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“Evenings with Enrique” Spring Music Series in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden will extend its hours to 8 p.m. every Wednesday during the month of April beginning Wednesday, April 5 to celebrate “Evenings with Enrique.” Throughout the year, each Wednesday is free to Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

Located inside New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is one of the few remaining examples of public garden design from the Works Progress Administration and showcases the Art Deco influences of three renowned talents of the era: architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and Enrique Alférez…

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Gambit: “Blake Pontchartrain: Sculpture for New Orleans outdoor art project”

Hey Blake,

I noticed that the sculptures of the two women in bathing suits on Poydras Street have been taken down. Is there any reason for this?


Dear Mitchel,

Those amazingly lifelike sculptures of two female swimmers, perched on Poydras Street in just their swimsuits and caps, have caused many a downtown passerby to do a double take since they were installed in April 2015. They are the work of New York artist Carole A…

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Macaroni Kid: “Young Audiences of Louisiana Expands Free Baby Artsplay!™ Program”

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation announced plans to expand their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans. Beginning this Spring, Baby Artsplay!TM will be offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. The Louisiana Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay!™ teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multi-sensory learning through purposeful singing, dancing, and movement…

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Artnet: “Landmark Exhibition of African American Art to Tour the US”

A major exhibition of work created by African-American artists since 1940 will go on tour fall of this year, starting at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Titled “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” it’s being touted as the “first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists.”

The traveling exhibition will focus on the power of abstract art, not merely as a stylistic mode, but as a political choice for generations of African-American artists…

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ARTnews: “Traveling Exhibition and Brooklyn Museum Fete to Honor Joyner/Giuffrida Collection of African-Diasporan Art”

Spanning several decades’ worth of epochal African-American and African-diasporan art, including work by Norman Lewis, Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Melvin Edwards, Theaster Gates, Lorna Simpson, Julie Mehretu, Kevin Beasley, and more, the collection of Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida will be the subject of a traveling exhibition starting in September 2017 and running into early 2020. The five locations on the itinerary thus far are the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in New Orleans; the Nasher Museum of Art, at Duke University in North Carolina; the Snite Museum of Art, at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in California…

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SFGate: “SF art collector Pamela Joyner reframing art history”

San Francisco art collector and philanthropist Pamela Joyner is rapidly becoming an influential figure around the world. A trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and a member of support committees at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Britain’s Tate museums, Joyner was elected last month to the 14-member Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust. At that time, Getty Trust President James Cuno called her “an art collector of distinction,” and praised her commitment to education and her “deep understanding of the value of a research library.”

A scholarly catalog of the works she and her husband, Fred Giuffrida, have amassed, “Four Generations: The Joyner Giuffrida Collection of Abstract Art,” was published in September to strong reviews…

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