephanie Porras, Associate Professor of Art History and Vice President of the Alpha of Louisiana Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, will be speaking on "Early Modern Globalization: Ivory Sculpture as the First Global Luxury Good." The lecture will take place Wednesday, November 7, at 6:00 PM in Stone Auditorium (room 210 of Woldenberg Art Center). A reception will follow. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors society in the United States. In addition to its role in recognizing academic excellence, Phi Beta Kappa supports teaching, research, and learning in the liberal arts and sciences.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 09:32
Please join us in the Carroll Gallery on Wednesday, November 7th at 3pm for a walkthrough with Cristina Molina, Juror of the 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. 

Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Juror's Awards: 

Sue Choi, Alex Lawton, Harleigh Shaw, Jordan Tavan, and Nathalie Toth.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 13:03
Please join us on Thursday, November 1st, for the opening reception of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, from 4:30-6:30pm in the Carroll Gallery. Award winners will be announced at the opening.

The MFA Open Studio event will also take place on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:57
The Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University invites you to attend our MFA Open Studio event, Thursday, November 1st from 5:30-7:30pm at the Woldenberg Art Center.

Sara Abbas (Painting) Studio 502
Joshua E. Bennett (Digital Arts) Studio 123
Allison Beondé (Photography) Studio 500
John Glass (Glass) Studio 119
Blas Isasi Gutiérrez  (Sculpture) Studio 123F
Jarrod Jackson (Painting) Studio 504
Juliana Kasamu (Photography) Studio 500
Cora Lautze (Printmaking) Studio 123D
Joris Lindhout (Digital Arts) Studio 506
Mark Morris (Glass) Studio 115
Holly Ross (Ceramics) Studio 108

[photo: Juliana Kasamu, Process #2, 2015]