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The Odgen Museum presents The Rising

©William Widmer (1982 – ), Island Road, Isle de Jean Charles, 2014, Isle de Jean Charles, LA – 7.7.2014 – A view of Island Road at sunset. This two lane road connects the island to the rest of Terrebonne Parish and sometimes is nearly covered by the waters of high tide.

Curator Richard McCabe at the Ogden Museum has been thinking a lot about New Orleans in the last decade. He created a terrific exhibition to celebrate what has come after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on the lively and diverse New Orleans photography community, running from May 23, 2015 – September 20, 2015. The Rising is a testament to a city and a community that moves forward with innovation and dedication, and the spirit of rebirth.

The Rising celebrates the renewal and re-birth of the City of New Orleans ten years after one of the worst disasters in American history and examines how art and photography were central to the revitalization of New Orleans. Spearheaded by the Ogden Museum (the first arts institution in New Orleans to open after the storm), the New Orleans Photo Alliance (formed in 2006), and Prospect.1 (organized in 2008), a collective arts exhibition throughout the city which fostered a creative outlet that helped enable a community to recover and begin the process of healing, and attracted by the lure of what is frequently called the most unique city in America, young photographers flocked to New Orleans and infused their creativity and vision into a city already known for its incomparable culture. The Rising will highlight the photographic work of Sophie Lvoff, Jonathan Traviesa, Tammy Mercure, Colin Roberson, L. Kasimu Harris, William Widmer, Jennifer Shaw, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Cristina Molina, Vanessa Centeno, and David Armentor. On Saturday, September 12th, at 4 pm, there will be a gallery talk and walk-through with photographs.

Eunice, LA - 2/17/2015 - A participant in a Cajun "Courir de Mardi Gras" stands on a muddy driveway first thing in the morning on Mardi Gras Day.

©William Widmer (1982 – ) Faquetaigue Courir de Mardi Gras, Eunice, 2015, Eunice, LA – 2/17/2015 – A participant in a Cajun “Courir de Mardi Gras” stands on a muddy driveway first thing in the morning on Mardi Gras Day.

The Rising

It has been ten years since Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast and left New Orleans in ruins. Instead of looking back and reliving the trauma of that catastrophe once again, The Rising looks to the present and future in celebration of one of the positive outcomes of the 2005 hurricane season – the explosion of new energy within the photographic arts community of New Orleans. The Rising showcases the work of established, emerging, and recently-transplanted photographers living in New Orleans today. These photographers are making exciting and innovative work in a supportive arts community that is expanding with unprecedented opportunities.

Picturesque and exotic, New Orleans has long been a beacon to photographers seeking to capture beauty, form, and structure from the city’s urban chaos. This past decade has witnessed a new wave of artists converging upon New Orleans to be a part of a citywide renaissance in the visual arts predicated upon a spirit of cooperation and collaboration between cultural institutions and organizations in response to the 2005 disaster. Organizations such as the New Orleans Photo Alliance, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Joan Mitchell Center, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, Arts Council New Orleans, and Prospect New Orleans have provided artists a creative outlet that has encouraged the process of recovery and healing for an entire community.

The Rising emphasizes the range of styles, processes, and aesthetic sensibilities practiced in New Orleans today that pushes the boundaries of photographic purity. Sophie Lvoff, Jonathan Traviesa, Tammy Mercure, Colin Roberson, L. Kasimu Harris, William Widmer, and Jennifer Shaw produce contemporary translations of the traditional photographic genres of portraiture, still life, and landscape. AnnieLaurie Erickson, Cristina Molina, and Vanessa Centeno work with avant-garde conceptual – based photographic imagery that combines elements of art, science, psychology, and religion. David Armentor makes contemporary portraits using the 19th-century photographic process —tintype.

Spearheaded by the New Orleans Photo Alliance and its annual month-long celebration of all things photography – PHOTONOLA, the photographic community in New Orleans is as strong and diverse as ever. The photographers represented in The Rising exhibition are contemporary components in the continuing evolution of the photographic arts in this city, and through their work are helping transform New Orleans into an epicenter for lens-based creativity in America.

New Orleans has a strong photographic history dating back to 1840 when Jules Lion introduced the first practical photographic process to the city – the daguerreotype. The Rising showcases photographers who are writing with light the latest chapter in the long and storied history of photography in this city. Synthesizing old and new ideas with a DIY attitude, these photographers offer a fresh eye and revelatory way of picturing New Orleans, adding layers to the contemporary visual contextualization of the city in the 21st century.

Richard McCabe
Curator of Photography
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Centeno-ST. Thing II

©Vanessa Centeno (1980 – ) Saint Thing II, 2012 Archival Pigment Print with custom frame, St. Thing II

New Orleans is a place of constant shifting and transformation, but the core is constant. The magic of the city is something you cannot precisely define, only feel and embrace the essence of its power. The city defiantly fosters my perception and curiosity of my creative vision. New Orleans was not a place that I would have considered to reside but upon visiting the city in 2011 I was captivated by its parallels of life and death, it was a feeling that brought clarity to my lens. The complexities of each community are like mini microcosms of human emotions, future, hope, and struggle. Each lens brings in a window in which to view and participate. The past four years that I have lived and worked here I have felt so much vibrancy in the arts community. Those that have dug their feet into the Mississippi banks will continue to state their love and history of the city. It is a city that welcomes those with passion and devotion to life at its fullest and ugliest moments. Transplants, homegrown folks, believers, and storytellers keep this city alive. Reviving the disregarded and overlooked have been my focus in my work, and I think a lot of that is stemmed from a city that will never be washed away or forgotten. – Vanessa Centeno, 2015

Erickson -PANORAMA

©AnnieLaurie Erickson (1981 – ) 29°55’28.56″N, 89°58’48.87″W (Chalmette), 2015 Polymer film mounted on Sintra

Photographs for the fall look book for Rock Avenue Bow Ties by Malcolm Jenkins.

©L. Kasimu Harris (1978 – ) The Road Ahead, 2013 Archival Pigment Print

Alvin Hill,  a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter at Morgan State University, and has been a minister for 10 years.

©L. Kasimu Harris (1978 – ) Kappa Man, Dreamer Man, Preacher Man, 2013 Archival Pigment Print,Alvin Hill, a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter at Morgan State University, and has been a minister for 10 years.

Lvoff -north-rampart-718

©Sophie Lvoff (1986 – ) North Rampart Street, 2014 Archival Inkjet Print on Dibond

Lvoff -st.claude ave. saturn bar

©Sophie Lvoff (1986 – ) St. Claude Avenue (Saturn Bar I), 2014 Archival Inkjet Print on Dibond

©David Armentor (1981 - ) Don't Break the Exacto Knife,120 Tintypes, Collection of the Artist

©David Armentor (1981 – ) Don’t Break the Exacto Knife,120 Tintypes, Collection of the Artist

…One great thing about working in New Orleans is usually if you show up and are willing to put in the time, the city will open up to you. Within a few months of moving here in 2009, I was heavily involved with the New Orleans Photo Alliance and the PhotoNOLA Festival. These relationships made within days of arriving in the city have been invaluable to me personally and professionally. — David Armentor

Mercure-Baton Rouge

©Tammy Mercure (1976 – ) Baton Rouge, LA. 2014 Lightjet Print


© Tammy Mercure (1976 – ) Destrehan, LA. 2014 Lightjet Print

Molina - Box Stack

©Cristina Molina Box Stack – New, 2013 Archival Pigment Print

Reberson - Robert on the fifteenth floor

©Colin Roberson (1988 – ) Robert on the fifteenth floor, Carondelet and Common, 4:30am. 2014 Gelatin Silver Print

Roberson -Bella and Diamond

©Colin Roberson (1988 – ) Bella and Diamond, on Bourbon near St. Ann, 11:30pm. 2014, Gelatin Silver Print

Shaw - Back door

©Jennifer Shaw (1972 – ) Back Door, 2012, Gelatin Silver Print

Shaw-Trampoline 2014

©Jennifer Shaw (1972 – ) Trampoline, 2015, Gelatin Silver Print

Traviesa - Unknown

©Jonathan Traviesa (March 25, 1976 – ) Untitled (Name Unknown), 2010, Archival Pigment Print


©Jonathan Traviesa (March 25, 1976 – ) Sarita, 2010, Archival Pigment Print

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