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River Beats: “Melvin Edwards Unveils New Steelwork Exhibit ‘Crossroads’ at the Ogden”

MELVIN EDWARDS BEGAN SHOWING HIS ART PROFESSIONALLY IN 1965. Just five years later, he became the first African-American sculptor with solo work at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In the years since, Edwards’ work has been shown from Texas to Ohio, from Brazil to Italy. Now, thanks to The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, those of us here in New Orleans can observe the intricate work of this storied sculptor in a new exhibit: Melvin Edwards: Crossroads.

Steel Art Imitating Life

In 1977, Melvin Edwards found himself at a major Arts Festival in Lagos, Nigeria…

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GoNOLA: “Krewe du Vieux, Tet Fest, and More Weekend Picks”

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re in full-fledged Carnival mode. Parades roll on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but this isn’t even our biggest weekend yet. Enjoy a Front Porch Book Sale, a Mardi Gras Art Market, and a pop-up Roller Disco. The weekend will be here before you know it.

Crossroads – The Ogden Museum of Southern Art will present Melvin Edwards: Crossroads, an exhibition that explores the cross-cultural connections in the artist’s work from 1977 to the present…

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Via Nola Vie: “Footprints: Unframed but not alone with Etam Cru’s CBD mural”

One of the best ways to exhibit the “alternative” in society is to express ideas, feelings, and emotions through an art form. Urban street art is extremely prominent in New Orleans, especially in terms of grand, large-scale murals painted throughout the city. According to Robert Sweeny in his editorial in Art Education (2013) he explains that “street art is contradictory: a form of artistic expression that resists institutional legitimacy while it simultaneously becomes more widespread, more accepted – an institution in its own right” (12)…

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Fox 8: “Heart of Louisiana: Poydras Street Sculptures”

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – It’s an art show that provides a pleasant distraction from traffic on a busy New Orleans Street. The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition began 7 years ago and has displayed nearly three dozen sculptures during that time.

The sculptures are rotated. Most stay about two years and are replaced by up to a half dozen new pieces a year.

Ashley Pridmore is one of nearly 20 artists who have their sculptures featured along Poydras Street in New Orleans’ Central Business District…

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