Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina

presented by The Helis Foundation

History and contemporary art will interact to refresh perceptions of the city in the inaugural exhibition at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s new Seignouret-Brulatour Building. “Art of the City: Postmodern to Post-Katrina,” presented by The Helis Foundation, is set to open in fall 2018.

The Crescent City’s endurance and resilience have given rise to a thriving contemporary art scene. The “Louisiana ‘Major Works 1984’” exhibition at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition provides a rough starting point for a renewed cultural consciousness that gained further impetus after Hurricane Katrina and continues to this day. In “Art of the City,” New Orleans interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator Jan Gilbert assembles the diverse perspectives of artists reacting during three decades of strife and progress in the layered city that fueled their inspiration.

The exhibition, made possible by a significant gift to THNOC from The Helis Foundation, will include a robust programming schedule and components that live outside the gallery walls, some of which will be introduced early in 2018 before the display opens to the public.

“Art of the City” will feature the work of more than 75 artists, both homegrown visionaries and devoted visitors. It includes established masters like Krista Jurisich, Douglas Bourgeois and Luis Cruz Azaceta; familiar names like Candy Chang and Gina Phillips; and rising stars like Zarouhie Abdalian, Brandan Odums and Rontherin Ratliff.